Legal Descriptions of County Boundaries
MAP of Original Muscogee The ORIGINAL County was MUSCOGEE covering Land Districts 1-24 and was surveyed in 1826-1827 with the Land Lottery held in 1827.
The Muscogee Genealogy Site provides the listing of "drawers" or "grantees" for all these districts.
Click on Land Grants on left side column. Then click on the District you need. Adobe Viewer is required to view this information.
1827 Lottery by Surname. Gives county where living when drawing took place.
Map showing the County Lines of Marion, Talbot Crawford, and Macon BEFORE Taylor was formed. Studying this will help you in knowing WHICH counties to search prior to 1852.
Studying this map, you can see how Taylor County was taken out of the four counties -- Talbot, Marion, Crawford and Macon.
Look for the straight Land District Divisions...on the west and the Flint River on the north and east. Note the colors for each county --these were where the older counties originally extended.
Note that Crawford County originally extended southwest of the Flint and that Patsiliga Creek was the boundary at the time of this 1855 map. 1850 map
Legal Description of County Boundaries
A bill signed into law on Dec. 14, 1827 provides:
"AN ACT for the division of the late acquired counties of Carrol, Troup. Muscogee and Lee into counties of a proper shape and size.
"Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, . . .
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That so much of the county of Muscogee as lies within the following boundaries, to wit: beginning at the south-east corner of lot number 193, in the 17th district of the county of Muscogee thence east to Flint river, thence up said river to the boundary line of the county of Merriwether, thence with said line to the boundary line of the county of Harris, thence southwardly along said line to the beginning, shall form one other county called Talbot, (in memory of Capt. Matthew Talbot, of Wilkes county." (Ga. Laws 1827, p. 69)
A bill signed into law on Dec. 26, 1827 provides:
"Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That so much of the county of originally Muscogee, lying and being within the following bounds, viz: commencing at the corner of fractions Nos. 192 and 193, in the 24th district of originally Muscogee. running south until it strikes Patoyliga, or four mile creek; thence down said creek to its junction with Flint river, be added to and become a part of the county of Crawford -- any law or usage to the contrary notwithstanding." (Ga. Laws 1827, p. 68)
An act approved Dec. 20, 1849, provides:
"SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this act, the following lots, parts of lots, and fractional lots of land lying in the first district of originally Muscogee, now Macon county, to wit: the north half of two hundred and seventy-one, numbers two hundred and sixty-eight, two hundred and sixty-three and two hundred and sixty-four, and fractional lot two hundred and sixty-seven; and the following lots, parts of lots and fractional lots of land lying in the said first district of Muscogee, now Crawford county, to wit: fractional lot number two hundred and eighty, and that part of lot number two hundred and eighty-one lying north of Parchelagee Creek, and so much of the east half of lot number two hundred and eighty-two as lies north of said creek be and the same are hereby added to the county of Talbot." (Ga. Laws 1849-50, p. 131)