An American Journey
The Genealogy of the Curbow-Montoya Family
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Henry B. Curbow
A short description of Georgia Headright Land Grants
Starting in 1783 a head of household living in Georgia could be granted 200 acres of land on his own head-right and fifty acres for each additional family member (including his slaves) for a total of 1000 acres. To obtain a land grant, an applicant had to obtain a warrant of survey from the court in the county in which he wanted land - Henry chose Jackson County. The surveyor then surveyed the land, prepared a plat of survey, and sent a copy of the plat to the Surveyor General to be recorded. You then had to apply to the Governor's office for the grant and pay some fees. (See - nothing has changed!) If everything was approved, the grant was issued and recorded. The headright plats showcase a tract of surveyed land. I am trying to obtain a copy of Henry's plat; however, Georgia does not have these plats microfilmed nor do they have the resources to pull and make me a copy. I have to go there or hire a researcher to do it for me. The information on the plat will hopefully include the physical description of the land; the names of adjoining land owners; the name of the person for whom the survey was made; the number of acres surveyed; the name of watercourse bordering or running through the property; the date the warrant was issued for the survey; the date of survey; and the names of the surveyor and crew. Often the reverse of the plat includes the volume and page in which the plat is recorded.