Grant to Spencer Reeves
Note: The warrant transcribed below is one of two warrants contained in a folder at the Georgia Archives for Spencer Reeves. The two warrants are:
1784 Richmond County
1784 Washington County
The land in Washington County was in that section that became part of Greene County. Spencer Reeve sold land to William Greaves (Graves) of Savannah, 287½ acres in Washington County (now Greene) granted March 5, 1785, bounded by John Finn, John Young, and Nathnaiel Wade. Witnessed by N. Harris, J. P. and Jas. Simms, September 27, 1785. The land is also referenced in a deed form Richard Call of Richmond County to Robert Flournoy of Greene County, land on the waters of Stewart Creek and Shoulderbone Creek conveyed by Spencer Reaves to Wm. Graves and from Graves to Call. (The Rev. S. Emmett Lucas, Jr., Some Georgia County Records, Volume 2, Being Some of the Legal Records of Clarke, Jasper, Morgan, Putnam, Oglethorpe and Greene Counties, Georgia Sothern Historical Press, Greenville (1977), p. 162, 216.)
State of Georgia
This is to Certify that Spencer Reeves has stedfastly dun his duty from the passing an act to wit on the 20th of august 1781 untll the total expulsion of the British from this state and the said Spencer Reeves cannot to my knowledge or belief be Convicted of plundering the Country and is therefore under the said act Intittled to a bounty of two hundred & fifty acres of good land free from tax ten years
Giveing under my hand this (blank) day of July 1784
B’n Few Col
“as for Certificate of Certificate of Capt James Danely (written in bottom left corner in same handwriting as Colonel Few’s signature, but different from main body.)
State of Georgia
To the Honourable the Governour and the Members of Council, now sitting in Augusta for the Purpose of granting Lands in the two new Counties of Franklin and Washington.
The PETITION of Spencer Reeves a Citizen of the State aforesaid,
SHEWETH, THAT your Petitioner is entitled to Two Hundred and eighty seven & ½ Acres of Land as a Bounty for his Services, pursuant to the Certificate hereunto annexed: That your Petitioner is desirous of taking up the said Lands in the County of (left blank)
May it therefore please your Honourable board to grant your Petitioner Two Hundred and eight seven & ½ Acres of Land in the County of (blank) on the Right aforesaid, and on his complying with the Terms mentioned in the late Land Acct; and your petitioner will pray.
and ninety one
To Joseph Bannille(?) surveyor for the county of Washington You are hereby authorized and required to admeasure and lay out or cause to be admeasured and laid out unto Spencer Reeves tract of land which shall contain two hundred & eighty seven and half acres on head rights, in the said county of Washington Taking especial care that the same has not heretofore been laid out to any other person or persons; And you are hereby also Directed and required to record the plat of the same in your office and transmit a Copy thereof together with this warrant, to the surveyor general, within the term three of months from this Date given under my Hand this thirteenth Day of September 1784.
The grant was made March 5, 1785 (see Some Georgia County Records, Volume 2, cited above).