|Title:||Bill Wooten collection of Georgia land documents|
|Quantity:||0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)|
"William Schley, a jurist, politician, and manufacturer, served as governor of Georgia from 1835 to 1837. A descendant of German immigrants, he was born in Frederick, Maryland, on December 10, 1786, to Anna Maria Shelman and John Jacob Schley. His parents brought him to Jefferson County in Georgia when he was a child, and he completed his education in Louisville and Augusta. He was admitted to the bar in 1812 and practiced in Augusta for a dozen years before venturing into politics. Schley was elected judge of the Superior Court of the Middle District in 1825 and representative to the state legislature from Richmond County in 1830. Beginning in 1832 he was elected as a Jacksonian Democrat for two successive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Having been nominated for governor as the Union Party candidate in 1835, Schley resigned from Congress and defeated the states' rights candidate by a few thousand votes." - "William Schley (1786-1858)." New Georgia Encyclopedia. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org (Retrieved July 29, 2008)
"Wilson Lumpkin was one of Georgia's most prominent political leaders of the antebellum period. After early service in local government and the state legislature, he was elected to Congress four times, serving 1815-17 and 1827-31; he resigned before serving his fourth term to run for the governorship of Georgia. Lumpkin was elected governor for two terms (1831-35), then went on to serve as a U.S. commissioner to the Cherokee Indians (1836-37), as a U.S. senator (1837-41), and as a surveyor of Georgia's boundaries and an advocate of improved transportation, especially as a general manager and key figure in the creation of the state's Western and Atlantic Railroad. Lumpkin was also a trustee of the University of Georgia in Athens." - "Wilson Lumpkin." New Georgia Encyclopedia. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org (Retrieved November 6, 2008)
"Cobb was one of nine northwest Georgia counties carved out of Cherokee Indian country in 1832 and today is part of the booming Atlanta metropolitan area. It was named in memory of U.S. senator Thomas W. Cobb of Greensboro. The county seat, Marietta, was chartered in 1834. Located in the upper Piedmont, Cobb County never had many large landholdings, developing instead around small subsistence farms. The greatest wealth was in the towns. Before 1932 the thriving industrial center of Roswell was part of the county. In the antebellum era Marietta became a popular resort community. Near the Western and Atlantic Railroad, a sanitarium and several hotels catered to summer visitors seeking a cooler, healthier climate than that of the Georgia and South Carolina coast."--"Cobb County" from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1275&hl=y (Accessed Aug. 17, 2009)
"Bryan County, on the Georgia coast just south and west of Savannah, was created from Chatham County by an act of the state legislature on December 19, 1793. In 1794 land from Effingham County was also transferred to Bryan. The county was named in honor of Jonathan Bryan, one of the leading colonial settlers in Georgia and a key figure in the colony's movement toward independence and during the Revolutionary War (1775-83)."--"Bryan County" from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1273&sug=y (Accessed Aug. 17, 2009)
The collection consists of 16 items deposited by Bill Wooten in 1987. Among them are 9 deeds from the 19th century and one from the the 20th century for property in Cobb County, Georgia. Also included are other deeds and indentures for Georgia property; a document pursuant to the last will and testament of Malachi Reeves (1859); a plat of land in Bryan County, Georgia signed by William Schley; and a plat signed by Wilson Lumpkin attached to a document also signed by Wilson Lumpkin. Besides Cobb and Bryan Counties, Cherokee, Henry, and Franklin Counties are mentioned.
Bill Wooten collection of Georgia land documents, MS 2510. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Battey, George Magruder - papers, 1783-1870; Cobb homes of Athens, 1965-1966; William Schley collection, 1852-1857.