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I am researching John Crozier was born in Ireland about 1750.  He came from Belfast Ireland with his wife and son and a servant.  His wife's name is unknown, but he had the following children Thomas, John, James, and William.  Son John is believed to have been born in Ireland.  The family eventually migrated to Randolph/Clay County, Georgia where some of the family still remain.

 Georgia Tax Index - Burke County - 1798 - District 1

John came to Jefferson County, Georgia from Belfast, Ireland. He was one of the first settlers in Burke County.

Ulster - Ireland Newspapers provide names of many Queensboro Settlers.

Abstracted by Professor. E. R. R. Green, of Oxford, England, confirm the method used to spread the news to potential settlers of the Galpins Rea Township.

....By late accounts from Savannah in Georgia, there is nigh to Augusta, which is a good Market Town, three Million of Acres of very good land, lately procured by order of Government, laid out for new settlers. One hundred acres will be granted to the Head of each Family and fifty acres to every man, woman, or child the family consists of.

"NAMES OF THE PEOPLE LATELY ARRIVED from Ireland in the Ship Brittania, Jas. Clindinnon, Master." In The Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 5:2 (June 1969), pp. 100-101. Page 100 states John Crozier came with his wife and one child.

Passengers who arrived in Savannah, GA. In January 1772 from Ireland, prepared a testimonial for their ship's Captain Clendennen. Those passengers who signed the BRITANIA testimonial were the following:
Savannah, 18 Jan 1772 Committee:
John Fulton
John Magee
William Brown
John Crozier - wife and one child
John Scott
Davis Morriw
George Thompson
Wm. Murray
Arthur O'Neill
John Chambers
Thomas Wolfden
James Harris
Robert Miller
Thomas Little


August 20, 1992
Family News from the Past
Vol (2) Page (06)

John Crozier
Citizen of Queensborough
The fertile plain of the Great Ogeechee River was the site of Georgia's Scotch-Irish township Queensborough. This "brain child" of traders and speculators George Galphin and John Rea, both Ulstermen became a reality in 1768 with the arrival of the first of several shiploads of Scotch-Irish to people the township. (1)
The good ship "Brittania" was to sail from Belfast to Savannah in September 1771 with James Clendinon, master. Because of the late harvest the sailing of the Britannia was delayed until October 14th 1771. The Britannia reached Tybee Island near Savannah on January 6th. An outbreak of smallpox and measles on board had taken the lives of 29 children, the ship was quarantined. (1)

The minutes of the Council in March 1772 recorded the names of 217 men, women and children of the 61 families who came on the Britannia. Grants in Queensborough can be shown for only 26 of these families (5,200 acres). Many of these families failed to take up their grants at Queensborough because of increasing troubles with the Indians. (1)

PROCEEDINGS AND MINUTES OF THE GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL, from August 6, 1771 to February 13, 1782. Ordered that a list of the names of the several persons who lately arrived in this province in the Ship Brittania, James Clindinon, Master, from Ireland be entered in the Minutes and the same is as follows Viz. Included on the list. (2)

John Crozier, a wife, one child, & one servant.

The majority of patriot Queensborough settlers were forced to flee during the Revolution because of British and Tory harassment. Many went into North and South Carolina, particularly Newberry, Ninety Six, and Abbeville areas where they returned to Georgia to fight as Refugee Soldiers. Some moved northward to the banks of Rocky Comfort Creek and returned to become pioneer settlers in the new town of Louisville which the Legislature incorporated in 1796 (1).

(1)   The Georgia Genealogist, Colonial Records "Queensborough" Pages 1 thru 24.
(2)    The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia (Candler) Volume XII Page 254.
Your humble scribe

He received land after Mar 1772. 
John Crozier received a grant of land in 1772.

He received land on 3 Mar 1788 in (Burke County), GA. 
March 3, 1788 (surveyed Aug 25, 1788) he was granted on his headrights, 300 acres in Burke County on Sandy River and Fletcher Creek. (Original Plat on file). In 1797, granted 300 acres of land in Burke County, where he resided, bounded by Treadwell's and Benjamin Brack's land. Recorded, Book ZZZZ, Page 351, Jan 30, 1797, and other grants on file State Capitol, Georgia.
Bounty Grants in Sec. of State's Office:
John Crozier received bounty land for services as a Revolutionary Soldier in Washington County, GA.
 He was a Justice of the Peace on 19 Dec 1790 in (Burke County), GA.35  He was married.

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