Harrison Musgrove, Jr. (c.1750 - 1796) MP

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Birthplace: Charles, Maryland
Death: Died in Oglethorpe, Georgia
Managed by: Erica Howton, (c)
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About Harrison Musgrove, Jr.

They bought, came and were fleeced

  • YAZOO LAND SCANDAL (1795)

In 1795 the state of Georgia sold 35 million acres of western land in an area known as Yazoo to four companies for half a million dollars, about a penny and a half an acre. It was the most corrupt deal in American history. Every member of the Georgia legislature but one accepted a bribe in return for their vote. At the next election the voters tossed out the thieves. The contract with the four land companies was burned. In 1802 the state sold the land to the federal government for $1,250,000. A few years later the Supreme Court ruled that the original deal, flawed as it was, was legal and had to be honored. In 1814 Congress awarded the claimants over $4,000,000.

"State Senator Burrill Pope swore to depositon that state representative Harrison Musgrove discussed voting for the Yazoo Bill with him. 'The Following deposition published in obedience to the resolution of the legislature. Georgia, Burke County, Burrell Pope, senator, sworn, lodged with Harrison Musgrove at Mr. Herbert's in Ausugta at last session of legislature. Musgrove told Pope he had found out there were shares in the Cummings Company for Pope and all legislatators who would take them, and Harrison Musgrove was authorized to tell Pope he could have 100 guineas for his part. Pope, I have no part. Later Musgrove told he he could have 500 silver sollars.'"

Harrison Musgrove found himself in trouble. MILES JINNINGS, who carried a piece of rope and entered into a crowd, pulled out his rope and told companions that he intended to "Hang Musgrove." Jennings was said to have cried out to the crowd that "Neighbors, This rope is to hang Musgrove who sold the people's land for a bribe." Harrison was warned, and managed to escape the mob who began looking for him just in time.

Events include:

  • 1794 Harrison Musgrove, Quartermaster, militia record: 4th Regiment, Lt. Col. Samuel Alexander's Regiment, Field and Staff Service of U.S. Muster Roll Military Wilkes Co Ga
  • 1794-Harrison ex. of will Wilkes Co.
  • 1794-January 7, 1795 - Georgia's General Assembly agrees to sell almost 40 million acres to
  • speculators at the start of what today is called the Yazo Affair Land Fraud. This corrupt deal led to the downfall of many popular politicians of the day.
  • 1794-Oct. 16 August Harrison elected to State House of Representatives for Oglethorpe Co. In the General Election of Craven, Burke, Wilkes, Warren, Elbert, Franklin, Montgomery, Oglethorpe and Washington Counties: Harrison Musgrove, Esq. was elected for Oglethorpe Co. to the Ga. legislator. Senator: Burrill Pope, Peq; Convention: Matthew Talbot, ___swain, and Edmund Daniell,
  • 1794-5 Harrison Musgrove listed in a Deed Book Index in Georgia relative to confiscated lands of those that were "Loyalist Sympathizers" to Great Britian, before or after the Reveloutionary War (Property Deed Book of Confiscated Land BBB, pages 473 and 475).
  • Jan 1794 Harrison Musgrove was almost hanged by Miles Jennings and other angry settlers for his role in the corrupt Yazoo Act, but managed to escape in time. However, he died before Nov 16, 1796 when his will was proven in Oglethorpe, GA and we don't know how he died. He had been a member of the Georgia State Legislature at the time.

Links

  1. Yazoo Land Fraud
  2. Deep Southern Roots
  3. Georgia: Oglethorpe County: Will of Harrison Musgrove 16 Nov 1796
  4. 1658-1758 Charles County MD Families "The first 100 years"
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Maj. Harrison Musgrove's Timeline

1750
1750
Charles, Maryland
1782
April 16, 1782
Age 32
Pittsylvania, Virginia
December 16, 1782
Age 32
Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA
1784
1784
Age 34
Wilkes, Georgia, United States
1785
1785
Age 35
Georgia, USA
1786
1786
Age 36
Oglethorpe, GA
1788
January 29, 1788
Age 38
Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA
1788
Age 38
1790
1790
Age 40
1792
1792
Age 42