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Online Images of Will Book B (1777-1787)Testators: Allman, Philip; Ardis, Mathias; Anderson, John; Baillou, James; Bard, Peter; Ballew, Elizabeth; Bourquin, Henry; Bowen, Samuel; Bowles, John; Brown, John; Bulloch, Archibald; Campbell, John; Cater, John; Christopher, Jacob; Clark, Henry; Cuthbert, George; Darthingan, John; Davies, Edward; Dawson, Mary; Delegal, George; Deveaux, James; Dixon, James; Ewen, Margaret; Ewen, William; Farley, Benjamin; Ferguson, Joshua; Fincher, William; Fox, Ann; Fox, John Sr.; Fox, Joseph; Fox, Richard; Fox, William Sr.; Germain, Priscilla; Gibbons, William; Girardeau, John Bohun; Growley, John; Guion, Richard; Gwinnett, Button; Harbeck, Michael; Harris, Francis Henry; Houstoun, Sir Patrick; Howler, Richard; Janson, James; Jones, Noble; Kieffer, David; Larkin, Edward; Lee, Thomas; Lewis, Francis; Lewis, Oliver; Lloyd, Rebecca; MacFarlane, Susanah; Mackay, James; Martin, John; Matthias, John; Maxwell, James; McLean, Andrew; McIntosh, John; Morgan, Thomas; Mullryne, Charles; Nelson, Malcolm; Nunager, Henry; Otner, Elizabeth; Palmer, George; Papot, James; Parker, Ann; Preston, Henry; Pryce, Charles Jr.; Rabenhorst, Ann Barbara; Rae, John; Raynes, Joseph; Readick, Peter; Remetefler, John Matthias; Remshardt, Johannes; Robe, Frances; Rolfe, Frederick; Ross, William; Rush, Joseph Jr.; Savage, Thomas; Scaf?, Granger; Simmons, John; Simpson, Winifred; Sisfritz, George; Smith, John (in 5 parts); Sommerville, Jane; Steadwick, Alexander; Stirk, John; Stone, Elizabeth; Thompson, William; Threadcraft, George; Tondee, Peter; Turner, Lewis; Walker, Charles; Wells, Andrew Elton; Whelock, Thomas; Wylly, William Young, Isaac Young, William
Online Images of Will Bk C (1788-1791)Testators:Beal, Helena Boldon, Robert Sr.; Bryan, Jonathan; Butler, Elizabeth; Butler, Shem; Clarke, Weston; Clyatt, James; Cohen, Philip Jacob; Copp, John; Davis, William; Densler, Henry; Deveaux, William; Elliott, Thomas; Farley, John; Furse, James; Gable, Abraham; Gaffe, Jane; Galache, James;Gibbons, Sarah; Gibson, Robert; Gugel, John; Hallen, Robert; Harden, William;Harn, Samuel;Harris, Mordica; Herb, Frederick;Krutman, Edward;Mann, John;Miller, Robert;Mills, Thomas;Moore, Aaron;Moore, Catherine;Moore, John;Moss, Sarah; Murdock, David;Neilson, Nicholas;Nunes, Moses;Nungazer, George; Oats, John;Ogden, Solomon;Peay, Job;Penman, John;Porcher, Paul; Ross, Donald;Russell, Jane;Savage, Mary Elliott;Shad, Catherine; Spencer, George;Stiles, Benjamin;Tessier, Stephen;Tuft, S.; Warren, Jeremiah;Wiggins, Edmund
Online Images of Will Bk D (1801-1807)Testators: Beecroft, Samuel;Bolton, Robert;Corker, William;Davans, James;Dickinson, Thomas;Duncel, Barbara;Forbes, Diane;Forsyth, Benjamin;Gardiner, John;Gibbons, William;Glen, John;Green, Richard;Haist, George;Harsten, Joachim;Helbert, Mary; Herson, Herman;Hobbs, John;Horn, Mary Elizabeth;Hunter, William; Jamieson, John;Johnson, Andrew;Johnston, Matthew;Keall, David; Kern, John Peter;Livingston, John;Lovett, Francis;MacLeod, Donald; McAllister, Richard;McCormick, Samuel;Minis, Leah;Moore, Susannah; Morel, John;Mossman, John;Muire, Sarah;Neyle, William;Parker, Anne;Rice, John;Robertson, Andrew;Robertson, James;Sandridge, Daniel;Shick, Frederick;Schumaker, Peter;Storie, John;Tattnall, Josiah Jr.;Tew, P.;Thompson, Jane;Turner, Lewis;Walker, Rachel
Online Images of Will Bk E (1791-1801)Testators:Anderson, Elizabeth; Barnwell, John; Beatty, John;Beck, Sophia;Bell, David;Bell, John;Bell, William; Bourquin, Jane Judith;Brownhill, Thomas;Brisbane, James;Buchanan, Nicholas;Bull, Absalom;Clarke, Jonathan;Crane, Matthew;Currie, John;Davies, Frances;Day, Sarah;Dechenaux, Thomas;Demere, Raymond; DeLuthorson; Devilles, John Anthony; Doder, Samuel;Dumousay, Monsieur;Dunlap, Joseph;Erick, Catherine;Evans, Jonathan;Evans, Martha;Ferrier, John;Floyd, Margaret;Fox, David;Fox, John;Fulford, James Haviland;Gibbons, Hannah;Gibbons, Joseph;Gilbert, William; Gilzean, John;Hanner, Nicholas;Higgins, Ichabod;Jarvis, John; Jones, Henrietta B.;Jones, Lewis;Jordan, William;Keller, George Adam;Kerr, Elizabeth;Loyer, Adrian;Loyd, Thomas;Lowrey, John; Mackay, James;Minis, Abigail;Montaigut, David;Mortimer, William; Mossman, James;Murray, John;Norden, Leon;Nunazer, Mary Appolonia; Oakman, William; Oatt, Barbara; Ogilvie, Charles; Osteen, Thomas; Pendleton, Daniel; Radaguey, Charles; Rae, Robert; Read, James; Richardson, George;Ring, Christopher;Ring, John;Roberts, John; Roberts, John H.;Robison, Jane;Rogers, Augustus;Ross, Hugh; Ruppert, John;Scranton, Daniel;Seymore, Richard;Silsby, Daniel (24 pp.);Simpson, James;Smith, John;Smith, John Carraway;Spalding, James;Stebbins, Francis;Stirk, Samuel;Thompson, William;Trenfield, Mary; Treutlen, Frederick; Valbotton, Moses; Veasy, Abraham; Wallace, William;Wardburger, Jacob (6 pp.); Watts, Joseph; Way, Martha;Wereat, John;Whitfield, Elizabeth;Wilkins, Ann; Witzen, Nicholas;Woodhouse, Robert;Zettler, Nathaniel
Chatham Will Bk F (1801-1807) Digital Images
Testators:Allen, Robert; Bowen, Clover; Chew, Benjamin;Fox, Susannah;Cross, Sarah;Cruvellier, William; Dillon, Christiana, wife of Robert;Elliott, Ralph E.;Glen, John; Green, Richard; Houstoun, Joachim;Jemison, John;Jones, Noble Wimberly;Mackay, Adam;McCredie, Andrew;McIntosh, Lachlan;Macleod, Donald;McCredie, Andrew; McKnight, Mary Ann;Morel, John; Mossman, James; Neyle, William; Rice, John; Spencer, John;Stone, John; Thompson, Jane; Turner, Lewis; Ulmer, Philip; Wilscher, Joseph
Online Images of Will Bk G (1807-1817)Testators: Achord, Lewis;Adams, Nathaniel Sr.; Alder, James;Alendanone, Joseph;Aleion, Ann;Barnard, Mary; Beatty, Eleanor;Becu, Abraham;Beecroft, Elizabeth Ann;Boyd, Charles;Brailsford, Elizabeth, widow of Samuel;Brickell, John; Brooks, Benjamin;Bryan, Joseph;Buckhalter, Joshua;Buire, Francis;Buffett, George;Campbell, George;Campbell, Martha Gadsden; Cochran, Jane;Courvois, John Francis William;Crane, John; Crawford, William;Cummins, Esther;Cuthbert, James;Cuthbert, Lewis G.;Davis, Elizabeth;Davis, Joseph;Dawson, Joseph;DeGrandmont, Jacques Philips Rossignol; Densler, Barbara, daughter of Henry; Densler, Michael;Densler, Michael estate continued;Deakins, William Jr.;Despinfer;Deubele, John;DeVillers, F. D.;Dixon, Joseph;Doon, John;Dotson, Celia;Driscoll, Margaret;Enne, George; Farley, Grace;Farley, Sarah;Feay, Obediah;Ferguson, Mary;Fraser, John L.;Fraser, Mary;Gaddy, Joseph;Germain, Michael;Gibbons, Barack;Gibbons, John;Gibbons, John Barton;Gibson, Robert S.; Ginovely, Mary;Gunn, Christopher;Gunn, James;Habersham, James; Hale, NathanieL; Harlick, John;Harper, Ann;Harris, Jack; Harrison, Edward;Hartsene, Benjamin;Hendley, John U.;Herd, Catherine;Hill, Joseph M.;Hogg, Eunice;Hogg, Thomas;Holmes, Joseph B.;Houstoun, Richard D.;Hugenin, Daniel;Hughes, Owin;Hulse, Justus;Hurd, George;Hutchinson, Elisa;Imfield, Anthony;Irvine, Ann Elizabeth, wife of John;Jaffray, Alexander;Johnston, David;Johnston, James;Johnston, Sarah;Jones, Sarah (Mrs.);Jones, Sarah, widow of Dr. Jones;Kiefer, David;Latour, Peter Grassett; Lecon, Nina, wife of David;Leubin, Jean;Lewden, William;Lewis, Christianna;Lloyd, Edward;Lovett, John;Lucena, Lucas;Maclean, John;McAllister, George;McIntosh, Henry;McKinty, Patrick;McQueen, Ann;McQueen, Elizabeth, wife of Alexander;McLeod, Francis; Mendenhall, Thomas;Millen, John;Miller, Susanna;Miller, Zachariah; Minis,Isaac;Morel, John;Mulcaster, George;Myers, George;Narzarett, Nicholas;Neyle, James;Norton, Elijah;Odingsell, Charles;O'keel, Patrick;Owins, Owen;Page, Joseph;Payart, C. Louis;Pelot, Francis; Pitt, Thomas;Platt, James;Portalis, Joseph;Port, William F.; Proctor, George V.;Read, Jacob;Rigger, Levin;Roney, Daniel; Roper, William;Savery, John;Scott, Charles;Scott, Gavin;Scull, Ann;Shaffer, Balthaser;Shaw, William;Sheftall, Levi;Simons, Saul; Sims, James;Smith, Elizabeth;Smith, Jane;Spencer, William Henry; Starr, John (or Stow);Stebbins, Rebecca;Stebere?, Peter;Stiles, Richard M.;Stuart, Ann;Stutz, Joseph;Tapenzie, John B.; Tattnall, Josiah Jr.;Taylor, Ann;Tebeau, John;Telfair, Edward; Thompson, Lewis B.;Threadcraft, Elizabeth;Tidd, Benjamin; Tiott, Charles;Trusbet, Charles;Tuffs, Jane;Turner, Joseph; Ullam, John;Valloton, Elizabeth;Vernon, Michael;Villeponboux, Jane, widow of Benjamin;Wayne, Richard;Whitefield, George; Whitefield, Joseph;Williams, Jordan;Williams, Thomas F.; Williamson, John C.;Wills, Elijah;Willson, William;Wilson, William;Wilson, Mary M.;Wood, James;Woolf, John;Wright, Sarah, wife of James Wright, baronet;Young, Elizabeth;Young, Margaret
Online Images of Will Bk H (1817-1827)Testators: Ahart, Jacob; Antonio, John; Arnee, Juan Bastista; Ashley, Mary A. F. Augund, Thomas; Baker, Artemus Mitchell; Baldwin, David; Barnard, John; Bass, Samuel; Bellenger, B. B.; Black, William; Blackwell, Sarah; Boguille, Joseph; Bond, Phineas; Bourquin, Benedict; Bourquin, Henry; Bowler, Eliza C.; Branbury, John; Bruce, Alexander; Bulloch, Mary; Cantrell, Peter; Cessar, Peter; Christie, Ann; Clark, Charity; Clark, James; Clay, Ann; Clone, Jonathan; Collins, William; Cooper, William; Courvois, John Francis William; Cowper, Mary; Crawford, William; Curran, Charles; Davies, Thomas; Dawson, Mary; Dennart, Elizabeth; Douglass, Amos; duhamel, Rene Francis Robert Landon; Dungren, William; Dunn, James; Eppinger, John; Ewing, Robert S.; Favard, Peter; Fell Elizabeth Susannah; Flournoy, Robert; Forrest, James; Fox, Josiah; Fox, William B.; Gardiner, John; Gibbons, Thomas; Gizorme, John Pete; Groves, Peter; Gruber, Rachel M.; Gugal, Mary; Guger, John Christopher; Hall, Ann; Hamilton, Ann; Hamilton, James; Harden, Thomas; Hutson; Harrison, Martin; Hartredge, John E.; Herb, George; Hoschkiss, Mary Ann, consort of Daniel; Houstoun, Ann; Houstoun, Sarah;Howard, Benjamin; Howard, Charles; Howard, Peter; Hunk, Christian F.; Hurst, Harriet; Johnson, Thomas; Johnston, James; Jones, Elizabeth; Jones, Noble Wimberly; Jones, Owen ;Jordan, Henry W., Dr.; Kelly, William; Kieffer, Henry; Kingston, George; Kollock, Henry; Kollock, Lemuel; Lawler, Howard; Lawson, John; Leffer, John; Lehay, Michael; Lewis, Jonathan;Lillibridge, John; Limbert, William; Lincoln, Robert, Dr.; Lloyd, Thomas Edward Long, Michael Loper, Ara Lovett, John; Lucena, Thomas; Martingale, Love; McAllister, Hannah; McCall, Hugh;McClaren, Archibald; McFarlane, Peter; McIntosh, Mary;McKenzie, Daniel W.; McKinney, Roger; McKoy, Henry;McQueen, John; Melrose, Thomas ;Menafee, Serenius; Mendenhall, Thomas; Milledge, John; Miller, Hannah Christiana; Miller, Stephen; Minis, Judith; Mitchell, Esther; Moore, James; Moreau, Peter M. ;Morgan, Anne; Nun, Elizabeth; Nungezer, Georg;e O'Neal, Mary;; Owens, Louisa; Palmer, Charlotte Ann; Patterson, Arthur Pente, Richard J. T.; Pervical, Warren; Polock, Rachel; Pray, John; Rawlin, Anthony Rene; Richards, Hannah Barbara Robbins, Thomas H.; Roma, Francis; Ross, Abner; Roudol, Edm.; Royston, William; Rutherford, Marie Catharine; Sanders, Mary; Sandland, John; Savage, Benjamin; Scaffino, Andrew; Schlosser, Matthias; Shaw, William; Sheftall, Francis; Sheftall, Pula; Skipwith, Charles; Smilley, John; Smith, Elizabeth; Smith, John; Sorey, Andrew; Stark, Ebenezer; Stephens, William; Stevens, Mary; Stevens, Thomas; Stewart, Charles; Stout, George; Stoaf, Isidore; Taliman, Francis; Telfair, Thomas; Thirp, Thomas; Tobler, Ulrich W.; Trucheliet, Joseph; Tufts, Gardner; Turnbull, Nichol; Wakerly, John; Warren, Nestor, Dr.; Watts, Leleah, wife of Robert; White, James; Williams, Bryan; Wilson, Elsey; Wilson, Le;ighton; Worrell, Robert; Wylly, Mary; Young, Christiana
Online Images of Will Bk I (1827-1840)Testators: Autry, Margaret;Bain, Sarah Ann; Bandy, William;Barfield, Josiah;Barnard, John W.;Barnard, William; Bell, Eleanor F.;Bevan, Joseph V.;Bond, Ann;Bourquin, David; Bourquin, Mary;Brooks, Sarah;Brown, George;Brown, Harriet T.; Bryan, Josiah;Clark, Samuel;Cook, Martha;Cunningham, Michael; Davis, Edward;Davies, William;Delegal, Edward;Delamotte, Sarah; Dubesque, Jean Baptiste;Dunn, William;Early, Jane M.;Fisher, Michael;Fowlar, James;Garrar?, Dorcas M.;Green, Stephen C.; Greene, Harmon D.;Hall, Joseph;Harbert, Joseph B.;Harris, Charles; Holmes, Elizabeth;Isaac, Robert;Johnson, James;Kary?, H. M.; Kollock, Mehetabel, widow;Marshall, William;McNiel, Diana, widow of Daniel;McVean, John;Mougin, David;Nichols, Abraham;Norris, Sarah Hill, wife of James B.;Norton, William;Pendergast, Patrick; Penfield, Elizabeth Lucretia;Pidge, David;Pope, William; Ratry, Margaret;Raynes, Mary;Rice, Thomas;Russell, Jane M.; Scott, William C.;Shad, Solomon;Shaffer, Hannah;Sheftall, Esther; Sheftall, Moses;Smith, Frances Sophie;Storm, John (Major); Strother, Abram;Tattnall, Edward;Telfair, Alexander;Telfair, Sarah;Timothy, David;Tippen, James Josiah;Varn, Benjamin; Waring, Jacob;Waters, Sarah;Wells, Andrew;Whitfield, John; Wightman, William;Wilkins, Martha;Wilkins, Pam;Wilson, Benjamin; Wood, Ezekiel
Online Images of Will Book K, 1839-1852Testators: Askew, Ann;Bernard, Timothy;Bryan, P. O.; Buffet, Marianne;Bullock, W. G.;Carter, Charles;Carter, Cyrus; Cherrier, Michael;Cobb, Mary;DeVillers, F. D.;Dotson, William; DuBruney, Alexander T.;Egriel, O. C.;Franklin, W. R.;Gallahan, Martin;Haydon, A. B.;Henry, Jacob;Houstoun, Patrick;Irvine, Eliza; Jenckes, Ebenezer;Jorden, William;Kieffer, Frederick;Melson, Martha Matthews;Miller, Henrietta;Mitchell, Peter;Neyle, S.; Oliver, Charles;Robinson, John;Saunders, Ellenor;Sears, Susanna; Sulfuer, John;Taylor, Henry;Taylor, William;Wagner, John;Wallace, James;Wilkinson, John;Wood, James
Online Images of Will Bk L (1850-1861)Testators: Abbott, Ophelia S.; Abendanone, Grace;Abrahams, orothea;Babliest, Besty, free black;Barnard, Catherine E.;Barry, John;Bartholmess, John;Bartow, Theodosius;Bee, Sarah W.;Berrien, John McPherson;Bolton, Sarah;Bradley, Sarah Jane;Brooks, Sarah L.;Brown, Gilbert J. G.;Bruen, Peter;Burroughs, Benjamin; Campbell, Harriet T.;Cannon, Catherine Mrs.;Cass, John; Cassels, Samuel S. (or Capels); Cavenaugh, Margaret; Charlton, Robert M.;Cleary, James; Collins, Thomas; Cooper, Thomas;Courtner, Susan;Cowper, Mary Anna;Cremin, Cornelius;Cuyler, Ann D.;Cullen, Hugh;Daily, John;Damer, John;Daniel, T. S.;DeLaMeottee, Jacob (translates to DeLaMottee);Densler, Mary M.;Diamond, Robert;Dibble, Samuel P.; Dillon, Margaret;Dorgan, Morty;Dotson, Matthew;Douville, Rebecca, widow;Duffy, Ellen, widow of Terence;Duffy, Patrick;Edwards, Maria;Elliott, Ralph E.;Evans, Sophia;Fairchild, David;Falligant, John G.;Felt, Joseph;Fleetwood, Green;Freind, Jacob;Fulton, Elizabeth;Garl, Francis Haner;Gerkin, Martin;Gibbons, Caroline G.; Gibbons, William;Gilbert, James B.;Giles, William;Glen, George; Gordon, George;Green, Thomas;Grimball, Mary Ann;Guerard, Robert Godin;Guilmartin, John F.;Habersham, Sarah;Habersham, Stephen; Harnon, Abraham;Haupt, Henry;Haupt, John;Healy, Catharine, alias Farley;Heyward, Maria Louisa;Hodgens, Mary;Holland, John; Hover, John;Hunter, John;Hutchison, Robert;James, Margaret; Jewett, Eliza Ann;Johnston, William W.;Jones, Sarah, widow of William;Juhan, Mary;Kane, Daniel;Keller, Paul;Kelly, John J.; Love, James;Mackay, William;MacKenzie, Henry Charles;Marsh, Mulford;Marshall, Andrew;Marshall, Joseph;Martin, Patrick; Mathau, Margaret;Maxwell, Mary, widow;McAllister, Charlotte E.; McDonald, Margaret;McIntire, James;Morel, Ann;Nagle, Nancy; Newfville, Mary;Norton, Ann S., widow;Nosbrand, George; Nuttman, Samuel;O'Donnell, Owen;Oliver, George;O'Reilly, Owens; Owens, George W.;Palin, James;Pendergast, Michael;Pettibone, Sarah;Postell, Jane Eliza, widow;Potter, James;Potter, Thomas; Quantock, William Sr.;Quantock, William;Raiford, Robert; Reed, Charles;Reid, John;Reilly, Elizabeth;Reilly, Julia Ann, widow of Philip;Rhodes, Robert John;Richardson, Cosmo P.; Roberts, Eliza;Robertson, William;Robinson, William;Rode, Henry; Roden, Bernard;Sandergreen, Ann C.;Saseliffe, Abram;Sausey, Joachim R.;Scott, Margaret;Screven, James P.;Scudder,Amos;Shaffer, Jacob;Sharpe, James;Sheftall, Judith;Smets, Alexander Augustus;Snider, Benjamin;Stafford, Mary Ann;Stafford, William G.; Starr, William;Stirk, James Elton;Strous, John H.;Suers, John; Telfair, Margaret;Toley or Foley, Owen;Truehelut, Francis;Turel, John G.;Ulmer, Philip;Wade, William;Wait, George S.;Waldburg, George M.;Walden, Charles Carroll;Wallace, Norman;Wardrobe, Harriett Louisa;Washburn, Joseph;Webb, James F.;Westman, John L.; Willberger, Peter;Williams, Martha Ann, wife of William Thaddeus; Wills, Ashbel;Winkler, Shadrack N.;Woodhopter, Sarah;Wright, William;Wyer, Henry Otis;Zitterouer, Charles
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Complete Card Index Files (typed) of All Wills, Estates, etc.in Chatham County for Specific Surnames have been added to Georgia Pioneers. This is an excellent resource for locating the many, many estate records and references in Chatham County. All of the index file in the Chatham County Court House has been filmed, from A to Z, and is available on this website. This reference is a boom to those researching Chatham County and should be examined first because it contains so much information, viz: what Country (or other State) they came from, date of birth, date of death, names of other heirs. All of Chatham County's records have been preserved and thus are extensive. The old records have been placed in storage in a separate location and to examine them one must order them sent to the courthouse in advance.
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NORMENT. Deed of William and Elizabeth Norment to Slaughter Cowling 25 June 1795
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Court House Records Gone to Storage in Chatham County (Georgia) ...The oldest surviving records in Georgia are in Savannah. But there is one draw-back. They are off site, in cold storage. If you plan a visit, take into consideration that you must go in person and place an order for the records to be delivered to you at the court house. The time delay is 3 days. To make it easier, Georgia Pioneers has digitized and indexed all of the old wills and estates and they are online. The average size of the first wills is fifty pages. Yes! These early settlers spent a lifetime of building plantations which became communities. The process demanded that detailed records and inventories be maintained of every nail, plank board, promissory notes, deeds, plats, etc. The reading of the old wills is truly a unique experience and insight into the names of family members residing in the colonies and their relationships abroad. The result for the researcher also promises historical facts and truths unknown to the academic world. It is all quite rewarding! A r t i c l e s
The Savannah; Transatlantic SteamerA French report on American steam vessels published in 1823 as well as Russian newspaper accounts contemporary with the steamship Savannah upon its historic voyage to St. in 1819, described a rigged scale model purported to be of the pioneer transatlantic steamer Savannah. For many years this model was generally accepted as being a reasonably accurate representation and was the basis for countless illustrations but it does not agree with the published catalog description as to the side paddle wheels nor does it agree with the material in the Marestier report, which is accepted as the only source for a contemporary picture of the Savannah. Consequently, the National Museum undertook the research necessary to correct or replace the existing model with the help of Frank O. Braynard of the American Merchant Marine Institute, Eugene S. Ferguson, curator of mechanical and civil engineering at the Museum, and others. The Savannah crossed from Savannah, Georgia to Liverpool, England from May 22 to June 20, 1819; and proceeded to the Baltic, where she entered at St. Petersburg (now Leningrad), Stockholm, and a few other ports. Upon her return she reached Savannah, Georgia on November 30, and then on December 3 she sailed for Washington, D.C., arriving on December 16. Her original logbook on exhibition in the Museum covers the period between March 28, 1819, when she first left New York for Savannah, to December 1819 when she was at Washington. The United States National Museum's new model of the Savannah (pictured) was built by Arthur Henning, Inc., of New York City, from the ship's plans as reconstructed by staff members of the Museum's division of transportation. Source: The Pioneer Steamship SAVANNAH: A Study for a Scale Model by Howard I. Chapelle
Tomochichi, Loyal Friend to Oglethorpe
When James Oglethorpe found his way into the region now known as Savannah (from South Carolina), he was fortunate to meet up with a friendly group of Indians. Chief Tomochichi befriended the new colonists and took a personal liking to Oglethorpe. He gave Mary Musgrove who had been educated in South Carolina to speak the English language as an interpreter. Throughout the chief's life, they were friends and when he died he asked to be buried in Savannah. Some notes and newspaper accounts found at the Savannah Historical Society report that the Yamacraw chief was buried at Wright's Square. Originally, there was some symbolism placed on the spot which apparently was lost until the 1880s when it was proposed to place a monument of General Gordon there. Some of the local people remembered that the chief was buried in that square and objected. Thus, archeological digging was commenced. A few arrows and other burial objects proved it to be the chief's burying place. At that time, a memorial stone was put in place for the chief.
Thomas Jones of WalesSite of First Burials in Savannah. Graves later moved elsewhere THOMAS JONES of Wales, formerly of London, a Clothworker, was a passenger on one of the trips of James Edward Oglethorpe to the Colony. He arrived on St. Simon's Island, Monday, September 18, 1738, and was immediately appointed Advocate of the Regiment, being asked by General Oglethorpe to inspect the store accounts at Savannah and to adjust the accounts of Thomas Causton. For this reason, he became known as a hot and passionate man - and was generally complained about by the other citizens. In May of 1739, he was appointed Storekeeper for the whole province and was paid annual earnings of 30 PDS. However, he soon quarreled with Robert Williams which resulted in a fistfight, but their differences were later settled. In June he was appointed the Overseer of the Trust Servants in the Northern Division of the Province of Savannah. These were the indentured servants to the crown, who could not be freed until their service as indentures expired. After this, they were freed and usually granted 25 acres of land by the Crown. In the Journal of the Earl of Egmont dated October 10, 1739, Thomas Jones was described: " That Mr. Jones is so utterly rash, passionate and cruel, that was to be feared he would drive the Colony away by Spring. That he declared he valued not the Trustees' orders - but would obey those of Colonel Oglethorpe." This type of temperament was not unusual for the new colonists, given their frustrations and hardships. In 1740, twenty-five of the Trustees servants were employed by Thomas Jones on a new plantation located one mile south of Savannah, but the effort only produced 100 bushels of corn. A complaint was made by Mary Townsend to the Palace Court that Mr. Jones had a store and supplied shops with goods at wholesale prices, but otherwise sold them retail. However, the crown continued to appoint Thomas Jones to certain offices and duties. For one, he was made the third bailiff of Savannah and quickly became known as a man of resolution who was disliked by many. June 1, 1741, he was appointed one of the four assistants to Secretary William Stephens, Esquire, in the Town of Savannah, with John Pye elected as Clerk. However, was beset by John Pye who investigated the grievances of the people, and began charging Thomas Jones with malpractice of the public accounts. Yet in a letter from Harman Verelst to Thomas Jones, dated at Westminster, December 14, 1741, Jones was complimented for his good work and accounting methods. " The Trustees are very well pleased with the exactness of the accounts you sent them by Captain (William) Thomson, and are well satisfied in your capacity to serve them." Finally, in February of 1771, Thomas Jones was granted 100 acres of land in St. Mathews Parish (Effingham County). He died in Savannah on June 5, 1810. His wife, Eliza, died at Savannah in 1817, her LWT dated 1/17/1817, Will Book F. In her Will, she named her mother, Mrs. Jane Rea, and the children of her husband: Jane Mary Jones and Martha Cowles Jones. The Chatham County Wills and Estates are available to members of Georgia Pioneers.
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Names of Families in Chatham County Wills, Estates, Inventories, Annual Returns, ProbateThe Site of Savannah was established and drawn out by General James Oglethorpe. This is the seat of the first English settlement in Georgia. 114 persons came with Oglethorpe on his first voyage and erected huts with saw-palm roofs. Within a year, over one hundred wooden homes were constructed, while vessels transported more settlers. Several parishes governed the area, viz: Christ Church, St. Andrews, and St. Marys. After the Revolutionary War, the parishes were dispensed with as boundaries and counties established. Chatham was named for William Lord Pitt, Earl of Chatham. Many prominent citizens emerged from the first settlers into the settled gentry and poltical figures. During the American Revolution, Loyalists marked as traitors escaped into Florida and to Bermuda where they established plantations. If you have lost someone from this period, that is where to search!
Earliest Settlers: Charles Alexander, Michael Bottomley, Jonathan Clark, Raymond Demere, Thomas Dawson, William Gilbert, John Houstoun, William Jordan, Alexander Lesley, David Montaigut, William Mortimer, John Mackay, Charles Ogilvie, Daniel Pendleton, Augustus Rogers, Richard Seymore, Nicholas Witzen, and Nathaniel Zettler.
FIRST WILL IN GEORGIA! The Last Will and Testament of Button Gwinnett is digitized and available to members of Georgia Pioneers.
The Unfortunate End to Button GwinnettButton Gwinnett was born in England in 1732 of respectable parents. Before embarking for America in 1770, his first career was in the mercantile business in Bristol. He landed at Charleston, S. C., where he commenced commercial business and remained for two years. He then disposed of his merchandise and purchased a plantation upon the island of St. Catharine in Georgia, to which he removed and became an enterprising agriculturalist. He was a man of an active and penetrating mind, and a close observer of passing events. Having been in England during the formation of the visionary and impolitic plan of taxing the colonies, he understood well the frame work of the British cabinet, and from his course in the struggle that ensued, it is reasonable to infer that he had imbibed strong whig principles before his removal to this country. He became a friend of Lyman Hall, a bold and fearless advocate of equal rights. On the 2nd of February, 1776, Mr. Gwinnett was appointed a member of the Continental Congress and took his seat in that venerable body on the 20th of the ensuing May. When the proposition of separating from England came before Congress, Mr. Gwinnett was a warm advocate of the measure, and when the trying hour arrived, he gave his approving vote and affixed his signature to the Declaration of Independence despite the consequences. In February of 1777, Mr. Gwinnett took his seat in the convention of his own state which convened for the purpose of forming a constitution and establishing a republican form of government. His activity in Congress, to which he stood re-elected, had already given him great weight, and he at once exercised a powerful influence in his new situation. He submitted the draft of a constitution which, with a few slight amendments, was immediately adopted by the convention. Shortly after this, he was elevated to the presidency of the provincial council which was at that time the highest station in the State. Also expecting to be elected to this grand position was General Lachlan MacIntosh, against whom Mr. Gwinnett had pitted himself the preceding year as a candidate for brigadier-general, and was unsuccessful. The appointment went to MacIntosh and a power struggle ensued. The civil power claimed the right to try military officers for offenses that General MacIntosh conceived were to be tried only by a court-martial. Another root of bitterness between these two gentlemen took its growth from the promotion of a senior lieutenant-colonel, then under General MacIntosh, to the command of his brigade, destined for the reduction of East Florida, agreeably to a plan formed by Mr. Gwinnett, which proved a disastrous failure. This was a source of mortification to the one, and the other publicly exulted in the misfortune. Under the new constitution, a governor was to be elected on the first Monday of the ensuing May, and Mr. Gwinnett offered himself as a candidate. His competitor was a man whose talents and acquirements were far inferior to his, but succeeded in obtaining the gubernatorial chair. General MacIntosh again publicly exulted in the disappointments that were overwhelming his antagonist. The result was that Gwinnett challenged the General to due on the streets of Savannah. They drew their guns at the distance of four paces. Both were but Mr. Gwinnett went home where he on the 27th of May, 1777, the very time he should have been in Congress. Thus, the Last Will and Testament of Button Gwinnett was the first document to be filed for probate in Savannah (Chatham County). A clear image is available to members of Georgia Pioneers.
The Romance of John WesleyMrs. Wesley of Lincolnshire, England had seven sons who were ministers of the Gospel. When General Oglethorpe visited the family in Epworth to convince the lady to send one of her sons to Georgia, she declared that she regretted that she only had her two youngest sons to give to the cause, the others already engaged. They were clerics of the new religion of Methodism. It was catching on, but still unpopular. On the voyage over, the brothers had compassion for the savages and a strong desire to teach the Gospel to the Creeks in the region. John Wesley settled in Savannah and Charles Wesley in Frederica.
St. Simons.Charles Wesley found it difficult to convince the settlers at Frederica to attend church service. They had never heard of the Methodists- and had no use for the strictness of a religion. As a result, they only allowed him residence inside a tiny hut built of palm leaves where they frequently tested his patience by removing his clothes and toothbrush. Too, there were frequent disputes amongst the colonists and Wesley found himself in the mix. Particularly, when Mrs. Anderson, whose husband owned an apothecary shop, called upon Wesley to chastise her maid, instead of chastising the maid, he tried to convince her to employ patience towards her maid. She exploded in a tirade of anger and revenge. Wesley was surrounded by rowdy opposition against prayer books, communion, and the rituals of religion. Certain persons stayed up all night, drinking and disrupting church service by the firing of guns.
SavannahJohn Wesley encountered a similar distaste for religion by the bawdy types of Savannah. His plea for a church building went unheeded. In fact, many years passed before the trustees enacted an allowance for a building, and even then its construction was sadly neglected. John Wesley had one ardent admirer, a niece of the Magistrate, Thomas Causton. She was young and impressionable and bore an infatuation for Wesley. He taught her the catechism and took her along when he visited the Creeks.
All was well until the minister fell sick and Sophie went to visit him at his room in Savannah and nursed him for a day or so. During her care of him, Sophie had the impression that John would propose marriage. But Wesley was a poor minister without the means to support a wife. Too, his passion was to convert the savages. When he did not propose, she was so embarrassed that she told her uncle that he had humiliated her by not proposing marriage. Gossip spread. To save face, Sophie rushed back to her mother's home in Charleston. She soon met Thomas Williamson, an unsavory fellow who took advantage where he could. They were married a week or so later. Sophie took Williamson to Ockstead.
The following Sunday, the Williamsons attended church service. To attract the attention of Reverend Wesley, Sophie made a point of introducing her new husband. However, when she went to the altar, Wesley refused to give her communion! He gave the reason that she had not given notice of her intention. The public embarrassment was the last straw. Sophie's humiliation required satisfaction. Thomas Causton visited the minister wherein Wesley explained that it was the rule of the church that when one intended to take communion, they must give prior notice. Sophie was not satisfied. She urged her uncle to file a petition of petty charges against the minister. A long list of complaints from various persons added up to twenty-two charges. The nature of these charges was petty and vindictive and had no legal basis in the court. Nonetheless, Causton used his influence to bring the case and agreed not to be the judge. They had a trial, and a long list of petty charges and the refusal of communion to Mrs. Williamson was read. Wesley repeated the same careful explanation of church rules he'd made to Causton. After the first day of the trial, Causton insisted that Wesley make a bond, or be jailed. The poor minister had no money, and the judge was sympathetic. Wesley was allowed to return home that evening and return the following day. But fearing that the magistrate would put him in jail the following day, Charles wasted no time in arranging passage to Savannah. As the evening tide rolled out, his destination was Charleston where he would make passage back to Epworth. During the voyage, he wrote a letter to his brother describing his disillusionment in the new colony, and a short while later the unhappy Charles Wesley followed.
What Happened to Sophie.The Wesley brothers were gone from the colony. The Williamsons returned to Ockstead. Thomas and Martha Causton had no children and Sophie was the only heir. Martha died soon thereafter, and the Williamsons were left in charge of the plantation. But Thomas Williamson was lazy and no account. He did nothing to improve agricultural conditions or contribute to its prosperity. After the drowning of Thomas Causton, they had no other recourse except to return to the home of her mother in Charleston. The plantation fell into a state of disrepair and neglect. There is no evidence of the remains of the lovely home which once overlooked Causton's Bluff and Augustine Creek as described by William Stephens.
The Ockstead and Bathurst PlantationsThomas Causton, a calico printer and his wife came over with Oglethorpe on one of his first voyages from London. Beforehand, he was appointed the Magistrate of Savannah and the Storekeeper. Both offices involved official duties, nonetheless, the inexperienced Causton was appointed, and from the beginning, there were multiple complaints concerning his dealings in both occupations. Causton was simply not a trustworthy fellow. As was the tradition of the trustees, he was granted 500 acres of land on a bluff overlooking Augustine Creek west of town, named Causton's Bluff. The intent of the trustees (entrepreneurs) was that the settlers plant Mulberry trees for the purpose of helping the gardeners cultivate the silk work industry in the colony. Although some passengers paid their own passage, the Trustees advanced monies to those who would indenture themselves as servants. The trustees intended to make their profits from the production of silk. Oglethorpe sent several samplers to London, and the silk is said to have been as fine as any produced in China. Thomas Causton called his plantation " Ockstead" and in 1737 built a house which was described in the Journal of William Stephens "handsome, fit for any gentleman!" The 500 seedlings were provided from the filature, and after several years Causton and his wife harvested the first leaves.
His nearest neighbor was Lord Bathhurst, an Englishman of the peerage whose family fortunes came to a close when he assumed the title of baron. His lordship brought his family and servants to Georgia where they'd hoped for a new opportunity. The Bathurst servants did not fare well in the hot climate and were soon overtaken with fevers. They got sick and ran away. More bad luck overtook the family with the death of his wife- and drowning of a daughter in Augustine Creek. The other daughter who might have married well and helped the family -, instead ran away and married a sailor. Thomas Causton helped Bathurst several times in his garden but also gave up on the cause. Bathurst decided to relieve the situation by marrying a wealthy widow in Savannah, but after marrying her, discovered that she had even more debt! A drought followed by a wet season wiped outcrops and the settlers were in distressed situations. By 1740, most of the indentured servants sent by the trustees to Savannah ran away to Charleston. Meanwhile, the Ockstead plantation did not fare well under the management of Thomas Causon. Had he added cattle, as others did, perhaps he would have had more success. Instead, he had his hands in lots of different pies. For one, he was charged with not properly dispersing the estates of his neighbors. And then there was the matter of bringing ridiculous charges against the minister, John Wesley. Ultimately, all of his cheating and swindling was caught up with and he determined to make the voyage to London and explain the circumstances to the trustees, who would clear his good name. Once in London, Causton waited and waited for his case to be heard by the trustees. Finally, having no good luck with the trustees, he decided to return to Savannah. On the return voyage, however, the ship struck a sand dune within the site of Savannah and sank. Although the captain was able to save some of his cargo, the forty-two-year-old Thomas Causton drowned. After the funeral, Mr. Williamson, the lazy husband of Causton's only heir, assumed control of the plantation and allowed it to go to ruin, eventually abandoning it.
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