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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

First Voyagers to Savannah

In February of 1733 some 104 persons aboard the vessel "The Ann" landed in Charleston, South Carolina. Their destination was to colonize the area now known as Savannah, Georgia. This beginning was to foster hardships, deprivation, poverty and drought. The sorrows from these days would affect even titled persons who ventured into the colony to suffer untold tragedies. Sir Lord Bathurst, born of titles, estates and privilege, left his family seat in England because his generation could no longer sustain the family wealth. In wondering what happened to all of those first voyagers, I traced each person's movements to see what happened to them. Granted, some ran away to Charleston during the 1740's and did not return; there is no record of these person's success. However, those who remained faithful to the promises they'd made to the English entrepreneurs who'd sent them to colonize, eaked out an existance. One of the major problems in the colony was the fact that slavery was not permitted. Englishmen were feeble workers of the soil, some of them dropped dead while working in the fields. Thus, the agricultural growth known to other colonies, such as South Carolina, could not bring success until the charter was surrendered (1752) and the rules were changed. That is an entirely different picture. The discussion of what happened to each 1733 voyager is found in my book Colonial Georgians. The book is included under Colonial on Georgia Pioneers

Jeannette Holland Austin, author of over 100 genealogy books.

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