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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Where to Search for Georgia's Earliest Colonists

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The most comprehensive publication of the activity surrounding the settlement during the Oglethorpe years is Colonial Records of Georgia by Candler.  It includes some of the interviews with those intending to come to Georgia at their own expense or at the expense of the Trustees. Also, the Diary of John Wesley is found at the Savannah Historical Society.  During the times of droughts and poor crops, a number of persons ran away. Between 1741 and 1742 there was a flux of runaways to Charleston, South Carolina.  After the Charter was surrendered, from about 1752, congregations of people moved into Georgia. One group of Puritans settled at Midway and later Quakers came out of their Meeting place in Guilford County, North Carolina to Wrightsboro, Georgia.  The online source for colonial records is Georgia Pioneers in the "Colonial" category.  This is where you will find a number of passenger lists.  Also, many of the first colonists brought by Oglethorpe have been traced by Jeannette Holland Austin and this information is also
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