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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Sunbury Resort


coastal of old Sunbury, Georgia
You might be surprised to learn that people from the New England States, such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island spent their winters at the Sunbury resort in Liberty County, Georgia. They built a little town on those shores and a wharf for their sailing vessels.  the site of Sunbury was first owned by Captain Mark Carr who was with General Oglethorpe on some of his excursions. He acquired two 500-acre tracts for his service and built a port.  Some of the first transactions in the colonial deeds reflect a steady flow of merchant ships into Sunbury. Typically, a captain would sign a contract to deliver certain goods to the Sunbury destination, in good condition.  However, there were delays in shipping as well as natural disasters which caused failures to deliver.  We learn about them from reading the deeds. However, it was Capt. Carr who developed this area to its prominence. According to the Colonial Records of Georgia by Candler and Colonial Wills, Carr was actively engaged in building up the colony.  Many of the old residents of Sunbury as well as Capt. Carr were buried in the Colonial Cemetery.  The area suffered several natural disasters.  In 1800, a hurricane swept through the land and destroyed the little hamlet of homes. Before that, yellow fever visited Liberty County several times resulting in a number of deaths.  Today, nothing remains but the cemetery.  During the 1960s, I was able to visit the land and view a portion of the old wharf , however, it was privately owned asand operated as a farm. The message here is that if you wish to learn the story of your ancestors, you must delve into the records.  For Liberty County, one should research the colonial deeds and old wills, Liberty County Wills and Estates, as well as those in Chatham County.  People in Liberty County also owned land in Chatham County.  Lists of immigrants, births, deaths, are found under Colonial on Georgia Pioneers  Also, the old Wills and Estates for Chatham and Liberty Counties.
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