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Friday, March 11, 2016

Origins of Some of the Early Settlers of Effingham County - Effingham County Marriages, Baptisms, Immigrants, Births, Colonial Records, Wills, Estates - #genealogy #georgiapioneers


Origins of Some of the Early Settlers to Effingham County
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
Thomas Wylly was born in Tortola in 1762, an island located in the British Virgin Islands. This is the small island which was noticed by Christopher Columbus when he was in the Virgin Islands in behalf of Spain. The Spanish made several attempts to settle the islands, but pirates such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd were actually the first permanent residents. During the 16th century when the Dutch lost control of the area, the British established a permanent plantation colony on Tortola and the surrounding islands. Settlers then developed large plantations for the sugar cane industry. 

Tortola Island
Tortola Island in the Virgin Islands

His parents died and he was transported to the Georgia colony while still a young boy by his uncle. This explains his rank promotions during the Revolutionary War. He joined the 4th Georgia Battalion and was appointed Second Lieutenant. Later was made Deputy Quarter Master under his uncle Richard Wylly who raised him. He fought in the Battles of Medway as Church and Briar Creek and was on the outskirts when the British seiged Savannah. He saw General Screven of the Georgia Militia killed and Captain Strouder as well. He acted as a spy for General Moultrie. Ironically, after the Revolutionary War, Tortola was a destination for Loyalists who escaped from being hanged. Passenger Lists of other emigrants to Ebenezer are available to members of Georgia Pioneers 

Effingham County Marriages, Baptisms, Immigrants, Births, Colonial Records, Wills, Estates

New Jerusalem ChurchEffingham was created on February 5, 1777 from the colonial parishes of St. Matthew and St. Phillip. The county was named after Lord Effingtham, an English champion of colonial rights. Its first settlers were from Austria who had suffered religious persecution under the Catholic Church and was given two weeks to remove themselves from the country. They spent two or three years trying to obtain passage from England to America and succeeded when General Oglethorpe heard of their plight and had them brought to the colony of Georgia. Many of the original records at the Effingham County Court House remain intact. When tracing families in this county please refer to the Colonial Records of Georgia by Candler as well as the Saltzburgher books found in most regional libraties.

Effingham Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Effingham County Wills
  • Effingham County Wills 1826-1845 (abstracts)
Effingham County Probate Records
  • Index to Effingham County Wills, Vol. 3, 1829-1858.
  • Index to Effingham County Wills, Vol. 4, 1866-1898.
  • Index to Effingham County Inventories and Appraisements, Vol. 3, 1827-1865.
Marriages
  • Effingham County Marriages 1757-1845.
  • Saltzburgher Marriages 1754-1769, New Jerusalem Church (Images in the original handwriting).
  • Saltzburgher Marriages 1769-1778, New Jerusalem Church (Images in the original handwriting).
Births, Baptisms
  • Saltzburgher Births and Baptisms 1756-1761, New Jerusalem Church (Images in the original handwriting).
  • Saltzburgher Births and Baptisms 1761-1766, New Jerusalem Church (Images in the original handwriting).
  • Saltzburgher Births and Baptisms 1766-1770, New Jerusalem Church (Images in the original handwriting).
  • Saltzburgher Births and Baptisms 1768-1787, New Jerusalem Church (Images in the original handwriting).
  • Saltzburgher Births and Baptisms 1773-1777, New Jerusalem Church (Images in the original handwriting).
Colonial Records
  • Ebenezer Town Map.
  • Auspurg Emigrants.
  • Kaufbeuern Emigrants.
  • Kemten Emigrants.
  • Leutkirch Emigrants.
  • Liebrach Emigrants.
  • Lindau Emigrants.
  • Lindaus Emigrants.
  • Memmingen Emigrants.
  • Nordlinger Emigrants.
Miscellaneous
  • Constitution and By-Laws of The Georgia Saltzburger Society 1734-1925.
  • Exley, James J., deceased, Partition of Lands (1899).

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