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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Puritans to Midway, Georgia #genealogy #history #georgiapioneers

Puritans to Midway, Georgia
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin

Puritans, Michael and Joanna Bacon, born ca 1670, migrated from England to Pennsylvania, then to Dorchester, South Carolina, and were the founders of the movement in Liberty County. Their minister had acquired large land grants for his congregation in Liberty County at Midway. The South Carolina Governor was a factor in encouragine Puritans to move into Georgia, because he said that there was a great opportunity in the Colony and fertile lands. The first minister in Midway was Rev. Osgood and the old Puritan Church at Midway, Georgia still stands. Midway is half way between Darien and Savannah.

Midway Cemetery
Midway Cemetery in Liberty County

The cemetery is across the street from the church building, and contains the graves of its original settlers who were emigrants from Dorchester, South Carolina. The Bacon lineage is traced and available to members of Georgia Pioneers (In the Library, click on "Colonial ". Puritans were industrious persons as well as religious and built a thriving community in Midway after 1752, when the Trustees surrendered the Charter to King George. The homeplace was situated on the Midway River. A son, Thomas, petitioned for 500 acres of land on Little Mortar, stating that he had a wife and eleven slaves.

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