American Pioneer Series
By Jeannette Holland Austin


Button Gwinnett of GeorgiaBy Jeannette Holland Austin

Button GwinnettButton Gwinnett Everyone knows the story of the famous 1777 dual of Button Gwinnett and Lachlan McIntosh in the streets of Savannah. Gwinnett died of wounds three or four days later. But what happened to the family afterwards? I found the Last Will and Testament of Ann Gwinnett, widow of Button, which was filed 1785 in the Court of Canterbury. It explains who she was and some petty details about the family. Button Gwinnett was married to Ann Bourn, the daughter of Aron and Sarah Bourn of Wolverhampton of Staffordshire. Apparently there was some sort of family quarrel with one, David Jones of Wales, because Ann made a Last Will and Testament dated 1770 which left her pew at the Canterbury Church to her mother if she did not allow David Jones to sit there. She later added a codicil which left all of the estate to her daughter, Ann Belin, the wife of Peter Belin, stipulating that Peter was to have no portion of it. Actually, the estate must have been probated in Savannah granting Peter Berlin Letters of Administration in 1785 according to the copy filed in the Perogative Court of Canterbury, but I have not found this estate in Savannah. A notation in the will states that Ann was of the province of Georgia in Charles Towne. We all know that Charles Towne was in South Carolina; this is probably a (Welsh) mistake.The Gwinnett family history and a copy of Ann Gwinnett's will is available under Chatham County Court Records to members of Georgia Pioneers
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Bachlott, John Rudolph, son of Richard and Emily (Rudolph) Bachlott, was born in St. Mary's, Ga. (Camden Co.) on 12 Feb 1860 where he later became a merchant. His grandfather was John Bachlott, a large slaveholder and planter who also operated a large tannery. His father was a carpenter and steamboat captain before the War Between the States. Source: Memoirs of Georgia (1895), Camden Co. Sketches.


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