Days of Woe By Jeannette Holland Austin

If your ancestors came to Georgia with General James Edward Oglethorpe or after 1752 (when the charter was surrendered and Georgia became its own colony), they would have been in Savannah, Ebenezer, Darien of St. Simons Island. The target research is colonial records plus Chatham, McIntosh, Libery and Glynn County records. The early McIntosh County records did not survive, nor Glynn County records before 1800. But Chatham and Liberty County records are intact. A smart beginning is to research all the colonial records, starting with Candler's Colonial Records of Georgia (all books) where the very first settlers were listed in various notations and complaints; also the first land grants. My book Colonial Georgians is online and available to Members of It provides detailed descriptions of the first land grants, births, baptisms, deaths, political figures, etc. Also, extensive biographical sketches of the first colonials as well as a follow-up on what happened to the passengers of The Ann which landed in February of 1733. My detailed research into Georgia's earliest settlers has been exhausted. The circumstances of settlement is found in colonial letters and manuscripts. The first days were indeed days of woe. Because of their industry, the first residents of Ebenezer settled by Germans faired much better than those in Savannah. The first colonists were screened by the trustees and had to agree to be industrious and permanent. The drought of 1738 caused many persons to run away to Charles Towne, therefore, their names are discovered in the old letters. However, by 1742 many had returned.

COLONIAL GEORGIANS by Jeannette Holland Austin, 462 pp. (2005)
1. Introduction
2. Biographical Sketches
3. Biographical Sketches of First Voyagers of The Ann
4. Chapter 1. The Ann
5. Chapter 2. Silk
6. Chapter 3. Death Voyage
7. Chapter 4. Saltzburghers
8. Chapter 5. Darien
9. Chapter 6. A Second Transport of Saltzburghers
10. Chapter 7. Frederica
11. Chapter 8. John Wesley
12. Chapter 9. Hardships of 1737
13. Chapter 10. The Drought of 1738
14. Chapter 11. War Looms
15. Chapter 12. Declaration of War
16. Chapter 13. Seige of St. Augustine
17. Chapter 14. Battle of Bloody Marsh
18. Chapter 15. The Charismatic Rev. George Whitefield
19. Chapter 16. After the War
20. Chapter 17. Malatche Threatens Savannah
21. Chapter 18. Claims for Reparations
22. Chapter 19. Midway
23. Chapter 20. Sunbury
24. Chapter 21. Wrightsboro
25. Chapter 22. The Royal Governors
26. Additional Facts about Settlers 27. Conclusion

Jeannette Holland Austin, Georgia Author of Genealogy Books

Georgia County Records (digital images) wills, estates, marriages

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