Smallpox and Fevers by Jeannette Holland Austin

The 17th century brought an influx of French Hugenots and Protestants, Swiss, Scotch-Irish and English settlers to Charleston. They were tradesmen and anxious to prosper in a thriving colonial colony. But they also brought with them fevers and smallpox. During the spring and summer of 1732 a number of persons died suddenly from what was reported as fevers, but was probably small-pox. Mr. Brawn, the dancing master, died at a gentleman's plantation in the country. Eleazer Philips, printer, died in Charleston. Joseph Haynes died of small-pox after having been quantined for 20 days. Another season for small-pox in the South Carolina colony was the summer of 1763 when Miss Anne Matthewes, the only daughter of Benjamin Matthewes, died. Colonial genealogies added to - Gendron: the descendants of Philip Gendron, one of the first French Protestants to Charleston ca 1685; Huger: the descendants of Daniel Huger (1651-1711) from France to Charleston; and Mazyck: the descendants of Isaac Mazyck (1660-1736), Hugenot, from France. Researching Chatham County, Georgia The genealogist can have a lot of fun viewing original documents in this colonial colony because records were not lost, or burned. Of course that means that there are tons of pages to research. The first wills contain as many as 30 to 50 pages. That's a whopping lot to read in the old colonial-style handwriting. If you travel to Savannah to see the original documents, you have have to wait 2-3 days while the probate office brings them out of storage from an off-site location. The other alternative is to view microfilm at the Georgia State Archives or to view the original will images dating from 1777 to 1861 online at From the year of 1733 through the American Revolution, Savannah was the center of Georgia economy. It attracted a wide variety of merchants, artisans and fur traders. Persons from New England colonies also resided in Savannah at one time or the other. The deed records prove holdings in Georgia, South Carolina and the New England States and the tax records specifically list where tracts of land were located. This helps you to determine where to search next. If you read the first and second will books, you will see that many pre-colonial and colonial colonists had realized their fortunes. Their plantations extended as far North as Charleston, South Carolina and as far South as the tide rivers of Liberty County. By the early 1800s Savannah planters had ventured into the prosperous cotton and rice markets. If you are searching for ancestors before the American Revolution, first search Chatham County. See what county records Georgia Pioneers has

Jeannette Holland Austin, Georgia Author of Genealogy Books

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

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