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  1. The Dougherty County Public Library offers genealogical resources to assist you in your search. For a listing of these resources, see this link. View full record
  2. The Dougherty County Public Library offers genealogical resources to assist you in your search. For a listing of these resources, see this link.
  3. The Assembly called by Governor Ellis met and established the Church of England and divided the colony into parishes. The administration of Governor Ellis was uneventful and unimportant. He left the colony after a short stay in it and went back to England, carrying with him good wishes to all the colonists and a holy horror of the hot summers in Savannah. The most important and really the only notable act of his administration was the establishment of the Church of England and the division of the State into parishes. There was in Georgia at that time Christ Church, in Savannah ; St. Paul's Church, in Augusta ; St. George's, a log church, in Burke county ; a. Lutheran Church, in Ebenezer ; a Congregational in Liberty county; and these were all the churches from above Augusta to Amelia Island. There was the rector of Christ Church in Savannah, and a missionary sent out by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign parts, Mr. Jonathan Copp, whose home was in Augusta. These were the only Episcopal ministers in the colony Mr. Osgood was the only Congregationalist and Mr. Bedgewood the only Baptist, and he had no organized church to serve. The Lutherans had two pastors, Mr. Bolzius and Mr. Gronau, but they preached only in German. The Lutherans built them a small church in Savannah, which was supplied by these Ebenezer pastors. There seems to have been little opposition to the establishment of the Church, and it was after all a mere form of church establishment. It was abandoned in twenty years, and did not exist long enough to accomplish any noticeable results. The parishes were: Christ Church, which included all of Chatham and the islands adjacent. St. Matthew's, which included all of Effingham and much of Screven. St. George's, all of Burke, Jefferson, and a part of Screven. St. Paul's, all of Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, and a part of Warren. St. John's, all of Liberty. St. Andrew's, all the section south of the Altamaha, near Darien. St. Philip's, the section on the south side of the Ogeechee, west of Liberty. St. James's, Frederica and the county south of it to the disputed line. In 1765 four new parishes, St. Patrick's, St. David's, St. Thomas's and St. Mary's, were laid out in the section south of the Altamaha, and now contained in Camden, Charlton, and the adjoining counties. These parishes were not really organized, and were such in name only.
  4. Scottish Settlement in Georgia

    The removal of the restriction to the use of negroes led to the opening by the wealthier part of the settlers of rice plantations, and when the first assembly was called in 1750 John More McIntosh was a member from this section. In 1775 among those who sympathized with the revolutionists there were Lachlan Mcintosh, Richard Cooper, George Threadcraft, Seth McCuUough, Charles McDonald, Isaac Hall, John Mcintosh, Thos. King, Raymond Demere, John Roland, Giles More, P. Shuttleworth, Joseph Slade, Samuel McClellan, Isaac Newsome, A. D. Cuthbert, John Witherspoon, John Hall, John Fulton, John McCullough, Samuel Fulton, Peter Sallen, Isaac Cuthbert, James Clark, M. McCullough, Wm. McCullough, B. Shuttleworth, John McClelland.
  5. The sturdy Scotch Highlanders had little sympathy with the House of Hanover, and finding life hard among the wild hills of their native land were easily persuaded by Captain Mackay to come to the new colony of Georgia, which was pictured to them in the glowing language of the times as a land where all that man wanted could be had for the asking. Mr. John More Mcintosh, a Scotch laird, the head of his clan, consented to lead the colony, and one hundred and thirty of them, with fifty women, took shipping from Inverness for Georgia. They reached Savannah in due time and then went in flat-bottomed boats to find their new home sixteen miles from Frederica, on the Altamaha. Calling their town New Inverness, they established their settlement, built their huts and were just getting settled when the war with Spain began. The colony became dissatisfied with New Inverness and joined the malcontents, these leading families sided with Mr. Oglethorpe's adherents and signed a document in which they endorsed him and his measures. This list is the only one of these first settlers I have been able to secure. These were John Mackintosh Moore, John Mackintosh, Roland McDonald, John McDonald, John MacLean, John Mcintosh, John Mcintosh Bain, James Mackay, Daniel Clark, Alex Clark, I. Burgess, D. Clark, Jr., A. McBain, Wm. Munroe, John Cuthbert. These are all the names of the first immigrants I have been able to recover. These were Scotch without an admixture and most of them traders. At a later period there are found some English names among them.
  6. In 1735 another group of early Georgia pioneers came to the area. Led again by Mr. Oglethorpe from England. This group was a mix of Germans and English and found themselves beginning a settlement on St. Simons island. A portion of this group may have also consisted of an early Moravian group that settled a town called Irene.
  7. Town: Ebenezer

    This was actually two separate but associated settlements, of course first came old then came Ebenezer. The primary pioneers were initially from Salzburg. Later in time others followed.
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