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Old Screven House at Sunbury

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Old Screven House at Sunbury

Standing as a lone survivor of Sunbury’s former glory, this old Screven house, built about 1815, surveys a scene of quiet beauty where once the bustle of trade and commerce held sway; for Sunbury was the port for prosperous Midway District which, in the 1770’s, possessed nearly one third the wealth of Georgia.

In 1758 Capt. Mark Carr, one of Oglethorpe’s officers and Brunswick’s first settlers, gave the land for the town of Sunbury. Located on a bluff overlooking the waters of Midway River and across the Sound from the Islands of Ossabaw and St. Catherine, Sunbury soon became a place of importance.

A small earthwork, Fort Morris, situated just below Sunbury, was built for the protection of its inhabitants. In 1778 this fort was commanded by Col. John McIntosh, who successfully defended it against an attack by the British. To their demand for its surrender he replied “Come and take it!” Fort Morris fell the following year, being the last spot in the State to surrender when Georgia was overrun by the British.

Dr. Lyman Hall, one of Georgia’s Signers of the Declaration of Independence, made his home in Sunbury and was the medical doctor for the community, though his plantation was located on the Post Road. (now Hwy 17) a few miles north of Midway Church. It was from this port of Sunbury that he carried 160 barrels of rice and sixty pounds sterling, as a contribution from its citizens to relieve the condition of the patriots at Boston.

Button Gwinnett, Georgia’s other Signer from Midway District, had his plantation home on St. Catherine’s Island, within sight of Sunbury where he transacted business and moved among its citizens as one of them.

Sadly there is nothing left from this thriving town that had a population of about a thousand just before the Revolutionary War, and was considered a rival of Savannah in commercial importance.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Liberty County, Sunbury

 
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Sunbury Was Once Prominent Port in Trade with West Indies

Sunbury, now listed among the dead towns of Georgia, was Midway’s and Saint John’s Parish’s port. It was General James Edward Oglethorpe, who decided upon establishing a fortification there in his plans for defense against the Spanish. The site made an ideal getting for the town that was located there and a 500 acre grant to Mark Carr was made by the English crown on October 4, 1757.
 
A year’s later three hundred acres were transferred to James Maxwell, Kenneth Billie, and John Stevens of the Midway District for the purpose of dividing it into lots. One hundred acres was set aside as a town commons. The name of Sunbury was for the original Sunbury-on-Thames in England, near the city of London.
 
It is said that as many as seven ships entered the port in a day. It was made a port of entry in 1761 and its first appointed officers were, Thomas Carr, collector; John Martin, naval officer; Francis Lee, searcher. The town had a commission form of government which continued until 1825 after which continued until 1825 after which no elections were held and the town gradually dwindled away.
 
Sunbury was the county seat of Liberty County until 1797 and the first session of Liberty County Superior Court was held there. Member of the Midway community as well as the citizens of the port of Sunbury, which was eleven miles away from Midway Church, made up the list of the county’s first grand jury.
 
The Sunbury Academy was the chief seat of learning in this part of Georgia. Further reference of the famous old school is elsewhere in this edition of The Herald. Possessions of its noted principal, Dr. Wm. McWhir are to be seen on exhibit in Midway Museum.
 
The Sunbury Baptist Church, organized in 1806 by rev. Charles O. Screven, listed among the Baptist ministers that it sent out into Georgia and other states some of the leading clergy men of that denomination.
 
Sunbury Baptist Church is said to have been of the same architecture as the Midway Church building. The soldiers of the Union army burned it during the Sixties as a signal to the Union gunboats in the outer waters that the land forces had taken command of the town of Sunbury.
 
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The late J.W. Morgan who lived in the old Screven house on the water front at Sunbury told in an interesting way how he furnished the torch to the Union soldiers to burn the church. As a boy at the time he obligingly gave the enemy soldiers a torch presumably to light a camp fire. At his death he was probably the oldest citizen of Sunbury section who remembered the event.
 
The old Screven house, so typical of the architecture of the period, stands on the Sunbury waters edge in a state of decay. Nearby is the old Sunbury cemetery where are buried so many of the early settlers. Sunbury business men carried on thriving trade between them and the other ports – especially the West Indies and the town at one time had a population of nearly a thousand.
 
The inhabitants lived the easy lives of typical Southern planters and the hospitable homes were the scenes of a gay social life. Perhaps the important revolutionary fort, Fort Morris, is Sunbury’s chief claim to military fame and the ruins of the old fortification are still in evidence. The earth works fort cover an acre in size.
 
Colonel John McIntosh of the Continental Troops perpetuated the history of the fortification’s brave stand when he sent back his famous message to the British command to surrender when he replied, “Come and take it.”

SOURCE: Liberty County Herald November 26, 1959

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Liberty County, Sunbury

 

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Sunbury Colonial Cemetery

Sunbury Colonial Cemetery
Sunbury, Georgia

J.T. Stevens
Born July 2, 1850
Died October 1, 1861

Sacred to the memory of Josiah Powell, Esq. who died at his house near Sunbury on the 21st July 1788 and his age of —- He was through life a sincere friend to his country and a zealous advocate for Liberty. Called by his fellow citizens to office of public trust, he discharged their respective duties with strict Fidelity. In his commerce with the world he was upright and honest to his family he was a blessing; and to all the social and benevolent duties, ever prompt. Reader; Go and do thou likewise.

Revt. Wm. McWhir, D.D who was born in the County Down Ireland 9th Sept. 1759 and died in Liberty Co., Ga 31st Jan. 1851. In 1783 he came to the U.S. and settled at Alexandria, Virginia whence he moved to Ga. in 1793.

Mary McWhir who was born in Liberty Co., Ga 27 Sept 1757 and died at Springfield near Sunbury 16 Dec. 1819. 1st husband Col. Lapina
2nd husband Co. John Baker
3rd husband Rev. Wm. McWhir.

Mrs. Semor Smith the consort of James Smith, Esq. of McIntosh Co. who departed this life on 6 Dec. 1828 age 53 yrs. 22nd day.

Eliza Anne.
Eldest daughter of Edmund and Eliz Richardson
Death: Oct 23, 1831
AET 11 yrs. 9 mo.

Adam G. Dunham
Death: Oct. 28 1867
AET 50 yrs. 9 mo.

Mary Dunham
Death: Dec. 8, 1864
80 yrs. 9 mo.

Revt. Jacob H Dunham
Death: Sept 25 1832
58 yrs. 7 mo.
Minister Baptist Church.

Hannah Mary Dunham
Birth: March 8, 1836
Death: April 1, 1911

Thomas H. Dunham
Death: Oct 12 1870
Aged 30 years. 12 days.

Jacob H Dunham
Death: July 10 1857
13 years 1 month 7 days.

Mrs. Anne H Dunham
Death: May 18, 1854
39 years 2 months 2 days.

Thomas J. Dunham
Birth: July 31, 1810
Death: Sept 9 1885.

George W. Dunham
Death: Sept 16, 1860
52 years 10 months.

Thomas Gould Law
Death: Oct 16, 1853
aged 2 years 2 months.

Revt. Josiah S. Lay Son of Revt. Samuel and Rebecca Law Death: Oct 4, 1853
45 years 8 months

Charles H. Law
Death: 1887
Lieut C.S.A., by U.D.C

Mrs. Temperance Law. 3rd wife of Rev. Samuel Spry Wife Rev. S.S Law
Death: Oct 16, 1857
aged 77

Mary H. Law.
Death: Sept 15, 1832
12 years.

James P. Law
Death: Oct 6 1826
15 years.

Revt. S.S Law
Death: Feb 1, 1825
62 years.

Ann Martha Law
Death: Oct 1, 1825
15mo

Sarah Law
Death: Dec 17, 1822
16 years.

Samuel Ed
Death: Sept 28, 1820
13years.

Mrs. Rebecca G Law,
Death: June 22 1817
age 37 years.

Mary C Fleming
Death October 12, 1838
14 years 5 months.

Eliz. C. Fleming
Death: Nov 3, 1838
6 years 6 months.

Geo. Troup Fleming.
Death: Feb. 3, 1838
3 years 5 months.

Thomas Barrett Law
June 7, 1836
Aged 12 months.

Matilda Emma Fleming
Death Oct 5,1852
4 years

Mrs. Matilda H. Fleming
Daughter S.S and Rebecca Laws
Death: Aug 21, 1853
43 years 2 months.

Capt. Peter Winn Fleming
B. May 1 1817
D. Jan 6 1882

Little Sally
Daughter Josiah Law and Mary Alice Fleming
Birth: Feb. 18 1870
Death: Feb 19 1870.

Josiah Law Fleming
Birth: March 24 1842
Death: May 24 1891

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Cemetery, Liberty County, Sunbury

 

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John Elliott Ward (1814 – 1902)

John Elliott Ward (1814 - 1902)

Born at Sunbury, son of William and Annie McIntosh Ward. She was the daughter of Lachlan Mclntosh, and sister of Commodore James McKay McIntosh, and Maria McIntosh. John Elliott Ward became an attorney and established a law practice in Savannah, Georgia. In 1836 he became solicitor of the Eastern Judicial Circuit. He was appointed U.S. Attorney in 1838. He resigned from that position when he was elected a state representative, and served in that position again in 1845 and 1853. During the latter term he was elected speaker of the house.

In 1854 he was elected mayor of Savannah, Georgia. He presided over the Democratic National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1856 when James Buchanan was nominated for and later elected president of the U.S. He was elected a state senator in 1857, served as president of that body, and was at one time lieutenant governor of Georgia. He resigned as state senator to accept a federal appointment as the first U.S. Minister to China.

He married Olivia Buckminister (1819-1890) of Boston, Massachusetts, on August 15, 1839. She was the younger sister of James Swan Sullivan, a physician in Savannah, Georgia. His wife died in New Jersey, while John Elliott Ward died in Liberty County, and is buried in Midway Church cemetery. He was survived by two daugh­ters and one son. Two of his kinspersons in Liberty County when this book was published were Cordella Jones Brown­ing of Riceboro, and Major General (U.S. Army-Retired) James Francis Cochran III of Hinesville.

From “Sweet Land of Liberty, A History of Liberty County, Georgia” by Robert Long Groover; Appendix Number #, Page(s); Used by the permission of the Liberty County Commissioners Office

 

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The Death of the Town of Sunbury

         According to Captain McCall’s History of Georgia, during the 1870’s, Sunbury, Liberty County, was “Thought by many, in point of commercial importance, to rival Savannah.” With a seaport more accessible than Savannah it had a significant advantage of becoming Georgia’s leading port.

       However, Sunbury was vulnerable to the destructive forces of storms sweeping in from the Atlantic whereas the town of Savannah being 18 miles up the Savannah River did not receive the full force of those storms coming ashore.

       Sunbury declined in population when the County Seat moved to Riceboro in 1792 but a hurricane in 1804 demonstrated the damage an Atlantic storm can inflict.

       The SAVANNAH ADVERTISER for September 15, 1804 said, “The bluff resembles a perfect beach, almost every chimney is level with the ground, houses blown down, some of them quite new and lately erected. Every boat on the plantation opposite Sunbury is lost except two.

       “Several plantations suffered in the loss of all their cotton houses, corn houses, stables and slave houses. Mr. Cubbedge lost five slaves and all the horses, some cattle and all the stores and necessary articles for living.”

       Savannah also had a great property loss and flood waters covered Hutchinson Island to a depth of 6 to 8 feet. A number of lives were lost on the island.

       Then in 1824 another hurricane struck Sunbury and the citizens realized it would not be feasible to attempt to rebuild. The once thriving town of Sunbury soon became a corn field.

       Today the only reminder of the past is the cemetery and many of the original grave markers are now missing.

SOURCE: Midway Museum

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Liberty County, Sunbury

 

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Town of Sunbury Lot Owners During Revolutionary War Times

The following is a “list of the Proprietors of the Town of Sunbury in Georgia,” and of the Lots owned by them or their representatives about the period of the war of the Revolution:

Lot Number 1: Mark Carr
Lot Number 2: Arthur Carnaby
Lot Number 3: Grey Elliott
Lot Number 4: Grey Elliott
Lot Number 5: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 6: William Graves
Lot Number 7: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 8: John Cubbidge
Lot Number 9: James Maxwell
Lot Number 10: Mary Spry
Lot Number 11: Samuel Bennerworth
Lot Number 12: Stephen Dickinson
Lot Number 13: James Fisher: Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 14: James Fisher: Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 15: Swinton & Co.
Lot Number 16: Darling & Munro
Lot Number 17: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 18: James Derwell
Lot Number 19: Swinton & Co.
Lot Number 20: Thomas Peacock
Lot Number 21: Andrew Darling
Lot Number 22: Thomas Young
Lot Number 23: Thomas Young
Lot Number 24: Roger Kelsall
Lot Number 25: John James
Lot Number 26: Joseph Bacon
Lot Number 27: John Stewart, Sen’r.
Lot Number 28: John Lupton
Lot Number 29: Dunbar, Young & Co.
Lot Number 30: Dunbar, Young & Co.
Lot Number 31: John Elliott
Lot Number 32: James Dunham
Lot Number 33: Lyman Hall
Lot Number 34: Lyman Hall
Lot Number 35: Samuel Miller
Lot Number 36: Kenneth Baillie, Sen’r.
Lot Number 37: Samuel Bennerworth
Lot Number 38: Samuel Bennerworth
Lot Number 39: William Sererson
Lot Number 40: William Sererson
Lot Number 41: Mark Carr
Lot Number 42: Tabitha Bacon
Lot Number 43: Tabitha Bacon
Lot Number 44: John Winn
Lot Number 45: David Jervey
Lot Number 46: David Jervey
Lot Number 47: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 48: Francis Lee Lot Number 49: John Quarterman, Jr.
Lot Number 50: James Dowell
Lot Number 51: John Irvine
Lot Number 52: Jeremiah Irvine
Lot Number 53: Darling & Co.
Lot Number 54: Matthew Smallwood
Lot Number 55: William Peacock
Lot Number 56: Isaac Lines
Lot Number 57: John Osgood
Lot Number 58: Rebecca Way
Lot Number 59: John Stewart, Sr.
Lot Number 60: John Lupton
Lot Number 61: James Dunham
Lot Number 62: John Shave
Lot Number 63: Jacob Lockerman
Lot Number 64: Paynter Dickinson
Lot Number 65: John Lawson
Lot Number 66: John Lawson
Lot Number 67: Thomas Ralph
Lot Number 68: John Quarterman, Sr.
Lot Number 69: Thomas Gouldsmith
Lot Number 70: James Houstoun
Lot Number 71: John Stevens
Lot Number 72: Mark Carr
Lot Number 73: Hugh Clark
Lot Number 74: Hugh Clark
Lot Number 75: Kenneth Baillie, Sr.
Lot Number 76: Kenneth Baillie, Sr.
Lot Number 77: Paris Way
Lot Number 78: Nathaniel Yates
Lot Number 79: William Dunham
Lot Number 80: Charles West
Lot Number 81: Daniel Slade
Lot Number 82: Jacob Lockerman
Lot Number 83: Samuel West
Lot Number 84: Thomas Carter, P. Schmidt
Lot Number 85: John Elliott
Lot Number 86: John Elliott
Lot Number 87: William Baker
Lot Number 88: William Baker
Lot Number 89: Audley Maxwell
Lot Number 90: Elizabeth Simmons
Lot Number 91: John Graves
Lot Number 92: John Graves
Lot Number 93: Robert Bolton
Lot Number 94: John Baker
Lot Number 95: John Humphreys
Lot Number 96: James Fisher, Francis Guilland

Lot Number 97: John Lupton
Lot Number 98: John Lupton
Lot Number 99: Henry Saltus
Lot Number 100: Donald McKay
Lot Number 101: Stephen Dickinson
Lot Number 102: Stephen Dickinson
Lot Number 103: William Clark
Lot Number 104: Thomas Christie
Lot Number 105: Samuel Jeanes
Lot Number 106: Moses Way
Lot Number 107: William David
Lot Number 108: Paynter Dickinson
Lot Number 109: Francis Lee
Lot Number 110: Francis Lee
Lot Number 111: James Harley
Lot Number 112: Samuel Bacon
Lot Number 113: Tabitha Bacon
Lot Number 114: John Stewart, Snr.
Lot Number 115: John Stewart, Snr.
Lot Number 116: John Stewart, Snr.
Lot Number 117: Stephen Dickinson
Lot Number 118: John Stewart, Snr.
Lot Number 119: John Elliot
Lot Number 120: John Elliot
Lot Number 121: Benjamin Stevens
Lot Number 122: John Lynn
Lot Number 123: John Lynn
Lot Number 125: John Sutherland
Lot Number 126: John Sutherland
Lot Number 127: Samuel Jeanes
Lot Number 128: Samuel Jeanes
Lot Number 129: Joseph Tickener
Lot Number 130: William Miller
Lot Number 131: Richard Mills
Lot Number 132: Richard Mills
Lot Number 133: Peter McKay
Lot Number 134: James Miller
Lot Number 135: James Miller
Lot Number 136: David Jervey
Lot Number 137: William Davis
Lot Number 138: William Davis
Lot Number 139: Joseph Serjeant
Lot Number 140: John Jones
Lot Number 141: Strong Ashmore
Lot Number 142: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 143: Donald McKay
Lot Number 144: Donald McKay
Lot Number 145: Andrew Way
Lot Number 146: James Fisher
Lot Number 147: George Monis
Lot Number 148: Thomas Way Lot Number 149: James Hatcher
Lot Number 150: James Hatcher
Lot Number 151: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 152: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 153: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 154: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 155: John Perkins
Lot Number 156: John Perkins
Lot Number 157: William Lowe
Lot Number 158: William Lowe
Lot Number 159: Charles West: Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 160: Charles West: Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 161: Charles West: Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 162: Charles West: Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 163: William Peacock
Lot Number 164: William Peacock
Lot Number 165: Charles West
Lot Number 166: Charles West
Lot Number 167: William Davis
Lot Number 168: William Davis
Lot Number 169: Francis Lee
Lot Number 170: Francis Lee
Lot Number 171: Thomas Vincent
Lot Number 172: Benjamin Baker
Lot Number 173: Grey Elliott
Lot Number 174: Grey Elliott
Lot Number 175: Grey Elliott
Lot Number 176: Grey Elliott
Lot Number 177: John Lupton
Lot Number 178: John Lupton
Lot Number 179: John Lupton
Lot Number 180: John Lupton
Lot Number 181: T: Quarterman
Lot Number 182: Joseph Bacon
Lot Number 185: Susannah Jones
Lot Number 186: Susannah Jones
Lot Number 189: Barnard Romans
Lot Number 190: Barnard Romans
Lot Number 191: Barnard Romans
Lot Number 192: Barnard Romans
Lot Number 200: John K: Zubley
Lot Number 205: Edward Way
Lot Number 206: Edward Way
Lot Number 207: James Fisher
Lot Number 208: James Fisher
Lot Number 209: Edward Maham
Lot Number 210: Edward Maham
Lot Number 211: Richard Spencer
Lot Number 212: Richard Spencer
Lot Number 213: William Swinton
Lot Number 214: William Swinton

Lot Number 215: William Swinton
Lot Number 216: William Swinton
Lot Number 217: Samuel Jeanes
Lot Number 218: Samuel Jeanes
Lot Number 219: Samuel Jeanes
Lot Number 220: Henry Saltus
Lot Number 221: James Read
Lot Number 222: James Read
Lot Number 223: Charles West
Lot Number 224: Charles West
Lot Number 225: John Shave
Lot Number 226: John Shave
Lot Number 227: Richard Baker
Lot Number 228: Richard Baker
Lot Number 229: Marn’k Perry
Lot Number 230: Marn’k Perry
Lot Number 231: Thomas Dunbar
Lot Number 232: Joshua Snowden
Lot Number 233: Samuel Burnley,
Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 234: Samuel Burnley,
Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 235: Samuel Burnley,
Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 236: Samuel Burnley,
Schmidt & Mölich
Lot Number 237: John Milchett
Lot Number 238: John Milchett
Lot Number 239: James Andrew
Lot Number 240: John Milchett
Lot Number 241: William Dunham
Lot Number 242: William Dunham
Lot Number 243: Samuel Jeanes
Lot Number 244: Winw’d McIntosh
Lot Number 245: David Jervey
Lot Number 246: David Jervey
Lot Number 247: Francis Lee
Lot Number 248: Samuel Morecock
Lot Number 249: Mark Carr
Lot Number 250: Mark Carr
Lot Number 251: George Bodington
Lot Number 252: Mary Bateman
Lot Number 253: John Goff
Lot Number 257: Robert Bolton
Lot Number 258: Robert Bolton
Lot Number 265: Mark Carr
Lot Number 266: Mark Carr
Lot Number 267: John Bryan
Lot Number 268: John Bryan
Lot Number 269: Patrick M: Kay
Lot Number 270: Patrick M: Kay
Lot Number 271: Benjamin Andrew
Lot Number 272: Benjamin Andrew Lot Number 273: Morgan Tabb
Lot Number 274: Morgan Tabb
Lot Number 275: Morgan Tabb
Lot Number 276: Morgan Tabb
Lot Number 277: James Watcher
Lot Number 278: James Watcher
Lot Number 279: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 280: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 281: John Bryan
Lot Number 282: Samuel Richardson
Lot Number 283: John Gaspar Stirkey
Lot Number 284: John Gaspar Stirkey
Lot Number 285: John Jones (mulatto)
Lot Number 289: Thomas Carter
Lot Number 290: Thomas Carter
Lot Number 305: Thomas Carter
Lot Number 306: Thomas Carter
Lot Number 307: Thomas Carter
Lot Number 308: Thomas Carter
Lot Number 309: Thomas Carter
Lot Number 313: Samuel Tomlinson
Lot Number 314: Samuel Tomlinson
Lot Number 315: Samuel Tomlinson
Lot Number 317: William Swinton
Lot Number 318: William Swinton
Lot Number 319: William Swinton
Lot Number 320: William Swinton
Lot Number 340: Peter McKay
Lot Number 341: Peter McKay
Lot Number 342: Peter McKay
Lot Number 343: Peter McKay
Lot Number 344: Peter McKay
Lot Number 345: Peter McKay
Lot Number 346: Peter McKay
Lot Number 347: Peter McKay
Lot Number 348: Peter McKay
Lot Number 349: Peter McKay
Lot Number 350: Peter McKay
Lot Number 351: Peter McKay
Lot Number 352: Thomas Quarterman
Lot Number 353: Barrack Norman
Lot Number 354: Barrack Norman
Lot Number 355: Barrack Norman
Lot Number 356: Tarah, Senior
Lot Number 357: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 358: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 359: Frederick Hobrendorff
Lot Number 360: Frederick Hobrendorff
Lot Number 361: Joseph Richardson
Lot Number 362: Joseph Richardson
Lot Number 373: John Ford
Lot Number 403: Thomas Christie
Lot Number 404: Thomas Christie

Lot Number 431: Marmaduke Gerry
Lot Number 432: Marmaduke Gerry
Lot Number 433: Marmaduke Gerry
Lot Number 434: Robert Smallwood
Lot Number 435: Robert Smallwood
Lot Number 436: John Winn
Lot Number 437: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 438: Francis Arthur Lot Number 473: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 474: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 475: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 476: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 477: Francis Arthur
Lot Number 478: Samuel Bacon
Lot Number 479: Francis Lee
Lot Number 480: John Tutes

Source:
The Dead Towns of Georgia. Charles C. Jones, Jr., Morning News Steam Printing House, Savannah, Georgia, 1878

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2012 in Sunbury

 

Sunbury…Home of Many Famous Persons

Many famous persons lived in the town of Sunbury. Among them was Dr. Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence. It was also the home of Richard Howley and Nathan Brownson, later governors of Georgia; of John Elliott and Alfred Cuthbert, United States Senators; of Major John Jones and Major Lachlan McIntosh. Button Gwinnett, another signer of the Declaration of Independence, spent much time here as a Justice of St. John´s Parish, and Georgia´s third signer, George Walton, was among those held in Sunbury as a prisoner of the British during the Revolution.

Maria J. McIntosh, noted authoress and her brother, Commodore James McKay McIntosh, hero of the Mexican War, were born in Sunbury. The Hon. John E. Ward, first United States Minister to China, and the Hon. William Law, noted jurist, were also natives of Sunbury.

Source: http://www.georgiahistory.com/markers/3045

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Sunbury