GEORGIA GOVERNOR & COUNCIL JOURNALS
The early years of our country were fraught with hardship and heartache, yet our ancestors persevered to bring forth the nation we enjoy today. Many records from this time period no longer exist, due to fires, carelessness or thoughtlessness. Yet we can still get information about those early settlers from a variety of sources. Don't give up your search as you work on your own family tree!
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These volumes provide a special insight into life, politics, and war in Georgia from 1753 until 1782, from the last British Royal Governor, Sir James Wright, through to the end of the Revolutionary War. The full index for each volume has been added to this website for your convenience.
The Royal Governor and Council held court in Savannah, Georgia, and the minutes of their proceedings were recorded in these journals, until the American Revolution began. A new settler would appear before the Council to petition for a land grant within the colony of Georgia. These petitions contain details of the family size, former residence of the petitioner, time of arrival, names of adjoining landowners and neighbors, and improvements on the property.
Volume 1 (1753-1760) begins with the arrival of the last Royal Governor of Georgia, Sir James Wright.
Volume 2 (1761-1767) contains much information about the "Indian Troubles" in the young colony.
Volume 3 (1768-1771) covers much of the Scots-Irish migration from Ulster to Queensborough township, and the establishment of the Quaker community of Wrightsborough on the fringe of upper Georgia.
Volume 4 (1772-1773) leads up to the Revolution in Georgia, covering the settling of the Creek Nation in the Ceded Lands.
Volume 5 (1774-1777) covers the beginnings of the Revolutionary War in Georgia 1774-1776 and includes information from Governor James Wright's Letterbook, numerous newspaper entries from Georgia, South Carolina, and Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as records from the British Public Record Office in England.
Volume 6 (1778-1779) gives details of life in Savannah during the British seige, and the fall of Savannah into Loyalist hands during the Revolution 1778-1779.
Volume 7 - 1780 - covers the oppressive life in Georgia under British rule, Cornwallis's destructive campaign through the South - real-time stories of plundering, starvation and loss reveal Georgia's history like we never studied it in school!
Volume 8 - 1781 - Records from British Public Records Office, newspapers here and in Britain, correspondence, have been added complete the picture of life in Georgia from the people who lived it, toward the end of the Revolutionary War.
Volume 9 - 1782 - A biographical sketch of the last British colonial governor of Georgia, Sir James Wright, has been added to the records for the waning years of the American Revolution, along with maps and period illustrations, and a full index