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Monday, July 14, 2014

Trail of the Puritans

Colonial Cemetery, Midway, Georgia
When the Charter was surrendered by the Trustees of the Georgia Colony, the king offered land grants to encourage settlement.  Beginning about 1752, the records reflect a flush of grants in Liberty County.  Would you be surprised to learn that most of these were granted to people from Dorchester, Massachusetts?  A rather large group of some one hundred people were puritans originally from Dorchester, Massachusetts who had removed into Dorchester, South Carolina.  This migration which first had it roots in England, settled in Massachusetts, then South Carolina.  From there, they came to Midway, Georgia, in Liberty County and built a whole community.  The graveyard across from the church tells the story.  The church still stands today as a memorial to those settlers.  To taste the flavor of those times, it is something that you need to experience for yourself.  While this hamlet was being settled, others took up land grants in Liberty County where they built local plantations.The burials of persons in the Colonial Cemetery at Midway, Georgia are listed on Georgia Pioneers as well as other pertinent colonial data (such as births, baptisms, names of immigrants, etc.). Now that you know the trail, further research into South Carolina and Massachusetts is indicated.  All that we need to do is to search for the historical background. That leads us to other places.  Much of the story is told in the old last wills and testaments of your ancestors, their relatives and friends.  That is why it is so important to study these old wills!
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