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In Their Own Words

January 19, 1740

Heavy Rains Endangered Livestock

William Stephens recorded in his journal of the peril created by recent heavy rains:

“…Little to observe, more than Yesterday; only hard Rains continuing, occasioned several People travelling on Horseback, to be in great Danger of drowning, their Horses swimming in some Places, which had scarce ever before been known under Water; and all the low Lands were so flooded, that it was feared we should hear of great Losses of Cattle; the like having not been known (as it was said) since the first planting of the Colony. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 494.