In Their Own Words
January 31, 1738
Stephens Visited Islands and Forts
William Stephens wrote in his journal about visiting island forts and a Jekyll Island plantation:
“…Proceeded farther South, to visit the several Forts and Settlements, Mr. Horton still accompanying me ; and we stopt at Noon with Lieutenant Delegal, who commanded the Company at Fort St. Simon’s, and re- ceived us courteously. I thought it would exceed my Commission to enquire into the Conduct of his Majesty’s Officers, and therefore I contented myself with some few Generals, whereof I meant to send a particular Account to the Trustees. In the Afternoon I went on with Mr. Horton to Jekyll, where he had a Plantation carrying on for a Year or more past, with a good Number of Serv- ants, and considerable Improvements made, as well in building Houses, as cultivating Land, having more than twenty Acres fenced in, and preparing for planting. …”
Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 73.