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In Their Own Words

May 15, 1802

Bad Weather and Insects

Reuben King wrote in his journal of seeing his brother Roswell (for whom the town would eventually be named), and the head of the Butler family - who were very influential on the Georgia coast; they all encountered some rough weather and insects:

“…I went to Little St. Simons [Island] after fish Mr. Yarboughrough Dunham Coopper and Pours went also Found Roswell my Brother thare and Majr Buttler The wind blew so violent we cought no fish at night we had but a poor Shelter the wind and rain made the night horrid the musquetoes and Sand flies made a great addition to our bad Situation”

Source: Virginia Steele Wood and Ralph Van Wood, ed. The Reuben King Journal, 1800-1806. Savannah, Georgia, The Georgia Historical Society, 1971, p. 42.