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In Their Own Words

June 20, 1742

Church Duties and Drowning Recorded

Although Georgians were awaiting the long-feared Spanish invasion, life went on, as William Stephens’ journal entry for today reveals:

“June 20. Sunday. Mr. Orton never failed doing his Duty at the Church, and this day Administered the Sacrament, which was omitted during the late Festivals by Reason of his stay at Frederica, where in a few weeks he married 19 pair, and baptized 35 children. This Evening another unhappy Accident happen’d (whereof we have too many). Young Elliot, Nephew to Mr. Watson, who came over with him, ‘twas feared was drown’d, for he was known by several to have gone into the River in the Dusk of the evening as ‘twas Common among young people to wash and refresh themselves; but he was not seen afterwards.”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 97.