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In Their Own Words

August 08, 1804

Two Deaths Recorded in Journal

Reuben King noted the deaths of two men in his journal on this day - note the ages of the “elderly” men:

“…This Day there has Died two elderly Men in this Sickly place Mr. Wm Holzendorf fifty-five years old Died at about 12 O.C. he has been unwell several Months with a dropsical complaint he has lived in Darien about 2 years and was much respected - Coln. Abraham Thomas Died at about half past eleven O.C.P.M. with a billious complaint and was unwell about 7 or 8 Days and I suppose was about 52 years old has lived in this place about 4 months and kept a grocer Store I sat and nursed him the Night he Died and helped lay him out I sat up with the Corps untill morning”

Source: Virginia Steele Wood and Ralph Van Wood, ed. The Reuben King Journal, 1800-1806. Savannah, Georgia, The Georgia Historical Society, 1971, pp. 87-88.