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In Their Own Words

November 16, 1739

Death of Captain Recorded in Journal

William Stephens wrote in his journal of the death of one of colonial Georgia’s successful citizens:

“…late in the Evening we received the ill News of the Death of Captain John Cuthbert, by the Arrival of Scroggs from Carolina. The State of War which we were now in, occasioned the General to revive the Company of Rangers, which Captain McPherson before had the Command of, till broke: And now they were to consist of thirty Men, well horsed, and armed, whom this Gentleman was to command; and he was lately sent into Carolina, together with his Lieutenant Scroggs, by the General’s Order, to buy Horses, &c, being furnished with Money for that Purpose; but he unhappily sickened and died in that Country: Whereupon Mr. Scroggs, after securing his Papers, Money and Effects, and seeing him buried, now returned; and the News of his Death occasioned Grief to many People, being a good-natured, sprightly Man, generally beloved; and it was believed by all, that he would have acquitted himself well in that Post. He had made considerable Improvements upon his five hundred Acres up the River Savannah, and was judged to have one of the best Plantations yet in the Colony: He died unmarried, leaving a Sister (who took Care of his House) dangerously ill here, insomuch that her Death was feared, when we little expected to hear of his; and whether she will survive him long or not. none can tell.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 454.