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In Their Own Words

December 07, 1739

Oglethorpe Land in South Carolina

Although Georgia’s Charter of 1732 prohibited any Trustee from personal gain from the new colony, there apparently was no prohibition against a Trustee owning land in another colony. It is clear that Georgia founder James Oglethorpe had no possessions in Georgia nor in any way profited from the colony. However, he apparently did hold a barony at Palachocolas, as evidenced from the following entry in the journal of Salzburger minister Johann Martin Boltzius:

“Rather late this evening the younger Zoberbiller of Purysburg came to me and brought a German captain and judge from there with him. He had with him a letter to me from General Oglethorpe that announced that Mr. Oglethorpe wished to settle his barony near Palachocolas, which lies in Carolina near Georgia above Purysburg, with a few families of Swiss from New Windsor and North Carolina, and that the said Swiss had petitioned him for Mr. Zoberbiller as their reader and preacher and that he had appointed him for this purpose. Because Zoberbiller had requested a recommendation from him to us, Mr. Oglethorpe wished to make it at this time and to request our friendship, good counsel, etc. for him… .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Renate Wilson (trans. and ed.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger, Volume Six, 1739 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1981), p. 300.