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This Day in Georgia History

June 30, 1785

James Oglethorpe Died

To view a publication on James Oglethorpe, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

After a short illness, Georgia founder James Edward Oglethorpe died at age 88 1/2. At his side was Elizabeth, his wife of 41 years. His death came at Cranham Hall, an Essex County estate near London inherited by his wife prior to their marriage in 1744. Only 100 feet away from Cranham Hall was the original Parish Church of All Saints, where the Oglethorpes had been members since 1744. Not only was the general’s funeral service held here, but a burial vault for the church’s most famous parishioner was created beneath the floor at the center front of the church. In the 19th century, the exterior of Parish Church of All Saints was rebuilt on the foundation of the original church. At the front of the church, beneath the floor between the choir pews is located the tomb in which James Oglethorpe and his wife, Elizabeth, are buried. Marble plaques on the nearby wall pay tribute to Georgia’s founder.

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Source: Ed Jackson