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In Their Own Words

January 30, 1739

Tragedy in Colonial Georgia

William Stephens recorded a tragedy in his journal on this day:

“…A melancholy Accident was discovered, by a Woman that was found dead, and cast up by the Sea near Tybee: She was known by some who went to view the Body, to be the Daughter of Major Richards at Purysburgh, who had been twice married, and her last Husband was yet living there: It was said, that she had been at Charles-Town, and was returning with two little Children, together with four or five other People, in the same Boat (or Canoe rather;) and meeting with bad Weather in Delfuska Sound, which is noted for many dangerous Shoals, that occasion great Breakers, it is supposed they drove on them, and every Person was lost. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 271.