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In Their Own Words

April 29, 1740

Attempt to List Inhabitants of Early Savannah

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens shows how transient early colonial Georgia was, as he attempted to compose a list of all its inhabitants:

“…Most part of this Day was taken up by me in going over a List of all the Inhabitants, and taking personally, from Tything to Tything, as true an Account of the State of each, as possibly I could, for the Satisfaction of the honourable Trustees: Which Work I had of late attempted several Times in vain, by reason of such frequent Changes and Alterations happening, during some Months past, in this Town and Neighbourhood; insomuch that it baffled my utmost Endeavours, to make out a List perfectly correct; and even now, I cannot warrant but this may need some Emendation, before it is many Days out of my Hand. “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 563.