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In Their Own Words

October 19, 1738

Fire Destroyed Two Residences

William Stephens wrote in his journal of one of the many dangers colonial Georgians had to face:

“…an unhappy Accident of Fire, which in the Forenoon on Thursday burnt down two large Huts, where two French Families lived, viz. Becu a Baker, and Bailleau a Hatter; and it was so sudden and violent, that great Part of their Household Goods, &c. 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. 214.