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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Families who Settled Midway #georgiapioneers


Families who Settled Midway

Midway CemeteryIn many instances families and friends traveled together. Also, whole congregations of people moved from place to place, searching for religious freedom and fertile farming lands. Such was the instance of the Puritans who came from Dorchester, Massachusetts to Dorchester, South Carolina, and finally to Midway, Georgia during the mid-seventeen hundreds. The old neighborhood today is near Boston and consists of six square miles. It was founded in 1630 by Puritans from Dorchester, Dorset, England. Dorchester, South Carolina is situated on the Ashley River and was founded in February of 1696 by the followers of Rev. Joseph Lord from Massachusetts. The town was abandoned in 1751 when it removed to Midway. Midway is located half way between Savannah and Darien. The cemetery is a lovely setting of brick and wrought-iron ornamentation and pleasant to visit. A complete record of burials is available to members of Georgia Pioneers The old church is hugh in diameter, having a balcony for easy viewing of the pulpit. Families were provided enclosed pews, but that did not prevent the preacher from using his long prodding stick should a member nap during the serman. The area was agriculturally productive and active socially, with friends coming from Massachusetts and New Hampshire to spend the winter at the resort town of Sunbury. Also, people in Liberty County attended this coastal resort during summer to protect against mosquitoes and malaria. Since this mid-region was primarily settled after King George assumed possession of the Georgia Colony in 1752 and during a time when slaves were first permitted into the colony, prosperity abounded in this section moreso than anywhere else.

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