The Salzburgers and their Descendants
By: P.A. Strobel, Orig. Pub. 1855, Reprinted 2019, 326 pages, Index, soft cover, ISBN #0-89308-771-8.
The Georgia Colony was chartered by King George to act as buffer between the Spanish settlement and Native American tribes in Florida and Charles Town in South Carolina. These German exiles started arriving in the New World in the 1730’s and slowly started settling up and down the Savannah River. It is estimated that approximately 50% of the population of Effingham & Chatham County areas are directly descended from these early settlers. Since the first immigrants arrived in 1734, as many as 15 generations have followed, many of whom still live on ancestral land.