“Your Memorialist”

Steven C. Hahn

in The Life and Times of Mary Musgrove

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780813042213
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043043 | DOI:
“Your Memorialist”

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This chapter chronicles the eventual settlement of Mary's case in 1759. After spending two years in South Carolina petitioning the local government, the Bosomworths went to London in 1754 to submit more petitions to the "home government." British officials remanded their case to Georgia, however, so Mary and Thomas returned home and spent nearly four years enhancing the paper trail in defense of their case. Fortunately, Georgia's new royal governors proved somewhat receptive to their pleas, and Governor Henry Ellis worked out a compromise that netted the couple in excess of 2,000 pounds and title to St. Catherine's Island. Mary disappears from the historical record in 1760 and most likely died some time in 1764. The chapter concludes with a synopsis of Thomas's life after Mary's death.

Keywords: Charles Town; London; Isaac Levy; William Little; Gov. John Reynolds; Gov. Henry Ellis; Thomas Bosomworth

Chapter.  12551 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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