Button Gwinnett and Saint Catherines Island

 

Mary Musgrove was a half-breed Creek Indian who served as interpreter for James Edward Oglethorpe after he established Georgia in 1733. When her husband, a white trader, died in 1735, she married Jacob Matthews in 1736. He died in 1742. She then married Thomas Bosomworth, who came from England to Georgia as a clerk and soldier, became a preacher and gave up the ministry when he married Mary Musgrove Matthews.

 

The British crown deeded Saint Catherines Island to Mary Musgrove Matthews Bosomworth as a reward for her services as an interpreter for Oglethorpe. She and her husband built a home and established a plantation on the island. When she died he became owner of all her property. They had no chil­dren. He made his home in Savannah, Georgia, after she died.

 

Button Gwinnett arrived in Savannah. Georgia, from England in 1765 to pursue a career as a merchant. By 1774 he had bought Saint Catherines Island from Bosomworth, established a general store at Sunbury, brought his wife and one child from England, was residing in the Bosomworth home on Saint Catherines Island and had embarked on a political career.  

 


From "Sweet Land of Liberty, A History of Liberty County, Georgia" by Robert Long Groover; Page(s) 10; Used by the permission of the Liberty County Commissioners Office 

 

 

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Its free to join the Liberty County Historical Society and help us discover and preserve our Liberty County History. Please join by signing up for our newsletter as shown below. Thank you for helping and being a part of Liberty County History!

 

* indicates required
/ ( mm / dd )