Court of Savannah Grand Jury record
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Court of Savannah Grand Jury record

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Court of Savannah (Ga.)
Title: Court of Savannah Grand Jury record
Dates: 1737
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0690

Biographical/Historical Note

A Grand Jury was called in the Court of Savannah on August 22, 1737 by Thomas Causton, Recorder and Magistrate, to investigate charges against John Wesley (1703-1791). Wesley was one of the founders of the Methodist Church in 1729. He and his brother traveled to Savannah in 1736 as missionaries for the Church of England. While Charles returned to England within the year, John became the rector of Christ Church in Savannah. Soon after arriving, he began a relationship with Sophia Hopkey (Causton's niece). Under the advisement of the local Moravian leaders, Wesley ended the relationship; Hopkey married William Williamson. Williamson forbade Hopkey from interacting with Wesley. Soon after, Wesley The jury returned with a number of presentments and grievances in addition to their decision on the Wesley matter. Wesley returned to England in 1738.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of an incomplete copy of the presentments of the Court of Savannah Grand Jury, September 1, 1737. Included in their grievances were a number of issues against Thomas Causton and Noble Jones, the condition of public roads, the need for servants, the expense of physical and medical care, the need for a town wharf and crane, and the condition of the Tybee lighthouse. The presentment also mentions Isaac Young. The collection includes both the original document, bearing the jurors' signatures, and a photocopy.

Index Terms

Court of Savannah (Ga.)
Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Georgia--Politics and government--To 1775.
Grand jury--Georgia.
Judicial records.
Savannah (Ga.)
Tybee Island Lighthouse (Ga.)
Wesley, John, 1703-1791.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Court of Savannah, Grand Jury record, MS 690, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Presentments of the Savannah Grand Jury, 1737 September 1 ( 1.0 p. )
Original and photocopy.