This is a list not only of the early settlers of Georgia but of the first settlers of Georgia, and it is apparently a complete list of all those who were sent by the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America under Oglethorpe and the Earl of Egmont. Based on the Egmont manuscripts, now in the possession of the University of Georgia, this list of settlers is given under two headings: first, those who went from Europe to Georgia at the Trustees’ expense; and, second, those who went on their own account. Covering the period from 1732 to 1741, these two lists together contain the names and details of 3,000 immigrants, most of whom were assigned lots in Savannah and Frederica and a good number of whom would soon leave the colony for the Carolinas.
Information pertaining to each settler consists, generally, of name, age, occupation, place of origin, names of spouse, children and other family members, dates of embarkation and arrival, place of settlement, and date of death. In addition, some of the more notorious aspects of the settlers’ lives are recounted in brief, telltale sketches, which enable the researcher to divine something of the character of the colony and the times.
The Clearfield edition includes E. Merton Coulter’s invaluable article on the first shipload of Georgia settlers who sailed on the Anne, 16 November 1732, which was appended to the second printing of Early Settlers in 1967.