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Early Baptists At Tuckasee King

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Early Baptists At Tuckasee King Marker
Inscription. Soon after 1767, the Rev. Benjamin Stirk, who had been baptized at the Orphan House, visited Tuckasee King and, finding a number of Baptists there, began to preach to them. As there was then no Baptist Church in Georgia, an arm of the church at Euhaw, South Carolina, was established at Tuckasee King, and the Rev. Mr. Stirk ministered there until his death in 1770.

The little band of Baptists at Tuckasee King then invited the Rev. Edmond Botsford to come to them. He accepted, preaching his first sermon June 27, 1771. The Rev. Mr. Botsford remained at Tuckasee King only one year, but it was here that he began his missionary work along the Savannah River and in the adjoining area, which was to continue until the Spring of 1779, when he was forced to flee Georgia, a fugitive from the Tories.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 051-10.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 31.573′ N, 81° 16.183′ W. Marker is in Clyo, Georgia, in Effingham County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 119 and Tuckasee King Road (County Route 84), on the right on State Highway 119. Click for map
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By Mike Stroud, April 2008
2. Early Baptists At Tuckasee King Marker
. The marker is about 2.75 miles north of Clyo and about 100 yards south of the Savannah River Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Clyo GA 31303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Historic Savannah River Ferries (approx. 3 miles away); John Adam Treutlen (approx. 3 miles away); Old Mount Pleasant (approx. 3.6 miles away); Robertville (approx. 5.9 miles away in South Carolina); J. Lamar Brantley Road (approx. 5.9 miles away in South Carolina); Bethany (approx. 8.3 miles away); Tillman Baptist Church (approx. 10.4 miles away in South Carolina); Tillman (approx. 10.4 miles away in South Carolina). Click for a list of all markers in Clyo.
 
Regarding Early Baptists At Tuckasee King. Tuckasee King is named for the chief of an Uchee Indian village.
 
Also see . . .
1. A General History of the Baptist Denomination in America. By David Benedict, 1813...Oakmulgee Association; "There were about this time a few Baptist members at Goshen, Tuckaseeking, and other places; and Benjamin Stirk appear, to have been the most distinguished and active character among them. He was a native of Leeds, Yorkshire, England." (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
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By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Early Baptists At Truckasee King marker

2. Edward Botsford. in The Baptist Encyclopedia by William Cathcart, page 119. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Effingham County History and Information:Extended History. Other Information: The historical record of Effingham County's different courthouses is sketchy to non-existent. In the county's history, four towns have served as county seat -- Tuckasee King (1784-87), Elberton (1787-97), Ebenezer (1797-99), and Springfield (1799-today). There is no record as to what served as courthouse in Tuckasee King and Elberton. All that is known about Ebenezer is that town officials apparently built a courthouse and jail there in 1797 or 1798. But this action was done without sanction of the General Assembly, which in 1797 provided that Effingham court session be held at the home of James Wilson until a new county seat could be selected. In 1799, the legislature named Springfield as county seat and directed the building of a courthouse there. In 1816, the General Assembly authorized Effingham County to levy a tax for building a new courthouse. If and when the tax was levied and a courthouse built is not known. Reportedly, a new courthouse was completed in 1849. That building served until the current courthouse was constructed in 1908. County Seat: At the time of Effingham County's creation, the American Revolution
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By Mike Stroud
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was underway. As a result, county government performed few functions during the war. In 1784, the General Assembly designated Tuckasee King as Effingham's county seat. Tuckasee King, named for the chief of an Uchee Indian village, was situated on the Savannah River near present-day Clyo. In 1787, the General Assembly moved the county seat from Tuckasee King to a new site, which the legislature named Elberton. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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