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St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Patrick and Priscilla Houstoun

Fort Frederica National Monument

 
 
Patrick and Priscilla Houstoun Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2016
1. Patrick and Priscilla Houstoun Marker
Inscription.  Patrick Houstoun wrote in January 1741 that he was "...now settled in Frederica, being lately married to Capt. Dunbar's sister who hath a lot in Frederica which is now mine...."

Priscilla Dunbar, the original settler on this lot, came to Frederica with her brother, a ship's captain from Scotland. Two years later Priscilla married Patrick Houstoun, a merchant, and they lived here in a frame cottage that may have doubled as a shop.

General Oglethorpe loaned Patrick money to buy a ship to carry freight between Frederica and Savannah. The Rev. John Wesley was once a passenger. Houstoun also served as Quartermaster of the Regiment.

When Oglethorpe's Regiment disbanded, the Houstouns moved to a plantation near Savannah. Patrick inherited the title of baronet and was appointed to the Royal Council of Georgia.

The Houstouns had six children. John, who may have been born at this site, served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, and was later elected Governor of Georgia.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
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listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraForts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1741.
 
Location. 31° 13.417′ N, 81° 23.505′ W. Marker is on St. Simons Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Mimosa Drive, 0.3 miles west of Frederica Road. Marker is located along the interpretive trail at Fort Frederica National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6515 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederica — Tavernkeeper and Doctor (within shouting distance of this marker); Five Years at Frederica (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica - Candlemaker (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica - Indian Interpreter (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica — Carpenter and Oarmaker (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica — Destroyed by Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica — Keeper of the Kings Stores (within shouting distance of this marker); A New House? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Simons Island.
 
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Marker detail: Sir Patrick Houstoun image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Sir Patrick Houstoun
 John Houstoun (ca. 1747-1796). John Houstoun was twice governor of Georgia, the first mayor of the city of Savannah, and an early supporter of independence from Britain. He commanded the Georgia militia in the invasion of Florida during the American Revolution (1775-83) and represented Georgia in the Continental Congress. Houston County, in central Georgia, is named in his honor. The best evidence indicates that he was born sometime between 1746 and 1748 in either Frederica or on the Houstoun plantation, Rosdue. (Submitted on March 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Lady Priscilla Houstoun image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Lady Priscilla Houstoun
Patrick and Priscilla Houstoun Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2016
4. Patrick and Priscilla Houstoun Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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