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Hardeeville in Jasper County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Purrysburg Township

 
 
Purrysburg Township Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
1. Purrysburg Township Marker
Inscription. (Front text ):
In 1730, the British Crown instructed S.C. Governor Robert Johnson to lay out eleven townships to populate and protect the interior of the province. Purrysburg Township, laid out in 1731, stimulated the settlement of this area; but the growth of Savannah caused the town of Perrysburg to be unsuccessful.

( Reverse text ):
By 1732, Swiss Protestants led by entrepreneur Jean Pierre Purry had begun to arrive here, and by August of the next year 260 Swiss had settled at Purrysburg Township. Each settler was provided with a specific amout of land, tools livestock and provisions by the Royal Assembly.
 
Erected 1980 by Jasper County Bicentennial Committee. (Marker Number 27-3.)
 
Location. 32° 18.344′ N, 81° 7.209′ W. Marker is in Hardeeville, South Carolina, in Jasper County. Marker is on Purrysburg Rd (State Highway S-27-34) near Honey Hill Road (State Highway S27-203), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Best seen viewed from North to South. Marker is in this post office area: Hardeeville SC 29927, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Narrow Gauge Locomotive No. 7 (approx.
Purrysburg Township Marker Reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2008
2. Purrysburg Township Marker Reverse side
2.8 miles away); Old River Road (approx. 5.9 miles away in Georgia); March to the Sea: Ebenezer Creek (approx. 5.9 miles away in Georgia); The Rev. John Martin Bolzius -The Rev. Israel Christian Gronau (approx. 5.9 miles away in Georgia); William Bartram Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away in Georgia); The Salzburgers (approx. 6 miles away in Georgia); The Town of Ebenezer (approx. 6 miles away in Georgia); John Adam Treutlen (approx. 6 miles away in Georgia).
 
Regarding Purrysburg Township. The colony was soon found to be in an unhealthy area. The colonists died in epidemic proportions and were buried in unmarked graves in a large graveyard near the settlement. The surviving inhabitants began moving away, leaving the colony completely abandoned, some half-century after it was founded. Although the road retains the name, there is no Purrysburg on the map today.
 
Also see . . .
1. Purrysburg. (Submitted on March 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society. Colonel Jean Pierre Purry (Submitted on March 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
The Marker along Perrysburg Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 8, 2008
3. The Marker along Perrysburg Road
 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,937 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on March 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. Photos:   1. submitted on March 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on March 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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