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Glynn County, Georgia
July 7, 1742 Battle of Bloody Marsh
  Glynn County, Georgia
  Fort Frederica
  The Battle of Bloody Marsh
October 29, 1765 Four parishes added:St. Thomas and St. Mary (Camden County);St. David and St. Patrick (Glynn County)
  Glynn County, Georgia
  Camden County, Georgia
February 20, 1769 John Glynn calls a meeting at the London Tavern to discuss the House of Commons refusal to accept John Wilkes election. He formed the Bill of Rights Society out of this meeting.
  Glynn County, Georgia
February 5, 1777 Glynn County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Glynn County, Georgia
February 13, 1797 Georgia legislature makes Bruswick the county seat of Glynn County, although it had authorized building a jail and courthouse there ten years earlier
  Glynn County, Georgia
October 17, 1807 James Couper sells 4 acres of land to the United States for construction of the St. Simons lighthouse. The land had been the site of Ft. Saint Simon.
  Glynn County, Georgia
December 22, 1808 Christ Church on St. Simons Island (Glynn County) is chartered
  Glynn County, Georgia
January 6, 1886 Christ Church Frederica, on St. Simons Island is consectrated.
  Glynn County, Georgia
November 19, 1933 Lucien Lamar Knight dies, Clearwater, Florida. His body is returned to Georgia, where it is buried at the cemetery at Christ Church (St. Simons Island, Glynn County)
  Glynn County, Georgia
February 6, 1938 Reverend Charles Lee, 71-year old rector of Christ Church on St. Simon Island is murdered by a sniper as he sat at his desk in the historic church.
  Glynn County, Georgia
April 8, 1942 As part of "Operation Drumbeat," the SS (Steamship) Oklahoma is attacked and sunk by German U-boat 123 within site of St. Simons Island, Georgia (Glynn County). After closing to a distance of 400 meters, Kapitanleutnant Reinhard Hardegan gave the order to fire on the merchant marine vessel. The U-boat fired a single torpedo at the unarmed oil tanker, which suffered a direct hit to its engine room. The tanker went down in minutes and 19 men of the 38 man merchant marine crew died. Hardegan then found the Esso Baton Rouge (3 dead out of a 41 man crew). Among the boats giving aid and assistance was the yacht of Coca-Cola magnate Charles Candler.
  Glynn County, Georgia
July 11, 1947 Five male inmates at a "Negro" prison are killed and 8 are wounded when 27 convicts attempted to escape the facility. 14 escaped prisoners gave themselves up voluntarily.
  Glynn County, Georgia
July 20, 1959 Donald Eugene McGregor of Brunswick, 15, rescues a family of four from drowning when their sloop began breaking up off Cumberland Island.
  Donald Eugene McGregor
  Glynn County, Georgia
September 11, 1964 Hurricane Dora moves back across Florida and Georgia dumping substantial rain on Brunswick.
  Glynn County, Georgia
December 13, 1964 Donald Eugene McGregor dies when a car in which he was a passenger spun out of control and overturned near Brunswick Marina during a rainstorm.
  Donald Eugene McGregor
  Glynn County, Georgia
April 5, 1991 23 dead in Brunswick crash
  Glynn County, Georgia
  23 dead in Brunswick crash
May 7, 2004 Sonny Perdue orders a state of emergency in Georgia related to the G-8 Summit to be held on Sea Island. The order covered 6 Georgia counties, Chatham, Bryan, Libery, McIntosh, Glynn and Camden.
  Glynn County, Georgia
  McIntosh County, Georgia
  Liberty County, Georgia
  Bryan County, Georgia
  Chatham County, Georgia
  Camden County, Georgia
  Sonny Perdue
June 8, 2004 Start of G8 summit on Sea Island, Georgia includes leaders from The United States of America (George W Bush), French Republic (Jacques Chirac), Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin), United Kingdom (Tony Charles Lynton Blair), Republic of Italy (Silvio Berlusconi), Federal Republic of Germany (Gerhard Schröder), Japan (Junichiro Koizumi), and Canada (Paul Martin). Prime Minister of Ireland, His Excellency Bertie Ahern, T.D., attended the Sea Island Summit in his capacity as President of the Council of the European Union
  Glynn County, Georgia
August 29, 2009 Near Brunswick, Georgia police find 9 victims in a trailer park. Seven people were dead at the scene.
  Glynn County, Georgia
August 30, 2009 An eighth victim dies from the trailer massacre in Glynn County
  Glynn County, Georgia


Name derivation: Named in honor of John Glynn, a member of the House of Commons that supported John Wilkes (an outspoken proponent of American self-rule). Following Wilkes conviction on libel charges, Glynn formed the Bill of Rights Society to promote the causes that Wilkes held dear.
Acquisition: Creek land cessions of Nov. 10, 1763 and Nov. 12, 1785. Previously had been part of the parishes of St. David and St. Patrick
Taken from: Original county
Counties created from: None
Cities: Brunswick (county seat), St. Simon's

Web sites:
National Register of Historic Places in Glynn County, Georgia
Glynn County, Georgia, links
Map of Glynn County, Georgia

History and description
One of Georgia's original counties, Glynn was named for John Glynn, who was a supporter of the American colonies. The island of St. Simon, which is the eastern border of the county was the southern end of the colony of Georgia when James Oglethorpe founded Fort Frederica and Fort St. Simons. Frederica served as the General's home towards the end of his stay in Georgia.

In 1765 the parishes of St. David and St. Patrick were created, which included present-day Glynn County. These had little political meaning - they were mostly for military and religious organization. Glynn became home to many large plantations before the Civil War. Although the war bypassed the county, the effects were felt for years after. The end of the plantation system brought an economic downturn that was felt for 10 years. Finally, in the 1880's a travel industry began to develop, supporting both the lumber and depressed agricultural businesses. In 1896 a hurricane destroyed many of the coastal communities.

Glynn County is located on the southeast Georgia coast, and is bordered by the Altamaha River on the north and the Little Satilla River on the south.




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