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The Life and Times of Mary Musgrove$
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Steven C. Hahn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042213

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042213.001.0001

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Mrs. Musgrove of Georgia

Mrs. Musgrove of Georgia

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The Life and Times of Mary Musgrove

Steven C. Hahn

University Press of Florida

This chapter chronicles the lives of Mary and John Musgrove during the early years of the Georgia colony. It demonstrates that, initially, Mary played only a peripheral role in the colony's diplomacy with Indians, gradually assuming that responsibility as a result of John's months-long departure from the colony in 1734 and premature death in 1735. It shows how Mary overcame the machinations of male antagonists to become a trader and diplomat. The chapter also explores Mary's complicated relationship with the Rev. John Wesley, illustrating how Mary's decision to wed her second husband, Jacob Mathews, may have been one factor influencing Wesley's decision to leave the colony.

Keywords:   Georgia, James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, Joseph Watson, diplomacy, John Wesley, interpreter, “Musgrove Vocabulary” (ca. 1736)

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