Deverger of Savannah & Darien, GA
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James Derverger [sic] married Miss Margaret H Thorp 2 Jan 1828 in Savannah, GA.A household in his name was found in McIntosh Co, seat = Darien, GA, in 1830.
I am more interested in learning who Margaret's parents were.In the early 1850s she was living in Savannah and gave a notarized statement that she knew the late John Calder (1761-1845) and his (2nd) wife born Winewood F Richy of McIntosh Co and she knew they were man and wife.She did not tell how she knew the Calders or if she was related to them.
The problem was that the court house had burned and the JP who married them was dead.The govt clerk would not accept a handwritten copy of the Bible record as proof, not even when attested to by court house officers.That clerk must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed because he also refused as proof notarized statements from (1) Margaret as told here, (2) Rev William Hall Parker, a prominent Baptist Minister, (3) Mary (Calder) Powell, John's daughter by his first wife who had witnessed the marriage and (4) Samuel Palmer, a prominent merchant who had retired to Savannah.
I suspect (note only suspect) that Margaret may have been John's niece.He had a younger sister Margaret born about 1772 who came from Scotland with the family in 1775 and we have lost track of her.Because there were Thorp(e)s in the McIntosh Co area I wondered if the older Margaret had married one and moved to Savannah, giving birth later to Margaret who married Deverger.
The sad ending to this story is that WInewood died in 1854 still with no pension.In desperation her 3 surviving children cut the pages from the family Bible and sent them in.The pension was approved and a lump sum of $33 and change was paid to the three, covering the time from her first application to her death.
To this day the Calder Family Bible record is in National Archives in Washington, D C, in John Calder's Revolutionary War service folder.What better place for their safe storage?
Thanks.Email me direct if you wish: [email protected]
C Calder Garrason
PS: If Margaret Thorp was related to the Calders I will gladly share info on them in return for same about her descendants. -CCG