The Unfortunate Mr Odingsell, Savannah, GA d. abt 1734
[I do not know exactly which 'Mr Odingsell' this account refers to, especially since a first name is not given. My first 'Charles Odingsells' born about 1690, living in Charleston, SC and, with a death date of 1740, certainly is a candidate. I will need to look further as to why I have that year as his death date, but since the narrative does not actually state a date for when this occurred, one can only be certain, if a true incident in the first place, that it occurred before 1741 when Mr Tailfer composed his complaint.]
Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Volume 2
By Georgia Historical Society, 1842
(stamp on copy says "Stanford University Libraries"
A True and Historical Narrative of the Colony of Georgia, in America, from the First Settlement Thereof Until this Present Period: Containing the Most Authentic Facts, Matters and Transactions Therein: Together with His Majesty’s Charter, Representations of the People, Letters, etc, and a Dedication to His Excellency General Oglethorpe.
Pat Tailfer, MD, Hugh Anderson MA, DA. Douglas, and Others, Landholders in Georgia, at Present in Charleston, South Carolina.
Printed by P. Timothy for the Authors in Charleston, SC, 1741.
[The 'True and Historical Narrative' appears to be a lengthy and tedious complaint by Patrick Tailfer and others to the King of England against General Oglethorpe's way of running the providence of Georgia. It seems after Oglethorpe returned to England in April 1734 after bringing his first group of families, he left a bailiff and storekeeper by the name of Thomas Causton in charge. Causton, is reported to have been filled with pride and drunk with power he became a veritable dictator. Tailfer reports some examples of this unacceptable behavior, including the following incident involving a “Mr. Odingsell” that as best I can determine occurred in 1734, between Oglethorpe's leaving in April 1734 and his return in February, 1735-6.]
“ ...The other instance is that of Mr. Odingsell, who was an inhabitant of Carolina, and had been a great benefactor to the infant colony of Georgia, having given several head of cattle and other valuable contributions, towards the promoting it. This person having come to Savannah to see how the colony succeeded, after he had been there a few days, being abroad some time after it was night, as he was going to his lodgings was taken up in the street for a stroller, carried to the guardhouse, and threatened with the stocks and whipping-post; the terror and fright of which (he being a mild and peaceable man) threw him into a high fever with a strong delirium, crying out to every person who came near him, that they were come to carry him to the whipping-post; and after lying two or three days in this distracted condition, he was carried aboard his boat in order to be sent home, and died in the way somewhere about Dawfuskee Sound.” [Daufuskie Sound, South Carolina.]