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Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Poulain du Bignon and du Bignon Burying Ground

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Poulain du Bignon and du Bignon Burying Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 1, 2009
1. Poulain du Bignon and du Bignon Burying Ground Marker
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This burying ground contains the bodies of several members of the du Bignon family, descendants of Le Sieur Christophe Poulain de la Houssaye du Bignon, native of Saint-Malo in Brittany. One of four Frenchmen, former residents of Sapelo Island, who purchased Jekyll Island in 1791, Poulain du Bignon became the sole owner a few years later.

In his youth du Bignon was an officer in the French army in India and served for years fighting against the domination of Great Britain. Later he commanded a vessel of war sailing under the French flag. He died in 1814 and was buried here near du Bignon Creek with a live oak tree as his only monument.

Sea Island cotton was the principal crop planted on the du Bignon plantations on Jekyll Island and a large acreage was devoted to its cultivation.

The du Bignon family owned Jekyll Island until 1886, when they sold it to a group of millionaires who immediately formed the famous Jekyll Island Club.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 63-18.)
 
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Poulain du Bignon and du Bignon Burying Ground Marker, looking south along Riverview Drive image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2009
2. Poulain du Bignon and du Bignon Burying Ground Marker, looking south along Riverview Drive
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topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1791.
 
Location. 31° 6.114′ N, 81° 24.89′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Riverview Drive near Major Horton Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tabby (within shouting distance of this marker); Major William Horton (within shouting distance of this marker); Horton House Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Horton House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Le Sieur Christophe Anne Poulain du Bignon (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
 
Also see . . .  Glynn County, Georgia Cemeteries - Du Bignon Family
Poulain du Bignon and du Bignon Burying Ground Marker, looking north image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2009
3. Poulain du Bignon and du Bignon Burying Ground Marker, looking north
. (Submitted on April 1, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Du Bignon Burying Ground seen from Riverview Drive image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2009
4. Du Bignon Burying Ground seen from Riverview Drive
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 903 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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