Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Horton House Historic Site
A Legacy Continues
The du Bignon Family
When Christophe's youngest son, Henri, married Ann Amelia Nicolau in 1808, they were given 40 acres of planted cotton. This was a good indication that Christophe approved of the young Frenchwoman. The du Bignon family, as new immigrants, closely held to their native culture, and this was evident in this marriage as well as the close-knit community of friends and business agents that were also recent refugees from France and Haiti.
Henri eventually inherited the entire island when both Christophe and Marguerite died in 1825. The close ties with the French community continued with Henri. However, growing up in America allowed him to live and move more easily amoung the American culture than his father.
Henri remained on Jekyll Island until 1852 when he remarried and moved his new wife to Ellis Point, north of Brunswick.
Erected by Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Inc. , Jekyll Island Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1808.
Location. 31° 6.105′ N, 81° 24.931′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Riverview Drive, on the right when traveling south. Located near Major Horton Rd. 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. Le Sieur Christophe Anne Poulain du Bignon (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (a few steps from this marker); Poulain du Bignon and du Bignon Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Tabby (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major William Horton (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Horton House Historic Site (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
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