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Historic District - North in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Jonathan Bryan

(1708 – 1788)

 
 
Jonathan Bryan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2011
1. Jonathan Bryan Marker
Inscription.  Born in Pocotaligo, SC, Jonathan Bryan accompanied James Oglethorpe on his initial visit to Yamacraw Bluff in 1733. One of Georgia’s largest landholders, Bryan was a supporter of evangelist George Whitefield and encouraged religious services for his slaves, including minister Andrew Bryan. Jonathan Bryan supported independence during the Revolutionary War, serving on the Council of Safety and personally financing Continental troops in Georgia. In 1779 he was captured and held for two years on British prison ships. Savannah’s Bryan Street recognizes his family’s role in the founding of the Georgia colony. In 1793 St. Phillip Parrish was renamed Bryan County in his honor.
 
Erected 2011 by Georgia Historical Society and the Savannah Town Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Georgia. (Marker Number 25-38.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionColonial Era
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Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society, and the The Colonial Dames of America, National Society of series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1733.
 
Location. 32° 4.875′ N, 81° 5.738′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker is on Montgomery Street near W. Bryan Street, on the left when traveling north. Located at Franklin Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Haitian Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); First African Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The First African Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); John Ryan's Excelsior Bottle Works (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Act of Alcohol Prohibition in America (about 400 feet away); Evacuation of Savannah (about 400 feet away); William Scarbrough House
Jonathan Bryan Marker Unveiling image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2011
2. Jonathan Bryan Marker Unveiling
The marker was sponsored by the Georgia Historical Society and the Savannah Town Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Georgia.
(about 500 feet away); John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Jonathan Bryan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2011
3. Jonathan Bryan Marker
At right, Ms. Emma Adler and Ms. Cornelia Groves, National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Georgia.
Jonathan Bryan Marker seen at corner of W. Bryan Street (foreground) and Montgomery Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2011
4. Jonathan Bryan Marker seen at corner of W. Bryan Street (foreground) and Montgomery Street
Jonathan Bryan Marker, day of Unveiling and Dedication image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2011
5. Jonathan Bryan Marker, day of Unveiling and Dedication
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,568 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 19, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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Dec. 2, 2023