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

Major John Berrien

(1759 - 1815)

 
 
Major John Berrien (1759-1815) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
1. Major John Berrien (1759-1815) Marker
Inscription.  In 1775 John Berrien of New Jersey came to the province of Georgia, where one of his mother's kin had previously settled. His father, John Berrien (1711-1772), was a judge of the supreme court of New Jersey and a trustee of Princeton College. From the Berrien home at Rock Hill, N.J., General Washington issued his farewell address to the army in 1783.

At the age of 17 John Berrien was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the first Georgia Continental brigade (1776). A few months later he was promoted to 1st lieutenant and the following year he was commissioned captain. A first supporter of General Lachlan McIntosh in the troubles that befell that officer after his slaying of Button Gwinnett in a duel, Berrien followed McIntosh to Washington's headquarters in 1777 and served as a brigade major of the North Carolina troops at Valley Forge.

After the Revolution Berrien returned to Georgia with his family, which included his young son, John MacPherson Berrien, who was destined to become one of Georgia's most illustrious statesmen. Active in public life in Georgia, Major John Berrien was for several years Collector of Customs at
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Savannah; served as an alderman, and was State Treasurer at Louisville (1796-1799). Berrien died at Savannah on November 6, 1815.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-49.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the Georgia Historical Society series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1850.
 
Location. 32° 4.528′ N, 81° 5.404′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker can be reached from East Oglethorpe Ave.. Located in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Ga. 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. Button Gwinnett (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Clay, Patriot (a few steps from this marker); Hugh McCall (1767-1823) (within shouting distance of this marker); William Scarbrough (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Habersham (1751-1815)
Major John Berrien (1759-1815) Marker, in Colonial park Cemetery, Savannah image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Major John Berrien (1759-1815) Marker, in Colonial park Cemetery, Savannah
(within shouting distance of this marker); James Habersham (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker for Colonial Park (Cemetery)
 
Also see . . .  about Maj. John Berrien. Page 245...Makers of America: An Historical and Biographical Work by an Able Corps of ... By Florida historical society, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Florida historical society, Florida Historical Society (Submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Partial view Colonial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
3. Partial view Colonial Park Cemetery
Major John Berrien Tablet, graveside image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Major John Berrien Tablet, graveside
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,313 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 27, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on December 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on December 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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