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Sunbury in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sunbury

Home of Many Famous Persons

 
 
Sunbury Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, July 2, 2008
1. Sunbury Marker
Inscription.  Many famous persons lived in the town of Sunbury. Among them was Dr. Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence. It was also the home of Richard Howley and Nathan Brownson, later governors of Georgia; of John Elliott and Alfred Cuthbert, United States Senators; of Major John Jones and Major Lachlan McIntosh. Button Gwinnett, another signer of the Declaration of Independence, spent much time here as a Justice of St. John’s Parish, and Georgia’s third signer, George Walton, was among those held in Sunbury as a prisoner of the British during the Revolution.

Maria J. McIntosh, noted authoress and her brother, Commodore James McKay McIntosh, hero of the Mexican War, were born in Sunbury. The Hon. John E. Ward, first United States Minister to China, and the Hon. William Law, noted jurist, were also natives of Sunbury.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 089-4B.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraPatriots & Patriotism
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Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series lists.
 
Location. 31° 46.204′ N, 81° 16.831′ W. Marker is in Sunbury, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker is at the intersection of Brigantine Dunsmore Road and Fort Morris Road, on the right when traveling north on Brigantine Dunsmore Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midway GA 31320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint John's Lodge Number Six (here, next to this marker); The Dead Town Of Sunbury (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Sunbury Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sunbury Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Sunbury Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Famous Sunbury "Masonic" Oak (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Morris (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colonel's Island (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunbury.
 
Sunbury Marker (right)at Brigantine Dunsmore Rd and Fort Morris Rd image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, July 2, 2008
2. Sunbury Marker (right)at Brigantine Dunsmore Rd and Fort Morris Rd
The Honorable John E. Ward, first US Minister to China image. Click for full size.
circa 1881
3. The Honorable John E. Ward, first US Minister to China
This image is from "The history of the State of Georgia from 1850 to 1881, embracing the three important epochs: the decade before the war of 1861-5; the war; the period of Reconstruction" by Avery, I. W. (Isaac Wheeler, 1837-1897) at archive.org.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,773 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on April 3, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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