Bonaventure Chapter
Savannah, GA

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Founded: October 11, 1890
Incorporated 1896 by an Act of Congress
Objectives: Historic Preservation, Patriotism, Education
Motto: God, Home, and Country


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Last Updated on 23 July 2016

Bonaventure Plantation

 

Bonaventure Plantation

The plantation began in 1747 when John Mullryne petitioned for 500 acres of land at the site, three miles from Savannah on St. Augustine Creek. Josiah Tattnall, Sr., married his daughter, Mary Mullryne, and with his father-in-law was very successful. Both families became very prominent contributors to the life of the emerging Georgia Colony.

During the turbulent years of the Revolutionary War, the Mullrynes and Tattnalls left Georgia. During the Siege of Savannah, October 9, 1779, Bonaventure Plantation was used as a hospital for Count Charles Henri d'Estaing's ill French soldiers. It is believed that during this time the highest ranking foreign born officer, Count Casimir Pulaski, died and was buried at Bonaventure to later be moved and placed in a monument in his honor which is now located in Monterey Square in downtown Savannah.

Josiah Tattnall, Jr., returned to Bonaventure in 1786. Here he married Harriet Fenwick, introduced island cotton from the Bahamas, was elected state senator, and in 1801 was elected governor of Georgia. In 1802, Harriet died and was buried beside four of her children in the family plot at Bonaventure; officially Harriet was the first adult to be buried in what was to become Bonaventure Cemetery. In 1803, Josiah died at Nassau; he was returned to Bonaventure to be buried with his family.

Bonaventure Plantation is now known as Bonaventure Cemetery. Its beautiful 160 acres are maintained by the Savannah Department of Cemeteries, with loving care provided by the Bonaventure Historical Society.

Two of Georgia's "Sons of Liberty," Nobel Wymberly Jones and Edward Telfair, are buried at Bonaventure.

 

Noble Wymberly Jones

1723/24-1805

Noble Wymberly Jones learned medicine from his father. In the beginning of the Revolutionary dissension, he was an outspoken leader of the Sons of Liberty. He was elected and attended the first Continental Congress; had he not returned to Savannah to confront dissension among patriots, he might have been a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Noble Wymberly helped organize and became the first President of the Georgia Medical Society in 1804. He died in 1805 and was buried in Christ Church Cemetery. When his family's graves were moved to Bonaventure Cemetery in 1850, his monument was placed at the end of one of Bonaventure's avenues. He is buried in Section D Lot 13. Discover more about Noble Jones in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

 

Edward Telfair

1745-1807

Edward Telfair was one of the leaders of the original Liberty Boys in 1765, Governor of Georgia from 1786-1787 and 1789-1793, and the first governor elected under the Constitution of Georgia. He is buried in Section D Lot 19. Discover more about Edward Telfair in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.