Abigail Minis (ca. 1701 – 1794) and her family arrived in Savannah in July 1733, marking her as one of the colony’s first settlers. Abigail’s husband died in 1757, leaving her to oversee and manage the family’s 1,000 acres, mercantile firm, and tavern — along with their eight children. A shrewd businesswoman, Abigail continued to amass property throughout Coastal Georgia and South Carolina well into her eighties.
During the American Revolution, Abigail and her family were loyal to the patriot cause, providing provisions for American and French soldiers during the Siege of Savannah in 1779. When the Americans and French failed to retake Savannah from the British, Abigail and her family fled to Charleston. Abigail returned to Savannah, where she lived until her death at the age of ninety-three. She was buried in Sheftall Cemetery.
From the GHS Collection:
Main Collection: The Minis family of Georgia, 1733-1992 by Kaye Kole. Savannah, Ga. : Georgia Historical Society, c1992CS71.M658 1992; The Jews in early America : a chronicle of good taste and good deeds by Sandra Cumings Malamed,McKinleyville, Calif. : Fithian Press, 2003, E184.3512 .M35 2003
Manuscript : Jacob Florance Minis letter, 1917, MS 564; Jacob Minis colonial papers, 1768-1793, MS 568; American Jewish Archives collection on Georgia history, MS 1157; Philip Minis papers, MS 566