Abigail Minis

Remarkable in every sense for her time, Abigail Minis ran multiple successful businesses while supplying rebel troops during the American Revolution. Abigail Minis and her family were part of the first group of Jewish settlers to arrive in Savannah in 1733. Despite her poor spoken English and complete illiteracy, Minis was a brilliant businesswoman. Widowed in 1757, with eight children to support, she ran a large plantation, owned property across four counties, and in 1763 began operating a tavern that swiftly became a hub for Savannah’s elite. Minis supplied the local Georgia militia and French forces to fight British rule, but when Savannah fell to the British Loyalists in 1778, the British governor granted her and her family safe passage to Charleston and allowed her to keep her property instead of having it confiscated. After the war, Minis returned to Savannah, continuing to run her tavern until 1779 and maintaining her vast holdings until her death.


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Entrepreneur, Activist

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Abigail Minis." (Viewed on June 23, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/minis-abigail>.


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