John died a few years later, and in 1832,
William B. Nuttall bought El Destino from his father’s estate for $17,000.
Besides being a plantation owner, William also had a law office in Tallahassee
and was a speculator in Florida lands and bank stocks. On June 20, 1832,
William married Mary Wallace Savage, a Savannah heiress who had fifty-four
slaves and some other property. They had a daughter, Mary Savage Nuttall.
William died on April 20, 1836 from apoplexy. Before her husband died,
Mary Nuttall inherited some more property from an uncle, William Savage.
She took it in the form of about eighty slaves. To employ these slaves,
Hector Braden, a friend of William’s, sold Mary a plantation six miles
north of El Destino. Its name was Chemonie. On May 18, 1840, she married
George Noble Jones of Savannah. He bought El Destino and all but one slave
from the Nuttall estate.
Noble Jones crossed the Atlantic with Oglethorpe. He was a volunteer colonist of some substance. He settled a plantation called Wormsloe, near Savannah. His son, Wimberly Jones and his grandson, Dr. George Jones maintained the prestige and enhanced the family fortune by marrying heiresses. Dr. George Jones took as his second wife, Sarah Fenwick, widow of Macartan Campbell who had sprung from a mercantile family of Charleston but who in later life was a wealthy citizen of Augusta, Georgia. In addition, Noble Wimberly Jones, son of Dr. George Jones and his first wife, married Sarah Campbell, one of the daughters of Macartan Campbell and Sarah Fenwick, who was thus his stepsister. In 1811, George Noble Jones was born to Noble and Sarah. George Noble Jones married Mary Wallace Savage Nuttall at the age of twenty-nine. By the time he was married, he was already well versed in plantation management. He helped manage a plantation in Jefferson County, Georgia which his mother and two aunts owned. In due course, Jones not only inherited a share of this plantation but also in considerable wharf and mercantile property in Savannah, bank stock and other investments, and a cottage in Newport, Rhode Island. He spent most of his time in Rhode Island and in Savannah. He would occasionally visit El Destino, Chemonie, and the Georgia plantation. After the close of the Civil War, he took up residence on El Destino. To George Noble Jones and Mary were born four children, George Fenwick, Wallace Savage, Sarah Campbell (who renamed herself Lillie Noble instead), and Noble Wimberly. George Fenwick is the only one to have married out of the four children. He married Anna Wylly Habersham in 1871 and died in 1876. He left three children, George Noble (the one who gave the Society the collection), Josephine (the late Mrs. J.A. Crisfield), and Mary Savage (the late Mrs. Clarence G. Anderson Jr.). [Source: Florida Historical Society]
Location of El Destino
George Noble Jones married Mary Nuttall and purchased El Destino,
as well as Chemonie Plantation in Leon County. That plantation was located on the Leon County/Jefferson County
line and bordered Evergreen Hills Plantation on the west and bordered a tip of Tuscawilla Plantation on the north.