Effingham County, Georgia
Jerusalem Church Records
At a meeting of the Evangelical
Lutheran Synod of Georgia and Adjacent States held in Jacksonville,
January 11-13, 1929, funds were provided for the present publication of
the Ebenezer Record Book. It is regrettable that the early records of
this historic church have not been preserved in their entirety, but it
is evident from the many calls for information contained in the record
as it stands that it is worthy of publication. Besides serving as a
basis for more general historical studies, it will doubtless prove
invaluable to many families in the tracing of genealogies.
The publication of the record in English has been made possible by the
generosity of the Reverend A. G. Voigt, D. D., LL. D., Dean of the
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbia, S. C, who freely gave his
service in the tedious work of translating from a photostatic copy of
the original record, which was written for the most part in varying
styles of German script and is in many instances, on account of age, so
indistinct as to require close study.
The copy from which the translation was made was secured as a loan from
the Georgia State Library through the kindness of Miss Ruth Blair,
State Historian. A similar copy is preserved by the Ebenezer
congregation in Effingham County, Ga., and the original is preserved in
the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.
Acknowledgment is due Miss Rachel Snyder, Parish Helper of the Lutheran
Church of the Ascension, Savannah, Ga., for much laborious effort
devoted to the indexing of this volume.
In the index it has been necessary for the sake of brevity to com-bine
what appear to be different spellings of the same surname. It is left
for the genealogist to determine whether the various spellings are used
by the same or different families. Cross references have been given
where it was deemed necessary. The names of slaves have been listed
under the names of their owners or their owner's plantations where such
names appear. In cases where given names appear alone, such names have
been listed under "Surname Lacking". The numbers following the names
refer in all cases to pages on which names occur.
C. A. LINN, Archivist. Savannah, Ga., November 1, 1929.
Source: Ebenezer Record Book,
1754-1781 Jones, George F. Ebenezer Record Book, 1754-1781:
Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials of Jerusalem Evangelical
Lutheran Church of Effingham, Georgia,