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History of the German Settlements and of the Lutheran Church in North and South Carolina


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imparting the desired information on account of
the want of communication between Ebenezer and
Rev. John Giessendanner labored ten years as
a Lutheran minister, after which, in 1749, he went
to London to receive Episcopal ordination at the
hands of Rev. Dr. Sherlock, Bishop of London.
The reasons for making this change in his Church
relationship are not known; however, it is pre-
sumable that, as he was then the only Lutheran
pastor in South Carolina, he preferred to enjoy a
more intimate connection with some ministerial
organization than the one that was then afforded
him in the bosom of his own Church; and although
the Ebenezer pastors were also then laboring in
the South, nevertheless they were somewhat dis-
tant! 3^ removed from him, and dwelling in another
Province. He doubtless also had his fears that
some other Zauberbiihler difficulty might harass
him again, and thus, by taking this step, he would
have all legal preferences in his favor, as the
Church of England was then virtually the estab-
lished Church of the Province.
Pie was united in marriage to Miss Barbara
Hug, and became the father of several children,
one of whom, a son named Henry, born July 3d,
1742, was still living in 1826. as he is mentioned
in “ Mills’ Statistics;” and his widow spent the
close of her life with one of her children residing
in Georgia.
Henry Giessendanner was married to Miss
Elizabeth Rumpf, February 25th, 1767; he re-

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