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


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IN NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA. 121 imparting the desired information on account of the want of communication between Ebenezer and Orangeburg. 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- n

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