We are tracing several German families through York County PA, Rockingham Co VA, and Greene Co TN, and had great luck in finding Reformed Church records in Rockingham County Virginia. We are grateful to those kind souls who translated some records of Frieden's Church, which gave us valuable information about our families during the late 1700s. Although several Lutheran and Reformed churches may have existed in Greene County Tennessee, near Moshiem, during the years 1795-1815, we cannot find any sort of church records for that time. The German and Dutch churches have always kept excellent records, so, unless such records were destroyed, we feel sure that there must have been good marriage, birth, death, and confirmation records in Greene County Tennessee German Churches during the years 1795-1815. Perhaps such records are as yet not translated, but we would be happy to assist in such a project.
Can any one advise us as to whether there are any central repositories for early church records of the Lutheran or Reformed Church? A correspondent suggested that there is a national Lutheran library that archives very old North American church records, but I haven't been able to find such a place.
Our central search concerns a Braun/Brown family, but they were surrounded by Trobaughs, Lingenfelters, Hulls, Meyers, Shields, and Harmon families. We are always happy to share information reciprocally with correspondents.
Researching 4 distinct lines:
1. Hall & House (MD>PA>KY>IN), Presley (MD?,PA?, KY?), Banta (NJ>KY>IN>IL?), Britton (Eng>OH>IN), Brighton (Jay, Grant Co IN), Wetzel (Ger>OH>IN), Danner (GER>PA>VA>OH>IN), Pherigo (KY>IN), Fallis, and Demarest (FR>Eng>NJ>KY)
2. Patrick (PA>NC>IN), Abel/Abell/Able (MD?>KY>IN), Beatty (VA>OH>IN), Shumway (NY>IN), Downs (OH>IN), Brown (MA>VT?>NY>OH>IN), Rockwell, (NS>CT>NY), Barney (MA>NY), Shidler, Holman, Jacobs (PA>NC>IN>OH), Dowden, Cheyney, Gaither
3. Groutage (Eng>CO>IL), Fletcher (Eng>IL), Raybould (Eng), Salisbury, Baker, Bucy, Freeman (NY>IL), Mendenhall, Clark, Plate, Gustine (NY>OH>IL)
4. Brown (VA>TN>IN>IL), Spears (KY?>NC?>TN), Tackett (NC?>KY?>TN), Casteel (Native American? PA?>NC>TN), Sherrill (NC>TN>IL), Payne, Trobaugh (PA>VA>TN>IN>IL), Hull (PA>VA>TN), Shields, Lingenfelter (PA>IL), Isom
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