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Re: Reformed Church Records PA>VA>TN
Posted by: Sally Starks Torchik (ID *****5993) Date: July 29, 2007 at 09:25:12
In Reply to: Re: Reformed Church Records PA>VA>TN by L. Salyards of 905

Don't know if this might interest you or not, but just found this information a few days ago from someone doing some research for me, as the Rev. J.W. Hausenfluck that baptized my grandfather and some of my gr aunts and uncles lived in Rockingham County, Ashby. The baptisms took place at St. Pauls Luthern Church at Mt. Solon, Va.

This is what was emailed to me:
Now, interestingly enough, the oldest record book is actually the record book of the joint congregation of her church and the church I attend, Emmanuel Church. And the beginning of it is written in German. The German Lutheran and the German Reformed congregations shared a church building beginning about 1801 to 1803 until about 1830 something. At that time land was given to the Lutherans and they built the present St. Paul's Church and apparently the records went with them. In 1960 a George Smith went around to old churches and typed up transcripts of early German records into English. Those transcripts are at the Handley Library in Winchester. I had visited there just to make a copy of the transcript but no one knew what had happened to the original. Now I know! They have our old records. So I have the transcript for it. So I didn't spend any more time looking at it.
The pages have been preserved between clear paper, much like our old court house records have been, and the book has been rebound. No doubt, this Mr. Smith had something to do with that.

Hope it helps you find some of your records.

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