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Re: St. Paul Church
Posted by: Sally Starks Torchik (ID *****5993) Date: July 29, 2007 at 09:33:35
In Reply to: Re: St. Paul Church by John Getz of 905

I already posted this once, but will post again in case you didn't see it. There is a St. Paul's Luthern Church at Mt. Solon, Va. The following is what was sent to me, as my grandfather and some of his siblings was baptized at this church, along with my gr grandmother Hannah Catherine Shaver Starks, she was born April 1842 and baptized there May 28, 1842. She was a d/o William and Catherine Crum Shaver. Rev. J.W. Hausenfluck who did the baptisms of grandfather and his siblings was from Rockingham County, Ashby.

The following is what was sent to me, hope it can help you.
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.




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