Recorded Burials Since 1736

Historic Jerusalem Church Cemetery-Effingham County Georgia

Brick Pillars and wrought iron gates

The first recorded burials in the New Ebenezer Cemetery were in 1736. There was a custom the Salzburgers brought over from the old country that stipulated that the only person to be buried in a coffin would be a mother that died in childbirth. All others were placed on a board and wrapped in a white cloth for burial. Pastors Boltzius and Gronau, the early spiritual and secular leaders of the colony are buried in this cemetery.

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Beautiful serene setting marked with white stakes for the graves of the unknown outside the gates

Notes from the recent rededication:

Prayers for those who died long ago filled the sanctuary and grounds of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday during services held for those buried in at least 250 unmarked graves outside the walls of the church’s cemetery. Many of the graves belong to slaves, buried just south of the church cemetery that contains generations of the area’s descendants, the Salzburgers. Other unmarked graves are also located outside the cemetery’s brick walls, on the side nearest the New Ebenezer Retreat Center. The graves may contain those of soldiers and civilians who died during the Revolutionary War. 

Georgia Salzburger Association marker

For anyone interested in historical sites in the Savannah area, this should quickly move to the top of your list for sites to visit. Located twenty-five miles northwest of Savannah, Ebenezer was one of Georgia’s original settlements.

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3 thoughts

  1. I enjoy visiting old cemeteries and learning the about the history they hold. This was an interesting post. Thanks for sharing it with Thursday Doors.

  2. Interesting story – I’ll have to get into that one a little more. We didn’t see or hear about this when we visited Savannah back in 2011…wish we had though. Thanks for sharing. Do you know of any slave cemeteries’ from that time period?

    1. There are slaves in the woods here, and of some of the freed slaves that drowned during the March to the Sea. I posted that 2 nights ago

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