History of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Maryland of the United Lutheran church in America, 1820-1920
Written by Abdel Ross Wentz in 1920. While providing an exhaustive history of the Synod of Maryland it also provides a list of the Pastors of the Synod during the years 1820-1920.
The plan of the book includes three main parts, the history of the Synod as a whole, the history of the churches constituting the Synod at present (1920), and biographical sketches of the sons of the Synod now (1920) in the ministry.
1) The history of the Synod as such, from the organization to the present,
has been gathered mainly from the Minutes of the body. The original protocol
of the Synod was not available and was thought to have been destroyed.
Not all United Lutheran Churches in Maryland in 1920 were featured in this manuscript, because not all of the United Lutheran Churches were part of this particular Synod. Of particular interest to the genealogist will be the congregational sketches, clerical rolls, and the biographical sketches of the "Sons of the Synod".
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If the plan of the work had included footnotes many interesting but isolated events, many extraordinary occurrences, and many piquant and original anecdotes might have been introduced to enliven the reading. Then, too, complete bibliographical and other source references could have been included. But these were not regarded as essential to the main record and had to be omitted.
The earliest Lutheran settlement in Virginia seems to have been in Spottsylvania County, now Madison County. This is the Hebron church of today. These pioneer Lutherans came partly from North Carolina and partly direct from Europe.