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In Their Own Words

April 07, 1734

Stories Told about Ebenezer

Johann Martin Boltzius was the religious leader of the Salzburgers who emigrated to colonial Georgia in 1734; he kept a journal of their activities. On this day he mentioned the difficulty of reaching their settlement site - called Ebenezer - and some stories others settlers had spread about it. Unfortunately, some of these stories turned out to be true:

“…To-Day we arrived at a Village, called Abercorn, upon the River Savannah, where we must stay till a Road is made by Land to our Ebenezer; because at present, the Trees hinder the Passage thither by Water. Certain wicked People having maliciously spoken false Things of our Place of Settlement, not only that it was impossible to make a Way thither, but also that the Ground was Barren Sand, and exposed to the Invasion of the Enemies. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 69.