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In Their Own Words

August 31, 1739

Stephens Reached Ebenezer

William Stephens wrote of reaching Ebenezer and being greeted by its leaders, including Johann Martin Boltzius. Stephens was on an expedition to inspect a saw mill destroyed by flood waters (see In Their Own Words for August 30, 1739:

“…After two or three Hours Rest and Refreshment, about Eleven we set out again, having only fifteen Miles to Ebenezer; but now the Stream was grown so rapid, that after long Toil we made it past Ten at Night ere we could reach it: From whence (having the Benefit of the Moon) we sent away a Messenger immediately, to Barker the Cow-Pen Keeper by the Saw-Mill, to furnish us with each a Horse before Sun-rising: After which we were kindly received by Mr. Bolzius the Minister, who has lately built a very good House, where he lives; and Mr. Groneau another near him, of somewhat less Size. We lodged very commodiously with Bedding laid on the Floor, and slept comfortably.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 403.