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In Their Own Words

April 22, 1734

Salzburgers Prepared for Ebenezer

After first arriving at Savannah, the Salzburgers traveled by boat up the Savannah River to Abercorn on April 9. Here they stayed while some of the men traveled five miles inland to construct shelters at the site of Ebenezer, their new home. On this day, Johann Martin Boltzius, a Lutheran minister who accompanied the Salzburgers to their new home, wrote in his journal:

“Because the weather is clear again, the people have begun to unpack their things in order to take them little by little to Ebenezer. We are all very happy that God will soon get us out of these restless circumstances and lead us into solitude where we will be able to serve Him and do our work without interference. The name of our earthly fatherland [Ebenezer] reminds us of the good deeds of God nearly every time we hear it, and it encourages us to glorify Him. Because there are no garden plants, we search the forest for good herbs. There are many healthful and useful plants to be found, such as spinach, young onions, hyssop, and leaves which we cannot name but which can be used very successfully in place of lettuce. During our hours of exercise we shall apply ourselves diligently to the study of plants with our apothecary, Mr. Zwifler, who knows the subject well … .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones (ed.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger: Volume I, 1733-1734 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1968), p. 78.