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From: "Richard A. Pence" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Norway
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:52:09 -0400
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"Elizabeth Whitaker" <> wrote:

> In late Colonial South Carolina, an Anglican priest named Woodmason
> was employed to occasionally travel to the backcountry to baptize
> and marry colonists on the frontier who were "nonconformists" --
> Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians. (His book contains some
> frank commentary about life on the frontier.)

In late Colonial Virginia the German Lutherans, Mennonites and others were
welcomed into Virginia and pretty much left alone by the established church
(Anglican). There was a reason for this: The Germans settled in the
Shenandoah Valley and provided a nice buffer from Indian raids for the
plantation pwners in the eastern parts of the state. My German ancestor,
baptized in the Reformed Church in what is now Germany, became an early
adherent to the Baptist faith in the Shenandoah Valley of pre-Revolutionay
Virginia.

I suspect the "backcountry" Germams in South Carolina were considered to be
welcom buffer by the Anglicans!

The philosophy seemed to be, "Those Germans can do whatever they please so
long as they keep the Indianas away."

Richard


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