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Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery
Soest
Marion Township
Allen County
Indiana  USA

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"Der Evangelisch Lutherischen St. Johannis-Gemeinde in Marion Township, Allen County, Staate of Indiana" as the church's record book reads, was founded in either 1842 or 1852, by the Rev. H.F.A. Strauss, a converted Orthodox Jew. Pastor Strauss also served at St. John's Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne (briefly) and St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Thiele Rd. in Allen County, as well as serving as a missionary pastor to what would develop into Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven. The church was a member of the Ohio Synod until 1871, when it combined with a Missouri Synod parish - St. Paul's German Evangelical Lutheran Church - that was approximately 1/2 mile to the east, in the town of Soest, forming what is known today as Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Soest). After some dissension, however, some of the members of the former St. John's congregation left Emmanuel to re-form St. John's. The newly re-founded congregation continued to exist until the early 20th century, when it disbanded and its records were deposited in Grace Lutheran Church, which has itself since closed. The cemetery is currently in an overgrown state; however, some efforts have recently been made to repair the cemetery and bring it back into an orderly state.
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