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Old Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery
Off Bethel Rd.
Clear Pond
Bamberg County
South Carolina  USA

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According to the web site for Bamberg County, SC:

"Another Lutheran church of the county was Bethlehem, which was located in Clear Pond area, not far from the T. H. Sutton farm. Nothing of the church edifice remains, only a cemetery with tombstones bearing the names of Folk, Hutto, McMillan, Smoak, Padgett, McGinnis, Adams, Rentz, O'Quinn, Simmons, Steedly, and Jones.

In the years from 1868 to 1885, the church existed as a congregation and was in the Mount Pleasant Parish. The August 10, 1899, edition of The Bamberg Herald mentions a Union Sunday School picnic being held at the church. In a later edition of September 20, 1901, another mention is made of a picnic at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

The land for the church and cemetery was given by Jacob Rentz. Although the building was still standing as late as 1916, the church was not functioning. The building stood across the present road from the cemetery and either faced or backed the cemetery. It is thought that the church and all the records burned."
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