The following article excerpts were originally contributed by the Brier Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the article appeared on page 12 of the 7 Aug 1975 issue of the Sylvania Telephone, one of a series, published in that newspaper in adjacent Screven County, entitled "Men of the Revolution" during its Bicentennial Celebration in 1975-1978.
Governor John Adam Treutlen ... was born about 1726 of German heritage (some records show 1733). At an early age he came to America with his widowed mother and older brother, Frederick. He was sent to the Salzburger pastors at Ebenezer (St. Matthews Parish, Effingham County, Georgia) to be educated. ...
John Adam Treutlen married Margaretha Dupius of Orangeburg District, South Carolina about 1756 at St. Matthews Parish, Ebenezer. Their children were
• Christina Elizabeth (b. 1757),
• Jonathan (b. 1758; died in infancy),
• Elizabeth (b. April 8, 1760, married William Kennedy, b. 1757; will probated 1808),
• Dorothea (b. 1762),
• Mary (b. 1764),
• Hannah (b. 1766),
• John Adam II (b. 1770),
• Dupuis, and
Treutlen died 1782 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina, where he met a tragic death after being driven out of Georgia by the British and the Tories. Definite place of burial has never been established. His first wife, Margaretha, died soon after he became Governor in 1777. There were no children by his second mariage, about 1779.
A stern Revolutionary Patriot and Salzburger, John Adam Treutlen was a member of the First Provincial Congress of Georgia, which met in Savannah on July 4, 1775, acting as a representative from the Parish of St. Matthews. On May 8, 1777, he was elected Governor of Georgia by a large majority over his opponent, the Honorable Button Gwinnett (see White's History of Georgia, p. 202). He was a deacon in Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Ebenezer, a member of the Council of Safety, served as magistrate of the Parish of St. Matthews, a Colonel in the Effingham County Militia. White serving as Governor, he crushed South Carolina's attempt to annex Georgia.
He moved with his second wife and his children to Orengeburg District, South Carolina, for safety, after having been driven out byt he Tories, his home burned and property confiscated. He still remained active in the affairs of Georgia and was elected in 1781 from his old Parish to the Georgia Legislature which met in Augusta in 1782, in which he served. ...
Besides a Land Grant, he also owned extensive lands in Sister's Ferry fields near Clyo on the Savannah River.
A monument has been erected to Governor Treutlen on the grounds of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Ebenezer by interested descendants.
Gabriel Evans Treutlen (1804 - 1845)*
John Adam Treutlen
First Elected Governor of Georgia
Veterans Park of Effingham County
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Record added: Sep 25, 2009
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