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John Barthelmess
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1794, Germany
Death: Feb. 20, 1852
Savannah
Chatham County
Georgia, USA

John B. BARTHELMESS Sr. was born in Prussia on the 17th of December 1794 to Peter BARTHELMESS & his wife Mariah Catherine. He came with his parents to Savannah by about 1800. John B. BARTHELMESS grew up in the early Republic and saw the erection of the defensive line which enclosed the town on three sides during the War of 1812.

By 1819, he had become the head of his family, and he and his wife had lost their first child at age almost eight months. The new family had been living in Yamacraw, a section to the west, outside of the city's gridded ward pattern, where the Indians who had helped Oglethorpe had lived in Colonial times. In 1820, Savannah's first major yellow fever epidemic occurred and 666 inhabitants died.

On the 8th of July 1817 in Chatham County, John had married Catherine Elizabeth ASHTON, a native Savannahian. For the first three decades (or so) of their marriage, the BARTHELMESS couple appear to have attended the German Lutheran Church (which is today the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, ELCA), particularly after a permanent pastor was established in 1824 (of the three ASHTONs who were likely buried in the city cemetery in 1821, 1834 and 1836, one was buried by the new Lutheran pastor). By 1823, the pastor of the German settlement at Ebenezer (to the north in Effingham County, the only other Lutheran congregation in Georgia) had had to cease his intermittent ministering to the Lutherans of Savannah.

John & Catherine Elizabeth were the parents of ten children, born 1818-1840:
Ann Catherine BARTHELMESS (1818-1819)
Maria B. BARTHELMESS (1820-1884), who married George M. WILLETT in 1839,
Sarah Louise BARTHELMESS (1823-1897), who was married to William Benjamin MELL Sr. in 1841 by the ELCA pastor,
Eliza M. BARTHELMESS (1826-1827)
Laura Matilda BARTHELMESS (about 1828-1875), who was married to Edward Sumner MELL in 1850 by the ELCA pastor (this couple settled in Cobb County, Georgia, and they were buried in the Marietta City Cemetery - they were the parents of nine, including Catherine Ashton MELL SHUGART, "Kate" and Benjamin MELL),
Robert Mitchell BARTHELMESS (1830-1884), who married Mary E. FERGUSON in 1856,
John B. BARTHELMESS Jr. (1832-1894), who married Tallulah A. BARTLETT/BARTLEY of Augusta in 1873 (she died in 1918 and is buried at Westover Cemetery, Augusta, Richmond County),
Capt. George Shick BARTHELMESS (1834-1886), who married Jane Eveline Scott FERGUSON in 1865,
Rebecca L. BARTHELMESS (1836-1892), who was married to Thomas K. PORTER in 1856 by the ELCA pastor, and
Charles Richard BARTHELMESS (1840-1845), who was buried in the Old City Burying Ground, with services by the ELCA pastor.

The cemetery of Christ Church (Episcopal), which had been in use since 1750 and had become the city's "Burial Ground" (known today as Colonial Park Cemetery), would have been where the BARTHELMESS pair would have buried their eldest child in 1819, a daughter in 1827, and their youngest child in 1845 - where they themselves would be buried.

John B. BARTHELMESS Sr. was buried on the 20th of February 1853, at age 58 - he died of Dropsy, with Dr. HABERSHAM attending, as a resident of Perry Street. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Peter Barthelmess (____ - 1814)
 
 Spouse:
  Catherine Elizabeth Ashton Barthelmess (1801 - 1855)
 
 Children:
  Ann Catherine Barthelmess (____ - 1818)*
  Maria Barthelmess Willett (1820 - 1884)*
  Sarah Louise Barthelmess Mell (1823 - 1897)*
  Laura Matilda Barthelmess Mell (1828 - 1875)*
  Robert Mitchell Barthelmess (1830 - 1884)*
  George Shick Barthelmess (1834 - 1886)*
  John Bartlett Barthelmess (1837 - ____)*
  Rebecca L. Barthelmess Porter (1837 - 1892)*
 
 Sibling:
  John Barthelmess (1794 - 1852)
  Maria Barthelmess Bird (1804 - 1880)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Our Father
John Barthelmess
Born
December 1794
Died
Feb 1852.
A few more years shall roll
A few more seasons come:
And we shall be ... those that rest
Asleep within the tomb.

 
Note: His burial was originally in the old City Burying Ground, now known as Colonial Park Cemetery; his burial, along with those of other family members and several of their stones, was removed to Laurel Grove Cemetery on 29 Mar 1858.
 
Burial:
Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
Savannah
Chatham County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Lot 1016-1018
 
Created by: jrpv
Record added: Sep 17, 2009
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John Barthelmess
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John Barthelmess
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 Added: Sep. 17, 2009

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