|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1801|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 1855|
On the 8th of July 1817 in Chatham County, Catherine Elizabeth ASHTON, a native Savannahian, married John B. BARTHELMESS Sr., who had come to Savannah from Germany with his parents as a young boy.
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,
• 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,
• 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 - and where Catharine would bury her husband in 1853.
Abstract from Laurel Grove Cemetery Keepers Book: Catherine E. BARTHELMESS died the 25th of June, 1855, and was buried the next day in Lot 1017. She was a native of Savannah, aged 53 years, 10 months; she was a resident of Perry Street in Elbert Ward.
John Barthelmess (1794 - 1853)*
Rebecca L. Barthelmess Porter (____ - 1892)*
Robert Mitchell Barthelmess (____ - 1884)*
Ann Catherine Barthelmess (____ - 1818)*
Maria Barthelmess Willett (1820 - 1884)*
Sarah Louise Barthelmess Mell (1823 - 1897)*
George S. Barthelmess (1834 - 1886)*
Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
Plot: Lot 1018
Created by: jrpv
Record added: Sep 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42070848
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