Emmitsburg's Civil War Soldiers
(Company C, Cole’s
Private John Sponcler: Birth and Baptism
Records for Pension
April 24, 1913
Mr. John Sponsler
My Dear Bro.
I received your letter of the 18th
Inst. making inquiry concerning the dates of your birth and
baptism in the record of our Lutheran Church.
I am sorry to say that the early
records of births, baptisms and confirmations were destroyed by
fire in 1863.
We have no records of that kind
earlier than 1850. The Lutheran Minister of Taneytown and
Emmitsburg in 1844 was Rev. Solomon Sentman and by him you were
The morning I asked Mr. John
Hospelhorn whether he recollected you and he said he did and that
you and he were distantly related. He wishes to be kindly
remembered to you. He married Lydia Sheets, a daughter of Daniel
Sheets. I am sending you a picture of the inside of our Church. It
was built in 1797, but some changes were made at different times.
I have been the pastor now for 20 years.
Many changes of course have taken
place here since you knew Emmitsburg. I regret very much that I
have to disappoint you in your search for your desired date of
baptism and birth.
As Rev. Soloman Sentman lived in
Taneytown, Md. When he served Emmitsburg, it is possible there
might be a record in Taneytown. A letter to Rev. L.B. Hofer of
that place would give you that information
With best wishes I am sincerely
Chas. Reinewald, Pastor