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GENERAL

was used by Mr. Miller's grandfather in going to and from school at McGaheysville. October PC Kaylor"

When the building was completed in 1806, the congregation directed the deacons to prepare a ch. document to govern the
use of the ch. The following is the Preamble to this document:

Ch. Constitution and Articles - Anno 1806
"Since God is a God of Order and whereas all Christian order is by him ordained and instructed, surely Christi-
anity without order and discipline can not exist. Therefore in all properly conducted congregations and Ch. Affairs
this order has been recognized for centuries. It was proclaimed through the preaching of the Gospel and the
humble and penitent lives of all believers.
"There then also in Rock. Co. State of Va., a Christian Union (verreinigte) Protestant Congregation, the so
named (called) Ermentrauts Ch. has been organized and established for years. In order to bind at this time as
deacons of this Christian Congregation, Phillip Ermentraut Senior, Heinrich Flauck, Casper Hein and Heinrich
Ermentraut respectively, present the following Constitution and Articles for their authority to properly direct the
congregation as follows."

There follows 10 articles dealing with ch. management, the responsibility of the 2 congregations, the selection of preachers,
confirmation on the admission of the newly confirmed to membership and the final article which states, "In case of erring
brethren they shall adjust all differences according to Matthew 18, verses 15, 16, 17."

These rec. included 273 bapt. of which 130, or nearly half, were of Armentrout children. A sample of these records are:
"Temperance Fultz was bapt. (adult) Nov 12, 1859 and by this bapt. is received a member of Trinity Luth. Con-
gregation of the Unalterable Augsburg Confession. H Wetzel, Evan. Luth. Pastor."

The rec. also contain communicant lists and the dates that communion was given in the ch. The rec. end near the close of
the Civil War, when the new Trinity Ch. was built and the old log ch. abandoned. The old cem. is still in use, and pract'ically
all of the stones indicate the interment of an Armentrout family member.

7. THE MATRIARCH.

The mother, Anna Elizabeth Ermentraudt, was about 40 years of age when she came to America with her 7 children and
her brother Peter Hain. When her sons moved to Va. in 1752, she accompanied them and made her home with her 2nd son,
Johan Phillip, where she died in 1775. Johan Phillip was the Executor of her will and settled her estate after a sale of her
per. prop. at his home on 7 Aug 1775.4 She was undoubtedly buried in the Pk. Mtn. Ch. Cem. in a grave which now is un-
marked and its exact location is unknown.

8. FAMILY ORIGIN.

The Church and Environs at Irmtraut, Nassau, W. Germany
The Ermentraudt Family came from an area which had originally been the Palatinate State of the Holy Roman Empire.
This was the area of the present-day West German State of Nassau. Today there is a small German farming village by the name
of Irmtraut, located about 13 miles north of Limburg (on National Route 54) on the Lahn River, a tributary of the Rhine. In
1954 this little village had about 20 houses located on both sides of the highway with a population of not over 100. It was
built on the top of a low hill formerly occupied by a small castle and a chapel, which still stands. The castle was destroyed
many years ago, probably by fire. The little gray tower (chapel) is very ancient with thick masonry walls and a round arched
doorway. It is located directly across the highway from what was once the main entrance to the castle and at least one of the
village houses is standing on part of the old castle foundations.
The old tower served as a chapel for the castle and at a more recent date a room about 20 by 30 feet was added to the
back of the tower. A round arch was cut through the back wall to give access to the room in the rear. Inside, the tower
measured about 15 to 18 feet square with 2 beautiful stained glass windows, one on either side. The left one, on entering,
depicts the Virgin Mary with a coat of arms in the lower panel. Passing through the arch in the rear, you enter the ch., the in-
terior of which is very attractive. The seats are low benches about 6 feet long, arranged on either side of a narrow center
aisle. The interior is lighted by 2 stained glass windows on either side. They cast a subdued mellow glow on the interior. The
altar is slightly raised and a rail extends across the ch. in front of it.
Across the highway from the ch. is a large farmhouse that is built on part of the old castle foundation. The old foundation
is built of limestone blocks that are approximately 2 by 5 feet by 3 feet in depth laid up in mortar. When I was in Irmtraut
in 1954, the villagers immediately crowded about, and when I identified myself, one old gentleman motioned for me to fol-
low him. He took me into the house built on the old castle foundation. The entire village trooped into the house and fol-
lowed us into the basement or lower floor. There were so many people down there together with large piles of vegetables. the
lantern light was so dim that no real good look at the interior could be had. I could see that there were 4 rooms with vaulted
ceilings or rather a single large room with a 4 foot square pillar in the center from which the ceiling arched to the sides and
this central support in flat circular arches. There was a door to the outside in a corner of the room. This, the owner explained
was part of the castle foundation. There were iron rings about I 0 inches in diameter set in the walls about 5 feet above the
floor. Undoubtedly these rooms had been used to stable horses and the rings were to tether them. The owner took us out-
side and indicated a point in the front wall where the main entrance to the castle had been located. He also said that the tower
to the ch. was well over 700 years old. The stained glass window with the coat of arms seemed of special importance, but we

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