Spaffford-familien er sentral i eit svært spesielt kapittel i Jerusalems historie; utviklinga av The American Colony. Eg har tidlegare skrive om denne historia her og her på bloggen. Leiarskikkelsen Anna Spafford var født i Stavanger. Nå skriv Ferrell’s Travel Blog om familien i ein serie om menneske som er gravlagt på den protestantiske kyrkjegarden på Sionshøgda.

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How the Spaffords came to make Jerusalem their home is an interesting story, but I will leave it for you to read in Bertha Spafford Vester, Our Jerusalem: An American Family in the Holy City 1881–1949. It may be difficult to locate a copy of the book for a reasonable price, but it is available in Kindle format for $8.39. Click here: Our Jerusalem.

The members of the American Colony lived under a series of governments — the Turks, British, Jordanians, and Israelis. Horatio died in 1888 during the Turkish rule. The American Colony had secured a place for burials on the south eastern slope of the traditional Mount Zion overlooking the Hinnom Valley.

Before I can show you the grave marker of Horatio Spafford I should tell you about the desecration of his original grave. Toward the end of the 19th century, when the members of…

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