There was a Rev. Nicodemas (“Demas”) Aldrich (1816-1886) in my family line who was an Episcopal minister, teacher and later editor of The Southern Lutheran and the Evangelical Lutheran. He served as a chaplain at Fort Sumter during the Civil War. He married. Elizabeth Dorothea Stoebel. He was born 14 Jun 1816, Charleston, SC, died 3 Jun 1886. He later moved to Baltimore, Md.
According to “The Aldrich Heritage: by Thomas F. Aldrich (1983): Nicodemas studied to be an Episcopal minister, ordained in 1841 by the Synod of South Carolina. He was regimental chaplain (1st Regiment South Carolina Artillery) at Fort Sumter, S.C., when it was attacked by the iron-clad feet in 1863. Later in Baltimore, he was editor of The Southern Lutheran and the Evangelical Lutheran. (He was the 4th child of Robert and Ann Aldrich born Jan. 4, 1816 in Charleston, S.C; died June 3, 1886 in Baltimore, Md. at age 70). He is buried in Charlotte, N.C.
His wife was the daughter of John and Mary (Beard) Strobel, born on Nov. 1, 1838. They had eight children. She died about 11 years after him in Aiken, S.C., on Dec. 3, 1897.