Haven't come across any Jewish Temples put up in Harris County, Georgia but I did come across this article from the New Georgia Encyclopeida, "Judaism and Jews In Georgia" that pretty much supports what you've already shared with me. There quite few credible websites the state the same.
Some really good stuff. Definitely bookmarked it. I forgot to mention, the Levi (Levin) person to whom they make reference to regarding the slave plantation records and he and his mother being Jewish, is not direct my ancestor.I think he married her g-g-aunt, Julia's daughter. I think that would make me a very remote and distant cousin.
Some of my ancestors had given Old Testament Christian names such as Benjamin, Isaac, Samuel, and Jacob, they also had a few New Testament names such as James and John. But there was also some with names like William, Nelson, Wilson and Henry.
During antebellum slaves were not allowed to join churhes, practice their religion (at least not openly), hold or attend religious meetings/services, without the permission of their slave holders. Slaveholders, particularly planters, kept pretty good records, even recording baptisms.
For the most part, slaves were not allowed to read or write, although some were taught secretly. If caught doing this, they would be punished as well as the person teaching them regardless of that persons ethnic background.
So how would they know that these names were biblical unless someone had told them? Maybe it started before the Atlantic Slave Trade. Perhaps the ancestors started the naming tradition there and started giving them Christian names prior to coming to America as slaves.
There were Christian missionaries in Africa going around getting converts, particular slaves. Maybe they admired the slave holder and decided to name their children after him. Or, the slave holder named the enslaved children. Or maybe they heard the names while attending church?
African slave naming patterns are much more complex than some scholars are reporting in their published works. I really don't believe that much serious research has been done in this area.
My cousin has researched the surname and origins of the slave holders of our ancestors and so far they have not come across any that had Jewish origins. No Jewish temple records. I don't know, maybe they broke the Jewish tradition along the way. :-)
Based on our family tradition and research, our ancestors were Primitive or Southern Baptist, Methodist, or Pentacostal.Post antebellum, some became circuit preachers. Even today, our family has many reverends, ministers, etc., some of whom are women.