First Moravian Church, Philadelphia, PA

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First Moravian Church, Philadelphia, PA

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First Moravian Church, Philadelphia, PA

Description

In 1742, the Moravian Church began holding services in Philadelphia under the leadership of Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf. On New Year’s Day in 1743, 34 members organized as a Moravian congregation in a new church building in Old City, at the corner of Race and Bread Streets. In 1820, the original church building was enlarged and remodeled. In 1856, a second church building was dedicated by the congregation, on Franklin and Wood Streets. A third and final church building was dedicated in 1893 on Fairmount Avenue, between 16th and 17th Streets, where it remained until the congregation’s official closing in 1965. Today, Redeemer Moravian Church continues the Moravian tradition in Southwest Philadelphia. Select archival records from this massive collection (54 boxes) of First Moravian Church were scanned as part of this project and include diaries, minutes, membership lists, church registers, and drawings.

Selected Items from the Collection

Includes an alphabetical index, baptisms, 1743-1822 (pp. 1-172), funerals, 1744-1822 (pp. 201-302), and marriages, 1743-1821 (pp. 305-328).

Includes an alphabetical index, baptisms, 1823-1855 (pp. 1-93), marriages, 1823-1855 (pp. 131-171), and funerals, 1823-1855 (pp. 213-262).

Includes an alphabetical index (pp. 1-51), lists of communicants, 1856-1876 (pp. 52-117) and 1877 (p. 324), baptisms, 1856-1870 (pp. 121-153), receptions of new members, 1856-1870 (pp. 181-193), funerals, 1856-1870 (pp. 241-279), marriages, 1856-1870…

View of the front and side of the original 1742 Moravian Church in Philadelphia, Pa.
View of the 1746 Moravian Church and Parsonage in Philadelphia, Pa.
View of the 1820 Moravian Church and surrounding buildings on Race Street in Philadelphia,…

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Jan. 1 1743- June 15 1745

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Diary cover label suggests that it continues through to the year 1751; however, this diary concludes on December 31, 1748.

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Includes a summary of events, compiled by pastor Edmund de Schweinitz for the years 1842-1854, in the time after pastor David Bigler's calling to First Moravian Church, New York, NY. According to the account provided here by Schweinitz, no…

Includes the minutes of the committee from September 27, 1743 - July 3, 1747.
This committee functioned as an English-speaking Elders' Conference. Disputes between the German and English members of the Philadelphia congregation were common in the…

Includes a directory of members listed under street name.
Pencil annotations throughout the manuscript.

Includes very detailed information about names, professions, dates of birth, places of birth, former denominations, marriages, arrivals in North America, dates of reception, dates of communion, and children.

Contains an incomplete index that was…

Includes names, names of parents or masters, ages, dates of death, dates of burial, places of burial, and officiants at burial. Also included on the verso are several notes about individuals buried at Potter's Field in Philadelphia.

This manuscript…

Includes short testimonies about the character of individuals.
Titled in English, "A Catalogue of the Congregation members Communicants, & not-communicants, & Society People, belonging to the little Flock of United Brethren in Phiadelphia." A. G.…

Includes names and dates of birth.

Titled in English, "A List of the Children under the Care of the Brethren in Philadelphia." Date inferred from A. G. Spangenberg's annotation at top-center of page 1. List handwritten by Jacob Rogers, then pastor…

Includes very detailed information about individual names, professions, dates and places of birth, former denominations, marriages, dates of arrival in North America, dates of being received as members, and dates admitted to communion.

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Includes names of individuals and their dates of birth.

Titled in English, "Catalogue of Members belonging the Congregation in Philadelphia : Nov. 13, 1836." Many of the pages of this catalog were never used.

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Titled in English on front-inside cover, "Names & Residence of the Congregation of the United Brethrens Church in Philadelphia, December 14, [18]36."

Includes an index, names of individuals, and dates of birth. Several updated catalogs are recorded throughout the manuscript.

Titled in English on front cover, "Church Book."
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