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The Moravian Church is an early Protestant Church, begun in Europe in 1457. Today, Moravians are worldwide with American provinces centered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Moravian Church History

Jan Hus (c.1372-1415), our founder, Czech priest, key member of the Protestant Reformation

Spaugh's "A Short Introduction to the History, Customs, Practices of the Moravian Church"

Hutton's "History of the Moravian Church," "The Burning of Hus July 6, 1415"

The Moravian Church, or Unitas Fratrum, (Unity of the Brethren) organized 1457

John Amos Comenius (1592-1670), Bishop in the Moravian Church, widely regarded as the "Father of Modern Education"

Comenius, "The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart" (1632)

Comenius, "Orbis Pictus," possibly the first illustrated textbook (1657)

"The Revival under Zinzendorf: 1700-1760"

Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf

Moravian Church Renewed (August 13, 1727) on Zinzendorf's Estate, Herrnhut, Germany

Subscribe to "Moravian Daily Texts" (1731)

First Missionaries (1732) St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The Moravian Church in North America

"The Moravians in Georgia, 1735-1740"

Moravian Archives Bethlehem: Indian Records of North America (1735-1900)

Herrnhaag (1738-50), Hesse, Germany

Shekomeko mission (1740) Pine Plains, Dutchess Co., NY

"Tschoop: First-fruit of the Moravian Indian Mission in America" (1742) Shekomeko, NY

Native Americans in Dutchess County, NY -- Perhaps an Anthropologist's Point of View

Moravian / Heckewelder connection to "Last of the Mohicans," James Fenimore Cooper

Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation bibliography includes Heckewelder

Sichem Moravian (1756-1773) Spencer Corners, Dutchess Co., NY

Delaware History: Moravian Missions (1740-1837)

Moravians Found Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1741)

First Place of Worship in Bethlehem (1741 Gemeinhaus), now Moravian Museum

Congregation Organized (1742), now Central Moravian Church

Moravians of Great Britain (1742)

Moravian Education (1742), Bethlehem, PA

Moravian Industry, Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem, PA

Shamokin (1742): Delaware Tribal History

Wechquadnach (1742) Indian Pond, Sharon Tp., Litchfield Co., CT

Gnadenfrei (1743) Silesia, now Pilawa Gorna, Poland

Swatara or Bethel Moravian (1743), Lebanon Co., PA

Pachgatgoch Mission a.k.a. Schaghticoke [Tribe / Nation] (1743), Kent, Litchfield Co., CT

Pachgatgoch: Native American Tribal History

Dansbury, now Stroudsburg (1744), Monroe Co., PA

Collegium Musicum (1744), Bethlehem, PA

Moravian Music

Heidelberg Moravian (1745), Berks Co., PA

Gnadenhuetten Mission (1746), Carbon Co., PA

Gnadenhuetten: Moravian Journals

Gnadenhuetten: Delaware Tribal History

Zeist (1746), the Netherlands

Fulneck Moravian (1746), Yorkshire, UK

Benjamin Henry Latrobe of Fulneck Moravian

Latrobe's Architecture: The White House, Washington, DC

Oldman's Creek Moravian, a.k.a. Swedesboro (1747), Gloucester Co., NJ

Lebanon Moravian Church (1747), Lebanon Co., PA

Emmaus Moravian Church, a.k.a. Maguntsche / Salzburg (1747), Lehigh Co., PA

King George II Act (1747) Concerning Colonial Moravians

Lititz Moravian Church, a.k.a. Warwick (1749), Lancaster Co., PA

Christianbrunn / Christiansbrunn (1749), Northampton Co., PA

AKA Christian Springs / Christians Spring

Moravian Work Begins in Ireland (1750

Ockbrook Moravian (1750), Derbyshire, UK

Gomersal Moravian (1751), West Riding, Yorkshire UK

Moravian Missions (1752) in Labrador

The Wachovia Settlement (1752) in North Carolina

Gnadenstadt, The Rose Inn (1752) Nazareth Tp., PA

Bethabara Moravian (1753), Winston-Salem, NC


Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC

The Sun Inn of Bethlehem (1758)

Kleinwelka (1758), a Wend mission, Saxony, Germany

Bethania Moravian (1759), Forsyth Co., NC

Moravians Begin Missions (1762) Tuscarawas Co., OH

Schoeneck Moravian Church (1762), Nazareth, Northampton Co., PA

New Dorp Moravian (1763), Staten Island, NY

Friedenshutten Mission (1765), Wyalusing, Bradford Co., PA

Home Moravian (1771), Winston-Salem, NC

John Heckewelder Helps

David Zeisberger to Found Native American Mission

Called "Schoenbrunn" (1772) in the Ohio Territory

Visit Schoenbrunn Historic Site, New Philadelphia, OH

Christiansfeld Moravian Church (1773), Denmark

Hope Moravian Church (1774), Warren Co., NJ

William Henry, Gunsmith (1781)

The Jacobsburg Historical Society: Museum of the Pennsylvania Longrifle and 1832 Henry House Museum

Gnadenhutten Massacre (1782), Tuscarawas Co., OH

Fairfield Moravian (1785), Manchester, UK


Moravian Genealogy Links

Colonial Moravian Surnames, A-L

Colonial Moravian Surnames, M-Z

MORAVIANCHURCH-L@rootsweb.com is a free e-mail list. We currently have about 200 subscribers. You can subscribe and search archived messages at rootsweb.com

Moravian Church Message Board at RootsWeb

Bethlehem Digital History Project

Bethlehem Moravian Marriages (1742-) Northampton Co., PA

Nazareth Moravian Marriages (1742-) Northampton Co., PA

Oley Moravian Church Records (1741-) Berks Co., PA

Lititz Moravian Marriages (1742-) Lancaster Co., PA

Philadelphia Moravian Marriages (1743-) Philadelphia Co., PA

Heidelberg Moravian Burials (1745-) Berks Co., PA

Emmaus Moravian Burials (1747-) Lehigh Co., PA

Oldman's Creek Moravian Church Records (1749-) Gloucester Co., NJ

Hebron Moravian Marriages (1751-) Lebanon Co., PA

Bethel Moravian Burials (1752-) Lebanon Co., PA

Emmaus Moravian Marriages (1758-), Lehigh Co., PA

Staten Island Moravian Marriages (1764-) Richmond Co., NY

Hope, Moravian Burials (1761-) Warren Co., NJ

Census Images Northampton County (1800) Northampton Co., PA

Hope Moravian Burials (1830-) Indiana

Census Bethlehem & Nazareth (1890) Northampton Co., PA

German Script with Moravian Archival Examples

German-English Online Dictionary

NCSTOKES-L@rootsweb.com covers the Moravian tract in North Carolina. You can subscribe and search archived messages at rootsweb.com

Wachovia Settlement (1752) North Carolina

Wachovia First Settlers (1753) NC

Bethany Moravian Burials, Winona Co., MN

Try the Global Search at WorldConnect

No luck? Search the Moravia Message Board

Search the Bohemia Message Board

Search the Czech Republic Message Boards

Explore the Czech Republic GenWeb

Czech Republic Bohemia & Moravia Genealogical Research


Moravian Research

Moravian Archives, Herrnhut, Germany

Moravian Historical Society "Transactions..." (1868)
214 E. Center St., Nazareth, PA 18064 (610) 759-5070

Moravian Archives, Northern Province
41 W. Locust St., Bethlehem, PA 18018 (610) 866-3255
info@moravianchurcharchives.org

Moravian Archives, Southern Province
4 E. Bank St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (910) 722-1742
MoravianArchives@mcsp.org

Visit the Family Search website. An extensive microfilm collection of worldwide church records can be found in the Family History Library System, choose Family History Library Catalogue. Using the Author Search, type Moravian and also Moravian Church (each produce unique results).

Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth, PA

Historic Bethlehem Partnership

Moravian Music Foundation
20 Cascade Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27127-2904
(336) 725-0651

Moravian Book Shop (1745)
428 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018 (610) 866-5481

Moravian Book and Gift Shop
624 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336) 723-6262

Shops at Old Salem Online Store

Search the Bethlehem, PA Library
Subject: Moravian, 190.

Moravian College, Reeves Library
1200 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018 (610) 861-1320

Henry F. Marx Local History Room, Easton, PA Library
Northampton Co., PA genealogical records

Search Pennsylvania Libraries


My Earliest Moravian Lines

Gottfried SCHULTZ b 1717 Lower Silesia, probably Niemcza, Poland near Gnadenfrei, now Pilawa Gorna, Poland, d 1779 bur Nazareth, PA
+ Maria DONEWOK / DOMINICK b 1718 Lower Silesia, d 1806 at Gnadenthal, Upper Nazareth Tp., Northampton Co., PA.

Gottfried united with the Brethren at Ebersdorf (now Saalburg-Ebersdorf, Thuringia, Germany). Came to Bethlehem, PA on the "Irene," in what was known as the Third Sea Congregation in 1749. Married in the "Great Wedding," Gemeinhaus Saal. Descend through Samuel SCHULTZ + Susanna HAUSER, and Samuel Jr. + Maria Christina PEISSERT. Descendants in Moravian settlements at Pennsylvania; Hope, NJ; Winston-Salem, NC.

Martin HAUSER of North Carolina
+ Margaretha SCHAEFFER Descend through son Martin HAUSER + Susanna Maria KESSLER.

Christoph PEISSERT "Born May 14, 1762, in Reichenau, Silesia. In 1786 went to Kleinwelka, and there was received into the congregation. In 1787 came to America and lived in Christianspring. In 1791 married Rosina FREVEL. He was a farmer in Gnadenthal, Old Nazareth and Nazareth. Of his six children, four survived."
+ Rosina FREVEL b abt 1759 in Montgomery Co., PA, daughter of Moses FREVEL, perhaps she joined the church as a young girl, d bur 1839 Moravian cemetery called God's Acre, Bethlehem, Northampton Co., PA.

Johann George MIESS b 1704 "Berghausen," prob. Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, d 1774 Swatara Tp., Lebanon Co., PA.
+ Anna Juliana BALDT b 1718 in Amtshausen, Germany, d 1778 Swatara Twp., Lebanon Co., PA. George may have connections to the Moravian settlement at Herrnhaag, Hesse, Germany through Philip MIESS. Emigrated to Pennsylvania 1741, joined the Moravian Church in Lebanon County, PA in 1750.

John Heinrich MIESS (1752-1816) + Maria Barbara FABER (1751-1805).

Bernhard Heinrich FABER (1722-79) + Catherine UNKNOWN (c1722-) Lebanon Co PA.

Johann Casper FREITAG / FRIDAY b 6 JAN 1769 in Brumby, Lower Saxony, Germany son of Johann Peter FREITAG and Rosemunda LEISS, d 1821 in Cherryville, bur St. Paul's Indianland, Lehigh Tp., Northampton Co., PA
+ Hannah FEARNLEY b 19 MAY 1771 near Gomersal, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK, d 30 APR 1823 also in Cherryville.

Note: FREITAG probably joined the church at Herrnhaag, Hesse, Germany. Hannah FEARNLEY was brought by her Uncle James BIRKBY to the Moravian Church at Staten Island, where he was Pastor. John Casper and Hannah were married by Lot, at the Moravian congregation in Bethlehem, PA. John Casper was ordained, and sent to Moravian church at Oldman's Creek, Salem Co., NJ. Per "Sketch of the History of the Moravian Congregation at Gnadenhutten on the Mahoning," night of 24 Nov 1755, 10 of 16 Moravians killed. Settlement started again 1770. "John Caspar Freytag and Hannah (m.n. FEARNLEY) his wife were sent to minister to the remnant of this congregation in November of 1805. A comparatively young man, of bouyant spirits and vigorous health, he entered upon his duties as minister, school-teacher, and husbandman, with zeal and ardor."

John FEARNLEY (c1751-c1821) m Catherine WILLIAM (c1751-c1821) of Moravian congregation at Gomersal, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK


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