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Old 22nd October 2017, 09:28 PM
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From Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, vol. 4 by F. Edward Wright. page 175 : Donegal/Mount Joy Moravian. Deaths & Burials : 17 Dec 1760, Maria Louisa, wife of Peter Schneider. She was born in the Palatinate in 1692, of Jewish parents, and through marriage in her 18th yr received the Jewish surname Levi. With her husband and a child she converted to Christianity in 1722 and was christened "Maria Louisa" by a Lutheran pastor at Imspach, replacing her former name Sara. After she was widowed she m. her current husband [Peter Shneider] and came with him together with a son from her 1st mar. to this country, where she had another son. Both sons are still living. She was accepted by the Moravians at Betlehem in 1749 and admitted to communion there in 1750. // page 175-6 : 11 Aug 1765, Peter Schneider; b. 21 Sep 1710 at Kayserslautern in the Palatinate; Reformed. He learned the blacksmith's trade and journeyed through many cities and countries of Europe including Hungary and Moravia. He mar. in Apr 1738 widow Louise, a Jew who had been baptized. They came that year to this country; to communion 1749 at Warwick. A son Georg Peter is still living. After he was widowed in Dec 1760, Peter mar.(2) Jun 1761 widow Cath, Kapp(in), in which mar. they lived more than 4 yrs. His age: in his 55th year. // page 188 : Catalog of Families at Donegal/Mount Joy : 3. Peter Schneider, farmer and blacksmith, b. 21 Sep 1710 near Bad Kreuznach in the Palatinate; Reformed. He m. (1) in Apr 1738 Maria Louisa (Levi) nee Sara. They came that same year to Pa., were spiritually awakened by [at that time Moravian] pastor Jacob Lischy and were accepted 1749 by the Warwick Moravian congreg. They had one child: Georg Peter, b. Nov 1739. After Maria Louisa died, Peter m. (2) widow Catharina Kapp(in) nee Etter(in). // 4. Maria Louisa Schneider(in) (formerly Levi) nee Sara, b. about 1692 of Jewish parents at Naschstaatten in Rheinhessen. She m. (1) in her 18th year a Jewish man surnamed Levi; they had 9 children (of whom 1 now lives in this country: Georg [Levi], who is a Mennonite). In the 12th year of marriage she and her husband with one of their children were converted to Christianity; her husband was given the name Christian Gottlieb, and she was christened Maria Louisa. After her 1st husband's death she m. (2) in 1738, Peter Schneider. She d. 17 Dec 1760. // (Any misspellings are as they are in this volume. So Betlehem would actually be Bethleham. I had run across these a few years ago & found them very interesting, of a Jewish line documented entering both the Moravians & one of her sons to the Mennonites. In my opinion, the son by her 1st marriage who was Mennonites Georg Levi, may possibly have gone by the christian name of Gottlieb , given to his father when he was christened. So in Mennonite records he could be Georg Levi or Georg Gottlieb ? Apparently her other 8 children from her 1st marriage either had died or stayed in Europe when she & her 2nd husband came to America.)
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Old 23rd October 2017, 10:39 AM
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Thank you for this, ragnar. I found it very interesting! Thanks for taking the time to post it.
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