Anna and Johann Nitschmann

NITSCHMANN, Anna, b. 24 November 1715; d. 21 May 1760; Johann, b. 25 September 1712; d. 30 June 1783. Born at Kunewald, near Fulneck, Moravia; the family moved to Herrnhut when they were children in 1725. Anna was appointed Unity-Elder, with responsibility for the unmarried women of the Herrnhut community. With her friend Anna Dober*, she founded the ‘Jungfrauenbund’ for them. Johann studied theology at the University of Halle and became private secretary to Count Nikolaus von Zinzendorf*. Anna travelled to America with her father, David Nitschmann, in 1740, working among the Native Americans. She returned to Germany in 1743; in 1757, following the death of his first wife, she married...

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