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Moravian Church Records
New Jersey on the Delaware, Register of 1748

Members, Baptisms
Raccoon, Piles Grove, Penn's Neck, Maurice River


Description of Church Location:
RACCOON
The old Swedish church, which, according to Evans' map of 1755, stood on Beaver Creek, about five miles above its mouth, within the limits of Gloucester county, was closed in December, 1744 to all Moravian evangelists.

PILES GROVE
In December of 1747, the Brethren were preaching in a church on Oldman's Creek, in Piles Grove, then building for them by friends of theirs (principally English, some Germans, however, and others, descendants of the early Dutch and Swedish settlers) residing in Raccoon and Piles Grove. It was five miles distant from the old Raccoon church, within the limits of Gloucester County, and was dedicated to the worship of God in 1749, by Bishop Spangenberg and Pastor Lawrence T. Nyberg.

PENNS NECK
At the date of this register, the Brethren again occupied the pulpit of a church that stood in this district, perhaps either in Salem, or near the site of Fort Elfinsboro. It is stated by Moravian writers of that day to have been seven miles distant from the church on Oldman's Creek, in Piles Grove. In 1746 its doors had been closed on Moravian preachers.

MAURICE RIVER
Thirty-six miles south-east from the Penn's Neck church, and on the bank of Maurice River, stood a meeting house, which had been built for the use of the Brethren, and then dedicated to the worship of God by Abraham Reincke, Pastor Lawrence T. Nyberg, Owen Rice, and Matthew Reutz, December 18, 1746. From this point the resident missionary would occasionally itinerate by way of Cape May, along the Jersey shore, as far as Great and Little Egg Harbors.
Names listed with Maurice River, also resided at that location.



MEMBERS AND LOCATION


an indian, Shiloh - Maurice River
a widow, Margaret - Maurice River
Avis, George - Piles Grove
Bartelsen, Sara a widow - Penns Neck
Cabb, Samuel and wife Catherine - Maurice River
Camp, Paul - Maurice River
Cornelius, Carl and wife - Penns Neck
Dahlberg, (blank), and wife - Piles Grove
Dennis, Thomas - Raccoon
Dorsaw, Charles - Piles Grove
Gill, Matthew and wife - Raccoon
Graceberry, William and wife - Penns Neck
Guest, William and wife - Raccoon
Halton, James and wife - Raccoon
Holstein, Andrew - Piles Grove
Holstein, Lawrence, jr. - Piles Grove
Holstein, Lawrence, sr. - Piles Grove
Hopman, Andrew - Raccoon
Hopman, Lars Piles Grove
Hopman, Lawrence - Raccoon
Hopman, Frederic and wife - Maurice River
Hopman, John and wife - Maurice River
Hopman, Nicholas and wife - Maurice River
Hopman, Peter and wife - Maurice River
Jones, Joseph - Maurice River
Jones, Stephen - Raccoon
Jones, John (widower) - Raccoon
Jones, Abraham and wife - Maurice River
Kalkloeser, (blank) - Penns Neck
Kett, Michael - Piles Grove
Kyn, John - Raccoon
Kyn, Mouns - Piles Grove
Kyn, Eric and wife - Maurice River
Lauterbach, Peter - Piles Grove
Lawrence, Nathaniel - Raccoon
Lehberger, Adam - Piles Grove
Linmeyer, Christopher - Piles Grove
Lloyd, Bateman - Piles Grove
Lloyd, Obadiah - Piles Grove
Lock, John and wife - Raccoon
Lommus, (blank) - Maurice River
Lynch, Samuel Piles Grove
Lynch's slave, Samson - Piles Grove
Masslander, Abraham - Penns Neck
Masslander, Peter - Maurice River
Matson, Jacob - Raccoon
Mueller, Alexander - Piles Grove
Mullicas, Eric - Raccoon
Mullicas, Eric and wife - Maurice River
Mullicas, Stephen and wife - Maurice River
Petersen, Aaron - Maurice River
Petersen, Lucas - Maurice River
Petersen, Thomas - Maurice River
Petersen, Zacharias - Raccoon
Petersen, Lars and wife - Maurice River
Philpott, Nicholas and wife - Penns Neck
Philpott, William and wife - Penns Neck
Powell, Gabriel Maurice River -
Purple, (blank) Maurice River -
Rambo, Peter and wife - Raccoon
Roalin, John - Piles Grove
Sehnes, Robert (Quaker) - Raccoon
Seneckson, Senec and wife - Penns Neck
Stanton, William - Raccoon
Van Immen, David - Maurice River
Van Immen, Gabriel - Maurice River
Van Immen, Peter - Maurice River
Van Immen, Andrew and wife - Piles Grove
Van Immen, Garret and wife - Piles Grove
Van Immen, Jacob and wife - Penns Neck
Van Immen, John and wife - Piles Grove
Van Immen, Peter and wife - Penns Neck
Van Immen, Samuel and wife - Maurice River
Van Immen, William and wife - Piles Grove
Wallace, William - Raccoon
Wood, Jechoniah - Piles Grove
Wood, Jeremiah - Piles Grove



BAPTISMS


Abraham Reincke's private record of official acts performed among his countrymen and others, in New Jersey, on the Delaware, during his occasional ministry in the Brethren's mission of that Province.

April 18, 1745
Kyn
Eric, Infant son of Eric and Catherine Kyn, of Maurice River, born December 25, 1744.
The act was performed in Goevan Kyn's house.

May 4, 1745
Hopman
Deborah, infant daughter of Lorenz and Molly Hopman.
The act was performed in Lorenz Hopman's house in Raccoon.

May 4, 1745
Ward
Seth Samuel, infant son of Samuel and Sara Ward.
The act was performed in Lorenz Hopman's house in Raccoon.

May 7, 1745
Locke
Priscilla, infant daughter of John and Rebecca Locke.
She died in August, 1748.

June 20, 1745
Philpott
Elizabeth, infant daughter of Nicholas and (---) Philpott.
The act was performed in the church in Penn's Neck.

June 21, 1745
Kyn
Mary, infant daughter of John and Rachel Kyn.
The act was performed in the parsonage in Raccoon.

June 22, 1745
Roal
Margaret, infant daughter of John and Margaret Roal (the father a Swede, the mother Irish).
The act was performed in William Graceberry's house, in Piles Grove.

June 27, 1745
Petersen
Jeremiah, infant son of Lars and Susan Petersen, in the new church on Maurice River,
at the close of the first sermon preached within its walls.

December 18, 1746
Cabb
Jones
Masslander
Rebecca, infant daughter of Abraham and Gunla Jones, born December 5.
On the dame day, Elizabeth, infant daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Masslander.
Also, William, infant son of Samuel and Caroline Cabb.
These families are all residing on Maurice River.
The act was performed in the church on Maurice River, immediately after its dedication to the worship of God.

October 20, 1748
Linmeyer
Christina, infant daughter of Christoph and Anna Linmeyer, born in Piles Grove,
in West Jersey, March 27, 1748.
The act was performed in the new church on Oldman's Creek, on the twentieth Sunday after Trinity. Garret van Immen and William Guest, and their wives were sponsors.

November 24, 1748
Locke
Rebecca, infant daughter of John and Rebecca Locke, born in Raccoon, Oct. 31, 1748.
The act was performed in the father's house, in the presence of Garret van Immen, John Jones, old Stephen Jones, Eric Mullicas, and ten other witnesses.

November 27, 1748
Holstein
Mary, infant daughter of Lorenz and Molly Holstein, born in Piles Grove, November 11, 1748.
The act was performed in Yerred van Emmen's house. (N. B. Her mother deceased on the 19th of November, eight days after the birth of the child, and was buried near the new church on Oldmans's Creek. Here was the first interment there, after the erection of the church.)

November 30, 1748
Hopman
Frederic, infant son of Frederic and Catherine Hopman, born on Maurice River, August 1, 1748.
The act was performed in the church on Maurice River, at the close of the Swedish sermon.

January 19, 1751
Hopman
Abraham, infant son of Frederic and Catherine Hopman, born in Marantico, December 10, 1750.
The act was performed in the father's house in Marantico.

January 20, 1751
Jones
Sarah, infant daughter of Joseph and Margaret Jones, born October 30, 1750, at Menomuskin.
The act was performed in the church on Maurice River.

January 22, 1751
Guest
Catherine, infant daughter of William and Christina Guest, born November 18, 1750, in Raccoon.
The act was performed in our church on Oldman's Creek.

April 21, 1751
Gill
Mary, infant daughter of Matthew and Mary Gill, born in Raccoon, March 16, 1751.
The act was performed in the father's house.

April 12, 1752
Lloyd
Charity, infant daughter of Obadiah and Rebecca Lloyd, born in Piles Grove, March 12, 1752.
The act was performed "at the close of the public service in our church on Oldman's Creek."

August 16, 1752
Avis
James, infant son of George and Jane Avis, born in Piles Grove, December 2, 1751.
The act was performed in the church on Oldman's Creek.

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History of New Sweden, Israel Acrelius, (c)1874, pg 441-4.








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