Finding aid for the John Gottlieb Ernestus Heckewelder Diaries

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Heckewelder, John gottlieb Ernestus
Title: John Gottlieb Ernestus Heckewelder Diaries
Dates: 1786-1789
Extent: 0.20 linear feet (1 container)
Abstract: John Gottlieb Ernestus Heckewelder (1743-1823) was a Moravian missionary who worked to Christianize Indians in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Heckewelder, David Zeisberger, and Christian Delaware Indians migrated from Pennsylvania to the Ohio territory and laid out Schoenbrunn ("Beautiful Spring") in 1772 along the Tuscarawas River. They also founded Gnadenhutten ("Tents of Grace") further downstream, where nearly 100 Christian Indians were murdered by whites in 1782. The collection consists of a diary kept while journeying with Sarah and Anna Heckewelder from the "Cayahoga river" to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October 5-Nov.ember 15, 1786; diary kept while journeying with Abraham Steiner from Bethlehem to Pettiquotting near the Huron River and Lake Erie, and back to Bethlehem, April 17-June 20, 1789; and a church history of the Moravians, undated.
MS Number MS 0813
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English