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John Gottlob Kummer Papers




2012



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Creation: 05.04.2012
Language: English

Title: John Gottlob Kummer Papers
Quantity: 4 boxes
Identification: PP KJG
Location: 155B
Language: German

This collection contains detailed information about the personal and professional life of John Gottlob Kummer. The collection includes a souvenir album; family papers and biographies; letters; poetry; lectures and school materials; sermons; diaries; accounts; and miscellaneous deeds and estates. Letters from family and friends in the West Indies provide details of mission life, as do biographies of Kummer family ancestors. The collection of sermons and lectures highlight J.G. Kummer's passion for education and for the church. Kummer was meticulous about keeping notes, diaries, and records and this collection likely provides much more detailed information than contained in other sources.


John Gottlob Kummer was born in Nisky/St. Thomas on May 29, 1790 and died on August 6, 1846 in Lititz. His father, Johannes Kummer (1753-1813), was a missionary in St. Thomas beginning in 1780. Johannes Kummer married Anna Rosina Beck (1749-1807) in 1781. John Gottlob Kummer's older brother, Johann Jacob was born in 1782 and died in Bethlehem in 1857. John Gottlob Kummer came to the United States in 1795 with Br. Peter Wolle. He was cared for in Bethlehem by Sister Schindler until he entered the seminary at Nazareth. John Gottlob left Pennsylvania for Salem, North Carolina, in 1804. He studied the mercantile business under Br. Conrad Kremser and became a teacher at the boys' school. He was called to be a teacher in the Seminary at Nazareth, and after serving for three years, took a position as the accountant of the Boarding School for Young Ladies in Bethlehem. On January 13, 1820 he married Sarah Hincliffe (1797-1842), a teacher at the school. In 1826, J.G. Kummer was offered a position as the Inspector of the Young Ladies Boarding School at Lititz. They remained at Lititz until he was called to serve as the Warden of the congregation at Nazareth between 1830-1836. He then returned to the Boarding School for Young Ladies at Bethlehem, where he remained as the Inspector until 1843. Sarah Kummer died in November of 1842, and in 1843, John Gottlob left for Lititz to serve as Warden. He contracted a fever and died at age 57.

The Kummer family was dedicated to education. The four Kummer children, Caroline Louisa, Sophia Elizabeth, Sarah Agnes, and Charles Edward, all entered the educational profession. While J.G. Kummer served as principal during two time periods, Mrs. Kummer, Caroline Louisa, and Sarah Agnes also taught at the School for Young Ladies in Bethlehem. J.G. Kummer's brother, Johann Jacob also served as a teacher between 1819-1938 at the Parochial School in Bethlehem.


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Kummer Collection at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem


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