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J. Mortimer Levering Papers




2012



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Creation: 05.04.2012
Language: English

Title: J. Mortimer Levering Papers
Dates: 1855 - 1907
Quantity: 3 boxes
Identification: PP LJM
Location: 155D
Language: German

This collection includes a full manuscript of Levering's magnum opus, "A History of Bethlehem, Pennslyvania, 1741-1892." Also included are Levering's personal correspondence regarding various historical topics, extensive genealogical notes regarding his and other prominent Bethlehem families. Additionally, the collection includes various newspaper clippings and notes pertaining to Moravian history and the clergy, and three Daily Texts with diaries kept by Levering.


Joseph Mortimer Levering was born to Lewis Alexander and Sophia Theresa Levering on February 20th, 1849 in Hardin County, Tennessee. His family moved to Illinois during his childhood. He received his primary education there before moving to Moravian College and Theological Seminary in 1870. After graduating in 1874, he was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church. He then moved to Uhrichsville, Ohio, to serve the Moravian congregation there. In 1876, he married Martha Whitesell. Soon after, he was consecrated as a presbyter. He then served the congregations at Lake Mills, WI, and Bethlehem, PA. He served in Bethlehem from 1884-1901. While he was there, he also served on the Provincial Elders' Conference. During this time, he served as the archivist for the Moravian Church in Bethlehem. After leaving his duties as a minister in 1901, Levering published his extensive work on Bethlehem history, called "A History of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from 1741-1892" in 1903. He died in Bethlehem on April 4th, 1908.


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