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Jonathan Hoch Collection




2012



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Creation: 05.04.2012
Language: English

Title: Jonathan Hoch Collection
Dates: 1847-1864
Quantity: 1 box
Identification: PP HJo
Location: 17D: small collections 5
Language: GermanEnglish

Four volume collection of transcriptions of Jakob Jonathan Hoch's letters to his family from German script to Latin script. The letters describe his time as a member of the church in Europe and North America, as well as his time as a missionary in Africa and Central America. The letters also include notes, clarifications, and translations by the transcriber. Also included are several letters from Hoch's wife to her mother-in-law in English and one original letter from Hoch to his mother. The letters were transcribed by H. and L. Hoch-Fischer in 1925 in Switzerland and sent to Hoch's daughters, who were living in Bethlehem.


Jakob Jonathan Hoch was born on March 9, 1826, in Basel, Switzerland. After completing his education in Europe, he spent time as a missionary in Nigeria, and then taught for a short time at Nazareth Hall in Nazareth, PA. He then married Francis "Fanny" Erisman in 1859, after being called to a missionary position in Central America. The couple worked as missionaries on the Mosquito Coast and the Bluefields in Nicaragua, on the Corn Islands off the coast of Nicaragua, in St. Thomas, and in Barbados before returning to the United States. Hoch died on November 1, 1869 in Emmaus.


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