Manuscript Collection

The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families - Accession 715 #59

Title

The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families - Accession 715 #59

Files

Download Schwenkfelder Families Table of Contents (328 KB)

Identifier

Accession 715 #59

Inclusive Dates

1923

Restrictions

Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

1 bound volume; 1768 pages

Language

English, German, Latin, Dutch, Hebrew, Spanish

Historical Note

The Schwenkfelder families are descendants of the followers of Caspar Schwenkfeld [1489-1561], a Silesian nobleman and religious reformer. His views, formed during Luther's Reformation, emphasized inner spirituality over outward form. His concepts seemed to be middle-ground between the various branches of the newly formed Protestant movement. Severely persecuted throughout the1600s and early 1700s, the Schwenkfelders found life in Germany unbearable. In 1726 they sought refuge in Saxony where they remained for just eight years. On July 29, 1734 40 families journeyed to Pennsylvania.

Scope and Content Note

The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled From Silesia to Saxony and Thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737 by Samuel Kriebel Brecht chronicles the genealogy of the followers of Caspar Schwenkfelder, German religious reformer. The book also includes photographs of people, places, and documents; historical sketches; church organization, maps, and other information. Please see the attached scan of the Table of Contents.

Provenance

Winthrop purchased the volume from W. Heffer and Son in 1933.

Keywords

Genealogy, Church History, Protestants, Protestant Reformation, Pennsylvania, Germany - Silesia, Germany - Saxony, Caspar Schwenkfeld

Copyright

For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families - Accession 715 #59

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