Christopher Dock

Christopher Dock
Short Name: Christopher Dock
Full Name: Dock, Christopher, ca.1698-1771
Birth Year (est.): 1698
Death Year: 1771

Dock, Christopher. (ca.1698--1771). Mennonite. Came from Germany sometime between 1710 and 1714. Four years later he opened a school for the Mennonite children on the Skippack in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. On September 28, 1735, he purchased 100 acres in Salford Township nearby and opened a second school, thereafter three days a week in each school. For several summers he also taught a Mennonite school in Germantown. A devout, sensitive lover of children, it was his custom to remain in the schoolroom each day after the children had left and pray for each individually. In this devotion, he was found dead on his kneed in the school one evening in 1771.

His classrooms were adorned with illuminated mottoes from his pen. His method of organizing and conducting a school, Eine Einfältige und gründlich abgefasste Schul-Ordnung was published in Germantown by Christoph Saur in 1770. His Life and Works was compiled by Martin G. Brumbaugh in 1908.

Six of his children's hymns are in the Unpartheiische Lieder-sammlung compiled by S. D. Guengerich in 1892:

Mein Lebensfaden lauft zu Ende
Ich will euch, Kinder, nicht verhehlen
Bedenkt auch wohl, ihr liebe Jugend
Allein auf Gott setzt dein Vertrau'n
Kommt, liebe Kinder, kommt herbei
Ach Kinder, wollt ihr lieben

Others were:

Ach! Kommet her ihr Menschen-Kinder!
Kein Trost ward ihm gegeben
Fromm seyn ist ein Schatz der Jugend
Abermal uns deine Güte
Ihr suender kommt gegangen
Suesser Christ, Der du bist

--Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives

Wikipedia Biography

Christopher Dock (c.1698—1771) was a Mennonite educator who worked primarily in South-East Pennsylvania. His teaching techniques stood in contrast to the norm of the day, and emphasized character building and discussion in lieu of physical punishment. His legacy lives on in the Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, which bears his name.

Texts by Christopher Dock (9)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Ach Kinder, wollt ihr liebenChristopher Dock (Author)
Ach kommet her, ihr MenschenkinderChristopher Dock (Author)German1
Bedenkt euch wohl, ihr liebe JugendChristopher Dock (Author)
Ich will euch Kinder nicht verhehlenChristopher Dock (Author)
Kommt, liebe Kinder, kommt herbeiChristopher Dock (Author)
Mein Lebensfaden lauft zu EndeChristopher Dock (Author)
O children would you cherishChristopher Dock (Author)English2
O come ye children of men mortalChristopher Dock (Author)English2
O little children, gather nearChristopher Dock (Author)

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