Nitschmann, David, b. Dec. 27, 1696, at Zauchtenthal, Moravia. 1732 with L. Dober missionary in St. Thomas. First bishop of the renewed Brethren's Church. Consecrated March 13, 1735, by D. E. Jablonsky, at Berlin, d. Oct. 1772, at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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Author: J. Nitschmann, g. 1712, d. 1783
Nitschmann, Johann, brother of Anna Nitschmann, was born Sept. 25, 1712, at Kunewald, and came to Herrnhut in 1725. In 1726 the Count von Promnitz took him into the Orphanage at Sorau, and in 1728 sent him to study theology at Halle. In 1731 he became a tutor in the Orphanage at Herrnhut, in 1732 went to Halle to study medicine, but returned to Herrnhut in 1733, and spent a year as private secretary to Count Zinzendorf. Thereafter up to 1745 he was principally engaged in mission work in Swedish Lapland, and in forming communities in Livonia. He was then appointed, in 1745, diaconus and Gemeinhelfer at Herrnhaag in Wetteravia, and in 1750 to the same position at Herrnhut. Consecrated Bishop of the Brethren's Unity in 1758, he took in 1761 t… Go to person page >