William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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St. Michaels and Zion Lutheran Church Pew Register and Index, [1770s?], 1834-1853
Meg Hixon, September 2012
St. Michael's and Zion Lutheran Church Pew Register and Index
St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa.) and Old Zion Lutheran Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
This collection is made up of two volumes related to members and pew ownership in the St. Michael's and Zion churches of Philadelphia. One volume is an index of members, church affiliations (St. Michael's or Zion), and pew numbers (ca. 1770s?). The other is a register of pew ownership for Zion Church, 1834-1853.
The material is in German
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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The collection is open for research.
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Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
St. Michael's and Zion Lutheran Church Pew Register and Index, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Thousands of German Lutherans traveled to Philadelphia in the first half of the 18th century. These immigrants relied on Swedish ministers to provide religious services until 1742 when Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg became the first German pastor of the congregation in Philadelphia. The St. Michael's church was established the following year. The building was unable to accommodate the quickly growing congregation and so the members constructed a second building, the Zion Church. The new church began service in 1769.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection is made up of two volumes related to members and pew ownership in the St. Michael's and Zion churches of Philadelphia.
The first volume is a 50-page index to a pew register for the St. Michael's and Zion Lutheran churches of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (ca. 1770s?). The location of the pew register is currently unknown. The index reflects the division of the Philadelphia German Lutheran congregation between St. Michael's and Zion churches. It includes the names of members of the congregation, occupations (occasionally), church affiliation (St. Michael's or Zion), and pew number. The entries are grouped alphabetically by surname.
The second volume, titled Applicationen für Sitze, contains records of pew purchases and ownership in the Zion Church from October 1834 to December 1853. The recorder noted the names of parishioners who purchased seats (most often for $1.00) and pew numbers. Manuscript and partially printed receipts and documents regarding individuals' ownership of pews are laid into the volume. The church's president signed some of the receipts.
- German Americans.
- Lutherans, German--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
- Old Zion Lutheran Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Pews and pew rights.
- Philadelphia (Pa.)--Religious life and customs.
- St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Zion--St. Michael's Lutheran Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Church records.
- Financial records.
- Receipts (financial records)
- Registers (lists)
Additional Descriptive Data
Scharf, J. Thomas, and Thompson Westcott. History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884. Volume 2. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884. 1418-1421.