Christian Ludwig Benzien manuscript ca. 1811
A stalwart of the Moravian community in Salem, N.C., Christian Ludwig Benzien was connected in spirit and blood with some of the most prominent of American Moravians. A grandson of Jacob and Anna Neisser, founding members of Herrnhut, Benzien's parents, Anna Maria Thrane (1724-1783) and Rev. Christian T. Benzien, emigrated to America in 1754. Rev. Benzien was installed as chaplain to the settlement at Gnadenthal (near Nazareth), but died when Christian was still relatively young. After Benzien's death, Anna Maria married Rev. Amadeus Paulinus Thrane (1717-1776), a minister from Bethlehem. Christian Ludwig Benzien followed his father and step-father into the ministry.