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St. Michael's and Zion Lutheran church records (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 1745-1927

Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
  • German
  • English
Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1946, 1982
on 7 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

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Microfilm of original records in the Lutheran Archives Center at the Krauth Memorial Library, Philadelphia.

Text in German and English.

Many records contain overlapping dates because two pastors served the church at the same time beginning in 1751. They often used different books for recording events. In v. 18, Pastor W. Julius Mann also served St. Paul's Church for years 1850-1854, but he did not specify which church in his entries.

St. Michael's was built 1743-1748 at 5th and Arch St. and was the only Lutheran church in the city of Philadelphia until Zion Church was built at 4th and Cherry in 1769. By 1751 two pastors served the congregation and also served Zion when it was built. During the Revolutionary War St. Michael's was used as a garrison church by the British who allowed the Lutherans to use it at times; Zion was used as a British hospital. Both churches had to be rededicated after the war. In 1868 the lot on which Zion was located was sold and the congregation moved to Franklin and Race. In 1874 St. Michael's was sold and the congregation moved around until the 1900s when there was an apparent merger of both churches. St. Michaels-Zion Lutheran Church is located at 228 North Franklin Street (1980).

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