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Johann Jacob and Catharina (Schober) Hein;

2. Anna Margaretha Gabriel


The following is a compiled memoir of Johann Jacob Hein.  I am not for certain if the facts were assembled by the author at a later date, or if it was a Lebenslauf which was read at his funeral.  A Lebenslauf, according to funeralwise.com, is German for "life path" and is "a short account of the deceased’s life. Much like a memoir, it is shared with the members of the congregation and funeral visitors. It includes a brief account of the deceased’s faith, and it is meant to be an encouraging example to those who are left behind."

Memoir of Johann Jacob Hein (1713-1795)

     The widowed Brother Johann Jacob Hein, who entered into his eternal rest a Friedland on September 26th, did not leave behind any written memoir of the details of his life, therefore, from his own accounts, only the following minor [record] has been compiled. He was born on September 13, 1713, at Schoenbach in Dillenburg and brought up in the reformed religion. Of his childhood years he knew himself so well that he remembered caring most often for his soul's salvation. He went to his first Holy Communion in his 14th year and the impression [ of that event ] remained with him for life. At that time he learned the wool-carding profession and left for some years on his travels, during which he lost the restlessness in his heart  because of his salvation. He allowed himself to journey away from sinful amusements toward a fatherly manner with which he guarded himself against offensive outbursts of sin. In 1739 he married Catharina Schober, with whom he had 2 children. He became a widower in 1749 and was married again in 1750 to Margaretha Gabriel, who bore him 9 children, of which 4 went ahead [ into heaven ], as did  one child from the first marriage. In 1753 he moved with his family to New England and established himself in Broadbay. At this time he was  wholly resurrected in the Grace or the blood of Jesus due to the arrival in Broadbay of Brothers Soelle and Samuel Herr, who served as his witnesses and saw to his salvation. This even gave rise in 1773 to his move to Wachovia with his family where he built 1 1/2 miles from the local schoolhouse. At his wife's request he and his wife became members of the local Society when it was formed. In 1777 he was a widower once again. For many years he had a wound on his leg which in this year, however, started to become quite serious, and against which the medicines that were applied had no helpful effects, so that by 1778 he had become bedridden. On December 31, 1780,  after repeated requests, he was received into the congregation from his sickbed. Even though his wound was now becoming increasingly worse and he had to endure great pain, he nonetheless tolerated the pain with much patience. During the first months of 1781 he believed, as did everyone, that his end was near because his entire leg began to rot. He therefore eargerly requested the Holy Communion and to his great pleasure it was brought to him at his sickbed on March 4, 1781. In the following month of April he resolved to allow his leg to be amputated, an operation that was fortunately and quickly performed on the 25th of the same month by an English doctor from Cornwallis' Army with the help of Brother Bonns from Salem. Everyone was grateful in their hearts towards God. After the operation he still had much to endure untill he was again so well recovered that he could again be present in the Saal for the meetings, so that after another 5 months of bed rest [ ending ] in September 1781, it had been 2 1/2 years since he had had to begin dealing with this hardship. To the joy of the Brethren he was a diligent  visitor of the meetings from this time on. In order to get to them he had to hobble 1 1/2 miles with 2 crutches. At any opportunity he could not express enough  his gratitude toward the beloved Savior who had done him the tremendous [ act of ] compassion in allowing him to spend his remaining days so enjoyably in the religious hope of a far better existence when he would be with the Lord forever. Some time ago he began to complain about decreases in his energy that were making the trip to the meetings more and more difficult. In this year of 1795, however, he visibly weakened. On July 18th he was present at the Holy Communion for the last time and he said aftewards that it had been especially pleasant for him, and although his trip here had been very difficult, he did not regret coming. He was ill at the beginning of August and he was started on a  "red" cure which often offered individuals the hope that the medicines administered would again recover him with God's help. According to his wishes he was visited on September 17th, and at his eager request he was brought the Holy Communion for the Sick on the 22nd, which he enjoyed in the complete awareness of his thoughts and with great emothion. From that time on he lay quite still and accepted litlle or nothing. He remained in this condition untill evening of the 26th because on this evening between 5 and 6 o' clock he entered peacefully into his eternal rest after a pilgrimage here below which lasted 82 years and 13 days.

                                    Original author unknown

                                    Translation by Jeffrey H. Morgan,  August 11, 1992

 


JOHANN JACOB HEIN

Birth: Sep 1713 in Dillenburg on the Rhine, Hessen-Nassau, Germany          Death: 26 Sep 1795 in Friedland, North Carolina

Burial: Friedland Moravian Church Cemetery, Forsyth, North Carolina

Marriage 1: 1739

Marriage 2: 1750

Father: JOHAN JOST HEIN

Mother: ANNA ELISABETH TOLLER (DILLER/KEMPFER)

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CATHARINA SCHOBER 

Birth:           Death: 1749

Burial:

Father:

Mother:

Children:

1. JOHANNES HEIN

Birth: 17 Sep 1747          Death: 25 Mar 1806

Burial: Bethabara Moravian Church Cemetery, Forsyth, North Carolina

Married: to JULIANA CATHARINA SCHNEIDER

2. ANNA ELIZABETH HEIN

Birth: 23 Nov 1749

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ANNA MARGARETHA GABRIEL

Birth: 29 Apr 1735 in Dillenburg on the Rhine, Hessen-Nassau, Germany          Death: 11 Dec 1777 in Friedland, North Carolina

Burial: Friedland Moravian Cemetery, Forsyth, North Carolina

Father:

Mother:

Children:

1. ANNA GERTRAUT HEIN

Birth: 15 May 1753          Death: 06 Jun 1786

Marriage: to GEORGE FREDERICK HAHN

2. ANNA EVA HEIN

Birth: 20 Jul 1756 in Broadbay, Maine          Death: 05 Oct 1838 in Northampton, Pennsylvania

Burial: in Nazareth Moravian Cemetery, Northampton, Pennsylvania

Marriage: 16 Aug 1789 in Salem, North Carolina to JOHN RENATUS KASKE

3. JACOB WILLIAM HEIN

Birth: 05 Oct 1761 in Broadbay, Maine          Death: 10 Apr 1844

Burial: Friedland Moravian Church Cemetery, Forsyth, North Carolina

Marriage: 1782 to CATHERINE BLESSING

4. ANNA CATHARINA HEIN

Birth: 29 Mar 1763 in Schuykill, Pennsylvania         Death: 17 Jan 1823 in Stokes, North Carolina

Marriage: 11 Jun 1779 in Stokes, North Carolina to MOSES SWAIM 

5. ANNA MARIA HEIN

Birth: 20 Oct 1767 in Broadbay, Maine          Death: 31 Aug 1805

Burial: Friedland Moravian Church Cemetery, Forsyth, North Carolina

Marriage: 04 Jul 1786 to ALEXANDER KOCH [COOK]

6. FREDERICH HINE

Birth: 09 Nov 1769 in Broadbay, Maine          Death: 14 Feb 1847

Burial: 16 Feb 1847 in Friedland Moravian Church Cemetery, Forsyth, North Carolina

Marriage: 08 Apr 1788 to ELISABETH VOGLER

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