Lunenburg was served by a church from the beginning by St. John's Anglican Church, built in 1753; Rev. Jean Baptiste Morreau missionary. Rev. Morreau ministered in English, German, and French.
However a considerable number of the community members were of Calvinist and Lutheran background and they desired to be ministered to in their own faith.
Thus, by subscription, the Calvinists built the Dutch Reform Church in 1769; Mr. Bruin Romcas Comingo the first minister. This church later became the Presbyterian Church.
The Lutherans built their own church in 1770, which is the subject of the web page. Rev. Frederick Schultz was the first minister.
The record of how this church came to be was detailed by my great-great-great-great-grandfather Andreas JUNG in a diary that Winthrop Bell referred to as "The Jung Manuscript" in his book The Foreign Protestants and the Settlement of Nova Scotia.
This "Manuscript" was available for viewing at the Public Archives in Halifax about a decade ago, when I had an opportunity to view it. Since then, it has been removed from public viewing. Because it was written in German, I was unable to make much sense from it. However, Dr. Bell was fluent in German and transcribed a great deal of information from the "Manuscript", now available as MG1 Vol 113. Included among the various transcriptions are a variety of lists that provide information on individuals who contributed to the building of the Zion Lutheran Church in 1770, the manse in 1773, and a school in 1787.
The pages, which follow, compile Bell's data in a different way and provide details of the contribution by each individual. The information includes:
The monetary units are given e.g. £ 1.15.6, which means 1 pound sterling, 15 shillings and 6 pence. For those not familiar with the British system, 12 pence = 1 shilling and 20 shillings = 1 pound.
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