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Johann Christian Till

Alice M. Caldwell, “The Memoir of Johann Christian Till (1762-1844),” in Craig D. Atwood and Peter Vogt, eds., The Distinctiveness of Moravian Culture: Essays and Documents in Moravian History in Honor of Vernon H. Nelson on his Seventieth Birthday (Moravian Historical Society, 2003), 781-93. John Christian Till, 1762-1844, born at Gnadenthal. His parents served in the ministry and died at Bethel, on the Swatara, Pa. His great musical talent was recognized and developed by Rev. Simon Peter, and in 1785 he began to teach in the Bethlehem school. Having, in 1793, married EHzabeth Frey, of Hope, N. J., he served as teacher and organist of that church until its abandonment in 1808. Afterwards he made musical instruments, and since 181 1, for 33 years, was the faithful and efficient organist of the Bethlehem Church. His wife died in 1838.  
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