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Gottfried Praezel owned the first loom in Salem and the town's textile history begins with him in 1766. The author traces the history of textile manufacture in Salem from humble beginnings to the end of the 19th century. The article describes the shift in textile workers from men and their apprentices to the Moravian women known as Single Sisters; linen produced and sales; and the introduction of more sophisticated machinery that changed Salem's textile manufacturing market.
Certificates printed during the American Revolution functioned to replace hard currency which, for North Carolina, was largely depleted by 1780. The article carefully reviews Colonial and State Records of North Carolina as wells as diaries and minute books from the Moravian Church of Salem to better understand the legislation and distribution of certificates within the state.
A reprint of the travel journal of the Rev. Charles A. Van Vleck documenting travel from Salem, NC to Bethlehem, PA in October 1826. Van Vleck was the pastor of Moravian congregation of Bethania, NC from 1822-1826 and held various other positions within the faith during his life.
The Moravian settlement in Wachovia brought many advancements to the then \"untamed\" western portion of North Carolina during the colonial period. The first group of Moravian Brethren, fifteen men between the ages of 28-40, arrived in Wachovia on November 17, 1753. From this humble beginning, a larger Moravian community thrived - bringing schools, medicine, and churches to this otherwise unsettled part of the state.
Fries discusses her passion and conviction for historical research. She makes the analogy that historical research is akin to a jigsaw puzzle in the sense that both require assembling pieces to form an entire picture. To further this analogy, she discusses the life of Anna Nitschmann as pieced together through historical research.
In 1753, the Moravian Brethren purchased 100,000 acres of land in North Carolina for Church settlement. Members could buy a 2,000 acre lot in one of the land tracts and settle the area; the entire community became known as Wachovia. The contracts for each lot are preserved in German archives. A map of the tracts is included in the article with additional information on the owners through 1767.