Hi(Storys) from Pennsylvania

3.239.286 inhabitants of Pennsylvania stated in the American Community Survey in 2014 that they had German ancestors. With a share of 25.3 % of the total population, ethnic Germans represent the largest population group in the state. The Irish (16.4 %), Italian (12.2 %), English (7.0 %) and Polish (6.4 %) groups follow by a wide margin. German-speaking immigrants, the Pennsylvania Dutch, among them Mennonites and Amish, settled mainly in the south, especially in Lancaster County. Germantown was founded in 1683. Berks County was settled in the 18th century mainly by Protestant Germans.

The German Herrnhuter Brüdergemeinde settled in the east of Pennsylvania in Bethlehem, Nazareth, or Gnadenthal. Bethlehem was named on Christmas Eve 1741 by Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf. The place was founded as the capital of the Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine in North America, where the congregation is called Moravian Church.


Anna Krogstrup was born on 13 March 1758, as daughter of Otto Christoph Krogstrup and his wife Anna née Burnet. On 28 April 1789 she married Samuel Steup in Bethlehem, Northampton County. All family members are members of the Moravian Church, which was founded by emigrants who belonged to the Herrnhut community.

Anna dies around 1820

Otto Christian Krogstrup wrote down his curriculum vitae shortly before his death on 10 October 1785. He wrote the following about his life:

I was born in Denmark in the Island Fünen Aug. 18th 1714. My father was a devout and pious man, who had conexion with God, and who endeavoured to train up his children in his ways. In my childrens years I had many gracious visits from our dr. Savr. In my 5th and 6th year he was so near to me in the Christmas night, that my heart was filled with joy on account of his birth bringing salvation and retained such an impression of it, that I always would preach of it. I often begin to speak with the people in our house concerning God, so that they wondered, not knowing what to think of me. Growing older I lost at last this tender feeling and coming into the ladin(?)