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Christopher Sauer and His Germantown Press - Donald Durnbaugh article from the "Quarterly of the Pennsylvania German Society" (vol. 4, no. 2; June 1970)

 

Christopher Saur Sr. (2.21.1695 - 9.15.1753) was my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, who arrived in Philadelphia from Germany on October 19, 1724 - more than 280 years ago. The books depicted below were printed by his son, Christopher Saur Jr. (9.26.1721 - 8.26.1784), who was also a printer and leading colonial German language printer, based in Germantown, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  

   

A Discourse on Mistakes concerning Religion, Enthusiasm, Experiences, etc.

Thomas Hartley. A.M., Rector of Winwick in Northhamptonshire

1759

 

Apology for the True Christian Divinity

Robert Barclay

1776

 

Old and New Testament Bible

3rd Saur edition; fourth bible printed in the colonies

1776 

 

Marburger Gesangbuch

1777

 

Some Gospel Treasures, or the Holiest of all Unvailing

John Everard, D.D.

"London printed in the Year 1653. And now Reprinted in Germantown, by Christopher Sower. 1757"

 

 

 

Biographical information (from Martin Brumbaugh's authoritative 1899 "A History of The German Baptist Brethren in Europe and America"):

 

Christopher Sauer I (2/21695-9/15/1753 - or 9/25/1758)

 

Christopher Sauer II (9/26/1721-8/26/1784):

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A Discourse on Mistakes concerning Religion, Enthusiasm, Experiences, etc. 

Thomas Hartley. A.M., Rector of Winwick in Northhamptonshire

1759

 

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Apology for the True Christian Divinity

Robert Barclay

1776

 

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Old and New Testament Bible

3rd Saur edition; fourth bible printed in the colonies

1776 

 

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Marburger Gesangbuch

1777

 

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Some Gospel Treasures, or the Holiest of all Unvailing

John Everard, D.D.

"London printed in the Year 1653. And now Reprinted in Germantown, by Christopher Sower."

1757

       

     

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Sower graves at Methacton Mennonite Church

3081 Mill Road, Norristown, PA 19403;  MAP

 

   

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Methacton Mennonite Church

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Christopher Saur, Jr.

(9/26/1721- 8/26/1784)

Replacement headstone.

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(See original headstone below)

 

 

 

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Inscription says "My Mother"

"Catharine Sower".  Other information is difficult to read. This may be Sower's daughter

(2/25/1761-7/16/1823)

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Sower headstones

 

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Inscription says "My Father"

"David Sower". 

 Other information is difficult to read. This may be Sower's son 

(11/6/1764- 10/19/1835)

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Inscription says: 

"Jacob Zimmerman

Departed this Life 

December 29, 1799

Aged 7 years, 8 months, 7 days."

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The original headstone for Christopher Sower Jr. (1721-1784)

 

 

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Source:  Page 427 of Martin Brumbaugh's 1899 

"A History of The German Baptist Brethren"

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