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NEISSER, George, clergyman, born in Sehlen, Moravia, 11 April, 1715; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in November, 1784. He was the son of George and Susanna Neisser, who fled from Moravia to Herrnhut, in Saxony, in 1723, and were among the first of those Moravian refugees through whom the ancient unitas fratrum was renewed. George accompanied his parents in their flight, was educated at Herrnhut, and at the age of twenty years joined a company of Moravian immigrants who settled in Georgia in 1735. They were under the leadership of Bishop David Nitschmann, and sailed across the ocean in the same vessel with John and Charles Wesley, upon whose hearts a deep impression was made by the faith and courage that the Moravians displayed in the midst of a terrible storm. Neisser remained but a short time in Georgia. In 1737 he went to Pennsylvania, and in 1748 was ordained a deacon and entered the service of the Moravian church. He labored in New York city, Philadelphia, York, and then in Philadelphia again. His remains, originally buried in the old Moravian church-yard of the last-named city, were removed in 1886 to the historic Moravian burial ground at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Neisser left behind many valuable manuscripts relating both to the history and the music of his church. Among them is a list of all the Moravian and Bohemian refugees that left their native country and constituted the nucleus of the Renewed Brethren's or Moravian church.
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