Foering, Christian Frederick

Foering, Christian Frederick an early Reformed (Dutch) minister, was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1736, and studied theology under professor Weyberg. His father died in the military service of his country, and his mother brought him, when he was but seven years old, to New York. Afterwards they settled in Philadelphia. He became a school-teacher, then a surveyor, and at last a minister, being licensed in 1770 by the Classis of New York, in the Reformed Dutch Church. He was settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1771; in the German Reformed Church, New York, from 1772 to 1774; and in the Dutch Reformed Church, Hillsborough, or Millstone, N.J., from 1774 to 1779, where he died, March 29 of the latter year. Mr. Foering was of a devout and fervid spirit, and preached in German, Dutch, or English. He was one of the original trustees of Rutgers College. During the American Revolution he espoused the cause of his adopted country with patriotic zeal. See the Millstone Centennial Hist. Discourse, by Reverend E.F. Corwin, one of his successors, pages 47-55; Corwin, Manual of the Ref. Church in America; page 83. (W.J.R.T.).

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