Schmucker, Peter

Schmucker, Peter a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Michelstadt, grand duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt, Aug. 24, 1784. His parents removed to this country while he was yet an infant, and settled in Virginia. He was converted in his eighteenth year, and entered the ministry of the Lutheran Church in 1814. We cannot specify the congregation he served, but his name is found in 1817 in the printed list of the members of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of North Carolina; and in 1820 he was one of the delegates who met at Hagerstown, Md., to form the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the United States. Still later we find him recorded as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Western Pennsylvania. In 1832 he joined the Methodist Church, and in 1838 entered the Ohio Conference to take charge of the German Mission in Cincinnati. In 1840 he was appointed to Louisville, Ky., and in 1842 sent to New Orleans to begin work among the Germans there. He continued to labor in different parts of the United States until 1848, when ill health disabled him. From that time he suffered greatly, until relieved by death, Dec. 9, 1860. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1861, p. 165.

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