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Ann L. Jacobson Papers

Archival Description

Title: Ann L. Jacobson Papers
Dates: 1838-1879
Quantity: 1 box
Identification: PP JAL
Language of Material: English
Location: Moravian Church Archives
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This collection includes letters to Ann (often addressed as either Ann L. or Lisette A.) from her husband John Christian Jacobson. John Christian Jacobson's 27 letters to his wife include accounts of trips to Bethlehem while his family was living in North Carolina, as well as to New England, Ohio, Michigan, Canada, and New York. This collection also includes letters written by Ann to her husband John while he was travelling and one to her mother Mary Schnall, informing her mother of the death of Ann's young son, Jonathan and later letters from the Jacobsons to their daughter and son-in-law. Also included are letters written by Ann Jacobson's sons, William, Eugene, and Edward, to their mother and others as well as a letter to Ann from her son-in-law Edward Rondthaler, Jr.


Ann Lisette Schnall Jacobson was born in 1806 in New Fairfield, Canada, to Johannes Schnall (1754-1819) and Margarethe Schnall (1763-1848). Her parents, originally from Bethlehem, worked as missionaries. After her father died in 1819 in Canada, she returned to Bethlehem with her mother. She taught for a time at the Girl's School in Bethlehem. On October 26th, 1826 she married a Moravian minister, John Christian Jacobson (1795-1870). She then spent time living in Winston-Salem, NC; Nazareth, Pa.; and Bethlehem as her husband worked with the church. As a high ranking member of the church, John Christian Jacobson was often travelling and away from his family for long periods of time. Together, Ann and John had five children. She lived for a time with her only daughter Mary Jacobson Rondthaler and son-in-law Edward Rondthaler Jr. (1842-1931) in Brooklyn, New York, where Rondthaler was a Moravian minister as well. She returned to Bethlehem shortly before her husband's death in November of 1870. Ann Jacobson died in Bethlehem on June 9th, 1883.



Custodial History

These papers were donated to the Archives along with other materials by Ann Jacobson's great-grandson, Edward Rondthaler, in 1978. In addition to Ann Jacobson's papers, correspondence, diaries, and other letters pertaining to the Rondthaler family were also included. The entire collection donated by Rondthaler was inventoried in January of 1979 by Lothar Madeheim. In 2011, the papers were reorganized by Erin Thorn, a student at Lehigh University working on the CLIR grant. At that time, the Ann Jacobson papers were seperated and organized as their own seperate collection.

Related Material

See the papers of her husband, John Christian Jacobson; Rondthaler Family Papers


Ann L. Jacobson Papers
1. Letters received by Ann Lisette Jacobson from her husband, John Christian Jacobson
Date: 1838 - 1868
Physical Description: 1 letter torn
Scope/Content: Includes:
1. Correpondence from Jacobson's trips between 1838 and 1868.
2. Letter from John Christian Jacobson to his former student, Caroline E. Service, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, June 2nd, 1869.
2. Letters from Ann Lisette Jacobson to various others.
Date: without date
2. Letters from Ann Lisette Jacobson to various people
Date: 1840 - 1870
Physical Description: 1 letter torn
Scope/Content: Includes:
1. Letters from Ann to her husband, John Christian Jacobson:
1.a From Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on July 4th, 1840
1.b From Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on April 24th, 1856
2.Letter from Ann to her mother, Mary Schnall, from Salem, North Carolina on April 21st, 1844.
3. Letters from Ann and her husband to her daughter Mary and her husband:
3.a From Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October 11th, 1867
3.b From Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on May 29th, 1868
3.c From Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on July 1st, 1868
3.d From Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on March 15th, 1870
3. Letters received by Ann Lisette Jacobson from her children
Date: 1840 - 1879
Physical Description: 1 letter torn
Scope/Content: Includes:
1. Letters to Ann from her children:
1.a From William, Edward from Salem, North Carolina, June 28, 1840
1.b From Eugene, from Lititz, Pennsylvania, September 29, 1850
1.c From unknown, n.p., n.d.
2. To Ann from her son-in-law, Edward Rondthaler, from London, England, August 1879
3.To "Pappy" from her son, Eugene, n.p., n.d., (before 1853)