Denny Carleton

                                                                 BEAUTIFUL SPRING

David Zeisberger A Moravian Missionary came to Tuscarawas River Valley in Ohio. He was invited by Delaware chief Netawetwes to build a mission on land near a spring of sparkling water called Schoenbrum which is German for beautiful spring.

Beautiful spring near sparkling waters.Praises we sing to our Lord and King.Schoenbrun our first town,Is the land of the beautiful spring.

The mission became the first town in Ohio. Netawatwes took the Christian name of Abraham and led his people in a pledge of non-violence towards Indians and the white man. In the midst of frontier fighting they were viewed with mistrust by the Indians, the British and the Americans.

Beautiful spring near sparkling waters. Praises we sing to our Lord and King. Schoenbrun our first town,Is the land of the beautiful spring.

They fled Shoenbrun, and arrived in Gnattendhutten. Col. David Williamson promised them protection if they would give up their weapons as proof of their pledge of non-violence. He then told them they would die in the morning, but gave them permission to pray for a night before their death and massacre. I am sure those 90 martyrs prayed that night. I’m sure that they longed for the innocence of that beautiful spring.

Beautiful spring near sparkling waters. Praises we sing to our Lord and King.Schoenbrun our first town,Is the land of the beautiful spring