|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1709|
|Death: ||Oct. 27, 1795|
New York, USA
FIRST LUTHERAN PASTOR IN NEW YORK STATE
Peter Nicholas Sommer was born in Hamburg, Germany, January 15, 1709, the son of Claus Albert Sommer and Barbara Greve Sommer. He was a theological student at the Unviersity of Jena. He served as a catechist in the orphan asylum of Hamburg from 1737-1741 and received a call to become the Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in the Palatine settlement of Schoharie, NY, introducing his first sermon on May 29, 1743.
He married Maria Kayser, daughter of Johannes Kayser on May 16,1751 and they were blessed with a large family of 10 children, including two sets of twins. I am the descendant of his son, Johannes, a twin to Nicholas.
In 1768, when he was 59 years old, he lost his sight. Records indicate that his eyesight had been restored in 1789. He was awakened on a Sunday morning and was able to see. When he held the service that day, he astounded his congregation by kneeling down at the pulpit and thanking God for his restored sight.
He retired in 1789 at the age of 80 after 46 years as pastor. During his pastorage, he baptized 2,005, confirmed 624, married 414 couples and buried at least 214 people. He also baptized 84 Native American Indians, infants and adults.
He passed away on October 27, 1795 at age 86, leaving between $6,000-7,000 to St. John's Lutheran's Church.
The monument at the grave of Rev. Sommer and his wife, Maria are located in the Lutheran Cemetery adjacent to the 1742 parsonage.
Karen Sommers LaMountain, direct descendant,
Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery
New York, USA
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Record added: May 15, 2002
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