Christian Jakobus Protten (1715 - 1769)

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Birthplace: Accra, Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra, Ghana
Death: Died in Accra, Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra, Ghana
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About Christian Jakobus Protten

Christian Jakobus Protten (1715–1769), son of a Togolese mother and a Danish father, studied theology in Copenhagen from 1727 to 1735 and then accompanied Nicolaus von Zinzendorf to Herrnhut. He returned to Elmina in West Africa in 1737 as the first Moravian missionary (Bohemian and Moravian Brethren: II, 4). During a long stay in Germany (1740–1756), in 1746 he married Rebecca Freundlich (1718–1780), a former slave from the Caribbean.


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September 15, 1715
Accra, Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra, Ghana
Age 30

In Marienborn, Germany Rebecca met Christian Jacob Protten from Ghana.
They eventually married and she had another daughter who also died at a young age.

Age 34
Herrnhut, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
- 1751
Age 35

Johann Valentin Haidt’s 1751 portrait, “Die Familie Protten” (“The Protten Family”), shows Rebekka with her Ghana-born husband, Christian; and their celebrated second child, Anna Maria. Rebecca wears a Moravian "Haube", and blue ribbon (for married women).

October 23, 1769
Age 54
Accra, Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra, Ghana

Protten was desperate to return to his home country
of Ghana and Rebecca went with him. When he
died, leaving Rebecca a widow for the second time
but this time in a country she did not really call
home, there was some discussion as to whether she
should return to St. Thomas but it was felt that she
was not well enough to travel and she died there in
1780 at the age of 62. (Rebecca’s Revival
Creating Black Christianity
in the Atlantic World
author Jon F Sensbach)