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Christian Jakobus Protten

Also Known As: "Uldrich"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Christiansborg, Accra, Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra, Ghana
Death: October 23, 1769 (54)
Christiansborg, Accra, Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra, Ghana
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Protten and NN
Husband of Rebecca Protten Freundlich
Father of Anna Maria Protten, dead as child
Brother of Wilhelm / Friderich Protten and Anna Protten

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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.

manuscript: Diarium of/by Christian Jakob Protten Africanus (1715-1769)


Debrunner 1967

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Christian Jakobus Protten's Timeline

September 15, 1715
Accra, Accra Metropolis, Greater Accra, Ghana
Age 34
Herrnhut, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
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)