1823–1904

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Born: March 18, 1823, Grace­ham, Mar­y­land.

Died: June 20, 1904, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Laur­el Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

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Biography

Of Moravian roots, Joseph was the son of John Seiss and Eli­za Schul­er, and hus­band of Eliz­a­beth Su­san Bar­nitz.

He stu­died for the min­is­try at Get­tys­burg Col­lege and Se­mi­na­ry, Penn­syl­van­ia, and was or­dained a Lu­thera­n pas­tor in 1848.

After serv­ing con­gre­ga­tions in Vir­gin­ia and Mar­y­land, he moved to St. John’s Lu­ther­an Church in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia. In 1874, he be­came pas­tor of the Church of the Ho­ly Com­mun­ion in Phil­a­del­phia.

He al­so served as pre­si­dent of the Penn­syl­van­ia Min­is­ter­i­um and the Gen­er­al Council.

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