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Heinemann, Barbara (11 January 1795–21 May 1883), a spiritual leader of the Community of True Inspiration (Amana Society), a spiritual leader of the Community of True Inspiration (Amana Society), was born in Leitersweiler, Alsace, the daughter of Peter Heinemann (Heynemann) and Anna (maiden name unknown), peasants. She received no formal education, and her early life was marked with hard work and poverty. At age eight she began factory work as a wool spinner and later became a household servant....

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Metz, Christian (30 December 1794–27 July 1867), a spiritual leader of the Community of True Inspiration (Amana Society), a spiritual leader of the Community of True Inspiration (Amana Society), was born in Neuwied, Prussia, the son of Wilhelm Metz, a tanner, and Johannette Catharina Cassell, both of whom were active in the Inspirationist movement. At age seven his family moved to the Inspirationist center at the Ronneburg castle in Hesse, north of Frankfort am Main. As a youth, he was apprenticed as a carpenter....