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Two settlements in the North American colonies were named Gnadenhutten. Each suffered massacres, called the Gnadenhütten massacre:
- Gnadenhütten, Pennsylvania, in 1755 during the Seven Years' War (called the French and Indian War in the US)
- Gnadenhütten, Ohio, in 1782 during the American Revolutionary War
- "'Gnade' (German for grace); a word with which the names of many places founded by the Moravians begin", Encyclopædia Americana, 1831 
- Thomas Brainerd, John Brainerd: The Life of John Brainerd: The Brother of David Brainerd, and His Successor as Missionary to the Indians of New Jersey ..., Presbyterian Publication Committee, 1865, p.197. Footnote: "This was, doubtless, Gnadenhütten, founded by the Moravians in 1746. It was situated on the Mahoning Creek, near the Lehigh River,..."