Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for [blank]

Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for [blank]

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Item No: frk00133
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for [blank]
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script; Roman print
Language: German; English
Weiser Number: 519
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink

Geburts und Taufschein. \ Den beiden Ehgatten als [blank] \ und seiner ehelichen Hausfrau \ [blank] eine geborne [blank] \ ist ein [blank] zur Welt geboren den [blank] \ 18 [blank] Diese [blank] \ wurde geboren in [blank] \ County im Staate [blank] in Nordamerika \ und wurde getauft und erhielt den namen [blank] \ am [blank] im Jahr un= \ sers Herrn 18 [blank] von Herrn [blank] \ Die Taufzeugen waren: [blank].

[verses on the left, starting at the top]
Darum geht hin, und lehret alle \ Völker, und taufet sie im Namen des Vaters, und des Sohnes, und des hei= \ ligen Geistes. \ Und lehret sie halten alles, was ich \ euch befohlen habe. Und siehe, ich bin \ bei Euch alle Tage, bis an der Welt \ Ende. \ Matthäus 28, 19. 20.

Ich bin getauft in deinem Namen, \ Gott, Vater, Sohn und heil’ger Geist! \ Ich bin gezählt zu deinen Saamen, \ Zum Volk, das Dir geheiligt heißt. \ Ich bin in Christum eingesenkt, \ Ich bin mit seinem Geist beschenkt.

Du hast zu Deinem Kind und Erben, \ Mein lieber Vater mich erklärt; \ Du hast die Frucht von deinem Sterben, \ Mein treuer Heiland, mir gewährt; \ Du willst, mein leben Gott zu weih’n, \ Geist Gottes, selbst mein Beistand sein!

[verses on the right, starting on the top]
Und da Jesus getauft war, stieg \ er alsbald herauf aus dem Wasser; und \ siehe, da that sich der Himmel auf über \ ihn. \ Und Johannes sah den geist Gottes, \ gleich als eine Taube, herabfahren, und \ über ihn kommen. \ Matthäus 3, 16.

Gott, dir sei dieses Kind empfohlen, \ Du nimmst es auf, Dein Wort ist wahr. \ Wir bringen’s, wie Du selbst befohlen, Dir in der heil’gen Taufe dar. \ Ach segn’ es, Vater, Sohn und Geist, \ Wie uns Dein theures Wort verheißt.

Durch dieses Siegel Deiner Gnade, \ Wird jedes Recht der Christen sein, \ Weih’ Du uns in dem Wasserbade \ zu Deinem Kind und Erben ein. \ O selig, kennt es einst den Werth, \ Des Glücks, daß es Dir angehört!

[at bottom]
Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1849, by Aug.t Köllner, in the Clerks Office of the District of the Eastern District of P.a \ For Sale by Aug.t Köllner, corner of Second & Dock Sts. Philad.a


Birth and Baptismal Certificate. To these two married people, namely [blank] and his lawful wife [blank], a born [blank] a [blank] was born into the world on the [blank] 18 [blank]. This [blank] was born in [blank] County, in the state of [blank] in North America, and was baptized and received the name [blank] on the [blank] in the year of our Lord 18 [blank] from Mister [blank]. The sponsors were: [blank].

[verses on the left, starting at the top]
Go forth therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28: 19, 20.

I am baptized into Your Name, God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! I am counted as one of Your seeds, to a people that You cherish. I am buried with Christ; I have been bestowed with Your spirit.

My loving Father, You have declared me to be Your child; my faithful Savior, You have offered me the fruits of Your death; You want me to dedicate my life to God, God’s Spirit will be my comfort!

[verses on the right, starting on the top]
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, see, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. Matthew 3: 16.

God, to You this child may be recommended You accept it; Your Word is true. We are offering it to you in the holy baptism as you yourself prescribed. Oh, bless it, Father, Son, and Ghost, as your dear word promises us.

Through Your mercy’s seal, every right will be that of Christians. Consecrate us in the water bath to be your child and heir. O holy, may it once know the value of the joy that it belongs to you!

[at bottom]
Entered according to an act of Congress in the year 1849, by August Köllner, in the Clerks Office of the District of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. For Sale by August Köllner, corner of Second & Dock Streets, Philadelphia.

Category: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
Media Type: Lithographs
Source: Rare Book Department

Hand-colored; lithographed. The central text in German script is framed by two columns and an arch. At the top center is an anchor with a cross and branch. In the upper corners are several columns that are enveloped by leafy vines. The verses are in Fraktur on both sides of the main text. At the left is an image of Mary praying over the baby Jesus in the manger. At the right is an image of a female figure in a dress with two small children in the nude. At the bottom center is a depiction of Jesus’s baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan, with two figures looking on. The verses and illustrations are decorated with undulating leafy vines of roses.The two verses following Matthew are from a Lutheran baptismal hymn written in 1734 by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735), and the two verses at the end come from a hymn that was written in 1793 by Christoph Friedrich Neander (1723-1802). FLP134 is another copy of this edition.

Associated Names: Köllner, Augustus
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


Klaus Stopp, The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997) vol. 2, p. 266.

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on location of printshop.

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1849
Image Dimensions Width: 37.5 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 133
Creator Name: Augustus Köllner (1813-1906) - Printer/Publisher
Augustus Köllner (1813-1906) - Lithographer

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