Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Jacob Spengler

Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Jacob Spengler

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Item No: frk00154
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Jacob Spengler
Scripts/Text: Fraktur
Language: German
Weiser Number: 462
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Diesen beyden Ehegatten, als: Georg \ Spengler und seiner Ehelichen Hausfrau \ Catharina eine geborne Dinges ist ein Söhn \ lein zur Welt geboren; im Jahr unsers Herrn Jesu 1806 \ den 23ten Tag Jenner um 4 Uhr Nachmittags, im Zeichen des \ Fisches und den 27ten Tag January zur heiligen \ Taufe gebracht, wobey ihm der Name Jacob Spengler gegeben \ ward. Taufzeugen waren Peter Spengler und seine Frau Maria. \ Dieser Jacob ist als ein Glied in die Gemeinschaft der Heiligen, durch \ das Bad der Wiedergeburt und Erneuerung des heiligen Geistes, wie \ St. Paulus lehret, Titum im 3, v. 5. 6. 7. auf und \ angenommen worden.

[in lower left]
Ich bin getauft ob ich gleich sterbe \ Was schadet mir das kühle Grab, \ Ich weis mein Vaterland und Erbe, \ Das ich bey Gott im Himmel hab, \ Nach meinem Tod ,ist mir bereit, \ Die Himmels=Freud das Feier=Kleid.

[in lower right]
Ich bin getauft, ich steh’ im Bunde, \ Durch meine Tauf mit meinem Gott, \ So sprech ich stets mit frohem Munde, \ in Creutz, in Trübsal Angst und Noth. \ Ich bin getauft, des freu’ ich mich, \ Die Freude bleibet ewiglich.

[in angel’s hand upper left]
Recht heilig \ seelig ist ein \ Christ, \ Der mit der \ Tauf bega= \ bet ist.

[in angel’s hand upper right]
Die kleine \ Kinderschar \ wird in Jesu \ Blut begraben. \ wie sollt das \ Herz der Mut \ ter da nicht \ Freude haben


To these two married people, namely: Georg Spengler and his lawful wife Catharina, a born Dinges, a little son was born into the world, in the year of our Lord 1806, the 23rd day January at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, in the sign of Pisces, and on the 27th day January brought to the Holy Baptism, where the name Jacob was given to him. Sponsors were Peter Spengler and his wife Maria. Said Jacob was admitted and accepted into the community of the holy through the bath of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul teaches, Titus 3:5, 6, 7.

[in lower left]
I am baptized, and when I die, how can the cool grave hurt me? I know my fatherland and legacy that I will have with God in Heaven. After death, Heaven’s garment of joy and celebration is prepared for me.

[in lower right]
I am baptized, I stand united with my God through my baptism. I therefore always speak joyfully in hardship, sadness, fear and need. I am baptized, that’s a joy for me. The joy lasts eternally.

[in angel’s hand upper left]
Truly holy is the Christ who was given the baptism.

[in angel’s hand upper right]
The mall group of children will be buried in Jesus’ blood. How can the heart of the mother not rejoice in this.

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

Hand-colored, hand-lettered; printed form. The central text in Fraktur, with blanks infilled by hand, is within a large oval frame in the center of the document. Two trumpeting angels are in the upper corners. Both hold a small framed verse in their outstretched hand. In the lower corners are the two verses within hearts, from which clusters of leafy flowers protrude. Between them are two birds. The entire document is within a scalloped border.
Klaus Stopp speculated that this certificate may have been printed in Reamstown, Lancaster County; possibly by the Montelius family, based on similarity of typeface and woodcuts. Of the eight copies of this certificate known, only one mentions a location, that of Lebanon, about 17 miles from Reamstown.

Associated Names: Spengler, Peter

Klaus Stopp, The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1998) vol. 1, pp. 92-93.

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1806
Image Dimensions Width: 34 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 154
Creator Name: Anonymous - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener
Anonymous - Printer/Publisher

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