Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Rebecca Lindemuth

Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Rebecca Lindemuth

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Item No: frk00378
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Rebecca Lindemuth
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 124
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Rebecca Lindemuth \ ist geboren in virginien schenandoa County den 13ten January \ 1811 Ihre eltern sind Andreas Lindemuth und seine ehefrau \ Rosina. Ihr Taufzeuge ist Magdalena Imschwiller Sie ward ge = \ tauft von Herrn Johann Nicolaus Schmucker
Ich bin getauft ob ich gleich sterbe, Was schadet mir das kühle \ grab, ich weiß mein Vaterland und erbe, daß ich bey \ Gott im Himmel hab, Nach meinem Tod \ ist mir bereit, der Himmels \ Freud und \ Feuerkleid


Rebecca Lindemuth was born in Virginia, Shenandoah County, the 13th of January 1811. Her parents are Andreas Lindemuth and his wife Rosina. Her sponsor is Magdalena Imschwiller. She was baptized by Mister Johann Nicolaus Schmucker.
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 fire is prepared for me.

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

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur and German script within a heart is in the lower center of the document. Above it is a drawn curtain. In the upper center is a winged angel head and rosettes. In the lower corners are leafy stems of tulips and other flowers. The entire document is framed by a decorative border. This is one of at least six fraktur made by the same artist for the Lindemuth family (see also FLP 379 and FLP 380 for additional examples).

Associated Names: Schmucker, Johann Nicolaus
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


“Stony Creek Artist” in Russell D. and Corinne P. Earnest, Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997), 2nd ed., vol. 2, pp 738-740.

Cynthia V.A. Schaffner and Susan Klein, Folk Hearts: A Celebration of the Heart Motif in American Folk Art (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984), published as fig. 17.

Klaus Wust, Virginia Fraktur: Penmanship as Folk Art (Edinburg, Va.: Shenandoah History Publishers, 1972).

Creation Place County: Region/County:Shenandoah
Creation Place Note:Based on location of birth

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1825
Image Dimensions Width: 20.8 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 378
Creator Name: [Stony Creek Artist (active c. 1786-1824)] - Decorator
[Stony Creek Artist (active c. 1786-1824)] - Scrivener

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