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

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

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Item No: frk00379
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Elisabeth Lindemuth
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 404
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Elisabeth Lindemuth \ ist geboren in virginien Schenandoah County den 6ten April \ 1816. Ihre eltern sind Andreas Lindemuth und seine frau Rosi \ na. Ihr Taufzeuge is Elisabeth Dellinger sie ward getauft von \ Herrn Johan Nicolaus Schmucker
Kein name ist so schön als meines Jesu Name, Weil \ er so viel auf Deutsch als seelig machen heisst. Er ist auch \ dieses kind der Knechte weibes saame, der uns \ allein den weg zum seelig werden weist \ den Name will ich mir tief \ in mein Hertz graben \ und in der letzten \ stund in meinem \ munde \ haben


Elisabeth Lindemuth was born in Virginia, Shenandoah County, the 6th of April 1816. Her parents are Andreas Lindemuth and his wife Rosina. Her sponsor is Elisabeth Dellinger. She was baptized by Mister Johan Nicolaus Schmucker.
No name is as beautiful as the name of my Jesus, because in German it means as much as to make blessed. It is also this child who is the seed of the servant’s wife who alone shows us the path to becoming blessed. The name I want to bury deep in my heart and have it in my mouth in the final hour.

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 FLP 378 and FLP 380 for additional examples).

Associated Names: Schmucker, Johan 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.

George H. Eckhardt, “The Henry S. Borneman collection of Pennsylvania-German fracturs,” in The Magazine Antiques 57, no. 6 (June 1957): published on p. 540.

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

Creation Place County: Creation Place Note:Based on location of birth

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1825
Image Dimensions Width: 20.7 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 379
Creator Name: [Stony Creek Artist (active c. 1786-1824)] - Decorator
[Stony Creek Artist (active c. 1786-1824)] - Scrivener

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