Birth Record for Catharine Keen

Birth Record for Catharine Keen

Item Info

Item No: frk00386
Title: Birth Record for Catharine Keen
Scripts/Text: Roman print
Language: English
Weiser Number: 91
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Watermark: GT

Leah Daughter of Andrew and \ Catharina Keen, was born March 29th \ A. D. 1818.

[in upper left corner]
2. \ [Our wasting lives grow shorter still, \ As months and days increase; \ And every beating pulse we tell, \ Leaves but the number less.

[in upper right corner]
3. \ The year rolls round and steals away \ The breath that first it gave; \ Whate’er we do, where’er we be, \ He’re trav’lling to the grave.]

[in lower left corner]
6. \ Infinite joy or endless wo \ Attends on every breath; \ And yet how unconcern’d we go \ Upon the brink of death!

[in lower right corner]
7. \ Waken, O Lord, our drowsy sense. \ To walk this dang’rous road; \ And if our souls are hurry’d hence, \ May they be found with God. \

Category: Birth Record
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The birth record in Roman script within a heart is in the lower center of the document. The verses in Roman print within rectangular frames are in the four corners. The heart is surrounded by a variety of leafy stems of flowers. Along the upper edge are three winged angel heads. The entire document is enclosed by a decorative border. At least 12 fraktur by John Zinck (Zink) are known, most of them birth records, and none of which give locations. According to Frederick S. Weiser, Lancaster County is a possible origin.

Associated Names: Zinck, John
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


“John Zinck” 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, p. 835.

Creation Place State/Province: Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1820
Image Dimensions Width: 19.5 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 386
Creator Name: [John Zinck (active c. 1815-1839)] - Decorator
[John Zinck (active c. 1815-1839)] - Scrivener

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