Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Salome Schäfer

Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Salome Schäfer

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Item No: frk00029
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Salome Schäfer
Scripts/Text: Fraktur
Language: German
Weiser Number: 118
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink

Geburts und Tauf=Schein. \ Diesen beyden Ehegatten, als: \ Daniel Schäfer und seiner eheli= \ chen Hausfrau Maria eine \ gebohrne Hollenbach ist eine Toch= \ ter zur Welt gebohren den 27ten Ja= \ nuar 1836. Diese Tochter ist ge = \ bohren in unter Machanoy Taun= \ Schip, in Northumberland Caunty, \ im Staat Pennsylvanien, in Nord= \ Amerika, und erhielt durch die heilige \ Taufe den Namen Salome \ den 30ten Märtz 1835; von \ dem ehrwürdigen Herrn Johann Ni= \ ckolaus Hemping. Die \ Taufzeugen waren: Elisabeth \ Lenker, Witwe.


Birth and Baptismal Certificate
To these two married people, namely Daniel Schäfer and his lawful wife Maria, a born Hollenbach, a daughter was born into the world on the 27th of January 1836. This daughter was born in Lower Mahonoy Township, in Northumberland County, in the state of Pennsylvania, in North America, and received through the holy baptism the name Salome, on March 30, 1835, from the honorable Mister Johann Nickolaus Hemping. The sponsors were Elisabeth Lenker, widow.

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 is enclosed in box. Above it are two trumpeting angels within a wreath. On each side is an angel, one holding a lyre and wreath, and the other with a cornucopia of flowers and a bird. Below is a scene of baptism. At bottom center are two putti, one with a wreath and one with a branch, each flanked by an ark, one topped with a bird, the other with a bird holding a branch. The entire document is framed by a solid border.

The motifs on this certificate are copied from printed certificates produced by Jacob Baab of Harrisburg, PA from c. 1827-c. 1832.

Associated Names: Schäfer, Salome
Provenance: Borneman


"Mahantongo Valley 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. 1, pp. 530-532.

Corinne and Russell Earnest, Fraktur: Folk Art and Family (Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1999), see p. 141 for a related example.

Klaus Stopp, The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1998) vol. 3, pp. 38-42.

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on location of birth
City/Town/Township:Lower Mahonoy Township

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1840
Image Dimensions Width: 41 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 29
Creator Name: [Mahantongo Valley Artist (active c. 1826-1850)] - Decorator
[Mahantongo Valley Artist (active c. 1826-1850)] - Scrivener

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