Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Christina Kerkendal

Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Christina Kerkendal

Item Info

Item No: frk00058
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Christina Kerkendal
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 114
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink

Tauf Schein \ Diesen beyden Ehegatten als Johannes Kerkendal und seiner \ Ehelichen Hausfrau Christina Eine gebohrne Sentiesen ist eine Tochter \ zur Welt gebohren Namens Christina im Jahr unsers Herrn Jesu 1818 \ den 12ten August um 12 Uhr Nachts im Zeichen der Fisch diese Christina \ ist gebohren und getauft in Amerika im Staat Pennsilvanien County Northampton \ Taunschip Nazareth Obgemelde Christina ist getauft worden den 27ten \ August vom herrn Thomas Pomp. Taufzeugen Jacob Hertzell und sein \ Haus frau Magdalena und wurdt vekunwermiert ihm Jahr \ unsers Herrn 1834 Von Herrn Thomas Bumb Refformierter \ Prediger \ und ist in die Eh getreten 3ten Januar 1836 \ Jacob Hartzell

[in heart on left]
Ich bin getauft \ ich steh im bunde, \ Durch meine Tauf, mit \ meinem Gott So sprech \ ich ste [text breaks off]

[in heart in right]
Ich bin getauft \ ob ich gleich sterbe Was \ schadet mir das kühle Grab \ Ich weiß mein Vaterland \ und [text breaks off]


Baptismal Certificate
To these two married people namely Johannes Kerkendal and his lawful wife Christina, a born Sentiesen, a daughter was born into the world named Christina, in the year of our Lord Jesus 1818, the 12th of August at 12 o’clock at night, in the sign of Pisces. This Christina was born and baptized in America, in the state of Pennsylvania, County Northampton, Township Nazareth. Above mentioned Christina was baptized the 27th of August by Mister Thomas Pomp. Sponsors Jacob Hertzell and his wife Magdalena. And she was confirmed in the year of our Lord 1834 by Mister Thomas Bumb Reformed preacher, and entered into matrimony the 3rd of January 1836. Jacob Hartzell 

[in heart on left]
I am baptized, I stand united with my God through my baptism. I therefore always speak [text breaks off]

[in heart in right]
I am baptized, and when I die, how can the cool grave hurt me? I know my fatherland and [text breaks off]

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

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The main text in German script is within large heart in center. The two verses in Fraktur are within smaller hearts on bottom right and left. The hearts are surrounded by vines, flowers, rosettes, a star, tulips, and two birds sitting on a flower stem. The confirmation and marriage notices were added later, in a different hand. Pastor Pomp’s name is spelled Bumb in this addition.

The design was copied from certificates printed by John and Samuel Baumann at Ephrata, c. 1808-1816 (see FLP 261). This is the only known fraktur made by Jacob Hartzell, likely the same Jacob Hertzell who is listed as the sponsor at Christina's baptism along with his wife.  This Christina Kerkendal is likely the same one who married Paul Wunderling in 1836.

Associated Names: Wunderling, Paul
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


“Jacob Hartzell” 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, p. 362.

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

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1820
Image Dimensions Width: 33 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 58
Creator Name: Jacob Hartzell (active c. 1836) - Decorator
Jacob Hartzell (active c. 1836) - Scrivener

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