Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Joseph Rotrock

Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Joseph Rotrock

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Item No: frk00090
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Joseph Rotrock
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 40
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Watermark: G. Unkley

Ehre Vater und Mutter \ Joseph Rotrock ist \ geboren in Pennsylvanien, in \ [blank] Caunty, in Mounbethel Taunschip, im Jahr nach \ der Geburt Christi 1823 den 16 T Mertz Eltern \ waren: Johannes Rotrock und Sahra eine gebohrene Drumhellerin \ ist ein Sohn zur \ Welt gebohren namens \ Joseph ist zur heiligen Tauffe gebracht \ worden bey dem Herrn Mensin \ Tauffzeugen waren: Philip \ Drumheller und sein Ehefrau Hanna


Honor Father and Mother
Joseph Rotrock was born in Pennsylvania in [blank] County in Mount bethel Township, in the year after the birth of Christ 1823, the 16 d[ay] March. Parents were: Johannes Rotrock and Sahra, a born Drumheller, a son was born into the world named Joseph, was brought to the holy baptism by Mister Mensin. Sponsors were: Philip Drumheller and his wife Hanna.

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

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The opening words extend in large Fraktur letters across the top of the document in an arched formation. The central text in Fraktur extends from the heading to the middle of the document, with blanks infilled in German script. A large six-pointed star within a compass work design is in the lower center, flanked by two large flowers. In the upper corners and center are flowering vines.

Associated Names: Rotrock, Sahra
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


“Ehre Vater 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. 225-228.

John Bivins, Jr., “Fraktur in the South: An Itinerant Artist,” in Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts 1, no. 2 (November 1975): 1-23.

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

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1825
Image Dimensions Width: 41 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 90
Creator Name: [Ehre Vater Artist (active c. 1782-1828)] - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener

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