Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Heinrich Schweisforth

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Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Heinrich Schweisforth

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Item No: frk00099
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Heinrich Schweisforth
Scripts/Text: Fraktur
Language: German
Weiser Number: 111
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Transcription:

Diesen beyden Ehegatten als Peter Schweisforth \ und seiner eheligen Hausfrau Maria, eine geborne Bickhardin \ ist ein Sohn zur Welt geboren im Jahr unsers Erlösers 1809 \ den 6 Märtz um 12 Uhr mittags, und erhielt den Namen \ in der heiligen Taufe Heinrich von Hrn. Prediger \ L. F. Herrman Taufzeugen waren H. Städtler \ und seine Ehefrau im Staat Pennsylvanien. \ Montgomery Caunty Hannover Taunschip

[in framed boxes]
Ich bin getauft, ich steh im Bunde, \ Durch meine Tauf, mit meinem Gott, \ So sprech ich stets mit frohem Munde, \ In Creutz in Trübsal Angst und Noth, \ Ich bin getauft des freu ich mich, \ Die Freude bleibt mir ewiglich.

Ich bin getauft, ob ich gleich sterbe, \ Was schadet mir das kühle Grab, \ Ich weiß mein Vaterland und Erbe, \ Das ich bey Gott im Himmel hab, \ Nach meinem Tod ist mir bereit, \ Die Himmelsfreud das Feyerkleid.

[Below image]
Die kleine Kinderschaar, \ Wird in Jesu Blut begraben, \ Wie soll das Herz der Mutter \ Da nicht Freude haben.


Translation:

To these two married people, namely Peter Schweisforth and his lawful wife Maria, a born Bickhardin, a son was born into the world in the year of our Savior 1809 the 6 March at 12 o’clock noon, and received the name in the holy baptism Joseph from Mr. preacher L. F. Herrman. Sponsors were H. Städtler and his wife in the state of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Hanover Township.

[in framed boxes]
I am baptized, I stand united with my God through my baptism. I therefore always speak joyfully in hardship, sadness, fear and need. I am baptized, that’s a joy for me. The joy lasts eternally.

I am baptized, and when I die, how can the cool grave hurt me? I know my fatherland and legacy that I will have with God in Heaven. After death, Heaven’s garment of joy and celebration is prepared for me.

[Below image]
The little group of children will be buried in Jesus’ blood. How can the heart of the mother not rejoice in that.


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

Hand-colored; hand-lettered; woodcut; letterpress-printed. The central text in Fraktur in the upper half of the document is flanked by two birds. Two  angels are in the upper corners, and one winged angel head is at the top center. A scene of several figures amidst trees is below the text, flanked by two rectangular frames which contain two of the verses, with the third verse below. In the two lower corners are printed images of potted flowers and tulips, surmounted by birds on a branch, with several flowers and birds at the bottom center of the document.


Associated Names: Stöver, Jacob
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman

Bibliography:

Klaus Stopp, The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1998) vol. 3, p. 144.



Secondary Place Town/Township: Geographic Coverage Region/County:Montgomery
Geographic Coverage City/Town/Township:Hanover Township
Geographic Coverage Note:Based on location of birth
Geographic Coverage State/Province:Pennsylvania

Creation Place Town/Township: Region/County:[Lebanon]
City/Town/Township:[Lebanon]
State/Province:[Pennsylvania]
Creation Place Note:Based on location of printshop

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1812
Image Dimensions Width: 31.5 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 99
Creator Name: Anonymous - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener
[Jacob Stöver (1787-1862)] - Printer/Publisher

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