Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Saraana Utz

Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Saraana Utz

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Item No: frk00069
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Saraana Utz
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; Roman script
Language: German; English
Weiser Number: 87
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Watermark: PH & S

Diesen beyden Ehe \ gatten als Adam Utz und seine Ehe Frau Catharina eingeborne \ Albrecht ist eine Tochter zur welt geboren den 24ten Tag October \ im Jahr Christi 1837, diese Tochter ist geboren in Manheim Taunschip \ York Caunty im Staat Pinnsylvanien in Nord America und ist \ getauft worden den 6ten Januari A. D. 1838, von H.r Pfarrer \ Harpel und erhielt den namen Saraana Taufzeu \ gen waren die Eltern.
\ Ich bin getauft in deinem Namen, Gott, Vater, Sohn und heil,ger Geist \ Ich bin gezählt zu deinem Saamen, Zum Volk, daß dir geheiligt heißt. \ O! welch ein glück war dadurch mein, Herr laß mich deßen wüdig seyn. \ Made by Daniel Peterman Manheim Township York County Penna

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To these two married people, namely Adam Utz and his lawful wife Catharina, a born Albrecht, a daughter was born into the world, on the 24th day in October, in the year of Christ 1837. This daughter was born in Manheim Township, York County, in the state of Pennsylvania, in North America, and was baptized on the 6th of January A. D. 1838, by Pastor Harpel and received the name Saraana. Sponsors were the parents.
I am baptized in your name, God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I am counted as one of your seeds, to a people that you blessed. O! What fortune for me. Lord, let me be worthy of it.
Made by Daniel Peterman, Manheim Township, York County, Pennsylvania.

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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 in the center of the document, flanked by two female figures standing on blue clouds, one holding a basket and one with a purse. The women each hold a flowering vine, which supports a large parrot. At the top are various flowers, including tulips, as well as two birds eating grapes in the center. Two large rosettes are in the upper corners.
The verse is from a Lutheran baptismal hymn written in 1734 by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735).
The place of creation and artist’s signature are added in English in Roman script at the bottom of the page.

Associated Names: Utz, Saraana
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


“Daniel Peterman” 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, pp. 618-620.

Susquehanna Magazine, February 1981, published on p. 16.

Richard I. Barons, The Folk Tradition: Early Arts and Crafts of the Susquehanna Valley (Binghampton, NY: Roberson Center, 1982), published as fig. 80.

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on inscription on document
City/Town/Township:Manheim Township

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1840
Image Dimensions Width: 31.5 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 69
Creator Name: Daniel Peterman (1797-1871) - Decorator
Daniel Peterman (1797-1871) - Scrivener

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