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Conrad Gilbert (1734-1812)


Conrad Gilbert (1734-1812)

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Bold red, black, and yellow design with vertical parrots flanking central text, geometric floral designs at top and bottom.

Dimensions in Inches

8 1/8 x 13

Dimensions in Centimeters

21 x 33


Watercolor and ink on Laid paper



Associated Places

Brunswick, Berks County, Schuylkill County


Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)


birds, flowers, parrots, floral

Associated Names

Philipp Hey, Anna Maria Gilbert, Joseph, Henrich Hertzel, Martin Werner, Philib Meyer, Anna Maria Schneiter, Filip Meier


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Ursinus College Library Special Collections and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art


Pennsylvania Folklife Society


Fraktur lettering, German script




Christlicher geburt und Tauffschein,

Joseph Hey, ist auf diese welt gebohren, den 17 Tag December/im Jahr unsers Herrn Jesu, 1795, und den 6. Tag Mertz, 1796,/von Pfarrer Henrich Hertzel: geTauft worden, dabey seine Tauff=/Zeugen waren, Martin Werner: und seine Ehefrau: seine liebe Eltern/sind Namens: der Vater: Philipp Hey: die Mutter: Anna Maria:/eine gebohrne Gilbertin: damals wohnhaft in braunschweig/Taunschip, in Bercks Caunty, und staat Pennsylvanien/ob gemelder Sohn, ist auch zur Evangelischen Reformirten/Religion Confermiret worden, von Pfarrer Philib Meÿer

Im 19 Jahr seines alters in der Christ Kirche Joseph Heÿ/ist getraut worden mit Anna Maria Schneidern/den 27 Mertz 1821 von hern Philip Meier


Christian birth and Baptismal Certificate.

Joseph Hey is to this world born, the 17 day of December in the year of our Lord Jesus, 1795, and the 6 day of March, 1796, by Pastor Henrich Hertzel: was baptized, there at his Baptismal sponsors were, Martin Werner and his legal wife: his dear parents are named the father Philipp Hey, the Mother Anna Maria a born Gilbert, at that time living in Braunschweig Township, in Berks County, and state Pennsylvania. Above-mentioned Son was also to the Evangelist Reformed Religion confirmed by Pastor Phillip Meyer.

In the 19 year of his age in the Christian Church. Joseph Hey was married to Anna Maria Schneitern [on] the 27 March 1821 by Mr. Philip Meyer.


Johan Conrad Gilbert was a schoolmaster working primarily in Berks county. Gilbert made numerous Taufscheine and small drawings, sometimes with religious or secular text, many decorated with parrots, unicorns, etc. Always visually pleasing, these are among his most finely-executed parrots with their crisp lines and very intricate detailing. Gilbert, along with his parents and siblings, arrived in America in 1750. They settled in western Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county, in Douglas township. In the late 1770s he and his wife and children moved to the Tulpehocken area of Berks county. Five fraktur made for members of his family and one for a relative of one of his children’s spouses are known. Gilbert drew and filled out this Taufscheine for his grandson Joseph Hey, the son of his daughter Anna Maria. Joseph married Anna Maria Schneider when he was twenty-five, as someone added below the birth and baptismal information on the Taufschein.




Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019). p. 78, fig. 3.52, and inside covers. Stopp, Klaus. The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans. 6 vols. (Mainz, Germany, and East Berlin, Pa.: privately published, 1997–99). vol. 3, p. 205 illustrated.Weiser, Frederick S. “His Deeds Followed Him: The Fraktur of John Conrad Gilbert” in Der Reggeboge: The Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society. Vol. 16, No. 2. 1982. pp. 33-36, 40-41.

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fraktur, Pennsylvania German, Pennsylvania Dutch, folk art, illuminated manuscript, taufschein


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