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Printed Taufschein with angels in profile at sides, single pair of birds in bottom center, small angels at top center.

Dimensions in Inches

16 1/4 x 13

Dimensions in Centimeters

41 x 33


Watercolor and ink on paper


Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

St. John's Church, Howertown, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Howertown, Plainfield Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania


Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)


birds, angels, floral, hearts

Associated Names

George Sandt, Rebecka Happel, Thomas, Fuchs, John Dreisbach


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


Pennsylvania Folklife Society


German script




Geburts und Taufschein.

Wann wir kaum geboren werden,/Ist vom ersten Lebenstritt/Bis zum kühlen Grab der Erden,/Nur ein kurz gemeßner Schritt;/Ach! mit jedem Augenblick,/Gehet uns’re Kraft zurück,/Und wir sind mit jedem Jahre,/ Alle reif zur Todtenbahre.

Diesen beyden Ehegatten,/Als: George Sandt/und seiner ehelichen Hausfrau Rebecka/eine geborne Happel ist/ein Sohn zur Welt geboren, den 30 ten/Tag im Januarÿ im Jahr Christ 1845. Dieser Sohn ist geboren in Plainfield/Taunschip Northampton Caunty,/im Staat Pennsylvanien, in Nord America;/und wurde getauft den 13ten Tag April/A.D. 1845 vom Ew. Hrn Suchs/und erhielt den Namen/Thomas Sandt/Die Taufzeugen waren/die Eltern selbst/Besagte /wurde confirmirt den ten Tag /A.D. 18 von dem Ew. Hrn. / Prediger.

Von Dir, O Gott kommt jede Gabe,/Nur deine Huld kann mich allein/Mit allem was ich nöthig habe,/Zu meinem wahren Wohl erfreu’n;/Mein Leben und mein Glück beruht,/Allein auf Dir, Du höchstes Gut./Ohne GOTT,/Ist nur Noth.

Ich bin getauft, ich steh im Bunde,/Durch meine Tauf, mit meinem Gott!/So sprech ich stets mit frohem Munde,/In Kreutz, in Trübsal, Angst, und Noth:/Ich bin getauft, deß freu ich mich;/Die Freude bleibet ewiglich./Printed by S. Siegfried,/St. John’s Church.


Birth and Baptismal Certificate.

When we are just born…

To both of these spouses, George Sandt and his wife Rebecka a born Happel is a son to the world born, the 30th day in January in the year of Christ 1845. This son was born in Plainfield Township Northampton County in the state of Pennsylvania, in North America; and was baptized the 13th day of April A.D. 1845 by Reverend Mister Suchs and received the name Thomas Sandt. The baptismal sponsors were the parents themselves. The said was confirmed the day A.D. 18 by the Reverend Mister preacher.

From you, oh God, comes every gift. Only your embrace alone can me with all that I have need, to my true benefit delight, My life and my fortune rest alone on you, you highest good. Without GOD, is only want.

I was baptized, I stand in the union…/Printed by S. Siegfried, St. John’s Church.


Samuel Siegfried moved his printing business from Millgrove in 1834 to Bath, and then on to Howertown in 1841. In Howertown, he was an organist at St. John’s Church, which he included as his address on his printed Taufscheine such as this one. About 1845 he sold his printing business to John Dreisbach. Stopp, 3:110.



Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #412


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. 110 illustrated.

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


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