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Printed Taufschein with three-heart design, floral-and-vine motif, pair of birds below point of central heart, colored in red.

Dimensions in Inches

13 1/8 x 16 1/8

Dimensions in Centimeters

33 x 41


Watercolor and Ink on laid paper


Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Lebanon, Pennsylvania


Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)


floral, flowers, hearts

Associated Names

Frantz Beecke, Catharina Wertz, Rebeka, Philip Lang, Christina Lang, Frantz Beck, Frantz Becker


Please contact the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College for permissions which fall outside of educational fair use.


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


Pennsylvania Folklife Society


Fraktur lettering, German script




Die kleinen Kinderschaar,/Wird in Jesu Blut begraben,/Wie soll das Herz der Mutter,/Da nicht Freude haben.

Diesen beyden Ehegatten als Frantz Beecke/und seiner Ehelichen Hausfrau Catharina eine geborne/Wertzin ist eine Tochter zur Welt geboren; im Jahr unsers/Erlösers 1805 den 7ten Tag October um 3 Uhr vor mittags,/im Zeichen , diese Rebeka war getauft /den 1 ten December /im Jahr 1805 Taufzeugen/waren Philip Lang und Christina/seine Ehefrau. Im Staat/Pennsylvanien.

Ich bin getauft ich steh ist Bunde,/Durch meine Tauf mit meinem Gott,/So sprech ich stets mit frohem Munde,/In Chreutz, in Trübsal Angst und Noth,/Ich bin getauft des freu’ ich mich,/Die Freude bleibet ewiglich.

Ich bin getauft ob ich gleich sterbe,/Was schadet mir das kühle Grab,/Ich weis mein Vaterland und Erbe,/Das ich bey Gott im Himmel hab,/Nach meinem Tod ist mir bereit,/Die Himmels=Freud und Feyer=kleid.


The little crowds of children, will in Jesus’ blood be buried, How should the heart of the mother not have joy in that.

To both of these spouses, Frantz Beecke and his legal wife Catharina a born Wertz is a daughter to the world born, in the year of our Savior 1805 the 7th day of October at 3 o’clock in the morning in the sign of . This Rebeka was baptized the 1st of December in the year 1805. Baptismal sponsors were Philip Lang and Christina his legal wife. In the State of Pennsylvania.

I was baptized, I stand in the union…

I was baptized, if I die immediately…


This Taufschein has the state of Pennsylvania printed in; it is surprising how often this is not the case. Although this scrivener is unknown, he used a distinctive pattern of small dots around the letters that should help identify other works by his hand.



Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #440


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. 140 illustrated.

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


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