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Accession Number

PAG1998.190

Creation Date

1810

Description

Printed Taufschein with praying children at sides, butterflies in upper corners, floral and fruit motifs.

Dimensions in Inches

14 x 12 7/8

Materials

Watercolor and ink on laid paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

East Hanover Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

angels, flowers, butterflies, fruits

Associated Names

Johannes Zerger, Maria Paffly, O.S. Scheirer

Rights

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

Source

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

Provenance

Pennsylvania Folklife Society

Script/Text

Fraktur lettering, German script

Language

German

Transcription

Geburt=und Tauf Schein./Diesen beyden Ehegatten als: Johannes/Zerger und seiner ehelichen Hausfrau Maria/eine geborne Päfflÿn ist eine Tochter zur Welt ge=/boren, den 13tn Tag März im Jahr unsers/Herrn, 1806. Diese Dochter ist geboren in O:Hannover/Taunschip in Dauphin Caunty, im Staate Penn=/sÿlvanien und ist getauft worden und erhielt den/Namen Maria Zerger den 20 Tag/November im Jahr unsers Herrn 1891/von Hrn. O. S. Schirrer[?] Die Tauf=Zeugen waren/ Ich bin getauft ich steh im Bunde,/Durch meine Tauf mit meinem Gott,/So sprech ich stets mit frohem Munde,/In Kreuz, in Trübsal, Angst und Noth,/Ich bin getauft des freu ich mich,/Die Freude bleibet 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,/Des Himmelsfreud und Feyerkleid. Ich bin getauft auf deinem Namen,/Gott, Vater, Sohn und heilger Geist!/Ich bin gezählt zu deinem Saamen,/Zum Volk, das Dir geheiligt heißt./O! welch ein Glück ward dadurch mein,/Herr, laß mich dessen würdig seyn!

Translation

Birth and Baptismal Certificate. To both of these spouses, Johannes Zerger and his legal wife Maria a born Päfflÿ is a daughter to the world born, the 13th Day of May in the year of our Lord, 1806. This daughter was born in East Hanover Township in Dauphin County in the state of Pennsylvania in North America, and was baptized and the name Maria Zerger the 20 day of November in the year of our Lord 1891 by Mister O. S. Schirrer[?]. The baptismal sponsors were . I was baptized, I stand in the union… I was baptized, if I die immediately… I was baptized in your name…

Comment

Mahantango Valley furniture was sometimes painted with images of praying children such as those seen in this Taufschein. The appearance of butterflies on fraktur in general is very uncommon.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #449.1

Published

Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), p. 73, fig. 3.47. 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. 154. Shoemaker, Alfred L. Check List of Pennsylvania Dutch Printed Taufscheins. Lancaster, Pa.: Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, 1952. 44.

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