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Item No: frk00053
Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Maria Elisabetha Müller
Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
Decorator: Henrich Otto (c. 1733-c. 1799)
Scrivener: Henrich Otto (c. 1733-c. 1799)
Town/Township: Heidelberg Township
County: Lancaster [now Lebanon]
Note: Based on location of birth
Physical Description: Leaf
Dimensions: 32.5 cm x 41.5 cm
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Media Type: Manuscripts
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Hendel, Wilhem; Müller, Catharina; Müller, Maria Elisabetha; Müller, Michael; Otto, Henrich
Town/Township: Cocalico Township
Note: Based on erroneous location of birth
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text is within a rectangular frame that is surrounded on the top, bottom, and right sides by undulating leafy vines, rosettes, tulips, and other flowers. This certificate was made for the Müller/Miller family, owners of the Millbach House from which the kitchen was installed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Winterthur Museum owns a fraktur New Year’s Greeting made for Michael and Maria Elisabeth Miller in 1765. The use of the term “Goferment” to signify the colony of Pennsylvania is very unusual.
This fraktur was one of four from the FLP collection that were exhibited in the Face of America exhibit at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels. FLP 4, 713, and an unidentified certificate dated 1812 were the other three fraktur.
Diesen beiden Ehgatten Als Michael Müller \ und seiner Ehligen Hausfrau Maria \ Elisabetha ist eine Tochter zur Welt Gebohren Wie Folget \ Maria Elisabetha \ ist zur Welt gebohren \ Im Jahr unsers Herrn Jesu 1775 den 12ten mertz ist nach \ der leibligen zur geistligen widergeburt der heiligen tauf befördert und mit dem \ Namen genennt worden vom dem Pfarherr, Wilhelm hendel, wie oben gemeldet, die oben \ Maria Elisabetha ist gebohren und getauft worden in America im Goferment Pensilvania, im \ Lancaster County,
Cocalico Heidelberg Townschip, tauf Zeugen sind Catharina Müllerin, Geschrieben von Henrich Otto.
To these two married people, namely Michael Müller and his lawful wife Maria Eliabetha, was born a daughter into the world, as follows, Maria Elisabetha was born into the world in the year of our lord Jesus 1775, the 12th of March, after the physical birth she was taken to the spiritual birth of Holy Baptism, and was given the name by pastor Wilhelm Hendel. The above mentioned Maria Elisabeth was born and baptized in America, in the government [i.e. province] of Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County, in Heidelberg Township. Sponsors are Catharina Müllerin. Written by Henrich Otto.
Henry S. Borneman
“Johann Henrich Otto” 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. 594-600.
"Fraktur at the World's Fair," The Magazine Antiques (May 1958), p. 476.
Homer T. Rosenberger, The Pennsylvania Germans 1891-1965 (Pennsylvania German Society, 1966); published on p. 262.
Weiser Number: 23
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