The Thinking 

A Marriage Certificate

November 19, 2012



HERE IS another example of fraktur, colorful documents made by Pennsylvania Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries. This marriage certificate was made in 1839 in Northampton, Pennsylvania. Here is a translation:

I, Maria Stüwer, entered into the state of matrimony with Johannes Spriegel, on the 14th day of March, in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven. In God’s name we commenced, his spirit leads us on the right path, to announce the state of householding. Because it is still so unknown to many, we bring the verses into bright light, informing those the teaching breaks. [In English] Made by Daniel Stephen Horn, Teacher, September the 3rd, 1839.

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