Taufschein of Anna Tanner
G. G. G.
Du lieber heiland, Jesus Christ
Weil du ein guter Herte bist,
Und wertst so treu auf deine Heerde
Das keins davon verloren werde.
Lass mich dein freues Schäflein sein
Und fröhlich folgen dir allein.
Und stets auf deine Stimme hören,
Und nie wieder rückwärts kehren. Amen.
Anna, geboren den 26. October 1855 in
Wilson Co. Tenn, Tochter des Sebastian Tanner
un dessen Gattin Ursula, geboren Schmid,
werden den 13 April 1868 getauft
[ __?__] : Mike Schmid. G. Bachmann
Nashville, Tenn ev. luth. Pastor
G. G. G.
Thou dear Savior, Jesus Christ
Since you are the good shepherd
And so faithful to your flock,
None thereof shall be lost.
Let me be your joyful lamb
And gladly follow thee alone.
And when I hear your voice
Never again turn back. Amen.
Anna, born on 26 October 1855 in
Wilson Co. Tennessee, daughter of Sebastian Tanner
and his spouse Ursula, nee Schmid.
She was baptized on 13 April 1868
__?__ Mike. Schmid. G. Bachmann,
Nashville, Tenn Ev. Luth. Pastor
The verses on this taufschein appeared in a collection of German hymns and religious verses entitled “Das Herz der Volksschule oder Gemüthsbildung durch Poesie und Gesang” (The Heart of the People’s School, or Instruction through Poetry and Song) published in 1864 in Prague by Pastor P. W. Wächtler. The section of small poems grouped under the heading “Kleine Vergissmichnichts” (“Little Forget-me-Nots”) included this poem.
The embossed CONGRESS stamp, such as that found on this sheet, originated with the paper mill established by Phillip J. King in York, Pennsylvania, around 1812. Erected on the grounds where congress had once met for a brief time, the Congress Mill eventually secured a contract to supply paper to the U.S. Congress and began embossing that stationery in the upper left corner with a “Congress” trademark including the image of the capitol building. Congress paper became widely popular with paper dealers and the “Congress” brand was also adopted by other paper manufacturers.