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Taufschein of Daniel Lohrman

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Lexington County South Carolina United States of America
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ink and watercolor on laid paper
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One of only a handful of fraktur known made for South Carolina families, this certificate records the birth and baptism of Daniel Lohrman of Lexington County. The Lohrman (later Lowman) family lived in an area between the Broad and Saluda Rivers known as the “Dutch Fork” due to the approximately 1,800 German-speaking inhabitants who resided there by 1759. A second fraktur was made by the same artist to commemorate the life of Daniel’s sister, Elisabeth Lohrman, who died in 1796 at age two.

It is inscribed in German:
Daniell Lohrman: ist geboren in Süd Carolina in Lexinton County im Jahr nach Christi Geburt 1801 den 16ten Novmber Seine Eltern waren George Lohrman und seine Frau Anna Catharina geborne Schmittin, er ist Zur heiligen Tauffe gebracht werden beӱ den Herrn Bernhart lutherischer Prediger, seine Tauffzeügen Waren Johan Derricht und Anna Maria: geborne: Picklein:
Translation: Daniel Lohrmann was born in South Carolina in Lexington County in the year after Christ’s birth 1801 the 16th of November. His parents were George Lohrman and his wife Anna Catharina born Schmitt. He was brought to Holy Baptism by Herr Bernhart, Lutheran preacher. His baptismal sponsors were Johann Derricht and Anna Maria born Pickle.

Daniel Lohrman/Lowman (1801–1873) married Nancy Hiller (1807–1889). They had at least two children, William Washington Lowman (1832–1870) and Louisa Drucilla Lowman (1834–1916) who married Dr. John Kennerly Kneece. Daniel and Nancy, their two children and son-in-law are all buried at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Batesburg, Lexington County, South Carolina. William Washington Lowman was a doctor and a mason, as indicated by the carved masonic symbol on his tombstone. Louisa (Lowman) Kneece’s tombstone is notably inscribed “Louisa Lowman / wife of Dr. J. K. Kneece”; the prominent use of her maiden name suggests the importance of the Lowman family.

Rev. Christian Eberhardt Bernhardt, a native of Stuttgart, in the state of Würtemberg, Germany came to America in the year 1786. He served Lutheran congregations in Ebenezer, Georgia (1786) and in Rowan, Stokes, Forsyth and Guilford Counties from 1787 until 1800, when he accepted the call to become the pastor of Zion’s and several other Lutheran Churches in the Lexington District, of South Carolina. Bernhardt (Bernhard, Bernhart) was a regular participant in the annual meeting of the Lutheran Synod of North and South Carolina, and is mentioned in the diary of Rev. Paul Henkel and also in the Records of the Moravians. He was elected secretary of the Synod in 1806. While visiting a number of congregations in South Carolina, Rev. Paul Henkel recorded on July 10, 1811: “before leaving I had the pleasure of speaking briefly to the widow of the sainted Pastor Bernhart, who lived in the neighborhood. For eight or nine years Mr. Bernhart was the regular Lutheran minister of these congregations. He passed away about two years ago.”

Kolbe, Christian and Brent Holcomb, “Fraktur in the ‘Dutch Fork’ Area of South Carolina,” MESDA Journal vol. 5, no. 2