On 17 Aug 1860, Johannes Lather, son of Johann Georg Lather and Louise Gade, was born in Kirtorf, Alsfeld Kreis, Hessen-Darmstadt (now Germany). He was baptized in the parish church in Kirtorf, Alsfeld Kreis, Hessen-Darmstadt (now Germany) on 26 Aug 1860.
The Birth and Baptismal Record of Johannes Lather – 1860
SOURCE: Kirtorf Evangelische Kirche (Kirtorf, Alsfeld Kreis, Hessen-Darmstadt), “Geburts=Protokoll der Pfarrei Kirtorf für das Jahr 1860. [Birth Records of the Kirtorf Parish for the Year 1860.],” page 31, record number 28, Johannes Lather, 26 August 1860; filmed as Kirchenbuchduplikat 1808-1875; FHL INTL microfilm 0,855,109.
Click on the image above to enlarge it. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record of Johannes Lather. This PDF document includes an image of the original document, a transcription in German Gothic, a transcription in modern German, and a translation in English. Translated from the German, the record reads:
28. Johannes Lather, son of Johann Georg Lather
In the Year of the Lord, eighteen-hundred and sixty, on the morning of the seventeenth of August at about nine o’clock, based on a credible report, the second child and second son was born to Johann Georg Lather the third, citizen and day laborer here in Kirtorf, of his wife Louise née Gade and, on the twenty-sixth of this same month, the child was baptized and given the name Johannes.
The Godfather was Johannes Lather, the surviving, legitimate, unmarried son of the deceased Heinrich Adamus Lather, a citizen and cow herder here, the father’s brother, who has signed the present record next to the father and me, the deacon and minister who performed the baptism.
[signed] Johannes Lather
[signed] Johann Georg Lather III
[signed] Ludwig Ebald
Deacon and Minister
Johannes Lather was the second great-grandfather of my cousin Chris. Chris had previously found the birth record of one of Johannes’ children in a Lutheran Church in Albany, New York, and that record listed Kirtorf, Hessen-Darmstadt as the place where Johannes had lived prior to immigrating to the United States.
The present record is the first that we have found for the Lather family prior to their emigration.
This record was written in German Gothic handwriting and was nearly impossible for me to read. Fortunately, another patron of my local Family History Center is fluent in German and experienced in reading Gothic handwriting. Many thanks to Heike for transcribing and translating this document for me when I found it on microfilm today at the Family History Center!
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