On 11 May 1732, Maria Catharina Lather, daughter of Andreas Lather and Elisabetha Catharina Daub, was born in Kirtorf, Alsfeld Kreis, Hessen-Darmstadt (now Germany). She was baptized at home in Kirtorf, Alsfeld Kreis, Hessen-Darmstadt (now Germany) on 12 May 1732.
SOURCE: Kirtorf Evangelische Kirche (Kirtorf, Alsfeld Kreis, Hesse-Darmstadt), “Kirtorfer Kirchenbuch 1725-1768. [Kirtorf Church Book 1725-1768.],” page 27, entry 6, Maria Catharina Lather, 12 May 1732; filmed as Kirchenbuch 1725-1875; FHL INTL microfilm 1,336,979, Item 2.
Click on the image above to enlarge it. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record of Maria Catharina 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:
On the morning of the 11th of May , on Cantate Sunday [the fourth Sunday after Easter], between 9 and 10 o’clock, Maria Catharina, legitimate little daughter of Andreas Lather, citizen and baker here, and Elisabetha Catharina née Daub, and on the following night between 12 and 1 o’clock, [on account of poor health?], was baptized in the house out of necessity. Anna Catharina, the child’s grandmother and the surviving widow of the late Friedrich Daub, was the sponsor.
I could not read one phrase in the document, but I believe it says “on account of poor health” or something similar. The child was baptized at home “out of necessity”, probably because the family was worried that the child might not survive. In fact, the child died a year later; the fact of her death is indicated by a cross in the margin of the record.
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