Saint-Armand-Centre, Quebecand Colchester, Vermont from: 1814-1840. Cardboard covers. This 6” x 8” booklet was compiled by the Sager Family whose online genealogical records show immigrated from Saint-Armand-Center in Quebec to Colchester, Vermont in the 1830s. 15 leaves, most with text on only one side. The leaves are string-bound in a later card cover made from a circa 1900 advertisement for the New York World newspaper.
One page notes the children’s parents Frederick and Lydia were married in 1813. Another identifies the birth dates of “Adam and Eve” Sager, probably Frederick’s parents.
“Adam Sager was Born in April 3rd A.D. 1771. . .. Eve Sager was born in 77”
There are several pages if hymn lyrics as well.
The Sagers' first child was born in 1814 and their last in 1838. In between, Lydia gave birth to seven more including two who were still born. All but two of the births were commemorated with full-page decorative hand-drawn hearts containing each child’s full name and birthday.
The decorative heart for one of the babies who died shortly after childbirth reads, “The babe Born And died Friday Dec. 14th 1827 – The active babe is gone to dwell with God on high and there to sing redeeming Songs to all eternity.”
A coffin is one of the symbols used to decorate this heart.
Two other hearts bear the legend “Long may you live.”. Very good. Item #009883
Saint-Armand-Centre is situated right on the Canada-U.S. border, and Colchester is located about 45 miles south on the opposite bank of the St. Lawrence River along the border as well. Online genealogical records also suggest that Lydia had been born in the United States and was an American citizen at the time she married Frederick. She died in 1840, and later that year Frederick married Laura Hackett from Massachusetts, and together they had five additional children.
A charming booklet of primitive homemade folk-art birth certificates.Folk art birth certificates like these appear to be considerably scarcer than hand drawn Pennsylvania Dutch geburtsheins. At the time of this listing nothing similar is for sale in the trade, and the Rare Book Hub shows no similar examples having been sold at auction. OCLC identifies one institution as holding non-Pennsylvania Dutch folk art birth certificate from the mid-1800s.