Conrad Trevitz

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Born(1751-09-11)September 11, 1751
Uckersdorf, Hesse, Germany
DiedJuly 1830(1830-07-00) (aged 78)
Greenwood Township, Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
Resting placePortzline Family Cemetery
Other namesJohannes Conrad Trewitz
OccupationFraktur artist

Conrad Trevitz (1751-1830) was an immigrant, veteran, teacher, and American Fraktur artist.

Conrad Trevitz (aka Johannes Conrad Trewitz) and his twin brother Jacob were born on September 11, 1751, in Uckersdorf, Hesse, Germany.Both brothers left Germany aboard the Crawford in 1773.[1] The Trevitz brothers were 22 years old when they entered America through the port of Philadelphia. A fellow passenger aboard the Crawford was Christian Mertel, another notable teacher and Fraktur artist.

American Revolution

From Dr. Fisher's Snyder County Pioneers: [2]

"Conrad Trewitz[3] was born in 1750 and died in 1830. He is buried in the Portzline Cemetery[4] in Perry Township, and his grave is marked C.T. He came to Penn Twp in 1776, or before. He enlisted in Captain Benjamin Weiser's Company, German Batallion, Continental Line, on August 15 , 1776, and served under Colonel Hunsicker, until Hunsicker deserted to the British. Later Colonel Weldner commanded this regiment, and Conrad served under him until January, 1781, when he was discharged by General Muhlenberg in New Jersey. Trewitz applied for a pension. Michael Yeisley stated that he and Trewitz were messmates in Weiser's Company, and it seems that the pension was granted."

Fraktur Artist

After his military service, Conrad married and began a family. He worked as a schoolmaster and Fraktur artist, creating birth and baptismal certificates for his local community. Four of his Taufscheine watercolors are included in the Smithsonian Institution's Art Inventory Catalog.

Corienne and Russell Earnest describe Trevitz as, "a schoolmaster working from 1775 to 1825 in most of the counties in south central Pennsylvania... His work is easily identified by the pear-shaped flowers he included on most certificates. He also did not space out his text well with the result, as in this example, that he had to squeeze in changes and details. Examples of his work are found in most major Fraktur collections."[5]


Having lived a long life of 78 years, Trevitz died in July 1830 and was buried in the Portzline Family Cemetery in Mount Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania, near Francis Charles Portzline, another notable Fraktur artist.


  1. Rupp, Daniel I, A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other Immigrants in Pennsylvania From 1727 to 1776; Second Revised Edition, 1876, Philadelphia. [1] Retrieved 22 April 2020
  2. Fisher, Charles A., Snyder County (Pennsylvania) Pioneers Selinsgrove, PA (1938)
  3. Conrad Trewitz's name appears as Conrad Treartz in Captain Benjamin Weiser's Company of the German Regiment in The Pennsylvania-German in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783 by Richards, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, 1848-1935; Pennsylvania-German Society. (1908) p. 206. [2] retrieved 22 April 2020.
  5. Earnest, Russel D. and Corienne P. (1997). Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners, Volume 2. R.D. Earnest Associates. p. 762–765.

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