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Christ Family

First Generation

Rudolph Christ (1750-1833) is mentioned as a potter's apprentice and resident in Salem in the 1775-1783 period. In 1786 he established a pottery in Bethabara. In January 1789 he took over the pottery in Salem, and Gottlob Krause replaced him in Bethabara. Example of mottled glaze flask made by Rudolph Christ.

Rudolph Christ's first wife was Elisabeth Oesterlein (1749-1802). In 1803 he married Anna Christina Blum (1776-1861).

A Peter Christ is also mentioned in the Moravian records, as working for Br. Valentine Beck in 1772. An entry in 1778 refers to a letter from "P. Christ in Lititz to his brother here", and is also indexed to Rudolph, presumably the brother to whom the letter was sent.

A letter quoted in the Moravian Records in 1829, written from a student at the girls' school, refers to her teacher "Miss Ann E. Christ (pronounced Crist)". The spelling shifts to Crist in the mid-19th century.

Second Generation

Probable children of Rudolph Christ and Elisabeth Oesterlein
Friedrich Jacob Christ (1783-1792)
Benigna Elisabeth Christ (1783-1792)
Johann Rudolph Christ (1788-1790)
Anna Sulamith Christ (b. & d. 1792)

Friedrich Jacob and Benigna Elisabeth were twins. They died about 3 months apart in 1792.

Children of Rudolph Christ and Anna Christina Blum
unnamed infant son (b. & d. 1804)
Anna Elisabeth Christ (1805-1878) m. Joshua Boner (1809-1881)
Jacob Rudolph Crist (1808-1873) m. Miranda Rosalia Keelhn (1822-1899)
Traugott Friedrich Crist (1816-1905) m. Maria Louisa Haman (1826-1887), daughter of Adam Haman

Who is Maria Catharina Christ, born August 1780, m. 1) George Fetter, 2) Johann Jacob Blum? She's just slightly too old to be Rudolph and Elisabeth's daughter, and is also ruled out by an entry in 1789 that refers to Rudolph and Elisabeth and their three children (who would be the twins Friedrich and Benigna, plus Johann Rudolph) but there's no other Christ family in Salem so far as I know.

Third Generation

Children of Jacob Rudolph Christ and Miranda Rosalia Keelhn
Mary Elisabeth Keehln Crist (1846-?)
Anna Sophia Crist (1849-?)
Harvey Sylvester Crist (1853-1935) m. Christina Jones (1861-1947)
Charles Carrick Crist (1858-1862)

Charles Carrick Crist is listed in the 1860 census transcript with Traugott and Maria Louisa, but is identified in an obituary in the People's Press and also in Moravian records as the son of Jacob and Rosalia.

Children of Traugott Friedrich Christ and Maria Louisa Haman
unnamed infant son (b. & d. 1849)
Clarence Eugene Crist (1851-1928) m. Flora Belle Rothrock (1862-1916), daughter of Loretta Rothrock
Gustav Adolph Haman Crist (1852-1857)
William Carey Crist (1856-1924) m. Martha Winkler (1861-1949)
Anna Caroline Crist (1860-1928)
Eleanor Crist (b. & d. 1868)


Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, 12 volumes; Publications of the North Carolina Historical Commission

Forsyth County Cemetery Records

Death Notices from the People's Press, compiled by Robert M. Topkins, publ. Forsyth County Genealogical Society

Stokes County marriage bonds

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