Saturday, January 5, 2013
Searching for Christian Gerner
My great-great-grandfather Fred Gerner's death certificate stated his father's name as Christian Gerner. Fred was born in 1848 or 1849 in Germany. From family sources and other documents I understand that Fred had a younger brother named Charles who was also born in Germany in about 1851 or 1852.
While searching the 1870 U.S. census this evening I found Christopher Gerner, aged 61, with son Charles, aged 19, living in Pittsburgh. Could this possibly be my Christian Gerner with an anglicized name?
Having Charles with this family group seems to fit what I already know. Fred, 21 or 22 in 1870, would have probably already moved from home, though I've yet to find him in the 1870 census.
In this census (image above) Charles's occupation is identified as "apprentice at m-------." Can any of you read the last word? Thanks for any thoughts or interpretations.
The source for this image is Heritage Quest, 1870 U.S. Census, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Series M593, Roll 1297, page 564, written page 72, lines 8-10.