Monday, January 7, 2013

Another Christian Gerner

The Obituary Index at the Butler Area Public Library (of Pennsylvania) lists an obituary for a man named Christian Gerner, age 80, who died in 1899.  His approximate birth year was 1819.  (The approximate birth year of Christian Gerner of Pittsburgh was 1809.)  I've ordered the obituary and hope it has helpful information.

I did not find Christian Gerner in the 1860, 1870, or 1880 U.S. censuses.  However, I found a man named Christian Garner in the 1880 census living in Fairview Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania.  His age was 60 (therefore born about 1820).  His family included wife, Elizabeth; children Charles, 27; Lizzie, 29; Christian, 25; and John, 23.

This man and his family are of interest to me for the following reasons:
  • Lizzie Gerner is named as the witness of the marriage of Fred Gerner and Elvira Bartley on 24 Jul 1872 in Sugar Creek, Venango County, Pennsylvania.  The marriage was officiated by Abner Dale.  (Abner Dale was the pastor of St. Peter's Reformed Church from 1856-1860 and again from 1869-1875.  The History of Butler County, Pennsylvania noted that Christian Gerner was affiliated with St. Peter's Reformed Church.)
  • Charles Gerner, brother of Fred Gerner, would have been about the same age as Charles Garner in 1880. 
  • One of Fred Gerner's daughters remembered that Fred had 3 brothers:  Christian, John, and Charles. 
I understand that Christian Garner may be a separate man from Christian Gerner but the similarities in their circumstances may prove them to be the same man.

I love a good mystery!


1 comment:

  1. Nancy, I wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for the "Liebster Blog" Award. Here's the link ~


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