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1. Johann Heinrich Christ was born Before 1665 in Kanton Berne, Switzerland and died  in Niederseebach, Alsace, France.

 

Children of Johann Heinrich Christ and (unknown):

i.          2.         Anne Catharine "C'erine" Christ was born November 10, 1696 in Niederseebach, Alsace, France, or Bern, Switzerland and died About January 1760 in Albany Twp, PA.

ii.          3.         Johann Heinrich Christ was born Between 1690 and 1693 in Kanton Berne, Switzerland and died  in PA.

iii.         4.         Eve Christ was born Before 1705 in Niederseebach, Alsace-Lorraine, France.

iv.         5.         Marie Marguerite Christ was born Before 1705 in Niederseebach, Alsace, France.

 

Notes on Johann Heinrich Christ

Joh. Heinrich Christ, former citizen at Niederseebach (= 67160 Wissenbourg), in the Baronie Fleckenstein, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France. Ancestor of Glenn Crist

 

 

2nd Generation (Children)

 

2. Anne Catharine "C'erine" Christ (Johann Heinrich1) was born November 10, 1696 in Niederseebach, Alsace, France, or Bern, Switzerland and died About January 1760 in Albany Twp, PA. She married Phillip Jacob Brobst 1720 in Oberseebach, Alsace-Lorraine Province, France.  He was born November 30, 1692 in Kandel, Pfalz, Germany and died 1747/1758 in Albany twp, PA, son of Christophel Probst, Brobst and Eva Christina Hofmann.

Other events in the life of Phillip Jacob Brobst

Occupation : came to America on Ship John and William arrived  Phila-

 

Children of Anne Catharine "C'erine" Christ and Phillip Jacob Brobst:

i.          6.         Jean Michael Brobst was born August 1721 and died August 1, 1771 in Albany twp, PA.

ii.          7.         Jean Valentine (Felder) Brobst was born February 1724 in Oberseebach, France and died July 1775 in Albany twp, PA.

iii.         8.         Jean Martin Brobst was born December 1726 in Oberseebach, Alsace, France and died July 1766 in Albany twp, Berks Co., PA.

iv.                     Anna Maria (#1) Brobst was born February 1731 and died April 1731 in Oberseebach.

v.         9.         Anna Maria (#2) Brobst was born 1736 in Albany, PA and died August 13, 1806 in Albany, PA.

vi.         10.        Eva Catharina Brobst was born 1740 in Maxatawny twp, Berks Co., PA and died After 1790 in Berks Co., PA.

vii.        11.        Catharina Dorothea (Dority) Brobst was born 1744 in Albany twp, Berks Co., PA and died 1776/1782.

 

Notes on Anne Catharine "C'erine" Christ

Her name may have been Anne Marie Marguerite, per one record.

 

Her family name is in some question. Unfortunately, the marriage records for Oberseebach, Alsace, France, for the period 1682 through 1755 are missing. We only know that the marriage took place there about 1720.

 

Other records do exist. According to French archives in Strasbourg, France, for the church in Oberseebach, on 4/15/1724, one Phillippe J. Probst was godfather to Marie Marguerite Anthes, daughter of Henri (Heinrich?) Anthes and his wife Eve (Eva) (nee Christ). The godmother, standing with Philipp Jacob, of Marie Marguerite Anthes was Marie Marguerite Christin (Christ). That same Marie Marguerite Christin was the godmother of Jean Michael Probst, first son of Philipp Jacob and C'erine.

 

Philipp Jacob's wife C'erine was the sister of either Henri or Eva. But which one? For some time, it was not known, but only assumed that she was Henri's sister.

 

(It is noted that a Henry Antes and Christina Dewees were parents of an Elizabeth Antes (b Feb 9 1834) who married Rev. Nicholas Pomp at the New Goshenhoppen Church, Upper Hanover Twp, Montgomery Co, PA, on Apr 23 1772. Elizabeth was the widow of George Philip Dotterer (m in 1754). Nicholas and Elizabeth lived in Montgomery Co, PA. The relationship of this Antes family to the Alsatian Henri Anthes is not known.)

 

And the godfather of Philipp Jacob Probst was Valentin Christ. The godfather of Philipp Jacob's second son Jean Valentine was Johann Valentine Christ (and Anna Elisabeth Anthes. And the godfather of Philipp Jacob's first daughter, Anne Marie, was Johann Jacobus Christ (and Anna Maria Kobel)! Clearly, their ties to the Christ family were much stronger than to the Anthes family.

 

Those same records (Evangelish-Reformierte Kirche, Oberseebach) state "Philippe Jacques Probst and Catharine, his wife, Lutherans, had these children found in the Parish registers of Oberseebach: 28 Aug 1721 Jean Michel; 18 Feb 1724 Jean Valentin; 29 Dec 1726 Jean Martin; 8 Mar 1731 Anne Marie." It is noted that two of her daughters had the first name "Eva", and one of her children was named "Valentin", the same name as her husband's godfather (Valentin Christ). (Those same records in the Catholic version listed their names as Philippi Jacobi, Joannes Michael, Joannes Valentinus, and Johannes Martin.)

 

Another coincidence, or possibly more than a coincidence, is that a Johann Heinrich Christ Jr, son of Johann Heinrich Christ Sr, born in Kanton Berne, Switzerland, was living in the village of Hatten (or Hotten), just a few miles southwest of Oberseebach, Alsace, France, where he married on Jan 8 1715 Anna Goetz, daughter of Johann Jacob Goetz, in the village of nearby Hatten. Johann Heinrich was probably born around 1690-1693, and appears to have been a possible (likely?) brother to C'erine! Johann Heinrich Jr and his family came to America on the "Pennsylvania Merchant" on Sept 11 1732, just a month before C'erine and Philipp Jacob. Their property in Berks Co was very close to that of Philipp Jacob and C'erine.

 

Their son, Johann Heinrich, Jr, b 26 Jan 1721, was Recorder of Deeds in Berks County for several years.

 

It is noted that there were other Christs in the Kandel area in the 1600s: Jonas and his daughter Anna Christina (d 1626), Balthasar and his son Adam (d 1626); info provided by Dora Kamalu.

 

C'erine's asserted family name of Anthes had earlier been inferred, rather than proven. In the past, the evidence for that seemed credible, under the (unproven) assumption that Henri Anthes was C'erine's brother, rather than her brother-in-law. However, information that Dora Kamalu has put together indicates that the reverse is more likely; i.e., that C'erine's family name is more likely to have been Christ, not Anthes. At this point, it appears possible, and perhaps even probable, that Eva Anthes' maiden name was Christ, and she may have been a sister to C'erine, in which case C'erine's maiden name would definitely be Christ, not Anthes.

 

It is noted that if C'erine were truly a Christ, she might well have been a sister to Johann Heinrich Christ who came to America in 1732, just a month earlier than C'erine and Philipp Jacob, and whose son was Register of Deeds for Berks County for quite some years. However, W. Robert Gillespie, a noted Christ researcher, has yet (in 1999) to find any certain information on brothers or sisters of Johann Heinrich Christ. There was no mention of Christs in the estate papers of Philipp Jacob Probst.

 

Since the preponderance of evidence now tends to favor Christ rather than Anthes, my records have been changed to reflect Christ, not Anthes, and as a sister to Heinrich Christ, with the understanding that it is not certain.

 

She was illiterate; she signed her will and other papers with an "X".

 

Some records show her death year as 1759. That is not certain, but she was probably not alive when PJ's will was probated in 1760 since she was not mentioned in any of the probate records. It seem certain then that she died sometime between 1747, when PJ made out his will and March 1760. Other records show she died in 1760; if true, then she must have died Jan, Feb, or early Mar 1760. Jan is most likely, since it probably would have taken a month or two to get PJ's will into probate after C'erine died.

 

3. Johann Heinrich Christ (Johann Heinrich1) was born Between 1690 and 1693 in Kanton Berne, Switzerland and died  in PA. He married Anna Goetz  .  She was born between 1695 / 1698 in Hatten, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France and died  in PA.

 

Notes on Johann Heinrich Christ

He was a cooper in Niederseebach, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France, just a mile south of Oberseebach, home of Philipp Jacob Probst and his wife C'erine. He came to America with his wife and all of his children in 1732 on the ship "Pennsylvania Merchant", and settled in Berks County.

Another record refers to him as Christian Heinrich Christ.

Ancestor of Glenn Crist , who notes that Johann Heinrich settled in Reading, Berks Co, PA

Source: "Eighteenth Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America"

by Annette Kunselman Burgert LC Card: 92-74115 (1992): Christ, Heinrich of Hatten, arrived on the Pennsylvania Merchant 1732. He appears on the ship's list as Christen, and came with wife Anna Christen, and children Margaret, Magdalena, Jerich, Hendrick, Eva, Catharine, Salme, Maria. These are the same children listed elsewhere for Johann Heinrich Christ, so the reference to Christian Heinrich Christ must be in error.

 

From the records of the Hatten Lutheran Church, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France:

"HATTEN LUTHERAN KB. Joh. Heinrich Christ, single cooper, born in Switzerland, Canton Bern, two hours from Araw (CH-5000 Aarau, AG), son of the late Joh. Heinrich Christ, former citizen at Niederseebach (= 67160 Wissenbourg), in the Baronie Fleckenstein, m. 8 Jan 1715 Anna Gotz, daugher of the late Joh. Jacob Gotz. Married here in Hatten. Children:

l.Catharina Margaretha b. 5 Oct. 1715

2.Maria Magdalena b. 23 Feb. 1717

3. Joh. Georg b. 13 Aug 1718

4. Joh. Heinrich b. 26 Jan. 1721

5. Maria Eva b. 30 Nov. 1722

6. Maria Catharina b. 16 Mar. 1725

7. Anna Maria b. 27 Nov. 1728

8. Andreas b. 16 Nov. 1730

 

Whether the children were born in Hatten or in nearby Niederseebach is not known, nor does it matter much. They lived most of their life in Niederseebach.

 

REV. JOHN CASPER STOEVER'S RECORDS: Heinrich Christ and Eva Kuhn sp. a child of Joh. Michael Henninger in 1736.

 

MOSELEM LUTHERAN KB,BERKS COUNTY: Christian Jace (Jacki), single son of Christian Jace, m. 11 Nov. 1745 Maria Catharina Christ, daughter of Christian Heinrich Christ.

 

4. Eve Christ (Johann Heinrich1) was born Before 1705 in Niederseebach, Alsace-Lorraine, France. She married Henri Anthes About 1723 in  Alsace-Lorraine, France. 

 

5. Marie Marguerite Christ (Johann Heinrich1) was born Before 1705 in Niederseebach, Alsace, France.

 

Notes on Marie Marguerite Christ

She and Philipp Jacob Probst were godparents to Maria Margaretha Anthes, daughter of Henri and Eve (nee Christ) Anthes.

 

 

3rd Generation (Grandchildren)

 

6. Jean Michael Brobst (Phillip Jacob7, Christophel6, Bartholomew "Barthel"5, Rudolph4, Niklaus3, Hans Michel ?2, Alt Herr1) was born August 1721 and died August 1, 1771 in Albany twp, PA. He married 1st Anna Margaretha Friesz  .  He married 2nd Maria Elizabeth (Marilis) Albrecht  .  She was born  in I have no info on her. . He married 3rd Margaret Schadt About 1744 . 

Other events in the life of Jean Michael Brobst

Christening : August 28, 1721 in Oberseebach, Alsace, France

 

 

7. Jean Valentine (Felder) Brobst (Phillip Jacob7, Christophel6, Bartholomew "Barthel"5, Rudolph4, Niklaus3, Hans Michel ?2, Alt Herr1) was born February 1724 in Oberseebach, France and died July 1775 in Albany twp, PA. He married Catharina Levan Before 1756 .  She was born After 1727, daughter of Jacob Levan and Maria Levan, Maiden Name Unk..

Other events in the life of Jean Valentine (Felder) Brobst

Christening : February 18, 1724 in Oberseebach, Alsace, France

 

 

8. Jean Martin Brobst (Phillip Jacob7, Christophel6, Bartholomew "Barthel"5, Rudolph4, Niklaus3, Hans Michel ?2, Alt Herr1) was born December 1726 in Oberseebach, Alsace, France and died July 1766 in Albany twp, Berks Co., PA. He married 1st Maria Fuss Before 1756 in Berks Co., PA.  He married 2nd Anna Elisabeth Heckler 1757/58 in Albany Twp, Berks Co., PA.  She was born 1733 in Exeter twp, Berks Co., PA and died October 1772 in Albany Twp, PA, daughter of Christian Rudolph Hechler and First name unk. maiden unk. Hechler.

Other events in the life of Jean Martin Brobst

Christening : December 29, 1726 in Oberseebach, France

Occupation : his will probated 9 Jun 1766, at Albany twp

 

Other events in the life of Maria Fuss

Occupation : No listing for children has been found

 

Other events in the life of Anna Elisabeth Heckler

Occupation : her Will probated 30 May 1774

 

Children of Jean Martin Brobst and Anna Elisabeth Heckler:

i.          12.        Anna Catarina Brobst was born June 11, 1758 in Albany twp Berks Co., PA and died February 1, 1811.

ii.          13.        Johannes John Brobst was born October 15, 1759 in Albany twp, Berks Co., PA and died August 19, 1834 in New Berlin, Union twp, Union Co., PA..

iii.                     Daughter Brobst was born 1762 and died 1765.

 

Notes on Jean Martin Brobst

notes from brobstology

FA1: 29 DEC 1726 Bapt, Evangelisch-Reforemierte Ch, Oberseebach, France _FA3: A miller. Note:

Jean Martin was baptized on 29 Dec 1726. One record showed his parents as Philippi Jacobi and Catharina Probst (Philippi Jacobi would be the Latin, or Roman Catholic spelling); another shows Philippe Jacques Probst and wife, Catherine, Lutherans.

 

Several of his children were still minors when he died, and Jean Valentine and Andrew Hagenbuch were appointed guardians of the minor children, as recorded in the Orphan's record Book 1, page 242, dated Nov 13 1766.

 

There is mention in a record that he had a second daughter, born about 1762. However, there is no record about her. Martin's will, dated Oct 10, 1765, makes no mention of her, but she would have died by then, so would not have been mentioned in the will.

 

He was a farmer and operator of two grist mills and a sawmill, all in Albany Township. He was shown on the first Berks County tax roll in 1752.

 

Martin Probst's Mill was across the street from PJ's and Valentine's; it is no longer there; a grove of trees is on the site, next to the Kistler Creek. The mill is described in a book by Arthur M. Haas, "The Allemaengle Road". It operated for about 140 years, until about 1890.

 

Martin's other mill is located on Maiden Creek, halfway between Trexler and Wanamakers. (The mill might have been actually his brother Michael's mill.) In the early 1800s, it was sold first to Mr. Moser, and later to Mr. Lenhart. In the early 1900s it was, and still is, known as Lenhart's Mill. The stone mill building and wheel race are still there, although the former log top of the building was destroyed (either by rot or fire), and has been replaced with a modern roof. The building now contain several apartments.

 

A copy of Martin's will, dated Oct 10, 1865, is in the Bill Rutledge folder. He signed his will as Martin Brobst, not Probst. (Signature in the old style, as in "Brobft".) The will was written in German; witness was C. H. Hechler, Anna Elizabeth's brother. He died young, at the age of 40.

 

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