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Stewart Erwin Christman - born April 10, 18811 in Kresgeville, Monroe County, PA2.  He was a son of Elias Henry & Mary Anna (Kibler) Christman.3  In 1900 Stewart was living as a boarder in Lower Towamensing Township.4  By the end of 1905, Stewart was listed as a laborer and living in Aquashicola.5 

Stewart's first wife was Mamie C. Hollenbach, and they married December 31st, 1905.6   Mamie was born November 2, 18897 in Lansford, a daughter of Joseph & Carolina (Straub) Hollenbach.8  Apparently this was not a happy marriage as 1910 finds her living with relatives in Mahoning Township.  She is still using the Christman name, and is listed as married with no children.9  I could not find a divorce record, but she did have subsequent husbands, dying in 1979.10

Eva Mae Rehrig - born September 15, 1888 in Lehighton, Carbon County, PA.11  She was a daughter of David L. & Ancenetta (Webb) Rehrig.12  In 1900 she was living on North Third Street in Lehighton with her grandparents Samuel & Mary Webb.13 

In 1904 Eva gave birth to her first child.  The father was Joseph Edward Feist.14  He was born March 20, 187715 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County, PA, a son of Samuel & Mary Feist.16  Joseph married Cassie Serfass on July 4, 1905.17  He was still living in Lehighton in 1930.18

Child of Joseph Edward Feist & Eva Mae Rehrig:

Cleadus William Faust - born March 17, 1904.19  At different times records refer to him as Feist or Faust.  He eventually settled on Faust.  He married Dorothea Florence Fronheiser on September 5, 1925.20  He died October 25, 1986 and is buried in Packerton Cemetery.     [Cleadus' Tombstone]21

By April of 1906 Eva was living in Packerton working as a servant.22  It was there that she married Charles I. May.  He was born May 7, 1887 in Franklin Township, Carbon County, PA,23 a son of Alvin & Harriet (Fisher) May.24, 25  This marriage lasted less than a year as Charles died January 12, 1907.26  He was struck by a train near Packerton.27  He is buried in Long Run Cemetery in Franklin Township with his parents.  [Charles May's Tombstone]28

Being pregnant when her husband died, Eva delivered a stillborn boy on March 17th, 1907.  The doctor noted that the child appeared to die about a week before birth.  He is buried in an unmarked grave in Gnaden Huetten Cemetery in Lehighton.29

By 1909 Stewart and Eva had met, and their first child was born in the fall of that year.30  In 1910 they were living in Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County.31  Stewart was listed as being married (still to Mamie Hollenbach), and his occupation was a laborer in the lumbering industry.  Eva was listed as single, and a servant.  In November of that year they returned to Carbon County and were living in Weissport.32

Stewart and Eva married February 1, 1917.33  At the time they were living in Long Run, which is in Franklin Township.34  Eva was about seven months pregnant with their fourth child when they married. 

In 1918 Stewart's draft registration card lists their residence as Weissport, and that Stewart was working as a car repairer for the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company at their yard in Packerton.  It also gives a physical description of him as tall with a slender build, blue eyes and black hair.35

In 1920 they were renting a house on Parryville Road in Union Hill.36  Sometime between 192637 and 1930 they had moved to Lehighton where they were renting a house on South First Street.38  He was still working for the railroad throughout this time, and would for the rest of his life.  At the time of his death, they were living at Beaver Run which is just North of Lehighton.39 

On the evening of May 31, 1936, Stewart died in the Allentown Hospital of chronic myocarditis (heart failure).40  He had suffered with heart problems for the previous year.  He was buried in the Lehighton Cemetery on June 3rd.  He does not have a tombstone.

Following Stewart's death, Eva remarried on September 3, 1938 to Edward Samuel Snyder.41  He was born June 1879,42 in Weissport, a son of Samuel & Kate (Shafer) Snyder.43 

Eva and Edward were living in Rickertsville (just north of Weissport) when Eva died on June 30, 1947.44  She spent her last two weeks in the Coaldale Hospital.45  She died of "acute myocardial failure" (heart attack).  The doctor also listed other contributing factors as Empyema (infection) of the gallbladder, and chronic coronary artery insufficiency.46  She was buried on July 3rd in the Lehighton Cemetery next to Stewart.  She also does not have a tombstone.

[Picture of Stewart]47       [Picture of Eva]48

Children of Stewart Erwin & Eva Mae (Rehrig) Christman:

Marguerite Christman - born October 6, 1909.49  She died September 1st, 1910 of Summer Complaint and Marasmus.  She is buried in an unmarked grave in Lehighton.50

James Elmer Christman - born September 4th, 1911.  He died February 12th, 1912 of Rachitis and is also buried in an unmarked grave in Lehighton.51

Stewart Woodrow Christman - born March 3, 1913.52  He married Eva M. Ahner in 1942.53  I don't know if she died before him, or if they divorced.  They did not have children.  He lived in Lehighton where he died of natural causes January 30, 1975 at the Gnaden Huetten Hospital.54  He was buried in the Franklin HeightsCemetery in Weissport.  He does not have a stone.  In the mid 1990's there was still a temporary metal marker from the funeral home marking his grave.  It read "Christman 1913-1975".  In 2006 it was gone.55  He is buried next to his brother Martin.

Fred H. Christman - born September 19, 1914.56  His first wife was named Mary.  His second wife was Grace (Hoch) Leidich,57 and he married her sometime after 1964.58  They lived in Coopersburg, Lehigh County.  Fred worked in the pipe shop at Bethlehem Steel for 30 years.  He died as the result of a car accident November 23, 1981.  The accident occured in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital in Pottstown.59  He is buried in  Friedensville Cemetery in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County.     [Fred's Tombstone]60

Martin David Christman - born March 23, 1917.61  He lived in Lehighton, and was an employee of the borough.62  He never married.  He died September 2, 1978 in St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.63  He was buried in the Franklin Heights Cemetery in Weissport.  He does not have a stone, however the temporary metal marker from the funeral home still marks his grave in 2006.     [Martin's Gravemarker]64

Arlene M. Christman - born May 25, 1918.65  She married Harold N. Zimmerman on August 1, 1936.66  They lived in Lehighton.  She died in Mahoning Township on May 29, 2001.67  She is buried in the Lehighton Cemetery.     [Arlene's Tombstone]68

Florence Eva Mae Christman - born January 10, 1920.69  She married Willard Calvin Bennyhoff, Sr. on June 25, 1938.70  She married second to Glenwood Roy Smith on December 26, 1965.71  She died May 29, 2003 in the Palmerton Hospital, and is buried in Bowmanstown Cemetery.72     [Florence's Tombstone]73

Pauline A. Christman - born January 12, 1922.74  She was married to Clayton E. Snyder, Sr.75  They lived in Somerville, New Jersey, but later in life she moved to nearby Dunellen.76  She died in Somerset Medical Center January 4, 1998, and is buried in Pluckemin Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Pluckemin, New Jersey.77     [Pauline's Tombstone]78

Robert Louis Christman - born February 10, 1924,79 he went by the nickname of "Bup".  He married Helen Alverta Green on October 12, 1946.80 They divorced, and his second wife was Dorothy McFarland.81  He was an Army veteran of World War II.82  He worked for the Fauzio Construction Company in Nesquehoning.  He lived in Jim Thorpe, and died August 1, 1978 of acute coronary occlusion in the Gnaden Huetten Hospital in Lehighton.83  He's buried in Christman's Cemetery in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.84
[Robert's Tombstone]85

Delbert Elias Christman
- born May 12, 1926.86  He married Louise J. Fisher on May 10, 1948,87 and married 2nd to Shirley Hunsicker after 1973.88  He served in the Army during World War II.89  He lived in Lehighton, where he died February 14, 1991,90 and is buried in Franklin Heights Cemetery in Weissport.     [Delbert's Tombstone]91

Notes

   1.  Stewart's year of birth was inconsistent in records.  He did not have a baptismal record at Trachsville like most of his siblings.  The 1881 year of birth was given on his first marriage license (see note 5), and his World War I Draft Registration Card (see note 31).
   2.  Place of birth given on his first marriage license.  Also, his parents were living in Polk Township, Monroe County in the 1880 census.  Records later in his life state that he was born in Forty Fort, Luzerne County.  The family may have spent some time there prior to 1900, but it appears to have been after Stewart was born.
   3.  Obituary of Mary A. Christman, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) February 21, 1914.
   4.  U.S. Census, 1900, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Lower Towamensing, E.D. 12, page 1A, line 29.
   5.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book 6, page 293.
   6.  The Lehighton Press, issue dated January 5, 1906.
   7.  Ibid.
   8.  Obituary of Mamie C. Osenbach from The Morning Call, issue dated November 27, 1979.
   9.  U.S. Census, 1910, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Mahoning, E.D. 19, page 12B, line 96.
   10.  Obituary of Mamie C. Osenbach from The Morning Call, issue dated November 27, 1979.
   11.  Eva's year of birth was also quite varied.  Her first marriage license uses 1888 (see note 21).  So does her appearance in the 1900 census (see note 12).
   12.  Obituary of Daniel A. Rehrig, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) March 17, 1938.
   13.  U.S. Census, 1900, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Lehighton, E.D. 16, page 6B, line 63.
   14.  Carbon County Register of Births.  There were two entries for this birth with different names & dates:  Russell Feist, son of Joseph Feist & Eva Rehrig born April 17, 1904, recorded May 6, 1904.  Cladus S. Feist, son of Joseph Feist & Eva Webb born March 17, 1904, recorded July 24, 1905. 
   15.  Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Registration Location: Carbon County, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1877832; Draft Board: 2.  Name:  Joseph Edward Feist.
   16.  U.S. Census, 1880, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Towamensing, E.D. 122, page 19, dwelling 134.
   17.  Trachsville Lutheran Church Records.
   18.  U.S. Census, 1930, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Lehighton, E.D. 22, page 19A, line 4.
   19.  Tombstone inscription from Packerton Cemetery, also see note 13.
   20.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book 35, page 211.
   21.  Photo taken May 2007 by the author.  Note that this stone was likely cut when his wife died in 1959 which explains the name being Feist instead of Faust.
   22.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book 6, page 344.  Their marriage license is dated March 20, 1906.
   23.  Ibid.
   24.  U.S. Census, 1900, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Franklin, E.D. 4, page 4A, line 9.  In the census the father's name is Alvin, but his tombstone in Long Run Cemetery in Franklin Township gives his name as Aldervin.
   25.  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health Death Certificates, hereafter cited as Pennsylvania Death Certificates.  Charles May's death certificate does not list his parents, but Alvin & Harriet (Fisher) May are listed as the parents for two of Charles' siblings:  Grover May, died Dec. 23, 1911 and Hattie S. Walck, died Nov. 6, 1918.
   26.  Date from tombstone, see photo.
   27.  The Lehighton Press, Vol. 29, No. 40, Friday, January 18, 1907.
   28.  Photo taken October 2006 by the author.
   29.  Pennsylvania Death Certificate of "Still birth" March 17, 1907.
   30.  Hollenbach, Raymond E., Heidelberg Church, Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, PA, A History and the Church Records 1740-1978, page72.
   31.  U.S. Census, 1910, Pennsylvania, Lehigh, Heidelberg, E.D. 175, page 5A, lines 32-35.
   32.  The Lehighton Press, issue dated November 25, 1910.
   33.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book 18, page 164.
   34.  Ibid.
   35.  Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, Registration Location: Carbon County, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1877832; Draft Board: 2.  Name, Stewart Ervin Christman.
   36.  U.S. Census, 1920, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Franklin, E.D. 11, page 12A, line 9.
   37.  Obituary of Elias Christman, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) February 2, 1926.
   38.  U.S. Census, 1930, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Lehighton, E.D. 13-20, page 3A, line 41.
   39.  Obituary of Stewart E. Christman, Easton Express June 3, 1936, page 5.
   40.  Death certificate of Stewart Christman, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records.
   41.  All Saints Episcopal Church Records 1869-1966, LDS Film #1671267.
   42.  U.S. Census, 1880, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Weissport, E.D. 124, page 20, line 20
   43.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book 57, page 245.
   44.  Death certificate of Eva Snyder, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records.
   45.  Obituary of Eva Snyder, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) July 2, 1947.
   46.  Death certificate of Eva Snyder, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records.
   47.  Original photo from a familiy member.  Scan by the author.
   48.  Ibid.
   49.  Hollenbach, Raymond E., Heidelberg Church, Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, PA, A History and the Church Records 1740-1978, page72.
   50.  Pennsylvania Death Certificate for Marguerite Christman, died September 1, 1910.
   51.  Pennsylvania Death Certificate for James Elmer Christman, died February 12, 1912.
   52.  Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.  Name, Steward Christman, #204-09-5600.
   53.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book 66, page 181.
   54.  Obituary of Stewart Christman, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) January 31, 1975.
   55.  Personal observation of the author.
   56.  Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.  Name, Fred Christman, #185-03-0888.
   57.  Obituary of Fred H. Christman, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) November 25, 1981.
   58.  Tombstone of Raymond B. Leidich, died March 22, 1964, Friedensville Cemetery, Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County.
   59.  Obituary of Fred H. Christman, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) November 25, 1981.
   60.  Photo taken by the author in May 2007. 
   61.  Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.  Name, Martin Christman, #182-16-0969.
   62.  Obituary of Martin Christman, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) September 6, 1978.
   63.  Ibid.
   64.  Photo taken July 2005 by the author.
   65.  Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.  Name, Arlene M. Zimmerman, #171-24-1570.
   66.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book 54, page 10.
   67.  Obituary of Arlene M. Zimmerman, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) May 31, 2001.
   68.  Photo taken December 2006 by the author.
   69.  Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.  Name, Florence E. Smith, #192-46-5988.
   70.  St. John's United Church of Christ, Towamensing Reformed Parish, MS at Lehigh County Historical Society Library, Allentown, PA, Vol. 3, page 4.
   71.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book 109, page 128.
   72.  Obituary of Florence E. Bennyhoff Smith, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) May 30, 2003.
   73.  Photo taken July 2005 by the author.
   74.  New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Certificate of Death for Pauline A. Snyder.
   75.  Obituary of Delbert E. Christman Sr., The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) February 15, 1991.
   76.  New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Certificate of Death for Pauline A. Snyder.
   77.  Ibid.
   78.  From the web site Find A Grave.  Photograph taken and posted by a user named TomKat.  The link to this page is :  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmid=46923869&GRid=20851171&
   79.  Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.  Name, Robert Christman, #190-14-6614.
   80.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book unknown.
   81.  Obituary of Robert L. Christman, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) August 2, 1978.
   82.  National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.  Name, Robert L. Christman.
   83.  Death certificate of Robert L. Christman, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records.
   84.  Ibid.
   85.  Photo taken June 2008 by the author.
   86.  Carbon County Clerk of Orphan's Court, Marriage Licenses, book 78, page 18.
   87.  Ibid.
   88.  Obituary of Delbert E. Christman Sr., The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) February 15, 1991.  Also tombstone inscription of Louise J. Christman, died 1978, in Franklin Heights Cemetery in Weissport.
   89.  Obituary of Delbert E. Christman Sr., The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper) February 15, 1991.  Also National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.  Name, Delbert E. Christman.
   90.  Ibid.
   91.  Photo taken July 2005 by the author.

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Prepared by Tony Bennyhoff, last updated April 18, 2014.
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