Hello. I am not researching the family, here is what is in Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin Volume 1-38.
Title: Whither The Blessing Convention. Legends are made of stern stuff. They are filled with color and carry the weight of generations. Can a fact, particularly a newly-discovered hope to compete?
Christian Easterday, Ostertag, Osterday or Yesterday, was a German immigrant who landed from the ship Christian in Philadelphia on 13 September 1749. He settled in Frederick County , Maryland during the 1750's.
There are three pages of information, he died 15 November 1805.
To make it short it tells of the discovery of the marriage records in the Christ Lutheran Church of York, Pennsylvania ai that Christain Ostertag to Julianna Spiess dated 22 January 1751. This disagrees by only one year with the 22 January 1750 date given in Juliannna's burial record. According to her burial records she was born 17 June 1732 in unnamed location.
The first documentation of her familt exists in the parish records of Essenheim , Germany where the misister remarked that Conrad Spiess with unnamed wife and five children were taking leave to the new world in the week of Whitsuntide 1749. The record indicates the family had come to Essenhein from Bad Homberg v.d.Hoehe in the Margravate of Hesse-Homberg. Conrad Spiess is next recorded as taking the oath upon his arrival in Philadelphia, PA, 27 September 1749, it goes on to tell how the familes were living near one another and removing together to Maryland after the marrige of Julianna and Christian
It also goes on to explain how the error was made on the last name of Blessing and how many genealogists ( professional ) now accept it as fact after they researched more.
There was a close relationship with the blessing family because of the marriages between them, however Julia Blessing was never marriad to Christain Easterday.
Christian Jr, Christian's and Julianna's first child was born 27 November 1752, her last child Abraham was born 01 F1777, there were 11 more children born between these two, 13 in all and 12 lived to adulthood. Julianna died 04 Sept 1804.
I hope this helps some Blessing and Easterday researchers if they haven't already researched this, happy Hunting.
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