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I am having difficulty establishing the parentage of Chrtistian Gingerich and the parentage of his seoond wife Catherine nee Gingerich. My information can be found at rootsweb.com. It is continually being updated.
Christian Gingerich’s (1820-1908) life in this country are pretty straight forward. He allegedly was born in Andenacht, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, a child of Michael Gingerich and Barbara Heinamann but there is no record of him there. A popular history says he was born on 28 Oct 1820, a newspaper obituary says 28 Oct 1823. Neither he nor his family shows up in Amish Mennonites in Germany.
He marries in this country first Elizabeth Miller and then Catharine Gingerich. This is where we are stuck in the genealogical search. There were four Gingerich siblings (Catharine, Helena, John Christian, and Elizabeth) born in Butler County, Ohio in the 1840’s. Catharine was one of them. What follows is what I have been able to piece together.
Catharine and Helena apparently were twins, born on the same day (12 Jul 1844), same county, Butler County, Ohio, according to their respective death certificates. Catharine's informant, Edward Gingerich, her son, did not know the parents but Helena's informant, George Bossi, her husband, named them as John Gingerich, born in Germany and Phillipina Miller born in Germany.
John Christian's informant, his son John, says the parents were Christian Gingerich and Miller, both born in Germany and that John was born in Butler County, Ohio. Elizabeth's informant, her husband, George Oehler, names them as Christian Gingerich and Elizabeth Miller, both born in Germany and that she was born in Hamilton, Hamilton County, Ohio.
The 1925 Iowa census shows John's parents as Christian Gingerich and Phoebe Miller. John died in 1927, he may have been the informant.
All of the census records that these people show up in state that the parents of the four children were born in Germany. I have not been able to find any record of the family in 1850, anywhere. The children start showing up in 1860 in McLean County, first as children living in the Christian and Elizabeth household.
Recently I found this marriage in Tazewell County. I believe that Philabena shown below (could also be spelled Phillipina) might be the mother of the second wife of Bishop Christian Gingerich. "Gingery" is a variant spelling of Gingerich. However I find no record at Ancestry.com of either Philabena or Ludwig (Louis).
Name: Philabina Gingery, Gender: Female, Spouse Name: Ludwick Ulbrich
Marriage Date: Jul 01, 1852, Marriage County: Tazewell
Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 1314686 - 1314688.
We know that the four childen were born in Butler County, Ohio from their death certificates. We know that in 1866, Catherine married Rev Christian Gingerich and that in 1870 Elizabeth and John were living with them.
We also know that the second Christian Gingerich (1861-1944) was born before Catharine married Christian Gingerich (1820-1908) and before Elizabeth Miller Gingerich died. From an obituary we know that the family moved to Illinois in 1853.
Could this Philabina be the Phillipina Miller that George Bossi names as the mother of his wife Helena Gingerich. She could have been first married to Gingerich, had the four kids, he died, she moved to Tazewell County, married Ulbrich, raised her kids, farmed then out to oldest daughter married daughter, either before or after his or her death. In 1870 the kids are living with Catharine and Helen may be home "doctoring" her mom.
Steve Estes thinks that there is a possibility that Christian Gingerich’s first wife, Elizabeth Miller, might be related to the mother of his second wife, Catharine, since almost everyone documented that she was a Miller.
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