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1759 Christian Winebrenner's birthdate has born reported to be 4 December, but with no documentation (Christian was age 26-44 in the 1800 census, so he was born 1755-1774)(Other researchers have reported that Christian Winebrenner was the third child born to Johann Christian and Christiana Wyand Winebrenner. Based on reported ages of his siblings, and the date of birth of his children, he was born about 1764 in York County, Pennsylvania)[1]

Mary Adams was the daughter of John Adams.

c 1780 Christian Winebrenner likely moved with his father and family from York County, Pennsylvania to Hagerstown, Maryland. It is not known just when he moved from Hagerstown, Maryland to Blair County, Pennsylvania, then Bedford County, and settled near Martinsburg.

1790 Christopher/Christian Winebrenner was listed twice in the census at Washington County, Maryland, perhaps this one and his father. Christopher's household had one adult male, one male under (age 16), and 2 females [2]. Christian's household had one adult male, one male under age 16, and 3 females and was listed next to father-in-law John Adams. [3]

1790 Christian Winebrenner settled on land, which was warranted in 1826, when Conrad Nicodemus testified that "to his certain knowledge the above described tract of land was first improved in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety and not before, that grain has been raised thereon, and that said Christian Winebrenner and family are now settled and reside on the same tract of land and has continued to reside thereon ever since." [4]

1791 Christopher [Christian] Winebrenner was taxed in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennylvania.

1792 Christly [Christian] Winebrenner was taxed in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennylvania.

1795 Christly [Christian] Winebrenner was taxed in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennylvania.

1798 Christian Winebrenner was named on the US Direct tax list for Bedford County, living in Woodbury Twp on land owned by John Adams. The tract was valued at $845. There was one log house (30 by 20 feet) with a kitchen, stable, and outhouse on a 400 acre tract. John Martin lived next door. Christian Winebrenner was named as adjacent to the listing for Margret Albri[gh]t, on the land of George Shoup, and the listing for John Albrit. [5]

1800 Christian Winebrenner [Wenebranner] lived in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania with males: two age 0-10 (Peter and Jacob), one age 10-15 (Christian), one age 26-44 (himself); and females: two age 0-10 (Catherine and Mary), and one age 45+ (Mary?). [6]

1800 Christian Winebrenner was listed on the Pennsylvania septennial census for Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [7]

1807 Mary Adams Winebrenner was named in the will of her father, John Adams: "To daughter Mary 372 acres of land in Morrison Cove, Pennsylvania, where she at present resides, and to her husband Christian Winebrenner and his heirs begotten by wife Mary, 150 pounds."

1809 On 23 June 1809, Christian Winebrenner and wife Mary of Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, conveyed to Conrad Nichodemus, Frederick Hartle?, Harman Lick, and Henry Grubb, for 5 shillings, ground situated some little distance from Christian to erect a house of Public Worship. It was deeded to Wardens of a Church commonly called The Congregation at Christian Winebrenners. The land was part of land warranted to John Adams (his father-in-law) on 8 February, 1802 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and had been bequeathed by John Adams to his daughter Mary, wife of Christian Winebrenner. [8]

c 1809 Mary Adams Winebrenner died, perhaps near Martinsburg and was likely buried near there, though headstone and record are not known.

1810 Christian Winebrenner lived in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania with 1 male age 0-10 (David), 2 males 10-15 (Peter and Jacob), 1 male 45+ (himself), 1 female 10-15 (Esther?), 1 female 16-25 (Catherine). There was no female of age to be his wife, Mary (deceased), nor his oldest daughter, Mary (married to John Rivir). [9]

c 1811 Christian Winebrenner married second, Abigail Chrisman, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1788 in Germany, and came to America when 16 years of age, thus about 1804.

c 1814 Rev. Christian Winebrenner built several houses in Martinsburg, Morrison's Cove. [10]

1814 Christian Winebrenner Sr, farmer, was on the tax list in Woodberry Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [11]

1814 On 16 September, William Entreken sold, for $20, land on the north side of second street in the town of Martinsburg to Christian Winebrenner, both of Woodbury Twp, in the counties of Huntington and Bedford, respectively [12]. The lot was called Broomfield and was originally patented to John Broombough on 7 September, 1790 [13][14][15].

1815 On 13 October, Christian Winebrenner sold water rights to Conrad Martin for ten dollars annually, for a period of three years, by digging a ditch from the spring in Winebrenner's meadow and laying pipe two feet deep and covering it with the original dirt. [16]

1817 On 22 September, Christian Winebrenner Jr. and Jacob Winebrenner sold to Conrad Martin a tract of land called Woodstock which they inherited from their grandfather, John Adam, according to his will dated 23 January 1808 in Washington County, Maryland, through his daughter and their mother, Mary Winebrenner. The original Adam patent was in Washington County, Maryland, bearing date 23 Jan 1802 [17]. These Winebrenners were selling 2/7ths of the land, their 2 shares of the 7 lots inherited by Mary Adams Winebrenner's seven living heirs. [18]

1817 Christian Winebrenner was on the tax list for Woodberry Twp, Bedford County. [19]

1818 On 16 January, Christian Winebrenner, of Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, sold to Conrad Martin a tract of land in Bedford County named Woodstock-bower. Originally, three tracts of land had been warranted by John Martin and John Adam and then sold to John Adam and then bequeathed in the will of John Adam to his daughter, Mary, as recorded in Washington County, Maryland. Christian Winebrenner inherited the land from his father-in-law, John Adam, as husband of Mary [apparently now deceased]. Witnessed by Henry Breidenthal and James Shirly. [20]

1818 On 28 October, Peter Winebrenner Jr. and his wife Mary sold to Conrad Martin their 1/7 part of the Adam property. Peter was an heir of Mary Winebrenner, daughter of John Adam. The land was adjacent to land of Christian Winebrenner Sr. [21]

1819 On 7 April, David Winebrenner, minor son of Christian Winebrenner of Woodberry Twp, above the age of 14 years, chose Edward Cowan guardian of his estate, descended to him from [blank, likely from his deceased mother]. [22]

1820 Christian Winebrenner lived in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania with males: three age 0-10, one age 16-18, one age 16-26, one age 45+ and females: two age 0-10, one age 26-45. One person employed in agriculture. Nearby listings included Mary River, Peter Winebrenner, and Edward Cowan. [23]

1821 On 7 February, Widow Mary Rivir, one of seven heirs of land left by Mary's grandfather, John Adams, to the descendants of her mother, Mary Adams Winebrenner, drew lot 4 of 7 of the divided land. She sold the lot to Conrad Martin. [24]

1821 On 7 February, Edward Cowan, guardian of David Winebrenner, a minor heir of land left by his grandfather, John Adams, to the descendants of his mother, Mary Adams Winebrenner, drew lot 4 of 7 of the divided land. She sold the lot to Conrad Martin. [25]

1821 On 10 March, "... I, Edward Cowan, guardian of David Winebrenner, a minor one of the heirs of Mary Winebrenner wife of Christian Winebrenner who was one of the heirs of John Adam deceased and Mary Ryver another of the heirs of Mary Winebrenner who was the wife of John Ryver and grand-daughter of the said John Adam, for and in consideration of the sum of thirteen hundred fifty one dollars and ninety three cents ... duly paid ... by Henry Breidenthal ... do hereby release ... all our right title ... to our two seventh parts of a certain tract of land called Woodstock ..." [26]

1822 Christian Winebrenner Sr was on the duplicate tax list for Woodberry Twp, Bedford County. [27]

1824 On 8 September, David Winebrenner sold his seventh share of the estate to Henry Breidenthal and the deed described some detail of the partition. "Know all men by these presents that whereas John Adams late of Washington County State of Maryland deceased hath obtained patent for three hundred and seventy three acres of land be the same one ? in Woodberry Township Bedford County and state of Pennsylvania ad-joining lands of Conrad Martin on the North and ?st and others on the south and west and whereas the said John Adams by his last will and testament bearing date the thirteenth day of June AD 1807 and recorded in the Register’s Office in Washington County Maryland did devise and bequeath the said described tract to his daughter Mary and her heirs and assigns and whereas Christian Wine-brener being the husband of the said Mary at the same time claim-ed right as heir to the said premises and who has since deceased and released his right and title thereto or his life time ? Conrad Martin by release bearing date the 16th day of January AD 1?78 recording in the office for recording of deeds in and for the county of Bedford in Book L page 162 Reference thereto ? will more fully and at large appear and whereas the said Conrad Martin ? of the said Mary (who being since deceased having ? by agreement dated the eighth day of March 1821 to divide aforesaid ? ? into seven equal shares and numbered first No 1 the next No 2 and sequentially 3 4 5 6&7 and did afterwards draw them by lotery ...the said Conrad Martin having these already obtained three seventh ? of said ? se one six and seven fell to his share, No 2 fell to Daniel Moon and Catherine his wife, No 3 fell to David Winebrenner, No 4 fell to Mary Ryver daughter of said Mary deceased ? No 5 fell to Andrew Erlenbaugh and Esther his wife..." [28]

1825 On 22 January, Christian Winebrenner [senior] of Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, sold land, for $2000, a piece of land in Martinsburg adjoining the great road to Spring Mill on the north and the great road to Bedford on the East, to Christian Winebrenner Junior, of the town of Martinsburg. Christian Winebrenner Jr had purchased the land from Abraham Stoner and his wife Ann on 10 April 1824. On 22 January 1825, Christian Winebrenner Junior and wife sold the land to Christian Winebrenner Senior. "Now this indenture witnesseth that in order to secure the amount of two thousand dollars at which price or sum the within described lot or piece of ground with the improvements are valued at and for which a tract of land is agreed to be taken in exchange for (if the title to the same should prove to be good for the space of twenty years ? which term if no title be set up against the one in the said Christian Winebrenner Junior the instrument of writing to be void and of no effect ? be and remain in full force and virtue) the said Christian Winebrenner doth hereby grant and convey unto the said Christian Winebrenner Junior the aforesaid lot ... [29]

1826 On 24 August, Christian Winebrenner warranted 174 acres in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania with date of return 16 April 1828. Adjacent landowners were John Adams, Conrad Martin, and George Shoup. [30][31][32][33]

1829 The Will of Christian Winebrenner Senior of Woodbury Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania was dated 16 November 1829, and was probated 29 January 1833. He signed by his mark, and gave to four eldest sons, Christian, Jacob, Peter and David, and to my 3 eldest daughters, $1.00 each [these seven children had already inherited land from their grandfather, John Adam, through their mother, Mary Adam]. He gave to his wife Abby (Abigail Chrisman) all of estate during her life if a widow. She was to raise and school the 8 youngest children. After the death of Abby, the estate was to be sold and the money divided equally to the 8 younger children: John, Andrew, Daniel, Joseph, Elizabeth, Sarah, William and Polly (Peggy). Executors named as wife Abigail and son Christian Winebrenner. Witnesses John and Daniel Holsinger. Probate 11 January, 1833. [34]

1830 Christian Winebrenner (age 60-70) lived in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in a household with 5 males under age 20, 4 females under age 20, and wife (age 40-50) [35]. Another listing showed Christian Winebrenner (age 70-80) living in District 11, Frederick County, Maryland [36].

1830 On 28 May, Christian Winebrenner and wife Abigail sold a lot, adjacent to Stoners Alley in the town of Martinsburg, to John Getty. The lot had been sold by deed dated 10 April 1824, by Abraham Stoner deceased and his wife Ann, to Christian Winebrenner Junior and wife Margaret, who sold it to Christian Winebrenner Senior, by deed dated 22 January 1825. [37]

1832 Christian Winebrenner died 20 December 1832, aged about 68 years, at his farm home near Martinsburg in Morrison's Cove, Blair County, Pennsylvania (then Bedford), and may be buried there. Date of his death learned from letter of 8 January 1833 by his nephew Rev. John Winebrenner to John's father, Philip, saying Christian had died 20 December 1832 at his home in Morrison's Cove Blair County, Pennsylvania. Christian Winebrenner was buried at Glades cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania. [38]

1833 On 11 January, Witnesses John and Daniel Holsinger affirmed the will. Abby and Christian Winebrenner refused executorship of the estate of Christian Winebrenner. Letters of administration were granted to John Belch. [39]

1838 On 1 September, John Belch, administrator cum testaments annexe of the goods of Christian Winebrenner, late of Woodbury Twp deceased, produced the account of his administration with balance $169.89. Confirmed. [40]

1860 Abigail Winebrenner lived in Noble Twp, Noble County, Indiana with daughter Sarah Shiffer. Abigail was blind. [41]

1864 On 16 August, Abigail Winebrenner died at age 76 years, in Noble County, Indiana and was buried in Sanford Cemetery near Merriam, Noble County. She may have moved to Indiana in August 1846 when a number of her children moved.

Research Notes:

No date Sideways note: This is a deed made out from Conrad Martin to Henry Bridenthal. He is selling "all my right title interest property claim and demand of in and to a certain life estate I am siezed and possessed of by release from Christian Winebrenner of in and to one seventh part of a tract which said share is called one said division No. 2 laid off for Catharine Winebrenner contains 52 acres one hundred fort eight perches and allowance of six per cent for roads &c.." [Bedford County Pennsylvania Deed, book and page not recorded]

1826 On 24 August, Christian Winebrenner warranted 174 acres in Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania with date of return 16 April 1828. 
Photocopy 1826 Survey map of Christian Winebrenner patent.
The land was shown on earlier surveys as land of John Adams. [42][43][44][45]

"Christian Winebrenner, 3rd child of Johann Christian and Christiana Wyand Winebrenner, was born about 1764 in York Co. Pa.. (birth record not found there, although record of his brothers and sisters is) He died Dec. 20, 1832 aged about 68 years, at his farm home near Martinsburg in Morrison's Cove, Blair County (then Bedford) Pa. and likely buried there, but headstone and record not found. Date of his birth calculated from that of near brothers and sister, and date of birth of his first child. Date of his death learned from letter of Jan. 8, 1833 by Rev. John Winebrenner, his nephew to Philip his father saying Christian had died Dec. 20, 1832 "at his home in Morrison's Cove, Blair Co. Pa.". About 1780 when he was a young man, he likely moved with his father and family from York Co. Pa. to Hagerstown Md. They may have lived a short while in Franklin Co. Pa. near Mercersburg, but soon went to Blair Co. (then Bedford) and settled near Martinsburg. He owned farm land there, and a deed on file at Bedford, Pa. (Deed Book G, p. 775) shows that on June 23rd 1809, he conveyed, for 5 shillings, 1 acre of "ground situated some little distance of Christian Winebrenner's Spring, on West side of, and laid out for purpose of erecting an house of Public Worship etc.". It was deeded to Conrad Nicodemus, Frederick Hartle, Herman Dick, and Henry Grubb, and to the Elders and Wardens of a Church "commonly called The Congregation at Christian Winebrenners". It says this was part of "Warrented to John Adams (his father-in-law) in 1802 by the Commonwealth of Pa." and had been bequeathed by him to his daughter Mary, wife of Christian Winebrenner. Further, the Archives of Pa. Series 3, Vol. 25, page 667, shows Warrentees of Land in County of Bedford and that Christian Winebrenner owned 174 acres, date of survey being Aug. 24, 1826. His Will is on file at Bedford Pa. He married, probably in Bedford County about 1788, Mary Adams, date of birth not known, the daughter of John Adams of Bedford Co. She died very likely, late in 1809 probably near Martinsburg and buried somewhere near there. Headstone and record not found. Legend says they had 10 children, only 7 are known - see list. Their son Christian was a minister. Christian Winebrenner married second, about 1809, in Bedford Co., Pa., Abigail Chrisman, born in 1788 in Germany and came to America when 16 years of age, thus about 1804. She died Aug. 16, 1864, aged 76 years, in Noble Co., Indiana and buried in Sanford cemetery near Merriam, Noble Co. She may have moved to Indiana in August 1846 when a number of her children did, her husband having died in 1832. There were 10 children by this marriage - see list. There is some doubt about the last two listed (Nancy and Margaret) as they are not mentioned in the Will among the "eight youngest children". However, Elder (or Rev.) John Winebrenner in his journal, recorded that Oct. 21, 1832, he "stayed all night at Uncle Christian Winebrenner's a few miles in the country (from Martinsburg)". He also wrote "He has twenty children". [46]

Footnotes:

[1] Richard Kern, John Winebrenner Nineteenth Century Reformer (1974), 8, reports brother Philip Winebrenner to be the second child born in the family, [Google Book].

[2] US census, 1790, Reel 0003, Image 376, page 7, right column, line 6 from bottom, [Internet Archive].

[3] US census, 1790, Reel 0003, Image 386, page 25, left column, line 14 from bottom, [Internet Archive].

[4] Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952, [Ancestry_Image].

[5] United States Direct Tax of 1798: Pennsylvania. Film M372. IRS, Record Group 58. NARA, ancestry.com.

[6] US census, 1800, PA, Bedford, Hopewell and Woodbury, paginations 437 and 67, line 1

[7] Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863, 1800, Woodbury Twp, Bedford County, person 182, [Search Ancestry.com].

[8] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed H-563, citing 1802 PA Patent P47-113.

[9] US census, 1810, Pennsylvania, Bedford Co, Woodbury Twp, paginations 571 and 27, line 122

[10] J Simpson Africa, History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1883), 187, [Internet Archive].

[11] James B. Whisker, The Bedford County Archives, Vol. 3 (Closson Press, 1986), 111.

[12] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed IJ-747.

[13] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Bedford County, B-152, dated 14 March 1785, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[14] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, A22-146, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[15] Pennsylvania Land Patent, P19-62, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[16] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed K-255.

[17] Pennsylvania Land Patent, 47-113, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[18] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed L-60.

[19] James B. Whisker, The Bedford County Archives, Vol. 1 (Closson Press, 1985), 46, [Google Book].

[20] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed L-162.

[21] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed L-404.

[22] FamilySearch.org, Bedford County, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court docket 3-251, FHL film 331335, image 380, [FamilySearch_Record].

[23] US census, 1820, PA, Bedford, Woodbury, no page numbers

[24] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed M-680, citing deed L-162 from her father, Christian Winebrenner, to Conrad Martin.

[25] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed M-681, citing deed L-162.

[26] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed M-473.

[27] Bedford County Genealogy Project, Taxation Lists, [Bedford_County_Genealogy].

[28] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed O-71.

[29] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed O-88.

[30] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Bedford County, W-603, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[31] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, D1-229, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[32] Pennsylvania Land Patent, H25-396, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[33] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 25 (Warrantees of Land 2) (1898), 667, [Internet Archive].

[34] FamilySearch.org, Bedford County, Pennsylvania Will 3-28, [FamilySearch_Record].

[35] US census, 1830, PA, Bedford, Woodbury, page 153

[36] FamilySearch.org, citing US census, 1830, PA, Bedford, Woodbury, page 153, [FamilySearch_Record].

[37] Bedford County, Pennsylvania Deed P-727.

[38] Arthur G. Gibbony, Winebrenner Genealogy (1942), C-1.

[39] FamilySearch.org, Bedford County, Pennsylvania Will 3-28, [FamilySearch_Record].

[40] FamilySearch.org, Bedford County Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Dockets 5-419, [FamilySearch_Record].

[41] US census, 1860, IN, Noble, Noble, house 536, family 528

[42] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Bedford County, W-603, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[43] Pennsylvania Land Patent, H25-396, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[44] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, D1-229, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[45] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 25 (Warrantees of Land 2) (1898), 667, [Internet Archive].

[46] Liebegott collection found at the Martinsburg, PA library


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