Barndt Christian

Male 1786 - 1847  (61 years)


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  • Name Barndt Christian 
    Born 2 May 1786  Alsatia, Alsace-Loraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Nov 1847  Findley, Hancock County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13186  Margheim Family from Gottlieb
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2007 

    Family 1 Skinner Rebecca,   b. 15 Jan 1788, Somerset, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1830, Findley, Hancock County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 1807  Somerset, County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Barndt John,   b. 30 Dec 1808, Allentown, Somerset County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1888, Allen Township, Hancock County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Barndt Cornelius,   b. 6 Dec 1810, Somerset, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Barnd Jacob,   b. 1 Mar 1813, Perry County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1846  (Age 32 years)
     4. Barndt Adna Fulton,   b. 7 Apr 1815, New Lexington, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1893, Martinsburg Township, Pike County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Barnd Eveline,   b. 11 Oct 1817
    +6. Barnd Charlotte E.,   b. 25 Dec 1819, Perry County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1908, Burlington, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +7. Barnd Elijah,   b. 22 Apr 1822, Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1896, Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +8. Barnd Gamaliel C.,   b. 19 Aug 1824, Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio (?) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1896, Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     9. Barnd Mary,   b. 10 Dec 1826
     10. Barnd Julia Ann,   b. 30 Sep 1828,   d. 1874  (Age 45 years)
    Family ID F4699  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Decker Catherine,   b. Abt 1804,   d. Abt 1879  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 15 Dec 1844  Findley, Hancock County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F4716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • FROM NARRATIVE PROVIDED BY CHARLES BARND(T) - GREAT, GREAT, GRANDSON OF CHRISTIAN

      Christian and his wife, along with four sons ( JACOB, ADNA F., ELIJAH, and GAMALIEL C.) and four daughters (EVELINE, CHARLOTTE, MARY and JULIA) moved from Perry County to Hancock County, Ohio in 1831. On June 27, 1831, he entered the E 1/2 SE 1/4 of Section 13 and the W 1/2 of SW 1/4 of Section 18, near Findlay and Van Buren, Ohio. This property was later owned by his son, JOHN. In 1832, the family moved from the farm into Findlay. Christian and his wife, - the former Rebecca Skinner,- spent the rest of their lives there.

      An oral history has been passed down that either Christian or one of his sons, was stolen by Indians, but later returned. This is quite probable, since neighbors were few and far between. Bears, wolves and panthers threatened the pioneers, as did the Indians. Rebecca Barnd said it was not unusual to get up in the morning and find Indians in front of the fireplace. They apparently got along well with most of them, for some came and said goodbye when they were put in Reservations.

      In 1933 Van Buren, Ohio, celebrated its Centennial. The program included the following comments:
      "In 1831 Christian and Rebecca Barnd with their four sons and four daughters came from Perry County and took possession of the cabin in Section B previously occupied by Isaac Miller. The year 1832 brought in quite a number of settlers, among whom were John Barnd" The program also indicated that an Arby (probably Adna) Barnd was a postmaster.

      Christian was considered "one of the most progressive men of his day", and was one of the principal inhabitants of the town.. He opened a small tavern, and soon afterward, about 1832, he opened a saddlery and tannery on the site of the old brick jail west of the park. In November 1834, he was elected Sheriff, reelected in 1836, and served until November 1838. About 1839 he started a small grocery store on Main Street, north of Main Cross, which he ran for about 8 years.

      His eldest son, John, was the first Justice of the Peace in Allen Township, serving continuously for 30 years: from 1850 to 1880. ( From the "History of Perry County, Ohio" we learn that another John was born in 1850 in Findlay, Ohio This other John was probably John's son), Three other sons of Christian served in County offices: Jacob was the Prosecuting Attorney for a short period and Recorder for two terms; Elijah was Auditor for two terms; Gamaliel C. served three years as Associate Judge and two terms as Probate Judge.

      Christian died without a will. The court appointed his sons, John and Elijah, administrators of his Estate. In the History of Hancock County the statement is made: " It will be seen that this pioneer family has been pretty well honored by their adopted country."

      Christian's wife, Rebecca. died in Findlay, Ohio. It appears he then married Catherine Decker on Dec. 15, 1844, at Findlay. He died 3 years later, in 1847, at 61 years of age. The 1850 census reports that several Decker children were living with Catherine. These were probably Christian's step-children.


      Christian had a brother, JACOB, who moved from Cumberland, Maryland to New Lexington, Ohio prior to 1817. And there were at least two other brothers, names not available, who came to Ohio and visited Christian and Jacob late in the summer of 1817. "Mrs. Barnd (probably brother Jacob's wife) described how she wanted them to come, yet dreaded their coming for they had no table, no chairs, and very little of anything else. A rude table was improvised, and three-legged stools were made. She secured a wild turkey, got some potatoes of a neighbor, and she had a cow so she was able to furnish milk of her own. The dinner was prepared and, after all, was good enough for anybody. The brothers were very jolly, as they sat around the rude board, and enjoyed their dinner."