Charles Christlieb, Son of Carl and Catharina Christlieb
Charles was the third-born child of Carl and Catharina Christlieb. Charles was born 1 July 1787. At age 24, he married Sarah Kogen on 11 December 1811. Sarah was born 13 September 1791; died 17 November 1865 at Berwick, Ohio. Charles’ life was brief; he died at age 30 on 25 September 1817, in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. His place of burial remains unknown.
Charles was named after his father and his grandfather. His grandfather was Friedrich Carl Christlieb. His father was Friedrich Carl Christlieb, II, who went by Carl in America and was often referred to as Charles.
“During their residence near Carlisle, they lived on a farm belonging to a Mr. Searight for whom the son was named, and on this farm the death of Charles Christlieb occurred, after which the family resided in Mifflin Township till 1837, when they accompanied the son to Carroll County, Ohio, removing later to Berwick County, Ohio.” The Christlieb Family, pp. 20-21.
Benjamin Franklin Christlieb’s above quote reveals that Charles did not own any land at the time of his death. Had he owned any real estate, it would have been reported in the settlement of his estate.
Charles left no will, so his sizeable, personal estate was probated through an inventory of his possessions, a public sale/vendue bill and a final accounting by his executors. Because Charles’ widow, Sarah Kogen Christlieb, declined to be executor, Charles’ brother, Jacob Christlieb, and family friend, Benjamin Pepper of Dickinson Township, were named the estate’s administrators, as seen in the release document that follows. Charles’ father, Carl (also given as Charles), of Mifflin Township and James Bell of Dickinson Township were appointed surety for the proper conduct of the estate’s administration and settlement.
Although the surname is spelled Christlip in the above, the signatures on the Letters of Administration document are spelled Christlieb.
Filed under the name Charles Christliep, the Administrative Account of Charles’ personal estate, the sale of which took place on 8 November 1817, fills 5 ½ legal pages. Charles’ brother, Jacob, served as executor of the estate.
The administrative account, which included livestock, horses, grains and hay, furniture and household items, tools, miscellaneous and personal items totaled $1,731.40 “in the hands of accountants subject to distribution according to Law by the Court.”
Having died intestate, the estate was divided, according to law among his widow, Sarah née Kogen, and his three children, Susannah, George Searight, and Sarah.
In order to have acquired such a vast personal property, as evidenced by the sale of his personal property, Charles had to have been a very industrious person or one of extremely good fortune to have inherited it, quite possibly from Mr. Searight, on whose farm he and his family resided.
Among the personal items belonging to Charles was a gold watch that was purchased for $55.25 by his brother Jacob Christlieb, who served as co-executor.
A document filed with the Orphan’s Court of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania on 15 September 1819, “Having been filed & advertised according to Law [with] accounts being sworn to & subscribed …” reveals that any claimants to the estate were provided with the opportunity to file grievances.
Children of Charles Christlieb and Sarah Kogen
Susannah Christlieb (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Charles Christlieb3) , born 1833; married James Maxwell; divorced April 1836, on the grounds of extreme cruelty. Susannah never remarried. In 1837, she moved with her daughter, Sarah Caroline, to Seneca County, Ohio.
George Searight Christlip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Charles Christlieb3) , born 1815, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, died 25 September 1865 in Tiffin, Ohio; married, 18 May 1838, Anna Margaret Conaghen, daughter of Dennis K. (born 1776, County Cork, Ireland) and Magdalena Conaghen (born 1778 in Adams County, Pennsylvania); died 27 April 1864.
Sarah Christlieb (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Charles Christlieb3) . “Sarah married Mr. Hann with whom she had four children” The Christlieb Family, p. 21.