Christlieb-Chrislip-Crislip Family Association


Sarah Christlieb

1794—1874

The Christlieb-Chrislip-Crislip Family Association, in the 1980s, asked Association members to design and construct banners for each branch of the Christlieb-Chrislip-Crislip family. This banner represents Sarah Christlieb, the seventh child of Carl and Catharina Christlieb.


Sarah was the seventh-born child of Carl and Catharina Christlieb. She was born on 31 May 1794, in Mifflin Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died in Ionia County, Michigan, on 4 October 1874, at age 81 years, 4 months and 4 days. Sarah married John Jacob Kautz/Koutz of Perry County, Pennsylvania. John was known to be a cooper by trade. Sarah and Jacob removed to Ohio, and afterward to Muir, Michigan, ca. 1854.


John and Sarah Christlieb Kautz

Photo compliments of Thomas Bryant, Benton Harbor, Michigan

John Jacob and Sarah Christlieb Kautz


“Sarah Christlieb was the only surviving daughter of Catharina (Umberger) and Carl “Charles” Christlieb. According to historian Benjamin Franklin Christlieb, Sarah married Jacob Kautz of Perry County, Pennsylvania, ca. 1820. Jacob Kautz was the son of Daniel Kautz. Jacob and Sarah settled in Mifflin Township, Cumberland County and were blessed with ten children.”

“They immigrated to Michigan in 1854. They traveled in a prairie schooner, camping out on the way. Their new home was in a log house in Sebewa Township, Ionia County. Here they resided for about four years, when they came to Lyons Township, where they spent the remainder of their days.” Noah D. Koutz. “Portrait and Biographical Album of Ionia and Montcalm Counties, Michigan, 1891."

“There is some question as to when the family moved to Stark County, Ohio. Some sources place the date as early as 1836 or 1837. However, vital records indicate that the youngest child, Searight, was born in Pennsylvania in 1838. Around 1854, the family moved by covered wagon to Ionia County, Michigan. The Baumgardner family relocated in that county in 1856. Kate Baumgardner died leaving three young sons, Edward, Noah, and Seymour. Noah is listed in the 1860 and 1870 census records as residing with Jacob nd Sarah Koutz in Lyons Township, Ionia County, Michigan.”

“Jacob Koutz died December 7, 1879, at age 89 years, 6 months and 9 days. Sarah and Jacob both died in Lyons Township, Ionia County, and were buried in North Plains Cemetery there.” Alicia Johnson Walker, Grand Ledge, Michigan,1998.

When Sarah’s brother, Charles, died at age 30 in 1817, the inventory of his personal estate shows that her husband, Jacob Kautz/Koutz, owed Charles’ estate $60.97 that had not been collected. Shown below is that entry. In this case, Sarah’s husband is identified as Jacob Coutz.


Charles Christlieb's Estate - Note to Jacob Coutz

As part of the settlement of her father’s estate, Sarah purchased 43 acres, 144 perches of her father’s land at $8 per acre. A cash payment was made, as shown in the entry that follows:


Charles Christlieb's Estate - Acreage to Sarah Koutz

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Children of Sarah Christlieb and John Jacob Kautz

  • George Washington Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1008], born 21 December 1823; died 2 March 1911; married, 7 November 1850, Elizabeth Brownsberger.

  • Mary Elizabeth Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1008], born 28 May 1823; baptized at Ziegler's Log Church, Mifflin Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 10 July 1824; died 23 November 1860; married, 11 November 1944, Johnson Henry.

  • Catherine "Kate" A. Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1008], born 2 August 1824; baptized at Ziegler's Log Chruch, Mifflin Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 10 July 1824; died September 1856; married, 22 February 1846, Jacob Baumgardner.

  • Edmund Calvin Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1008], born 2 March 1827, Mifflin Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; died 15 September 1863 in the U.S. Army during the Civil War; married, 20 August 1854, Rachel Ludwick, Lyons, Michigan.

  • Bernhard Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1008], born 5 May 1829; died 29 September 1879.

  • Rachel Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1008], born 16 March 1831; died 31 August 1912.

  • Noah D. Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1008], born 30 January 1833; died 12 December 1912.

  • Isreal J. Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1008], born 11 August 1836, Mifflin Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; died 19 March 1883; married Ella Cranston.

  • Marion Barbara Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1009], born 6 October 1836; died 6 May 1894.

  • Searight Christlieb Koutz (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Carl Christlieb2, Sarah Christlieb3) [1009], born 6 March 1838, Lancaster County Pennsylvania; died 16 April 1923, St. Paul, Minnesota; married, 25 December 1860, Nancy Rodema Evans; died 17 June 1919.

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CCC Coat of Arms

Jacob Christlieb

  b. Germany 1749
  d. Virginia (WV) 1822
  m. Anna "Nancy" Singer

West Virginia Branch

Mary Crislip 1780-1870
  m. David Willett
  m. Arthur Hickman
Elizabeth Crislip 1781-1817
  m. Nicholas Crouse
George Chrislep 1782-1857
  m. Mary Bice
Christianah Crislip 1785-1855
  m. Jesse Reed
Catherine Crislip 1786-1819
  m. Hugh J. O'Connor
Jacob Crislip 1787-1858
  m. Elizabeth Reger
John Chrislip 1789-1865
  m. Margaret Harvey
Nancy Crislip 1790-1877
  m. Jacob Ours
  m. William Turner
William Chrislip 1794-1847
  m. Hannah Ward
Abram Chrislip 1795-1879
  m. Amanda Britton
Margaret Crislip 1797-1855
  m. David Jenkins
Isaac Chrislip 1797-1881
  Unmarried
Samuel Chrislip 1800-1889
  m. Eleanor Board
Sarah Crislip 1802-1885
  m. Solomon Christlieb

Carl Christlieb

  b. Germany 1751
  d. Pennsylvania 1837
  m. Catharina Umberger

Pennsylvania Branch

Johannes Christlieb 1782-1858
  m. Agnus Orris
  m. Elizabeth Whistler
  m. Fannie Cable
George Christlip 1785-1846
  m. Elizabeth North
Charles Christlieb 1787-1817
  m. Sarah Kogen
Catharina Christlieb b. ca. 1789
  (Died in infancy)
Isaac Christlieb 1791-1858
  m. Catharina Wise
Jacob Christlieb 1791-1884
  m. Juliana Morritt
Sarah Christlieb 1794-1874
  m. Jacob Kautz
Solomon Christlieb 1797-1850
  m. Sarah Crislip