Christian Garlitz Family History
Christian I - Henry - Christian III - Israel - Isadore - Orville
|This site presents the family tree and history of the Garlitz family of Greenville Township, Pennsylvania and Avilton, Maryland, a story of nearly three centuries and a dozen generations. It is a record of birth and death, struggle and success, trial and faith. While it primarily records the line of Christian Garlitz III down to Orville J. Garlitz, as overviewed on this page, other family lines are also included.|
Johann Hendrey (Heinrich) Garlitz
BIRTH: 1715, Prussia
DEATH: 1805 Greenville Twp, PA
Marriage - Germany
Wife: Maria Catherine Gerlitz - Birth 1720
Father: John Garlitz (oral tradition)
married: Maria Margareth
Hutzel - 1739-1835
Notes on Catherine Valentine. Catherine Valentine was only recently added to this list based upon unverified LDS records. I add her here as she may be the Catherine Valentine who marries John Custer becoming the grandmother General George Custer. It seems very likely.
List may not to be complete. Hoye's history records five males and three females, with no names given.
BIRTH: c.1760, Manchester, MD
Henry served in the Revolutionary War, Bedford County - PA Militia. He was an original member of St. John's Reformed Church, Salisbury PA
Father: Hendrey (Christian) Garlitz
Wife: Magadelena Hutzel (or Gerlachen )
MARRIAGE: ABT 1783
Henry had a farm in Greenville
Twp., PA., just a five minute walk from the Maryland line. Baptismal records for several of Henry's children appear in St.
Johns Reformed Parish Records of Salisbury, PA. At the time of their
baptisms, this parish was a union church of the Lutheran and Reformed traditions.
In the "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, PA, 1884, page
551, the original members of the St. John's Reformed Church, Salisbury, Somerset
Co., PA listed (among others) Philip Hare, Clement Engle, Henry Garlitz, Adam
Fowler (Yowler) and James Boyd. -- (Philip Hare was a brother-in-law to
Henry.) Son Jacob may be the Jacob Garlitz listed as one of the founders of the
congregation in Greenville Twp. PA. Son Henry became a Methodist preacher
and son Christian became one of the founders and patriarchs of St.
Ann Catholic Mission in Avilton, MD.
BIRTH: 18 APR 1797, Pennsylvania
Father: Henry Garlitz
Married: Sarah McKenzie daughter of
MARRIAGE: 1815, PA
(from Christian III marriage to Harriet Layman Cleary)
m. Ellen Brike
Several children of Sarah died during an epidemic of scarlet fever. Samuel and Israel lived at Avilton on adjoining farms. John moved to Laurel Hill in Pennsylvania. Henry bought the home farm, but sold it in 1859 to Leo and Jeremiah McKenzie. One of Israel's sons was Isadore, who married Matilda Elizabeth McKenzie; she inherited the old Garlitz farm from her father Jeremiah. Thus the old Garlitz homestead returned to Garlitz hands.
Birth and Marriage records of several of Christians children.
Harriet Layman Cleary, Christian's second wife, was a Protestant. She is probably buried in the Blocher graveyard.
BIRTH: 1817, Maryland
Father: Christian Garlitz III
Married: Ellen M Robeson b. 1828. d. February 14, 1905, daughter of John Robeson and Margaret Winter
MARRIAGE: 31 MAR 1842, Maryland
Notes on Israel.
BIRTH: 7 Aug, 1847, Pea Ridge MD
Father: Israel Garlitz
Married: Matilda Elizabeth McKenzie
Marriage abt 1873
Father: Isadore Garlitz
Married: Malla Bardon
married - Hazel R. Showalter
son of Leonard Garlitz and Hazel Showalter
Married Jenifer Yoder
1. Justin Thomas
Who was Christian Garlitz?
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c. Thomas L. Garlitz 2001