Christopher Gettig
(-1790)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Anna Dorothy

Christopher Gettig 1 2 3 4

  • Marriage (1): Anna Dorothy
  • Died: 2 Jul 1790, Sunbury, Northumberland, PA 2 3

   Another name for Christopher was Stophel Gettig.3

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Tax List: 1774, Sunbury Twp.: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Northumberland, PA. Christopher Gettig was listed.

2. He signed a will on 28 Jun 1790 in Sunbury, Northumberland, PA. 5 CHRISTOPHER GETTIG'S WILL In the name of God Amen, I Christopher Gettig of the Town of Sunbury in the County of Northumberland and Common-wealth of Pennsylvania notwithstanding bodily Infirmities, being of sound and disposing mind and memory; Do this twenty eighth day of June in the year of the Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety, make this my last Will and Testament the apportiment and division of such Worldly Estate, which God hath pleased to bestow on them manner and form following vir.t In the first place, I order and allow my funeral Expenses and all my Just debts to be paid and discharged out of my personal Estate; Secondly, I give and bequest unto my beloved wife Anna Dorothy my Messuage(?) dwelling house barn Stables, and other out Houses and Improvements now in my Occupancy where I dwell, Together with the lot of Ground on which such Improvements are built and erected, during her natural life, also my Meadow ground adjoining or near the Town of Sunbury afs.d in my tenor. And as the Lot is yet to be purchased from the Propitaries I do hereby order and Impower my Executors herein after mentioned to purchase the fame on the best terms in their power, and the payment thereof to be paid by my Executors out of the whole of my Estate, and then to be in the Occupancy of my Wife Anna Dorothy during her natural life.~ Also I Give devise and bequeath unto my said Wife Anna Dorothy, all my household furniture, Farming Utensils, Cows Horses provender provisions__ as are now about my Dwelling house, during her natural Life.~Thirdly I give and bequeath further to my said wife Anna Dorothy, all the rents issues and profits arising out of my land and Plantation now in Penns Township in tinor of Houshal, during her natural life all these bequeathments afores. I give to my said Wife Anna Dorothy, on the Express Conditions, to maintain herself, and also to maintain support and Educate my three youngest Children, to with, Christopher Catherine and Joseph, till they arrive at the full age fourteen years, when they are then to choose their Guardians, who are to put them to trades, on that they think most needful or necessary, for their good & benefit, but if it should so happen that my Wife Anna Dorothy should alter State and Marry again, Then and in that case I order and alow(?) her, only, the one third of the Rents Issues and profits of the Real and personal Estate aforesaid, as her right of Donver(?).~ Fourthly, And whereas in Consideration of the filial duty and services and affections of my Daughter Maudelena to me, I have procured her an Estate in fee simple of and in certain lot of Ground, situated in the Town of Sunbury aforesd. adjoining Nicholas Roushar and others, and known in the General ______ of the said town by the N____. I now do confirm the same unto her in fee, over and above what I give unto each of my other Children.~ Fifthly I Give devise and bequeath unto my son Frederick five pounds Good and lawfull moneys over and above what I give unto each of my other Children, to be paid when of Age.~Fifthly I give devise and bequeath unto my children, Maudelena, Barbara (intermarried with Paul Sebo), Elizabeth (intermarried with John Bucher) Frederick, Christopher, Catharine, and Joseph all the rest and residue of my Estate both real and personal after the deducting my legacies, dovirs(?), and bequests aforesd.; to have and to hold to them my said children, Maudelena, Barbara, Elizabeth, Frederick, Christopher, Catharine, and Joseph their heirs and assigns for ever in Soverathy(?) as Tenants in Common, and not as Joint Tenants, to be holden as tenants in Common___ so with my said Wife for life, _____ my said children, Maudelena, Barbara, Elizabeth, Frederick, Christopher, Catharine, and Joseph to be by them holden by them in manner aforesd. do tenants in common; and not as joint Tenants. And whereas I have purchased of a certain John Reesor a certain Estate in Land situate in Augusta Township, and in payment have given him three pounds in ____ and Bonds to the amount of one hundred pounds: but it is said that the obligee in sd. bonds has become insolvent, and other difficulties have arisen to perfect my Title to the estate last mentioned, I do hereby impower my Executors either to take measures and means for completing my title afsd. to the same.~ or when the delivery of the said Bonds, to cancel and make null my agreement with the said Reesor, and even to pay a Small Sum of money to be acquitted and discharged from my Covenants with the said Reesor, all this to be at the discretion and Wisdom of my said Executors. Sixthly, I do hereby nominate Constilate ordain and appoint my beloved wife Anna Dorothy Executrix of this my Last Will, and John Hutzel & Christian Gettig Esq. Executors of this my said last Will and Testament.~ and lastly. I do hereby Ratify and confirm all and Singular the legacies Bequests & dovices contained in this my last Will and Testament revoking and annulling all other & former Wills by me heretofore made.~ In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.~ Christopher G Gettig his mark (seal) Signed sealed published, pronounced and declared by these. Christopher Gettig as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in the presence of the's.Testator and in the presence of each other have hereunto Subscribed our names as witnesses to the Execation of the said Will and Testament at his Request, Daniel Witmer, John Witmer, Nicholas Schreinor.~ Northumberland County Js: Before me the Subscriber Register General for the County aforesaid on the twelfth day of July an: Dom. Personally appeared Daniel Witmer and Nicholas Schreinor, two of the Subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing Will or Instrument of writing and made Oath on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God, that they saw Christopher Gettig subscribe with his own hand his mark to the same, and heard him publish & declared to be his last Will and Testament, and that they together with John Witmer Subscribed their names as witnesses to the same, that this Happened in the sickness of the Christopher Gettig, and that he was at the time of so doing of sound and disposing mind and memory, In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand the day and Year first above Written~ I. Simpson Reg. Be it Remembered~ That on the twelfth day of July in the year of our Lord 1790, before me was proved and approved the Last Will and Testament of Christopher Gettig, deceased, of which the foregoing Record is a true coppy and Letters I found in due and common Form of Said to Anna Dorothy, John Wetzel and Christian Gettig, Executors, therein named on the same day Witnesses Month, Same Day and Year. I. Simpson Reg.

3. Book: Annals of the Buffalo Valley, 1877. 6
Minutes of The Committee of Safety of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

Monday, February 26th, 1776.

The committee met, according to adjournment, at the house of Laughlin McCartney, in Northumberland town, Captain John Hambright in the chair.


Messrs. Weitzel, Hunter and Ball presented the form of a petition to the Honorable Assembly, relative to the Connecticut intruders, which was approved of and ordered to be copied fair. The following gentlemen appeared and produced certificates of their being regularly chosen captains of companies in Colonel Hunter's battalion, and produced lists of their subalterns, companies, &c., viz:

Captain, Nicholas Miller,
First Lieutenant, Christopher Gettig,
Second Lieutenant, Nehemiah Breese,
First Ensign, Gustavus Ross,
Second Ensign, William Sims.

Captain, Hugh White,
First Lieutenant, John Forster,
Second Lieutenant, Andrew Gibson,
Ensign, Samuel Young.

Captain, James McMahon,
First Lieutenant, John Murray,
Second Lieutenant, William Fisher,
Ensign, William Baily.

Captain, Charles Gillespie,
First Lieutenant, Robert King,
Second Lieutenant, Samuel Fulton,
First Ensign, William Boyd,
Second Ensign, John Woodside.

Captain, William Scull,
First Lieutenant, Jonathan Lodge,
Second Lieutenant, George Colhoun,
First Ensign, William Sawyers,
Second Ensign, George Grant.

Captain, William Clarke,
First Lieutenant, John Teitson,
Second Lieutenant, William McDonald,
First Ensign, John Moll.

Resolved, That the above six companies appear to be full and regularly officered, and that they, with the field officers of that battalion, be recommended to the Committee of Safety to receive their respective commissions; which was done in a letter, of which the following is an abstract:

NORTHUMBERLAND, February 26, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: At a meeting of the committee for this county, held this day, the following gentlemen were returned as duly elected field officers, captains, and subalterns of a battalion raised in this county, viz: the officers mentioned above. The above returns of six companies belonging to the battalion expected to be commanded by Samuel Hunter, Esquire, appear to be well and regularly certified as complete companies. There are two or three companies more intend to belong to said battalion, but their captains being at present out of the county, we have received no returns of them. We farther have the pleasure to inform you there is another complete battalion formed in this county, intended to be under the command of William Plunket, Esquire; but he with his other field officers being so lately promoted, their companies have not had sufficient time to elect captains in their room, we, therefore, think we cannot at present, with propriety recommend them, but hope in a few days to have the honor of transmitting to you a proper return of said battalion. In the meantime take the liberty to recommend the above named gentlemen to be commissioned in the several stations annexed to their names.

And are, gentlemen, with due esteem, your very humble servants.

By order of the committee,
JOHN HAMBRIGHT, Chairman.
To the COMMITTEE OF SAFETY, Philadelphia.

4. Book: Annals of the Buffalo Valley, 1877. 7

Lieutenants - Brandon, Thomas, appointed October 4, 1776; Lincoln, Hananiah, appointed October 4, 1776; he was a sergeant in Captain George Nagel's company, Colonel William Thompson's regiment, 1775-1776; resigned, after battle of Brandywine, and went to Daniel Boone's settlement, in Kentucky; he followed Boone to Missouri, where he died; Gettig, Christopher, appointed October 14, 1776, from Sunbury; wounded at Piscataway, New Jersey, May 11, 1777; taken prisoner, and had his leg amputated; justice of the peace many years afterward at Sunbury; his descendants reside near 1776.] ANNALS OF BUFFALO VALLEY. 125 Bellefonte; Reily, John, appointed October 16, 1776; promoted Captain, May 20, 1777; mustered out of service November 3, 1783; Chambers, Stephen, Esquire, appointed October 16, 1776; promoted captain; one of the council of censors, in 1783; Delegate to the Federal Convention, December 12, 1787; wounded in a duel with Doctor Jacob Rieger, on Monday, 11th May, 1789; died on Saturday, 16th, at his house, in Lancaster; McElhatton, William, appointed October 16, 1776; wounded, at Bonhamtown, New Jersey, in right shoulder; disabled, and transferred to the invalid corps July 1, 1779; died April 26, 1807; Henderson, John, appointed October 16, 1776; Sayre, William, appointed October 16, 1776.

5. Book: Annals of the Buffalo Valley, 1877. 8

August 14th [1772], Thomas Penn and Richard Penn, by letters patent, granted to Robert King, his executors and assigns, the privilege of keeping a ferry, over the main branch of the Susquehanna at Sunbury. (King conveyed his right to Adam Heverling, November 3O, 1773; Heverling to Christopher Gettig, April 17, 1775; Gettig to Abraham Dewitt, October 8, 1779; Eleanor Dewitt, alias Coldern, administratrix of Dewitt, to John Lyon, October 25, 1787; and on the 2d of November, 1787, John Lyon presented a petition to the Assembly for the privilege for a term of years, which was granted.)

6. Book: History of Northumberland County, 1891. 9

The Ferry Franchise was originally granted by the colonial authorities to Robert King, August 14, 1772, and successively transferred to Adam Haverling, November 30, 1773; Stophel Gettig, April 17, 1775; Abraham Dewitt, October 9, 1779, and John Lyon, October 25, 17-. In 1787 Lyon petitioned the legislature for a confirmation of the privilege for a term of years. The act of March 24, 1797, incorporating the borough of Sunbury, vested the exclusive right of operating the ferry in the borough authorities, who forthwith procured the necessary water craft. Ferry rates were established by the court of quarter sessions at January term, 1798, and modified from time to time.

7. Book: History of Northumberland County, 1891.

EARLY RESIDENTS In a list of the taxables of Augusta township in the year 1774 each of the following persons is accredited with a house and lot: Sebastian Crevous, George Cliver, Frederick Dunkelberger, Robert Desha, Martin Epley, Philip Everhart, David Fowler, Peter Gearhart, Charles Garmont, Solomon Green, Stophel Gettig, Samuel Harris, Jacob Haverling, Adam Haverling, Charles Huffy, Nicholas Kofield, William Maclay, Joseph McCarrell, Robert McBride, David McKinney, Nicholas Miller, Frederick Reely, Zachariah Robins, Henry Reigert, John Ream (butcher), Gustavus Ross, Cornelius Row, Stephen Sutton, Thomas Steinbach, Michael Troy, George Vaughan, George Wolf, Jonas Weaver, John Weitzel, James Wild, John Wall, and Elias Youngman. As Sunbury was then the only town in Augusta township, it is fair to presume that this list includes the names of its principal inhabitants at that time.

8. Book: History of Northumberland County, 1891. 3

Christopher Gettig was commissioned as first lieutenant in the Twelfth Pennsylvania regiment, October 14, 1776. At Piscataway, New Jersey, he was wounded on the 11th of May, 1777, taken prisoner, and had his leg amputated. He died at Sunbury, July 2, 1790, leaving a widow, Anna Dorothy, and seven children: Magdalena; Barbara; Elizabeth; Frederick; Christopher; Catharine, and Joseph.

Christian Gettig kept hotel on Front street at a building subsequently known as "the barracks;" he was commissioned as justice, November 2, 1787, and the sessions of the court were frequently held at his house. He also operated a tannery. He died in 1797, leaving a widow, Elizabeth, and five children: Christian; Henry; Jacob; John, and Elizabeth.


Christopher married Anna Dorothy. (Anna Dorothy died in Sunbury, Northumberland, PA.)


Sources


1 Bell, Herbert C, History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania: including its aboriginal history; the colonial and revolutionary periods; early settlement and subsequent growth; political organization; agricultural, mining, and manufacturing interests; internal improvements; religious, educational, social, and military history; sketches of its boroughs, villages, and townships; portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens etc, etc. (Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., Publishers. 1891).

2 Gerberich, Albert Henry (1864-, Gerberich Collection (The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, has the notes of genealogist Albert H. Gerberich, Ph.D, collected over many years.).

3 Bell, Herbert C, History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania: including its aboriginal history; the colonial and revolutionary periods; early settlement and subsequent growth; political organization; agricultural, mining, and manufacturing interests; internal improvements; religious, educational, social, and military history; sketches of its boroughs, villages, and townships; portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens etc, etc. (Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., Publishers. 1891), Chapter 14, pages 444-514, Part A: Sunbury.

4 Gearhart, Heber G, Heber G. Gearhart Collection (Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.).

5 Northumberland County Courthouse, Northumberland County, PA.

6 Linn, John Blair, Annals of the Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania, 1755 - 1855 (Harrisburg, Pa.: Lane S. Hart, Printer and Binder, 1877. First edition. With Introduction and Index. 73 chapters; 621 pages.), Page 102.

7 Linn, John Blair, Annals of the Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania, 1755 - 1855 (Harrisburg, Pa.: Lane S. Hart, Printer and Binder, 1877. First edition. With Introduction and Index. 73 chapters; 621 pages.), Page 124.

8 Linn, John Blair, Annals of the Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania, 1755 - 1855 (Harrisburg, Pa.: Lane S. Hart, Printer and Binder, 1877. First edition. With Introduction and Index. 73 chapters; 621 pages.), Page 24.

9 Bell, Herbert C, History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania: including its aboriginal history; the colonial and revolutionary periods; early settlement and subsequent growth; political organization; agricultural, mining, and manufacturing interests; internal improvements; religious, educational, social, and military history; sketches of its boroughs, villages, and townships; portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens etc, etc. (Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., Publishers. 1891), Port of Sunbury.



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