We need your help in identifying where this Christopher Garlitz fits into the family line? Can you identify these photos? My thanks to Esta Park for her contributions.
"Attached are photos of some Garlitz family. The
man and woman together are the couple I told you that my Uncle said was John
Garlitz and wife. He said that they are Alice's parents. Her death certificate
(however) gives her parents names as Christopher Garlitz and Alida Skiff. Maybe
this couple is Alice's grandparents or John and Christopher are the same person.
I don't know. Maybe someone can identify them. The three together are George and
Alice (Garlitz) McDonald and son Walter-who is my late father. The baby with
Alice is also my father, Walter. Sorry to be so long getting these to you but
this is the first chance I've had to visit my son who is sending these photos
for me." Esta Park
Could Christopher be Christian Garlitz son of John and Mary Garlitz? The names were often used interchangeably in those times.
I have found that Christopher was from Avilton Md. On the 1880 census (Somerset County PA), Christopher and Alida are listed with 8 daughters. There are 12 daughters all together, I have found two more from another website, for a total of 10 so far. This Christopher (listed in the 1880 census) is listed as 37 years old, so that would put his birth date in the right ballpark. Sometime in the near future, I plan to go to the Garrett County courthouse and see what I can find. Esta Park
1880 Census Data Somerset County PA
Gerlitz Christopher 37 .. Farmer . MD MD PA .
Gerlitz Alida 33 . Wife . . Keeping house
Gerlitz Mary 15 . Daughter Servant PA MD PA .
Gerlitz Martha 14 . Daughter Servant MD MD PA .
Gerlitz Susannah 11 . Daughter Servant. MD MD PA (Susan G. Garlitz. born 3 Aug 1868 in Avilton, MD, and died 27 Mar 1949 in Berlin,PA. She was buried 30 Mar 1949 in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Berlin,PA. She married Charles Theodore Baker 1889, son of Levi Baker and Margaret (Peggy) . Charles was born 25 Feb 1868, and died 1932.)
Gerlitz Sarah 11 . Daughter Servant MD MD PA .
Gerlitz Ida 8 . Daughter PA MD Married William H. Sarver
Gerlitz Alice 6 . Daughter . PA MD
Gerlitz Elizabeth 3 . PA MD PA . Obituary from the Gospel Herald - the former Mennonite weekly publication:
Gerlitz Lydia 1/12 . Daughter PA MD
Snide Harrison F W M 22 . Laborer X. . . PA
Gerlitz Thomas W M 28 . Brother
Note that the brother Thomas is age 28. Christopher/Christian Garlitz son of John and Mary Garlitz had a brother Thomas of the same age. This almost certainly identifies the Christopher of this page with John and Mary Garlitz.
Ellen (born in 1881 after the above census) Married Charles Ringler
see census record
Christopher and Alida (Skiff) Garlitz or John and Mary Garlitz?