Christian Eshelman Gish

Brief Life History of Christian Eshelman

When Christian Eshelman Gish was born on 8 February 1801, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Christian Kapp Gish, was 33 and his mother, Elizabeth Eshelman, was 24. He married Rachel Mary Turnbolt in 1828, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Mount Joy Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860 and Pennsylvania, United States in 1870. He died on 18 April 1885, in Rapho Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Manheim, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Christian Eshelman Gish
Rachel Mary Turnbolt
Marriage: 1828
Aaron Gish
Joseph M. Gish
Samuel M. Gish
Mary M. Gish
Fanny M. GISH
Henry M. Gish

Sources (5)

  • Christ Gish, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Christian Gish, "Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999"
  • Christian Gish, "United States Census, 1880"

World Events (8)


France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Gisch: from a short form of the ancient Germanic personal name Gisulf, composed of the elements gis (from gīsil ‘pledge, hostage, noble offspring’; see Giesel ) + wolf, wulf ‘wolf’.

History: Matthias Gisch from Assweiler in the Palatinate (now in Saarland) arrived in Philadelphia, PA, in 1733 with a group of Mennonites. He is the progenitor of the majority of the American Gish families.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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