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32. Christian ZERBE, son of John (Johannes) ZERBE and Caterina STUPP , was born on 25 Dec 1750 in Tulpehocken Twp., Berks, PA and died in 1817-1818 in Union County, PA, at age 67.

Christian appears in the Bethel Twp. tax lists from 1774 through 1790. He was a head of household in the 1790 Census of Bethel Twp., Berks, PA. On 15 March 1785 Christian bought his grandfather John Jacob Zerbe's farm from the heirs of his father, said farm comprised of 84-acre and 100-acre tracts. He and his wife of Bethel Twp. sold the farm to Conrad Christ on 18 April 1800. But they had then moved to White Deer Twp., Union Co., PA in time to be enumerated there in the 1800 Census.

As trustees of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Kelly Twp., Union Co., PA, Christian Zerbe and George Reininger on 13 August 1802 received 7 acres for school, church, and cemetery purposes from Jacob Lutz, executor of Phillip Stahl, and John Stahl of Phillip. On 4 November 1815 the same two men deeded half interest in the Lutheran Church (i.e. St. Peter's) to the Presbyterian congregation (i.e. St. John's German Reformed), thereby enabling joint legal use by both congregations. Although both congregations now have separate church buildings, at that time they shared a union church building. It seems almost certain that Christian and wife Christina were buried in the old cemetery there.

On 20 April 1801 Christian Zerbe of White Deer Twp. bought 157 acres in White Deer Twp. from Richard Sherrer and wife Hannah. This was apparently his home for a few years. Christian and wife Ann sold this land to Peter Haas; they received a mortgage back from the grantee on 3 May 1810. Christian married (2) Mrs. Anna Sauser in Union Co. on 16 May 1809. Christian Serbe was enumerated with his wife and a girl aged 10-16 years in the 1810 Census of West Buffalo Twp., Union Co., PA, where they had apparently removed shortly before. Although he was now at least five miles from St. Peter's Church located in northern Kelly Twp. near the White Deer Twp. line, Christian apparently continued on as an officer therein until his death.

Christian Zerbe of West Buffalo Twp. made his will on 25 April 1817 and it was probated after his death on 20 November 1818 (Union Co., PA Wills, A:103). He named his 11 living children including Jacob, gave to his youngest son Samuel the land bought of John Piper, provided for his wife Elizabeth, and appointed his friend George Englehart Sr. to be his executor. About 1824 the executor petitioned the Union Co. Orphans Court (Records 2:198) that Christian had died seized of two contiguous tracts of land in West Buffalo Twp. totaling 155 acres of land adjoining lands of David Homiler, Christian Derr, and Nicholas Egbert. The estate stood indebted to John Ringeler, Jacob Stahl, Abraham Painter, Peter Weidner, John Ray, and Daniel Ringeler, and permission was granted to the executor to sell the land to pay off the debts. Christian reportedly died leaving a step-daughter named Sarah Young.

From Vallentine Family History (A1, A19, A20, A145, B3, B21, B29, B39, B49, C2, C9, C21, C23, C24, C80, D58, E8, E30, E66, E67)

Christian married Maria Christina STRAUSS on 3 Jun 1773.

Children from this marriage were:

16        i.   Jacob ZERBE (born on 7 Feb 1782 Bethel Twp., Berks County, PA - died in Jun 1841 in Washington Twp., PA)

         ii.   John George ZERBE (born on 20 Mar 1774 - died on 24 May 1853 , buried in Mifflinburg Cemetary, Union, PA)

        iii.   John ZERBE (born on 15 Feb 1776 - died after 1820)

         iv.   Mary Catherine ZERBE (born on 16 Jan 1778 - died after 1817)

          v.   Susanna ZERBE (born on 31 Jan 1780 - died after 1817)

         vi.   Maria Christina ZERBE (born on 8 Oct 1783 - died after 1817)

        vii.   Henry ZERBE (born on 10 Nov 1785 - died in Infancy)

       viii.   Mary Salome ZERBE (born on 29 Oct 1787 - died after 26 Jun 1867 in Probably at Royalton, Cuyahoga, OH)

         ix.   Elizabeth ZERBE (born on 25 May 1789 - died after 1817)

          x.   Henry ZERBE (born on 25 May 1789 - died prior to 8 Nov 1844 in Kellt Twp., Union, PA)

33. Maria Christina STRAUSS was born on 20 Feb 1749 in Tulpehocken Twp., Berks, PA and died 11-16 Nov 1805 in Union County, PA.

Maria married Christian ZERBE on 3 Jun 1773.

50. John ASHER died in 1798 in Culpeper Co., VA.

John Asher appears in Spottsylvania and Culpeper records about 1730 until his death in 1798.

John married (name unknown).

Children from this marriage were:

25        i.   Mary ASHER

         ii.   Rachael ASHER

        iii.   Letty ASHER

         iv.   William ASHER

          v.   John ASHER