Christian Garst/Gerst v Fredereke Hormer Garst/Gerst (Journal 10 p116 - 8 Mar 1879; Roll 34 case number 590 - Mar 1879)
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)
The couple was married on 19 Oct 1876, Defiance, Defiance Co, OH. The bride was the former Mrs. Hormer, with a son Adolph b 1859. Christian, b 9 Jan 1830 in Germany, parentage unknown, was a Civil War soldier in the 55th Reg Illinois Infantry. She said that between 1 Mar 1877 - 24 Oct 1877 Christian was an 'ugly drunk', and struck and pushed her often. Her son Adolph, age 20, appeared in court to state that Christian wanted whisky and his mother would not get him any. Christian was guilty of gross neglect and violently struck her. His mother was a good Christian. The husband, Christian, said on 1 Nov 1876 his wife committed adultery with Patrick Brady in Defiance. The suit in this county was dismissed. Christian Garst of Bryan, Wms Co, OH applied for and received a CW veteran’s pension of $72 per month; he was legally blind.
Christian married a Susannah and they were enumerated in the 1880 Washington Twp, Defiance Co, OH federal census p8 as Christian Gerst 50 Prussia-Pr-Pr and Susannah 56 PA-PA-PA; they had a son Fred, b 8 Sept 1883. Christian died on 12 Apr 1886 in Washington Twp, Defiance Co, OH of consumption @56Y 3M 3D and was buried in the Doll Cemetery, Washington Twp, Defiance Co, OH. On 2 July 1887 widow Susannah applied for a widow’s pension based on Christian’s Civil War service in Co F 55th IL Infantry. Susannah died on 30 June 1893 @ 72Y 11M 17D and was buried beside her husband. This information was found in the cemetery records for Defiance Co, OH; note that if this were correct, Susannah would have been a mother at age 62.