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Johan George "George" Christel
Birth: 1793
Opolskie, Poland
Death: Jul. 16, 1870
Doniphan County
Kansas, USA

From Evelyn Potter Park, "The Pierre Gerardy Family in America," 1979, p. 113:

Johan (John) George Christel, the emigrant, was born in 1793 in Silesia, Prussia, Germany, probably near Opolen. This area is now the province of Opole on the south central border of Poland. George, as he was called, died July 16, 1870, and he is said to be buried at Rosedale Cemetery, though no tombstone marks his burial place. George Christel was married (1) to a woman whose name is now unknown. George had four children from his first marriage: William, George, Sophia, and Louise. It was not believed that any of these children came to America.

After the death of his first wife, George married (2) Johanna Christiana "Christine" Lindner about 1835. According to family tradition, the dike or levee protecting the area broke and Christiana saved George's children from drowning. Sometime later, George and Christiana were married. They are also said to have lived on an estate adjoining that of the Royal family. And it has also been said George operated a brickyard and was a building inspector for the government.

George and Christiana had five children, George, John, Caroline (1838), Henrietta (1841), Herman (1842). The first two were twins and died of diphtheria at the age of two.

We are not sure exactly when or how the family left Silesia, but they probably sailed down the Oder River to Frankfurt (Oder), where they are said to have stayed for awhile. From there they made their way west to Braunschweig (Brunswick). That may have been a staging area for both the ports of Bremen and Hamburg. They arrived at New Orleans Nov. 28, 1858, on the ship Republick. The John Meidinger family came on this same ship.

Soon after landing at New Orleans they arranged for passage up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and landed at Palermo soon after the first of the year, 1859. They purchased an eighty acre farm two miles west of Palermo in Doniphan County, Kansas. It was described as the east half of the northwest quarter of Sec. 1, Township 4, Range 21. Ten years later, on October 9, 1869, they deeded it to their son, Herman Christel. George died the following July 16, 1870.

Note from Darrell Brown
In the 1865 Kansas state census they listed their place of birth as the town of "Faulkenburg". This would be Falkenberg in Schlesien (Silesia), Prussia. It is now the town of Niemodlin in Opole County, Poland. It is only 16 miles from the town of Opole, on the Oder River. This confirms Evelyn Park's statement that they were born near Opole. They would have witnessed the Napoleonic wars and the expansion of the Prussian Empire.
Family links: 
  Johanna Christiana Lindner Christel (1810 - 1884)
  Caroline Christel Gerardy (1838 - 1904)*
  Henrietta Christel Meidinger (1841 - 1916)*
  Herman W. Christel (1842 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: The tombstone no longer remains or is now illegible.
Rosedale Cemetery
Doniphan County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Darrell Brown
Record added: Oct 26, 2012
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Johan George George Christel
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