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Christian Hochstetler
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Birth: Feb. 13, 1746
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 2, 1814
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA

Christian Hochstetler,"preacher", was born on February 13, 1746 in Upper Bern Township, Berks Country, Pennsylvania. He died on April 2, 1814 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. His parents were Jacob Hochstetler and Eva Lorentz. The Jacob Hochstetler family was one target of the numerous Indian attacks on settlers on the Northkill area. On the evening of September 19, 1757, after the family had retired, there was a disturbance; one of the boys opened the door and was shot in the leg. He quickly reached for the rifle, but his father objected, stating that it was against their principles to take human life. The house was set afire by the Indians, and when the family escaped through the cellar window, the mother, a son, and a daughter were scalped. Christian was about to be tomahawked as well, but according to family tradition, he was spared because of his bright blue eyes. Before his sons were taken away from him, Jacob pleaded with them to remember the Lord's Prayer. Jacob and his sons Joseph and Christian were taken captive. Where the other boy was taken is unknown. According to oral tradition, Christian was initially adopted by an old Indian who died several years later, while Joseph was adopted into a family. At the end of the French and Indian War, the peace treaty with the Indian tribes provided for the return of all white captives to their families. Little came of this agreement, however, and on August 13, 1762, Jacob petitioned the governor for the return of his sons. After considerable negotiations with Indian tribal leaders to secure the return of all the white captives, Joseph was returned to his father in 1763 or 1764. Christian did not return until late summer 1765. Christian had the greatest difficulty reconciling to the ways of the whites. Eventually, he married Barbara Rupp, who was converted, and joined the Tunker Church. In time, he became a preacher.

They were parents of: Abraham, Adam, Barbara, Anna, Christian, Elizabeth and Jonas. All graves have been found except Anna’s. Anna, and her husband, Jonas Snider, were buried on their family farm in Mt. Eden, KY. The inscription on her stone is, “Anna, wife of Jonas Snider and dau. of Christian Hostetler, b in PA, Feb 9, 1786, d. Oct 30, 1863, aged 77 y., 8 n. and 21 days.” 
Family links: 
  Jacob Hochstetler (1712 - 1782)
  Barbara Rupp Hochstetler (1750 - ____)*
  Abraham Hostetler (1770 - 1846)*
  Adam Hostettler (1775 - 1826)*
  Barbara Rupp Hostetler Leatherman (1778 - 1850)*
  Anna Hostetler Snider (1786 - 1863)*
  Christian Hostetler (1788 - 1834)*
  Elizabeth Rupp Hostetler Leatherman (1791 - 1873)*
  Jonas Rupp Hochstetler (1793 - 1869)*
  Anna Barbara Hochstedler Stutzman (1732 - 1787)*
  Joseph Hochstetler (1742 - 1812)*
  Christian Hochstetler (1746 - 1814)
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Chinook
Record added: Sep 04, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15615131

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