THE FAMILY OF CHRISTIAN AND CAROLINE TATE

of Germany, Pennsylvania and Montgomery and Darke County, Ohio

Christian Tate was born in Baden, Germany in 1812. He married Caroline, born about 1827 in Germany. The estimated date of the marriage is 1851 in Germany. This has been a very elusive branch of the family tree to trace, primarily due to the spelling of the surname. With neither Christian nor Caroline able to speak English when they immigrated to America, their surname is found with a variety of spellings.

According to a 1900 census report of daughter Elizabeth Tate Godfrey, the family immigrated in 1857. Their first record in the United States is the 1860 Ohio census enumeration in Darke County, Patterson Township where they are listed as the C. Tait family. On the 1870 census the family has the surname of Taylor and finally by 1880, Tate. Even with the variety of different spellings, the family is the same as the names of the parents and children remain constant. Of great interest is the mother of Caroline who seems to be enumerated with the family on the 1870 report. Although her name is somewhat difficult to read it appears to be Maria Chatella, age 80, born in Germany as where both of her parents.

C.F. Tate, a farmer, had a 43 acre farm in the northwest portion of section 13 in Patterson Township, Darke County, Ohio. Death records from Darke County list a C.F. Tate, age 72 years, 5 months, 17 days as having died on September 10, 1885 in Patterson Township, Darke County, Ohio. He is buried in a cemetery in the township. To date, no record of death has been found for Caroline Tate.

Children of Christian and Caroline Tate:

  1. Elizabeth Tate born January 30, 1852 in Germany died April 24, 1924 in Dayton, Ohio married Peter Godfrey about 1875. Peter and Elizabeth Godfrey had:

  2. CHARLES HENRY CHRISTIAN TATE born December 25, 1859 in Dayton, Ohio died March 14, 1924 in Marion, Ohio married IDA MAE HESS.

  3. Louisa A. Tate born June 29, 1866 in Darke County, Ohio died August 1, 1937 in Dayton Ohio married William A. Taylor, April 11, 1855 in Darke County, Ohio and had Carrie Taylor born July 1886 who married Unknown King. Married second Jacob Leingang in 1891 and had Freddie Leingang born March 1892 and Liuetta Leingang born September 1895 married Horace Williams.


    Special thanks to Betty Smith Bowman for sharing all of her Tate research.

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