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Christian Gruntler 1819-1864



Christian Gruntler was born on 17 Apr 1819 at Markgröningen, Kingdom of Württemberg, now a part of Germany. He married Roseanna Catherine Ertzel on 19 Jul 1846 at Württemberg, Germany. He and Roseanna Catherine Ertzel emigrated in 1850 from Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart Region, Kingdom of Württemberg. They arrived on 30 Jul 1850 in New York aboard the ship Virginia from the port of Antwerp, which originally departed from Germany. They arrived with their four oldest children Johan Christian Gruntler, William Thomas Gruntler, Charles Gruntler, Hannah Barbara Gruntler, and also a Henry Gruntler, Magdalena Gruntler, and Rosinna Gruntler.

Henry Gruntler, Magda Gruntler, and a child Rosina Gruntler, age 9 months, were listed immediately preceding Christian and Roseanna on the ship’s passenger list. Henry and Magda lived with Christian and Roseanna in 1850, the infant Rosina is not listed on the census. It is assumed the infant died between their arrival on 30 July 1850 and the date of the census September 1850. Henry is also found on the emigration index recorded as emigrating from the same place on the same date as Christian. No relationship is stated but based on the age and birthplace of Henry he is likely a relative and possibly a brother to Christian. Christian and Roseanna Catherine Ertzel Gruntler appeared on the census of 2 Sep 1850 at Red Hook, Dutchess Co., New York.

1850 US Census, NY, Dutchess co., Red Hook:
Christian Gruntler 31 Laborer, Germany
Rosanna, 30, Germany
Christian, 10, Germany
Wilhelmus, 5, Germany
Charles, 4, Germany
Joanna, 2, Germany
Henry, 34, Germany, Laborer
Magdalene, 28, Germany

Christian Gruntler was Blacksmith in 1860. He and Roseanna Catherine Ertzel appeared on the census of 27 Jun 1860 at Red Hook, Dutchess Co.,

New York; 1860 US census NY Dutchess Red Hook.:
Christian, 41, m, Blacksmith, Germany
S, 39, f, Germany
C, 19, m, Germany
WT, 15, m, Farm laborer, Germany
C, 14, m, Germany
J, 11, f, Germany
R, 9, f, NY
F, 8, f, NY (should be male)
M, 5, f, NY
AH, 2, m, NY

Christian Gruntler began military service on 15 Sep 1861. He served in the Civil War, as a Private in the 80th Regiment New York Volunteers, Infantry, Company B, also known as 20th Regiment New York State Militia. He enrolled 15 September 1861 at Kingston, New York, as a Blacksmith, and mustered into service 22 October 1861. On his certificate of disability, Christian is listed as 5’ 6’’, fair complexion, brown hair, and grey eyes.

Christian Gruntler was discharged for disability on 8 Aug 1862 by order of General Wadsworth. The Certificate of Disability for Discharge certifies that he was discharged because of ascites, August 7, 1862 at General Hospital in Washington, D.C. Christian's personal physician, Dr.Thomas J. Barton swears that Christian suffered from the effects of dropsy from the time of his discharge until his death. His cause of death was dropsy. In an affidavit in Christian Gruntler's pension file, Captain Walter Van Rensselear stated "that while on duty in Fredericksburg, Virginia he caught a cold which terminated in dropsy." He died on 4 Jul 1864 at Dutchess Co., New York, at age 45.

There are two dates of death, one in the pension file and one on his headstone that differs by one year. The pension file states in several places that the date of death is 4 July 1864. I believe this is the correct date because the affidavits in the record were recorded much closer to the date of death. The headstone reads 4 July 1863; I believe the headstone was done later at the time of Rosanna's death in 1891. He is buried with his wife Roseanna at Red Church Cemetery, Red Hook, Dutchess Co., New York.
Kristina Ahuja, 2009

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