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Sebastian C. & Florence (Smith) Christ

Sebastian C. Christ was born at Oestretch on the Rhine in Germany in 1838.   In 1850, he came to America landing in New York, and traveled to the home of his uncle in Indiana, PA. 

He later went to Pittsburgh and learned the trade of making harnesses and saddles.   About 1856, he came to Brookville and opened his harness shop. 

On January 1, 1861, he was married to Florence C. Smith.  She was born July 11th, 1843.  After their marriage they traveled to Europe to see his family.   They stayed abroad for about fifteen months.  During this time, their first child John was born in the home of Sebastian's grandfather. 

When they returned to Brookville, Sebastian opened a brewing business, which later became known as the Brookville Brewing Company in 1907. 

The Clarks were the parents of 6 children: John S.; Fred S., of Newark, NJ.; Kate D. , wife of W. E. Snyder, of Brookville, Mary, wife of Harry Smathers of Emmaville, PA, Frank B., of Brookville, and Eva C., wife of J. B. Luther, of DuBois.  

Sebastian C. Christ died September 9, 1910, at his home in Brookville, and was buried in the Brookville Cemetery.  His wife, Florence, died July 31, 1911, and was buried beside him.  


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