Christian Shade, was born April 1767 in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.  On March 3, 1789, at the age of twenty-two, he married twenty-one year old Catherine Riegel and  during the next thirteen years eight children were born to this couple.  In 1802 they moved their young family to Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Then in 1813 Christian Shade sold his land in Cumberland County and moved his family to Butler Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.  There, on June fifth of that year, he purchased 160 acres from Edward Burson and his wife Elizabeth for the sum of twelve hundred eighty dollars.

During the next fourteen years Christian and Catherine Shade and their children farmed this land.  It is  there that several of their children were married:  Marie Elizabeth Shade married Jacob Woolf;  Abraham Shade married Phoebe Woolf; Adam Shade married Catherine Quail; SamuelShade married Catherine Carrick; William Shade married Mary Speaker; Sally Shade married David Woolf; John Shade married Elizabeth Speaker; and Jonathon Shade married Elizabeth Springer.

November 26, 1817, at the age of forty-nine, Christian's wife Cartherine died.  She is buried in St. Michael's Cemetery (also known as the Woolf Family Cemetery).   Her tombstone, viewed in 1993 in a broken but legible condition reads: "In Memory of Catherine Shade Consort of Christian Shade, Born Sept 20th 1768. Departed this Life Nov. 26th 1817, Aged 49 Years, 2 Months 6 Days."

Little is known of Christian's life after the death of Catherine.  It appears that he remained in Columbiana County Ohio for about seven years.  He then sold 40 acres of his land to his son John Shade and 120 acres to George Brantingham*  before moving  to Seneca County, Ohio, where thirteen years later he died  at the age of sixty-nine years nine months, and is there buried in the Smith Cemetery.

 

Provided by Forrest Shade