Biographical sketch of CHRISTIAN WENDT from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 373-374
At present one of the well-to-do farmers of Mussey township, St. Clair county, Michigan, Christian Wendt, was born in the province of Brandenburg, Prussian, August 7, 1840, a son of Martin and Christina (Rahn) Wendt, who had a family of three sons, Christian, William and Martin.Martin Wendt died in Germany at the age of forty-one years, and November 11, 1862, Mrs. Christina Wendt brought her children to Mussey township and settled on a farm north of Capac.Of the three children more will be said of Christian as this sketch progresses.William enlisted in 1863 in the Eighth Michigan Volunteer Cavalry and served until the close of the Civil war, although he was for a long time held a prisoner by the Rebels, being confined for ten months at Andersonville, Georgia, and at Richmond, Virginia, for six months, and from the latter was sent home in a general exchange of prisoners.He married Adeline Allen, has a family of six children, and owns a fine farm in Mussey township.Martin married Elizabeth Gunder, who has borne him five children, and also lives in Mussey township.
Christian Wendt purchased his present farm of eighty acres in 1863.It is situated in section 10, and is now well improved, although when he located here it was a dense forest, swarming with game and beasts of prey.Mr. Wendt also owns a tract of forty acres in Lynn township which he has cleared up and improved, being an excellent axman.He made staves, bolts and shingles as a means of raising ready money, and also did a great deal of lumbering.
Christian Wendt was joined in wedlock in 1865, with Miss Mary Schauland, who was born in Germany, but was brought by her parents to the United States when very young.This marriage has been blessed with eight children, namely: Anna, who is married to Herman Seweke [might be Deweke], a farmer in Mussey township, to whom she has borne one child; Mary is deceased; Augusta is married to Ernest Plager, also a farmer in Mussey township, and has one son; Albert is still with his parents, and is assisting in the care of the farm; Martha, who was a school teacher for two terms, is married to Manx Hildebrandt, likewise a farmer in Mussey township, but has no children; Emma is still with her parents; William and Charles died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Wendt have been devoted members of the Evangelical Association for the past forty years.This congregation met for worship at first in the little log school house and in private dwellings and continued to do so until the increase in membership justified it in undertaking the erection of a proper church edifice.Mr. Wendt is an active member of the Republican party, but is not ambitious, never having sought a public office nor having made himself too officious in party affairs, contenting himself with the exercise of his franchise and the use of his influence with his friends at the polls whenever he may think such influence will be for the benefit of the cause.HE has his farm all under cultivation and improved with all necessary outbuildings, including two fine barns; he has a neat and comfortable dwelling, and a good orchard, all he has being the result of his own industry.He is very highly esteemed by his neighbors for his many good qualities of mind and heart, and for his straightforward walk through life.
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