Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.


Transcribed by Coralynn Brown

Franklin W. Cristman, lawyer, of Herkimer, N.Y., was born in Columbia, Herkimer county, N.Y. Jan. 11, 1869, son of James and Catherine (Steele) Cristman;

grandson of Harvey and Nancy (Fulmer) Cristman, and of James and Elizabeth (Spohn) Steele;

great-grandson of George F. (a soldier in the war of 1812) and Mary E. (Bell) Cristman, of George C. and Catherine (Witherstine) Fulmer, of Richard D. and Catherine (Bowman) Steele (Stahl), and of John E. and Elizabeth (Hess) Spohn;

great-great grandson of Frederick (private in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia) and Eva (Myers) Christman, of Philip and Dorothy (Hilts) Bell, of Conrad (private in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia) and Elizabeth (Hilts) Fulmer, of John (private in the New York Line, First Regiment, regular service) and Margaret (Casler) Witherstine, of Dietrich (private in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia) and Margaret Stahl, of Frederick (private in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia) and Delia Bowman, of Nicholas (private in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia) and Catherine (Kilts) Spohn, and of Conrad (private in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia) and Margaret (Frank) Hess;

great-great-great-grandson of Nicholas Hilts (private in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia), Heinrich Withersteine (who was in the Colonial militia in 1757), Melchert Casler (private in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia), Rudolph Stahl (Staley) (Patentee of Staley's Patent and a Palatine volunteer for the Candian Expedition 1711), Henry Spohn, Conrad Kilts (private in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia), Augustinus Hess (killed in the revolution at Fort Herkimer) and of Timothy (lieutenant in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia), and Ann Elizabeth (Bellinger) Frank.

great-great-great-great-grandson of John Conrad (commissioned a captain in the Colonial militia, Jan. 17, 1764) and Elizabeth Frank, Johannes and Catherine (Lilos) Hess, and of Peter and Margaret Bellinger, parents of Colonel Peter Bellinger.

Franklin W. Cristman obtained his literary education at Pulaski Academy, after which he entered the law department of Union University, receiving the degree of LL.B. in 1892, and was admitted to the bar Sept. 14, 1894. He is a member of the law firm of Snyder, Cristman & Earl, Herkimer, N.Y. He is greatly interested in the early history of the Mohawk Valley, and has spent much time in genealogical research of many of its early German settlers, from whom he descends. He served in the Spanish-American war as corporal in Company G, Second New York Volunteer Infantry, and was honorabley discharged from the U.S. service Nov. 1, 1898, and from the National Guard of the State of New York, Aug. 1, 1904, after over eleven years of service, five years of which he was battalion quartermaster-sergeant.

Mr. Cristman is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, Herkimer County Bar Historical Society, Herkiner County Bar Association, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Mohawk Valley Chapter and Empire State Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Order of Free and Accepted Masons, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and Delta Chi fraternity.
Mr. Cristman married, Sept. 23, 1903, Camilla Quackenbush.
Child: Marx Quackenbush, born Dec. 10, 1909. [transcriber's note: this material was published in 1910, so any subsequent children are, of course, not listed].
Mrs. Cristman was born in the village of Herkimer, N.Y., March 9, 1876; was educated at the Herkimer high school and Syracuse University, graduated with M.D. class of 1903, member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Zata Phi fraternities.

Mrs. Cristman's descent can be traced back to the early Scottish chieftains and to the ancestors of the various royal houses of Europe. She is the daughter of Henry M. and Emily E. (Wood) Quackenbush;
granddaughter of Isaac and Mary Ann (Rasbach) Quackenbush and of Rodman and Amy Jane (Fenner) Wood;

great-granddaughter of Henry and Lany (Elwood) Quackenbush, of Adam M. and Elizabeth (Baldee) Rasbach, of Daniel and Freelove (Jackson) Wood, and of George and Charlotte (Seward) Fenner;

great-great-granddaughter of Hunter Scott (private in Clyde's regiment, New York militia) and Elizabeth Klock (Cox) Quackenbush (the latter of whom was widow of Colonel Cox, who was killed at Oriskany), of Isaac (corporal in Clyde's regiment, New York militia, wounded at Oriskany) and Magdalin (Snyder) Elwood, of Marx (lieutenant in Bellinger's regiment, New York militia) and Elizabeth (Devendorf) Rasbach, of Henry and Margaretg (Rasbach) Baldee, of John (private in Angell's regiment, Rhode Island) and Phoebe (Arnold) Wood, of Jacob (sergeant in Whiting's regiment, New York militia) and Freelove (Foote) Jackson, of Major Daniel and Lydia (Arnold) Fenner, and of Nodiah and Didama (MacIntyre) Seward;

great-great-great-granddaughter of David and Ann (Scott) Quackenbush, of George and Catherine Klock, of Richard Elwood, of Marx and Sophronia (Moak) Rasbach, of Jacob (captain in Cox's regiment, New York militia, also a captain in the Colonial militia in 1763) and Christena (Windecker) Diefendorf, of Lorenze William and Maria Elizabeth (Walter) Baldee, of Joseph Wood, of Enoch Arnold, of Theophilus Jackson (private in Whiting's regiment, New York militia), of Ephraim and Lydia (Cushman) Foote, of Thomas and Phoebe (Roberts) Fenner, of ____ and Rebecca (O'Swain) Seward, and of John MacIntyre;

great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Peter Quackenbush, of Captain John and Magdalena (Cooper) Scott (of Fort Hunter), of Henry Klock, of Johannes and ____ (Beerman) Rasbach, of Johannes and Elizabeth (Keller) Diefendorf, and of Oliton and Alethea (Stone) Cushman;

great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of John Vincent Cooper, of Sir John Scott of Ancrum, England, whose father was Patrick Scott, whose father was George Scott, whoe father was Sir Andrew Scott, whose mother was Lady Eupehmia Blair, who father was Sir Thomas Blair, whose mother was Lady Jean Grey, whose mother was Lady Elizaeth Stewart, whose father was John Stewart, whose mother was Joan Beaufort, whose father was John Beaufort, whose father was John of Gaunt, whose father was Edward III, King of Engla.d, whose father ws Edward II, King of England, whose father was Edward I. Other lines come down from the early Scottish chieftains, Fergus, Macalpine, Douglas, Scott, Lindsay, Sinclair, Stewart and Robert Bruce. In France from Charlemagne, the counts of Vermondois, Tolouse, Holland, Flanders, Province and Anjou; the Dukes of Saxony and Batavia. In England from the Earls of Lancaster, Warren and Surrey, the early Saxon King, William the Conqueror, and the early Kings of Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Russia.


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