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Hientze Christ Descendants

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  • Adam Johannes Christ (1668 - c.1746)
    Adam worked as a sailor on the KEITH shipping lines, helping to bring immigrants and goods from England and Holland to the American Colonies. He brought his oldest three sons, Heinrich, Georg Wilhelm, ...

Hientze Christ registered his citizenship in the town of Herbetsvil near Gansbrunner of Solothurn Canton, Switzerland in 1423 along with his nephews Heini and Johann Christ. They had arrived soon after the expulsion of Germans from Bohemia, which had been involved in a religious war for 13 years. 1423 also marked the first printing of the SOLOTHURN FECHTBUCH, a medieval hand to hand combat book. Soon thereafter, the first firearms production in Switzerland began in Solothurn. Armies of the various Swiss Cantons began using war wagons for defense. War wagons were used in the decisive defeat of the Burgundians by the Swiss in 1506. The war wagon construction technology and the fire arms were both brought to Switzerland from the Germanic refugees from Bohemia. Swiss land was accorded Free State priviledges by the Holy Roman Empire. Most of the land in Bavaria and Franconia was owned by diocese. Besides Hesse and Meissen, the only place these people could find land to farm was Switzerland. Many of the last Germans expelled from Bohemia called themselves Orphans of JAN ZIZKA. The Catholics issued the last name of CHRIST to wards of the church, or orphans. Many people fled to Bohemia after lands were lost by the Count of ANDECHS' descendants in Ebermannstadt in 1390. Maybe these people wer the ancestors of the CHRIST family.