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Christina Stahl (Gehring)

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Gechingen, Wuertemberg, Germany
Death: May 2, 1903 (81)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John George Gehring and Anna Margeretha Gehring
Wife of Jacob Frederick Stahl
Mother of Charles Henry Stahl; Louisa Christiana Stahl; [-?-] Stahl; Regina Barbara Zechiel; Sophia Margertha Stahl and 2 others
Sister of Regina Margaretha Graeber; Sophia Magdalena Gehring; Ludwig Bernhardt Gehring and Anna Maria Gehring

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About Christina Stahl


1. Jacob peter Stahl, Historian, Stahl Famil History, The (Dayton, Ohio, August 10, 1924; publisher not stated), pg 41-51.

"Share and share alike 
Sketches of the lives of the immediate descendants of Father and Mother Stahl will be given in due time, and the historian begs leave to suggest, that whatever of credit may belong to a father in the rering of his children must of necessity, also, be shared by the mother, whose very life must have supplemented and intesified his devotion to his children and added that fine influence which can only be given by a mother
A mother's part - The children praises
Grandma Stahl, as she was known in her later years, is worthy of the adoration and affection  that a family of dutiful chiuldren may find themselves capable of conferring. It is now one-half andd twenty  years since she made her departure from our midst; but the afterglow of her life still lingers in the heavens like the gleam of the sunken sun. 
She was a true helpmeet to our sainted Father; and long after his going to his final resting place she carried large responsiblilites alone. For thirty years she remained to comfort and to guide the remaining ones and their children. so that she is known and honored  to-day by the children, and the childrens' schildren unto the fourth generation. Parenthood, especially motherhoo, seems never to cease so long as the paretns live. Children may leave the family roof and childrens' children may come into the life of the father and the mother, but the distant realtionship does not deminish this paretnal love or lessen, in their view, their sense of responsiblity. paretnal love widens with the widening of the stream. 

This was our MOther's view of life. She had an abiding and high idealism of Father Stahl, must be as earnestly said of Mother. Despite her handicap thorugh the leaving of Fatrher, her seal for righteousness and her love for the Church did not cease. Not only did she heroically keep up the family life, but it was in those later years that special problems arose. The educationn of att least one son for the Christain ministry, and the problems of finance and support through those school years, were probmes truly her own and of which Father never knew. It is simply beyond our power to enumerate the difficulties that crossed the patway of her life; but of this we are certain, no mother ever entered more heroically into the solution of her problems or the discharge of a mother's duties as she conceived of them. WHatever other members of oher immediate family may accredit to her devotion and activity, her youngest offsring confesses a lack of words of praise for what she has done for him in masterial sacrifice and in the silent influences that made for the building of the character and life of him who has a part in emorialiizing heer name. Her morning and her evening prayers, said many a time in the stilly night when others had retired to reast, were outbursts of a moher [mother] love and burdeded heart. SUch are the memories that linger with us now and give us an inspiriation to a larger faith and hope and a deeper purpose in devotion than otherwise could have come into the life of her children. We bless her memory taody and tomorrow and ofrever.

When her life went out, which occured on the 2nd of May in the year 1903., Reverened S. Emer Klophfenstein was the Pastor of the ZIon Reformed Church, the family church, where  Mother awas a charter member. The Pastor conducted the funeral services and preached a fitting sermon. His text for the occasion was not been noted. AMong other things he said: - "Grandmother has been watching and waiting for the Master's call several years. Her physical and mental powers were slowly declining. Of this she was conscious, and ever frearful of becoming a burdensome to hands entirely willing to care for her. She passed from this life to the beyond with full confidence of eternal l rest."

The days of her earthly pilgrimage numbered 81 years 10 months and 6 days. This is the summary of her years; but the summary of her achievements is inexpressible and unexpressed. Though the house in which she lived for nearly a century of years lies mouldering on yonder hill, her spirit dwells among us still and soothes our sorrows and alleviates our pains and makes us stronger for the taksks undone that just before us lie. We laud her name her precious name the name of MOTHER.

To My MOther - Note - The following poem was written in the year 1883, during the college days of the historian and appeared in the College Journal. We reproduce the whole with a few slight changes to bring it to date and with a bried adedendum. - -

Gay youth, which once wa thine, is thine nor more, To Thee it bade asieu; annd nearly three score Years elaspwed between thisd time an then, WHich furnish matter for the poet's pen. How like a miiiiiidnight dream have passed away The changing scens of each successive day But which declining fast, will soon have fled. A few years since, and tho whose locks are gray, WHose gait and mien once were a true display Of active youth, yhadst hopes and plans as he WHo now doth pen these lines to honor thee.

'Twas then, when on the temples gently played The chestnut tresses, dressed and well arrayed, That in the lustrous eye there dwelt a gaze, Fixed on the space of thy terrestrial days. But all was dark and dreary in they sight, As is the world when it by sable night Enveloped is; unitl aaaskance is seen, NOw heralding the messenger of day Who, in his crismon orb with spheric lay Dispels the ight, and thus unveils the earth As if it had anew sprung into birth.

But, as is nature's darkness thus diffused, So was the mist which they quick mind confused- By light of reason, age and years dispelled, And mist no more, but wisdon's light excelled; Yea, until now had'st thou but visions faint Of what the future had in store, AN quiant To thy maturer mind must have appeared The world, when from they mental sky had cleared Away the mists and clouds that hung before, Granting, delightfully and freely more..., The light of truth to be, as 'twere unfurled, WHich lights thy pathway through an active wolrd.

Thy life, of which thou haad'st but an ideal- Had now become more active, stern and real, And ushered forth as if by tifal flow, Hope, joy, and pleasure, sorrow, pain and woe Thy youthful days, the moorning of thy life, Thus brought to thee, alternate joy and strife; And then gave way to, Oh! the doubts and fears, Time more amendable, the primme of years.

'Twas now, that like a fledgling in its nest, Whoc oft with anxious look and throbbing breast Hath longed the advent of its mother bird, Until wass she- fatigued and weary- heard With food and drink approaching for her child; But who, as if with gentle woords and mild, Refraining now from further toil and care, DOth bid her child to try the balmy air. ANd thus, wert thou entrusted to they strenght When, of thy paternal care at length THou'd be nefret, to stern life's ebb and tide, Whith none to aid and cheer thee, far and wide.

But thus exposed to hardships, and alone To press the way, friends few, and riches none- High hevean pitying thy helpless state Now smiles upon thee and diverts uill fate. For when thou wert abnout discorgaged 'neath The burden thou didst bear, to thy relief Came one, who, hale and strong avowed to guide And aid thee, should'st thou vow to be his bride. In him confiding as thy strength and shield 'Gainst storms and perils of lie's battle-field. He, thee regarding as his light, his sun, Ye promised each, to make your two looves one.

His hand is thine, and thou in his hy hand, Ye gravely placed; meanwhile was knit the bond Of wedlock; after which sweet echoes ring- As to your honmor were hynenials sing. Now hand in hand advanicing, he bestowed SUch love and care to thee, till thy heart glowed With sacred joy, as he did one by one The toils of life perform, till all were done. Thus passing smoothly on some thirty years. Each other's burdens bearing, and the fears, At length to providence it seem-ed good, Him yo call home, thee leave in wodow-hood.

The flower of the life now being blown, Again wert thou constrained to walk alone, Thus hadst thou fully tasted active life, With pleasures tinged, with hopes and prospects bright, When, lo! the dials of time thy thoughts engage, ANd indicate for thee a riper age. 'Tis evening, now; and on thy face are seen No more, those rosy cheeks and eyes screne; Those furrowed cheeks are tinged with paler hue; Those yeyes once bright and full of light , are too, Deep in the orbits sunk which them contain, And none of all the blooms of youth remain.

Still, time, with speedy steeds, and fiery cahise Doth make his rounds, and measures off thy days; And soon the course of life thou wilt have run. When cold, grom death, will claim thee as his own. THen may thy final days be spent in joy; No lurid clouds the peacful soul annoy; And when; at last, shal sink thy lastest sun, May thuis thy plaudit be,- MOther, well done! An Epigram: - Thrity-nine years later -

At length, the Enemy of life has come ANd laid thee low. Yet thou are safe at home. Yea, cares which bound thee, now are fully past; And thous hast reached the blessed rest at last- For which the yearning sould of helpless man Has hoped since you fair morn when grace gbegan.

WHo,now, of all thy firends would wish thee back- Seeing that death to thee has brought no lack Of love and joys, -speak we the word of truth- And with these blessed gifts, -immortal youth! They star but leads us to the land of day, When too, our ships of life shall steer yon way, zTwill not seem long till we shall touch the shore Where we shall meet and dwell forever more, True as thy life has been, so may ours be, TIll time is merged in God's eternity,- When, faithful found at last, His welcome voice, SHall bid his loving ones in heav'n rejoice!."

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Christina Stahl's Timeline

June 26, 1821
Gechingen, Wuertemberg, Germany
July 5, 1849
Age 28
Gechingen, Germany
February 22, 1854
Age 32
Sandusky, Ohio
May 21, 1857
Age 35
Fulton, Indiaina
May 2, 1903
Age 81
Gechingen, Wuertemberg Germany