Christian Shryock ( Schreyack ) Sr.



Christian Shryock
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† born: September 1735
died: October 10, 1822
        Craegerstown, Maryland
        ( Frederick County )


Married: Eva Maria ( ? ) ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† born: January 8, 1739
died: October 21, 1793

              Magdalena ( ? )
              ( Prior to June 1, 1795 )
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† born: ?
died: ?



††††††Christian was the first native American born male in this line of the Shryock family.  It seems as though he also holds the distinction of giving us the name Shryock, according to the court records of the day.  He was born in Frederick County, Maryland some 2 years after his parents came to this country.  Christian was baptized on October 10, 1735 in Christ Lutheran Church in York, Pennsylvania e.

††††††From the available records, Christian is portrayed as a very upright man, with a deep seated religious and community-oriented spirit.  The following account of his death appeared in The Frederick Herald of October 19, 1822:

"Died - On Thursday the 10th inst., in the vicinity of Craeger's Town, Mr. Christopher Schroyock, in the 89th year of his age, having sustained an unblemished reputation through his life."

††††††Note the two errors in this announcement: the name Christopher undoubtedly was taken from the abbreviation of Chr. for Christian, and he died in his 88th year, not his 89th.  This mention of his "unblemished reputation" certainly underscores the opinion that his friends and neighbors held of him.  On several occasions Christian participated in actions that were for the benefit of his church or community.  A deed dated May 5, 1774 was to Christian Shriock and John Smith, Trustees of the Lutheran Church, and George Zimmerman and Charles Pallsell, Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Frederick County for a tract of land called "Partnership" for the use of a schoolhouse and chapel or place of divine worship for the congregations of the Lutheran and Presbyterian churches.  This clearly shows Christian's interest in the development of religious and educational enrichment for his community. Also, in the records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick is the following mention:

" Index and account of such members of the Congregation, and of other generously intentioned hearts in and near Frederickstown, as have contributed a freewill offering towards the interior improvement and completion of the Ev. Lutheran Church in above-named town, drawn from the list set down Anno. 1763, 29th May. (N.B. The following have all paid )...

Christian Schreyack 1 £, 10 s "

††††††He was clearly deeply involved in his church and community.

††††††Several deeds are recorded in Frederick County bearing Christian's name. The earliest of these is dated May 22, 1761 as a "release from down" from Mary Ann Robinger. In some of these deeds Christian is listed as a shoemaker, and as a farmer in others. Some of these deeds mention Christian's wife as Mary ( August 15, 1769 ) and in another deed as Eva Maria ( April 15, 1788 ).

††††††Since Christian was an adult during the period covering the Revolutionary War, it is important to note that no record has been discovered indicating that he fought in the war.

††††††From the will of Christian, it can be seen that he was not able to sign his name ( he attested to the will with "his mark" ). Christian's family name was also misspelled as Schroyock. It is interesting to note that this is the same spelling that appeared in his obituary in The Frederick Herald. It is entirely possible and even likely that this misspelling of his family name was simply a error made by the court clerk that transcribed the will into the county records. Because of the popular authority of the county records in those days, it is likely that the local newspaper took the spelling from the county records.



Will of Christian Shryock ( Schreyack )


Frederick County, Maryland

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Typed Translation of the
Will of
Christian Shryock ( Schreyack )

Frederick County, Maryland

††††††In the name of God, Amen:  I Christian Schroyock of Frederick County and state of Maryland being in health of body and of sound & disposing mind memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world, when it shall please God to call me hence.  I do therefore make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and from following to wit;

††††††First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named & appointed. -

††††††It is my will and desire, that all my personal property shall be sold at public sale by my Executor hereafter appointed and after all my just debts and funeral Expenses are paid it is my will and desire that all the remaining part of my estate in Bonds, Notes, Book accounts or moneys shall be equally divided among all my Children in equal portions share and share alike, to Daniel, Frederic, Adam, Christian, Mathias, John, and my daughter Elizabeth, it is also my will that my Daughter in Law Christina, widow of my son Valentine, shall have one third share of each childs portion above mentioned, it is also my will, that the heirs of my son Valentine D. shall have the two thirds of a full share above mentioned share & share alike, that is Jacob, Valentine, George, Henry, & Mary so that the widow & her heirs shall have a full share with my other children above mentioned-

††††††And whereas my children has received money from me in my life time and given their notes for the same it is my will that they shall pay at the rate of three per cent Interest for all moneys received from me until my decease - And lastly I do hereby constitute & appoint my beloved friend John Cronise to be my Executor and in the case of the death of John Cronise before my decease I constitute my beloved friend Henry Hemp Junior to be my Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.

††††††In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this tenth day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty.

                                                                                                      (          his          )
                                                                                                      ( Christian X Schroyock )       
                                                                                                      (        mark        )


††††††Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Testators, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscriber our names as witnesses thereto

                                                                                                      ( John Snook )
                                                                                                      ( Jacob Snook )
                                                                                                      ( Frederick Snook )

††††††Frederick County to wit; on the 28th day of October 1822 there came John Cronise and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that the aforegoing instrument of writing is the true whole will and testament of Christian Schroyock late of Frederick County deceased, that hath come to his hands and pofsefsion and that he doth not know of any other.


                                                                                                      ( Henry Steiner Reg )


††††††Frederick County to wit; On the 28th day of October 1822, there came John Snook, Jacob Snook, & Frederick Snook the three subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Christian Schroyock late of Frederick County deceased, and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will that they heard him publish and pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding; that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to said will in the presence and at the request of the testator and all in the presence of each other-


                                                                                                      ( Henry Steiner Reg )





Family of Christian Shryock ( Schreyack ) and Eva Maria Shryock
In Order by Age - Oldest First


George Valentine Shryock      b. March 21, 1760 d. December 22, 1842
Danial Shryock b. July 19, 1761 d. June 20, 1814
John Frederick Shryock b. October 4, 1763 d. December 25, 1856
Adam Shryock b. April 25, 1766 d. September 19, 1829
Christial Shryock, Jr. b. ? d. ?
Mathias Shryock b. February 13, 1774 d. June 14, 1833
Elizabeth Shryock b. January 6, 1776 d. ?
John Shryock b. December 28, 1777     d. ?
Maria Catherine Shryock b. December 1, 1779 d. ?

John D. Shryock b. ? d. ?
( order unknown )    



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