Description: Based on: The Painter Family Record; Compiled By B. H. Painter, M. D., Middletown, Indiana, and L. H. Painter, M. D., Cowan, Indiana, C. B. Unger, Printer, Eaton, Ohio, 1904.
Christian Painter is the oldest of whom we have any knowledge, and there is no doubt that his old homestead was near Timberville, Rockingham Co., Va., but his birthplace and the history of his earlier years are wholly unknown. There are two legends or traditions in the family, regarding this matter, but we are not able to vouch for the correctness of either.
One account states that he emigrated directly from Germany while young and settled in Virginia shortly before the Revolutionary War. The other account relates that he came from the Pennsylvania branch of the family and emigrated from that place and settled in Virginia during the Revolutionary War. Which, if either, story is correct we do not know. All that we can state with certainty is that he was married near the year 1773 to Mary Elizabeth Daily, of New Jersey, and that he died while all of his children were yet young, and that, according to custom, they were all bound out to service or apprenticed until of age.