Christian and his next younger brother Joachim Ernst, were granted the older Hohenzollern territories, centred around Bayreuth and Ansbach, and Christian succeeded as Markgraf von Bayreuth on 16 May 1603.
He married 9 May 1604 at Plassenburg, Maria, Herzogin von Preussen
They had nine children:
Elisabeth Eleonore, born 19 October 1606 at Plassenburg, died the following day, 20 October 1606, and was buried 3 November 1606 in Pfarrkirche, Kulmbach;
Georg Friedrich, born and died 23 March 1608 at Kulmbach Schloss, and was buried 2 April 1608 at Pfarrkirche, Kulmbach;
Anna Maria, born 30 December 1609 in Bayreuth Schloss, baptised 31 January 1610 at Bayreuth, died 8 May 1680 at Ödenburg in Hungary, buried 12 April 1682 in Erbgruft in Bayreuth; she married 23 October 1639 at Regensburg,, Johann Anton I von Eggenberg, Herzog zu Krummau, Fürst von Eggenberg (born 1610, died 1649);
Agnes Sophie, born 19 July 1611 at Bayreuth Schloss, baptised 21 August 1611 at Bayreuth, died young 1 December 1611 Bayreuth Schloss, buried 10 December 1611 at Pfarrkirche, Kulmbach;
Magdalene Sibylle, born 7 November 1612 Schloss Bayreuth, baptised 25 November 1612 at Bayreuth, died 30 March 1687 at Dresden, buried in Freiberg; she married 23 November 1638 at Dresden, Johann Georg II, Kurfürst von Sachsen, (born 1613 at Dresden, died 1680);
Christian Ernst, born 18 November 1613, baptised 29 December 1613 Bayreuth, died young 4 February 1614 at Bayreuth Schloss, buried 20 February 1614 Pfarrkirche, Kulmbach;
Erdmann August, born 8 October 1615, Erbprinz von Bayreuth (Hereditary Prince of Bayreuth);
Georg Albrecht, born 20 March 1619 at Bayreuth, baptised there 28 April 1619;
Friedrich Wilhelm, born 11 May 1620 in Bayreuth Schloss, died the following day, 12 May 1620, and buried 1 June 1620 in Pfarrkirche, Bayreuth.
Christian died on 9 June 1655 at Bayreuth and was buried 21 September 1655 at Stadtkirche, Bayreuth.
For further information about Christian see the German and English versions of Wikipedia.
Grossmann, Julius; Berner, Ernst; Schuster, Georg; Zingeler, Karl Theodor, (eds.). (1905), Genealogie des Gesamthauses Hohenzollern; Berlin: W. Moeser Buchhandlung. Digitised by Google Books (http://books.google.com.au/ : downloaded 27 March 2010)
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