Christian Goble (Gobble or Gabel) was of German ancestry. His father was Johann Friedrich, Sr., who was born April 14, 1701 in Germany. His mother was Christiana Henerietta Hornberger. Johann and Christiana were married in Pennsylvania in 1751. Christian Goble was born April 19, 1754 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He moved when very young, with his father, to Baltimore County, Maryland and then to Frederick County, Maryland, where his father died.
Christian enlisted on July 20, 1776 and served as a private in Captain Jacob Good's company, Colonel Griffen's Maryland regiment of the "Flying Camp" during the Revolutionary War. He was in the battles of White Plains and Fort Washington, where he was taken prisoner and taken to New York. He was held in the Sugar House about three months before being released on parole.
In the fall of 1780 Christian married Sarah Geiss/Gise and they had at least 13 children. He made his living as a saddle maker in Taneytown, Maryland. On November 19, 1832 at the age of 78, Christian applied for a pension in Washington County, Virginia, where he stated he had lived for about twenty years. The "old soldier" died on May 7, 1834 and his widow, Sarah, was allowed pension on her application executed February 1, 1842, where she lived in Floyd County, Kentucky. Sarah was still living in Floyd, Kentucky in 1848. The eight sons and five daughters of Christian and Sarah have not all been identified. The known names are: Abraham; Polly; Jacob (the 5th child, his oldest sister born before the close of the was. In 1842 Jacob was 50 years old and a resident of Floyd County, Kentucky.) Isaac and William, both of "lawful age" and living in Floyd County, Kentucky in 1845 were mentioned in military records.