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He distinguished himself in both foreign and Danish military service and established himself as the Danish Count Danneskiold-Samsøe, which descended from his second marriage.
In Copenhagen on 27 November 1696 Christian married firstly his kinswoman Countess Charlotte Amalie af Danneskiold-Samsøe (15 November 1682 - 7 December 1699), a daughter of Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve. They had two daughters:
Christiane Charlotte (Copenhaguen, 7 July 1698 - Akershus, 5 October 1699).