Joseph Oscar CHRISTIAN Bartley William CHRISTIAN Ernest CHRISTIAN Gladdis CHRISTIAN Melvin CHRISTIAN Alvin CHRISTIAN Woodrow G CHRISTIAN Juanita CHRISTIAN Mini tree diagram

Delia Ethel RIGGINS7,1,2,8,3,4,5,6

16th Feb 18911,2,3,4,5,6 - 9th Oct 19402,4

Life History

16th Feb 1891

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6

about 1906

Married Joseph Oscar CHRISTIAN.13

7th Apr 1907

Birth of son Bartley William CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.11,12,13,3,4

2nd Dec 1908

Birth of son Ernest CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.3,14,15,13,2,16,4

24th Feb 1910

Birth of daughter Gladdis CHRISTIAN in Oakdale, Washita, Oklahoma.13,17

18th Mar 1910

Death of daughter Gladdis CHRISTIAN in Oakdale, Washita, Oklahoma.17

26th Mar 1911

Birth of son Melvin CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.3,11,18,14,6

about 1915

Birth of son Alvin CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.18,3,6

2nd Sep 1917

Birth of son Woodrow G CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.3,4,6

Jul 1919

Birth of daughter Juanita CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.3,18,6

before 1930

Divorced from Joseph Oscar CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.9,5,10

9th Oct 1940

Died.2,4

after 9th Oct 1940

Buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Mountain View, Kiowa County, Oklahoma.4

Notes

  • Delia's name is spelled with an I in the first syllable in all thecensus records I have found, though family genealogies spell her nameDelia.  The first census is in 1900, which tells us she was born inFebruary 1897 in Arkansas.

    1900 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma Territory, 1 June, ElkTownship (North Half), District 208, Page 1A, House/Family #2
    Riggins, Jno A  Head W M Aug 1857 42  Married 13 years  MO TN ALFarmer  Owns Farm
    Riggins, Martha A  Wife W F Dec 1864 35  Married 13 years  6children/6 living AR AL TN
    Riggins, Cordelia Dau  W F Nov 1897  12  Single AR MO AR
    Riggins, Claude Son W M Feb 1880 10  Single AR MO AR
    Riggins, Dilia E  Dau W F Feb 1892  8  Single AR MO AR
    Riggins,  Cecie S  Dau W F June 1895  5  Single AR MO AR
    Riggins, Viola S Dau W F Sept 1897  2 Single TX MO AR
    Riggins, Virgie Dau W F Feb 1900  3mos Single OK MO AR

    Note that from the birth places of the children we can tell that theywent to Texas for a short while after June 1895 and before September1897, where Viola was born.  But they continued on to OklahomaTerritory, where Virgie was born not long before the territorialcensus.

    For later censuses, see Notes for Joseph Oscar Christian.

    Audrey Christian provides the following information on Delia in hergenealogy.  Note that the birth year Audrey reports is a year earlierthan that reported in the 1900 census.  I find this commonly in the1900 census.  I will use the date in the Christian genealogy.

    Delia E Riggins
    Birth 16 Feb 1891 in Arkansas
    Death 9 Oct 1940
    Parents:
    John Americus RIGGINS 1857-1941
    Martha A Gray 1864-1940
    --  Christian Family,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14729861/person/296504727?pg=32801

    Mary was only 27 when she first married -- about one year or lessbefore this census!  The 5-month-old Tern/Fern would seem to be thefirst child of Joe and Macey.

    1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma, 14 April, OakdaleTownship, District 17, page 5B, Hse #148, Fam #158
    Christian, Joe  Head Owns Farm, Does not owns a radio M W 44 FirstMarried at age 21 TX MS MS Farmer [b abt 1886]
    Christian, Macey  Wife F W 28 First Married at age 27 [married only 1year] AR AR AR [b abt 1902]
    Christian, Melvin C  Son M W 19 OK TX OK Farm Laborer [b abt 1911]
    Christian, Alvin  Son M W 14 OK TX OK [b abt 1916]
    Christian, Woodroe  Son M W 12 OK TX OK [b abt 1911]
    Christian, Juanita Dau F W 10 OK TX OK [b abt 1911]
    Christian, Tern (Fern?) Dau F W 5mos OK TX OK [b abt Oct 1929]

    The birthplace of the mother of the children here is given asOklahoma.  But both Delia Riggs and the Mary reported here were bornin Arkansas.

    If seems likely that the last child's name is Fern (Tern), but theenumerator forgot to add the cross on the F.  The birth place of thischild and the birthplaces of parents are reported the same as for theother children.  Fern's age places her birth within the reportedperiod of marriage of Joe and Mary.

    The 1930 census confirms that Delia and Joe were divorced.  She isliving alone nearby in Washita County.  She is named Della E here.

    1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma, 2 April, Rocky,District 28-21, page 1B, Hse #15, Fam #23
    Christian, Della E head Rents $15 F W 39 Divorced First Married at age15 AR MO AR

    In 1940, all the children are back with Delia and she is in MountainView, south of the river in Kiowa County.  But she is now reported asa widow, even though we know that Joe did not die until 1958.

    1940 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, 25 April, Mtn View Ward3, District 38-26, page 12B, Hse #294, Rents $5
    Christian, Dellie Ethel Head F W 49 Widow Grade 5 b Arkansas Mtn ViewKiowa OK in 1935 No Occup [b abt 1891]
    Christian, Melvin M W 28 Single Grade 6 b Oklahoma Mtn View Kiowa OKin 1935 No Occup stated [b abt 1912]
    Christian, Alvin Son M W 25 Grade 7 b Oklahoma Mtn View Kiowa OK in1935 [b abt 1915]
    Christian, Woodrow Son M W 22 Grade 8 b Oklahoma Mtn View Kiowa OK in1935 [b abt 1918]
    Christian, Juaneta Dau F W 20 Grade 7 b Oklahoma Mtn View Kiowa OK in1935 [b abt 1920]
    Christian, Phyllis Maxine Granddau F W 2 Grade 0 b Oklahoma Father bTex Mother b Ark [b abt 1938]

    Dillie Ethel Riggins Christian
    Birth 1891
    Death 1940
    Wife of Joe A [sic] Christian
    Daughter of Joe Americus & Martha A. GRAY Riggins
    Children Ernest Christian (1908 - 1954)
    Burial Mountain View Cemetery, Mountain View, Kiowa County, Oklahoma,Block 1
    Created by sha9876 Jul 05, 2008
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #28047512,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28047512

Sources

  • 1. 1910 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 28 April, Oakdale, District 263, page 8B, Hse #147, Fam #154
  • 2. Ancestry Trees
    • Christian Family,
  • 3. 1920 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 20 January, Oakdale Township, District 193, page 5B, Hse #98, Fam #102
  • 4. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 5. 1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 2 April, Rocky, District 28-21, page 1B, Hse #15, Fam #23
  • 6. 1940 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    • 25 April, Mtn View Ward 3, District 38-26, page 12B, Hse #294, Rents
  • 7. U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • 8. 1900 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma Territory
    • 1 June, Elk Township (North Half), District 208, Page 1A, House/Family
  • 9. 1930 Federal Census, Los Angeles County, California
    • 6 April, Los Angeles City, District 448, page 13B, 1668 West 58th St,
  • 10. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    • Tucson, Arizona, City Directory, 1935, p 193
  • 11. California Death Index, 1940-1997
  • 12. 1930 Federal Census, Grady County, Oklahoma
    • 4 April, Waldron Township, District 38, page 2B, Hse/Fam #34
  • 13. 1910 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 28 April, Oakdale, District 263, page 8B, Hse #147, Fam # 154
  • 14. Social Security Death Index
  • 15. 1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 14 April, Oakdale Township, District 17, page 5B, Hse #142, Fam #152
  • 16. Gravestone of Ernest and Daisy Christian, Mountain View Cemetery,Mountain View, County, Oklahoma
  • 17. Oakdale (Washita County, Oklahoma) Cemetery Register
    • Name: Name: http://rebelcherokee.labdiva.com/oakdalecem.html;;
  • 18. 1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 14 April, Oakdale Township, District 17, page 5B, Hse #148, Fam #158

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