William Peter CHRISTIAN James Waldon CHRISTIAN Nancy CHRISTIAN Malissa CHRISTIAN Rosa Mae CHRISTIAN William Neil CHRISTIAN Matthew Henry CHRISTIAN Willie Ida COLEMAN William Peter CHRISTIAN Polly A WALDON Mini tree diagram
Henry Harvey CHRISTIAN

Henry Harvey CHRISTIAN1,7,8,3,4,5,6,9,10

Mar 18661,2,3,4,5,6 - 19445

Life History

Mar 1866

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

24th Aug 1887

Married Willie Ida COLEMAN in Franklin County, Texas.16,9

Oct 1889

Birth of daughter Rosa Mae CHRISTIAN in Texas.7,6,4,11

22nd Aug 1890

Birth of son William Neil CHRISTIAN in DeQueen, Sevier, Arkansas.12,4,1,13

10th Aug 1892

Birth of son Matthew Henry CHRISTIAN in Winfield, Titus, Texas.10,7,14,15


Died in Oklahoma.5


Buried in Denison Cemetery, Idabel, McCurtain, Oklahoma.5


  • In the 1870 census, Henry's family is living in Titus County, Texas.His birth place is reported as Mississippi.  But in 1880, 1900 and1910, he is reported as born in Texas.  I would think the earliercensus was correct.  And the Christian clan did move into East Texasfrom the east in about this time.

    1870 Federal Census, Titus County, Texas, 6 August, Mt Pleasant, page161, Hse/Fam #1120. Peter Christian M W Farmer England
    Peter Christian 56 M W Farmer England
    Polly A Christian 36 F W Alabama
    Henry Christian M W 5 Mississippi

    There is some uncertainty about the birth state reported here.  It maybe Alabama.  But all later reports say Texas.  Since we know they hadrecently moved to Texas when the 1870 census was taken, it seemslikely that report is more accurate.

    1880 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 10 July, Precinct 3, page 59,Hse/Fam #559. In household of brother Daniel Zene:
    Christian, Gain P [Daniel Zene] W M 23 Farmer MS England AL
    Christian, Henry  W M 13 Brother Farming TX England AL

    Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
    H H Christian
    Gender Male
    Marriage 24 Aug 1887 Franklin County, Texas
    Spouse Ida Coleman

    In the 1900 census, the Henry and his wife Ida now have 3 chidlren inteh home.  Her brother Elba Coleman is also living in their householdin Winfield, Texas.  This census reports he was born in Texas.

    1900 Federal Census, Titus County, Texas, 26 June, Winfield, District18, page 16B, Hse #247, Fam #299
    Christian, Henry Head W M  Mar 1868 32 Married 12 yrs TX England TXHorse Trader Rents
    Christian, Ida Wife W F Dec 1869 30 Married 12 yrs 5 children/3 livingTX GA MS
    Christian, Rosey M Dau W M Oct 1888 11 TX TX TX
    Christian, Neil Son W M Aug 1890 9 Single TX TX TX
    Christian, Martha Dau F M Aug 1891 8 Single TX TX TX
    Coleman, Elba Bro-in-Law M M Jan 1872 28 Single TX GA MS

    1910 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, 5 May, District 179, page9B, Hse/Fam #118
    Christian, Henry H  Head M W 44 Married 23 years TX England -- Farmer
    Christian, Willie I  Wife F W 39 Married 23 years  Borne 5 children, 3living  TX AL AL
    Christian, Willie N  Son M W 19 Single TX TX TX
    Christian, Henry M  Son M W 18 Single TX TX TX

    No birthplace is reported for Henry's mother.

    Son Matthew's name here is Henry M, but in 1930, he is listed asMatthew H.  On his WWI Registration card, his name is only Matthew,but he signs the card as H M Christian.

    This census tells us Henry and Ida (Willie I) have been married 23years.  This would mean they married about 1887.   They married inTexas, where we see Willie and Henry were born.  We will see there wasalso another likely older, child who is not reported here, but we willlikely find in the 1900 census.

    I see that the first son shown here, Willie N, was born about 1891.This matches Neil in the 1900 census.  So we can tel lhis full namewas William Neil.  The census tells us that two of their children havedied early.  There is another living child who does not show up inthis census.  This is the daughter named Martha, a year younger thanNeil in the 1900 census.

    With the spread of 3 years between marriage and the birth of sonWillie, it seems likely that the two children who died were also bornbefore Willie.

    We see further that son Willie was born in Arkansas.  This helps usreconstruct their trek westward.  It appears that Henry and Ida weremarried in Alabama, her home state.  I have not yet found theirmarriage registration.  I do not have information to specify morespecifically when they moved into Arkansas.  But it would have beenbetween marriage (about 1887) and the birth of Willie N (about 1891).We have nothing at this point to tell us where they were in Arkansas.

    Matthew (Henry M) was born only about one year later, so we can saythey moved to Texas about 1892, before the birth of Matthew in August.

    Members of this family were in Cass county to the south.  Some of theChristians moved to Indian Territory about 1892-93.  Cousin Joseph AsaJenkins was there before the birth of his daughter Sallie in December1893 in Wapanucka, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.

    Henry Harvey's half-brother William James (Bill or Willie), married toJoe Jenkins' sister, moved to Chickasaw Nation around the same time,or a few months earlier, as the Jenkinses.  Bill and Amanda moved fromCass County, Texas, to Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, about 1891. Their child Iler was the last one born in Texas in about August 1890. The next child Charles (recorded in 1900 as Henry C) was born inChickasaw Nation in May 1892.

    We know from the birth of Matthew in Texas that is was after August1892 that Henry Harvey and Willie Ida moved to Chickasaw Nation.  Itprobably was not long after, since other close members of their familywere moving at this time.

    The Christian and Jenkins families moved into Indian Territory throughwhat became Love County (north of Gainesville, Texas) and StephensCounty, on northwest to Kiowa and Washita Counties.  The Christianswere in Kiowa earlier, and the Jenkins clan joined them there laterafter an extended time in Stephens (around Marlow) and Grady countyareas.  Some of these clans wound up in Chickasha, Grady County, andpoints north around Oklahoma City.

    We find that Henry moves back east.  He moves to McCurtain County,Oklahoma, across the Red River from his childhood Texas home.  Itwould be interesting to know what led him back to the southeast cornerof Oklahoma by 1920.  In the 1920 census, Henry and Ida's daughterRosa Mae is in the household, with her son Hathaway, who is reportedas Henry's son, instead of grandson.  Rosa Mae has divorced herhusband William V, who has moved to Parker County, Texas, by the timeof this census, and married this German immigrant Jack Schultz(spelled Shultz here).

    1920 Federal Census, McCurtain County, Oklahoma, 12 June, WhiteTownship, Idabel Town, District 157, page 17A, Hill St, Hse #258, Fam#361
    Christian, Henry Head M W 50 TX England Miss
    Christian, Ida  F W 47 TX Miss Ala
    Christian, Matthew H  Son M W 25 Divorced TX TX TX  Chauffeur, ServiceCar
    Christian, Hathaway  Son M W 7 Single TX TX TX [born abt 1913]
    Shultz, Jack Boarder [son-in-law] M W 34 Immigrated to US 1890Naturalized 1891 Germany Germany Germany Carpenter
    Shultz, Rosa Mae Boarder [daughter] M W 31 TX TX TX

    The last child's name is scrawled so badly it is hard to tell what wasintended.  It is not clear if it was one or two names.  I found whatthe name was only in April 2011, when Anne Thompson, a descendant,contacted me and we exchanged information on the family line.  Shetold me the individual's name was Hathaway Alfred.  Know the nameHathaway, I could then see that this unusual name was what theenumerator intended.

    "Hathaway Alfred Christian is my uncle by marriage and he was born May22, 1912 in Oklahoma and died in Houston (Harris Co.) Texas on Jan.23, 1964. ... I have pictures of his grave in Idabel (McCurtain Co.)OK and he is by his [grand]parents Henry and Ida and also Neil isburied by them."
    --  Anne Thompson, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 11 April 2011

    In 1930, their daughter Rosa Mae is still living with them, along withher son Hathaway, who this time is correctly reported as Henry'sgrandson, instead of his son.

    1930 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, 7 April, Mt View,District 24, page 6A, Hse #120, Fam #126
    Christen, Henry H  Head Rents for $20 Owns a Radio M W  65 Firstmarried at age 21 TX England MS Farm Laborer
    Christen, Ida Wife F W  58 Married, First married at age 16 TX GA TX
    Christen, Hathaway GrandSon M W 18 OK TX TX
    Williams, Rosa Mae Dau F W 40 Married, First married at age 17 TX TXTX
    Christen, Vance GrandDaughter F W 24 Married, First married at age 17MO MO MO
    Christen, Bobby GreatGrandson M W 2 MO TX MO

    Note that Rosa Mae is reported as married but there is no husband inthe household.  Since the 1920 census she has divorced Jack Shultz andmarried someone named Williams who is not reported here.  LikewiseHenry's granddaughter Vance is reported married but no husband ispresent.  I have not figured out who Vance's husband was.

    Gravestone of Henry and Ida Christian, Denison Cemetery, Idabel,McCurtain County, Oklahoma
    A triple grave
    Henry 1866-1944
    Ida 1869-1951
    O'Neal  1909-1950

    I provided details from my family research to Karen to complete thememorial she had constructed for Henry on Find a Grave.

    Wiley Weaver
    Birth Aug 29, 1914 Oklahoma
    Death Jun 1993 Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma
    Spouse Cleva Inez Weaver (1912 - 2000)
    Burial Rose Hill Cemetery, Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma, Plot:Block 25 lot 17
    Created by Karen Sep 11, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #18943499,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=76341291


  • 1. 1910 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    • 5 May, District 179, page 9B, Hse/Fam #118
  • 2. 1920 Federal Census, McCurtain County, Oklahoma
    • 9 April, Idabel, District 157, page 17B, Hill St, White Town, Hse
  • 3. 1870 Federal Census, Titus County, Texas
    • 6 August, Mt Pleasant, page 161, Hse/Fam #1120
  • 4. 1900 Federal Census, Titus County, Texas
    • 26 June, Winfield, District 18, page 16B, Hse #247, Fam #299
  • 5. Gravestone of Henry and Ida Christian, Denison Cemetery, Idabel,McCurtain County, Oklahoma
    • A triple grave
  • 6. 1930 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    • 7 April, Mt View, District 24, page 6A, Hse #120, Fam #126
  • 7. 1920 Federal Census, McCurtain County, Oklahoma
    • 12 June, White Township, Idabel Town, District 157, page 17A, Hill St,
  • 8. 1880 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 10 July, Precinct 3, page 59, Hse/Fam #559
  • 9. Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
  • 10. Charles O Christian, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins
  • 11. 1910 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 28 April, Oakdale, District 263, page 8B, Hse #148, Fam #155
  • 12. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • 13. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  • 14. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 15. 1940 Federal Census, McCurtain County, Oklahoma
    • 22 April, Idabel, District 45-16, page 17A, Hse #389, Owns $2000
  • 16. 1920 Federal Census, McCurtain County, Oklahoma
    • 12 June, White Township, District 157, page 17A, Hse #257, Fam #360

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