Daniel Zene CHRISTIAN Daniel Walter CHRISTIAN Andrew Jackson CHRISTIAN Cleva Inez CHRISTIAN Harvey Leon CHRISTIAN Vernon Garth CHRISTIAN Harold Keith CHRISTIAN James Dwayne CHRISTIAN Sallie Hester JENKINS Ora Montez CHRISTIAN Minnie CHRISTIAN Elizabeth Mahala PETTY Mini tree diagram
Grover Cleveland CHRISTIAN

Grover Cleveland CHRISTIAN1,9,7,10,8,3,6,4

3rd Apr 18845,3,6,4 - 20th Feb 19395,3,2,4

Life History

3rd Apr 1884

Born in Bryans Mill, Cass, Texas.5,3,6,4


Resident in Justice Precinct 3, Cass County, Texas.6

between 1910 and 1920

Residence2 in Mountain View Township, Kiowa, Oklahoma.7,8

26th Nov 1911

Married Sallie Hester JENKINS in Duncan, Stephens, Oklahoma.10

1st Oct 1912

Birth of daughter Cleva Inez CHRISTIAN in Kiowa County, Oklahoma.11,12,9,13,14,4

31st Dec 1915

Birth of son Harvey Leon CHRISTIAN in Kiowa County, Oklahoma.3,5,9,8

5th Aug 1919

Birth of son Vernon Garth CHRISTIAN in Mountain View, Kiowa, Oklahoma.15,3,9,16,17

10th Jun 1922

Birth of son Harold Keith CHRISTIAN in Lone Wolf, Kiowa, Oklahoma.12,11,5,9

7th Oct 1924

Birth of son James Dwayne CHRISTIAN in Kiowa County, Oklahoma.12,9,18


Residence3 in Dill, Kiowa, Oklahoma.9

between 1938 and 1939

Residence4 in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma.1,2

20th Feb 1939

Died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.5,3,2,4

Cause of death Uremia and Bilateral Renal Calculi

21st Feb 1939

Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma.3,4


  • Grover Cleveland Christian went by the name Cleve.  The 1900 censuslists Cleve as Cleveland.

    1900 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 13 January, Justice Precinct3, District 22, page 13A, Hse/Fam #40
    Christian, D Z  Head  W M  Feb 1858  42 Widowed MS England AL Farmer
    Christian, Walter  Son  W M  Nov 1879  20  TX MS TX Farm Laborer
    Christian, Jack  Son  W M  Jan 1883  17  TX MS TX Farm Laborer
    Christian, Cleveland   W M  Apr 1884  16 TX MS TX Farm Laborer
    Christian, Ora  Dau W F Apr 1887  13  TX MS TX At School
    Christian, Minnie Dau W  Sep 1889  F 10 TX MS TX At School

    In 1910 Cleve is working on his own, boarding with an older man,Benjamin Fletcher.  He is now in Mountain View township (but not MtView town) in Kiowa County, Oklahoma.

    1910 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, 13 January, Mountain ViewTownship, District 142, page 5B, Hse #244, Fam #249
    Christian, Cleve C  Boarder M W 24 TX US US Farmer

    In 1918, Cleve registered for the military draft.  He gives hisaddress as Bismark, McCurtain, Oklahoma, but his wife Sallie's address(registered as nearest relative) is Mountain View, Oklahoma.  Heregistered at Idabel in McCurtain County.  He had kinfolks in Idabel.I later learned he owned a ranch there.  His occupation in the draftregistration is given as Stockman.  In 1920, he is enumerated withSallie and his children in Mountain View, and he is described there asa Rancher.

    1920 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, 13 January, MountainView, District 142, page 5B, Hse/Fam #40
    Christian, Cleve   Head  M W 36 TX TX TX  Rancher
    [Other sources report his father born in Mississippi, including HaroldChristian's family information]
    Christian, Sallie Wife   F W 26  OK TX TX
    Christian, Cleva daughter F W 7 OK TX OK
    Christian, Harvey   son  M W 4  OK TX OK
    Christian, Vernon  son  M W 5mos OK TX OK (makes him born about July1919)

    In 1918, Cleve registered for the military draft.   In June of thatyear he registered in Idabel, the county seat of McCurtain County,Oklahoma, in the southeast corner of the state.  He gives his addressas Bismark, McCurtain, Oklahoma, but we know that he maintained hisprimary residence in Kiowa County, Oklahoma, in the west central partof the state.

    In his draft registration he gives his wife Sallie's address(registered as nearest relative) as Mountain View, Oklahoma.  Further,we have seen that in 1920 he is enumerated with Sallie in their homein Mountain View, Kiowa County.  They are enumerated in Kiowa again in1930.

    I interpreted his occupation in the draft registration as Stockman.To clarify this, I was later informed by Charles O Christian, adescendant of Cleve's cousin, that Cleve owned a ranch near WrightCity, Oklahoma.  In January 2008, Charles reported to me that hisfather had told him of an incident in which Cleve had been a member ofa sheriff's posse and was injured in a shootout with a criminal theposse was pursuing.

    More details of the event unfolded as Charles talked with his brotherabout this and traced down newspaper articles about the incident.News stories reporting this incident in two local papers specificallystate that Cleve lived in Mountain View but owned a ranch near WrightCity.

    Two stories in local McCurtain County papers detail the story, theValliant Tribune and the McCurtain Gazette (Idabel).  The storiesappeared in the issues of Wednesday, 16 August, 1922.  The incidentoccurred on August 14, 1922.

    An article in the McCurtain Daily Gazette, Idabel, Oklahoma, said hewas at the ranch on business when a shooting occurred and he was askedto join a posse.  On Sunday late afternoon 13 August 1922, a man namedClayton Thompson had killed two people on a farm owned by Sheriff BudFelker's brother. Cleve owned a farm next door to Felker's farm.  Thiswas about 6 miles north of Wright City, Oklahoma, in McCurtain County.

    Cleve, as a member of the posse, was driving the car containingSheriff Felker, a deputy named Richard Jones and Cleve's friend JohnBowling on their way to arrest the shooter in Wright City, Oklahoma.It seems that Cleve was asked to join the posse because he knew theshooter.  The sheriff also knew Thompson.  They met Thompson walkingon the road into Wright City, with a 30-30 rifle in his hand, whichhad been used to kill the farm manager and an 18-year-old worker.

    The four men approached Thompson in Cleve's car, and spoke with himinitially.  However, Thompson shot the sheriff twice, killing him withthe first shot.  A 3rd shot hit Cleve in the lower abdomen.  Before heran out of ammunition, he shot Bowling in the shoulder. The shootergot away from this encounter, but was later shot by Deputy Jones as heresisted when Jones tried to apprehend him.  Thompson died the nextday in the jail at Idabel, Oklahoma. Cleve and Bowling were taken tothe Broken Bow, Oklahoma, hospital, where they recovered.

    On Wednesday after the Monday shootout, the Valliant Tribune reportson Cleve's condition:  "Cleve Christian was shot through the body andprobably fatally wounded."  Cleve did recover, however.  The McCurtainGazette reported that Cleve was initially paralyzed from the waistdown, due to the inflammation and trauma, but the doctor's said hewould fully recover, he apparently did.
    --  Full story from the McCurtain Gazette transcribed here,http://home.centurytel.net/lilla/1922_newspaper_ValliantMcCurtainCoOK_GeorgeWMoye_ConstableOfValliant_transcript.pdf

    A later article (date uncertain) in the Valliant paper reports thatCleve passed through Valliant, Oklahoma, en route to Enid, Oklahoma,stating he was able to walk but still weak and that the bullet wasstill in his body. This story also states that the bullet which hitCleve was not the third one as the earlier story said, but the secondone which hit Sheriff Felker in the back, went on through his body andhit Cleve.  The first shot, in Felker's temple, had killed him.  As heslumped forward, the second shot hit him in the back.

    The sheriff was in the back seat of the car, with his window downtalking to Thompson before things got wild.  Cleve was driving thecar. This would mean that the bullet had to go through the sheriff'sbody, the front seat and into Cleve's body.  Perhaps the velocity of a30-30 shot could do this.

    One sumamry version of the story says Thompson had actually got intothe car before the shooting began.

    A. W. Felker, Sheriff
    McCurtain County Sheriff's Office

    Sunday night, August 13, 1922, Sheriff Felker had gone to Wright Cityto investigate a double murder committed by a man named ClaytonThompson. About 8 A.M. the next morning, Monday, August 14th, Felker,his Undersheriff Richard Jones and a citizen named Cleve Christianfound Thompson walking down a road carrying a 30-30 rifle. For unknownreasons the officers allowed Thompson to get in their car with therifle. Shortly after Sheriff Felker started driving off, Thompson shothim in the head, killing him instantly. Thompson then shot Christianbut Deputy Jones was able to escape the car. Jones took cover andwatched Thompson go into a near by restaurant. When Jones tried toarrest Thompson inside of the restaurant they struggled over the rifleand Thompson was shot. Christian recovered from his wound but Thompsondied the next night in his jail cell in Idabel. His wife and fivechildren survived Sheriff Felker.
    --  Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial,http://www.oklemem.com/Agencies/McCurtain%20County%20Sheriffs%20Office.htm

    Charles says, "I think Cleve came by to see my Dad when he got out ofthe hospital because my brother remembers Dad talking about Cleve notbeing able to walk very well."

    1930 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, 9 April, Dill, District4, page 5B, Hse #101, Fam #102
    Christian, Cleve  Head  M W 46  TX MS MS  Farmer
    [Note that birthplace of both parents has changed!]
    Christian, Sallie Wife  F W 36  OK TX TX
    Christian, Cleva daughter F W 17 OK TX OK
    Christian, Harvey  son  M W 14  OK TX OK
    Christian, Vernon  son  M W 10  OK TX OK
    Christian, Harold  son  M W 7  OK TX OK
    Christian, James   son  M W 5  OK TX OK

    Both of Cleve's parents are reported as born in Mississippi in 1930,but Texas in 1920.  Family sources and other sources indicate Cleve'sfather was born in Mississippi and his mother in Texas.

    At some time after this census, Cleve and Sallie moved to Chickasha.They are listed in the Chickasha city directory in 1938.

    Chickasha (Oklahoma) City Directory 1938, p 52
    Christian Cleve (Sallie) farmer h 1108 W Minnesota av

    Chickasha was their residence when Cleve died the next year in anOklahoma City hospital.  His death certificate tells us he was still afarmer while living in the town of Chickasha.

    Cleve's cousin Charles O Christian obtained a copy of Cleve's deathcertificate for me in April 2008.:

    Oklahoma Death Certificate
    Grover Cleveland Christian
    Residence Chickasha; occupation Farmer
    Parents D Z Christian, born Mississippi and Lizzie Petty, born inTexas
    Died in Polyclinic Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
    Signed by Dr Anson Clark in the Medical Arts Building
    Cleve's attending physician since June 1934
    Cause of death Uremia and Bilateral Renal Calculi
    Removed for burial in Chickasha, Oklahoma, undertaker W P Brown
    Informant Neil Yates (brother-in-law, husband of Mary Nettie JenkinsYates, sister of Cleve's wife Sallie Hester Jenkins Christian]
    Filed 21 February 1939

    "CHRISTIAN, Grover Cleve, 3 Apr 1884 - 20 Feb 1939  (burial 21 Feb)(Block 36, Lot 106, N 1/2)"
    --  Rosehill Cemetery (Chickasha, Oklahoma) Registry,http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ok/grady/cemeteries/rose03.txt

    Karen, who originally posted Cleve's memorial on Find a Grave, updatedit with missing information I provided from my research.

    Grover C "Cleve" Christian
    Birth Apr. 3, 1884 Bryans Mill, Cass County, Texas
    Death Feb. 20, 1939 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
    Spouse Sallie Hester Christian (1893 - 1982)
    Cleva Inez Weaver (1912 - 2000)
    Harvey L Christian (1915 - 1987)
    Vernon G Christian (1919 - 1960)
    Burial Rose Hill Cemetery, Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma, Plot:Block 36 Lot 106
    Created by Karen Jul 05, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #54527635,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54527635


  • 1. Chickasha (Oklahoma) City Directory 1938
    • p 52
  • 2. Death Certificate of Grover Cleveland Christian
    • Oklahoma State Board of Health, issued 21 February 1939
  • 3. Rose Hill Cemetery (Chickasha, Oklahoma) Registry
  • 4. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 5. Harold K Christian, Pedigree Chart, January 1990
  • 6. 1900 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 13 January, Justice Precinct 3, District 22, page 13A, Hse/Fam #40
  • 7. 1910 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    • 13 January, Mountain View, District 142, page 5B, Hse #244, Fam #249
  • 8. 1920 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    • 13 January, Mountain View, District 142, page 5B, Hse/Fam #40
  • 9. 1930 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    • 9 April, Dill, District 4, page 5B, Hse #101, fam #102
  • 10. Jenkins Family History by Harold Keith Christian Online
    • Name: Location:http://objgenealogy.com/articles/josephsanfordjenkinshistory.pdf;;
  • 11. 1940 Federal Census, Grady County, Oklahoma
    • 18 April, Chickasha Ward 4, District 26-14, page 20A, 1108 Missouri
  • 12. Social Security Death Index
  • 13. 1920 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
  • 14. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1
  • 15. 1920 Federal Census, Le Flore County, Oklahoma
    • 13 January, Mountain View, Kiowa, Oklahoma, District 142, page 5B,
  • 16. 1940 Federal Census, Bexar County, Texas
    • 12 April, Randolph Field, 52nd School Squadron Air Corps, District
  • 17. Find a Grave Comment
  • 18. Ancestry Trees
    • Sally Sue Christian,

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