William James CHRISTIAN M N CHRISTIAN William V CHRISTIAN Bartley William CHRISTIAN Ernest CHRISTIAN Gladdis CHRISTIAN Melvin CHRISTIAN Alvin CHRISTIAN Woodrow G CHRISTIAN Juanita CHRISTIAN Delia Ethel RIGGINS Fern CHRISTIAN Joe Lavern CHRISTIAN Kenneth Don CHRISTIAN Leatrice Joy CHRISTIAN James Harvey CHRISTIAN Macie Mae Permilia DORRELL C Peter CHRISTIAN Iler Frances CHRISTIAN Charles Henry CHRISTIAN Henry C CHRISTIAN Robert E Lee CHRISTIAN Susan Anna CHRISTIAN Amanda Lucinda JENKINS Mini tree diagram
Joseph Oscar CHRISTIAN

Joseph Oscar CHRISTIAN10,7,2,3,12,4,13,5,6

10th Apr 188611 - 22nd Dec 19582,4

Farming1,7,8,3

Life History

5th Mar 1886

Born.10

(less likely)

10th Apr 1886

Born in Cass County, Texas.1,2,3,4,5,6

(most likely)

1889

Born in Oklahoma.11

(less likely)

about 1906

Married Delia Ethel RIGGINS.9

7th Apr 1907

Birth of son Bartley William CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.2,17,9,8,4

2nd Dec 1908

Birth of son Ernest CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.8,18,20,9,16,19,4

between 1910 and 1930

Occupation Farming.1,7,8,3

1910

Resident in Oakdale, Washita, Oklahoma.1

24th Feb 1910

Birth of daughter Gladdis CHRISTIAN in Oakdale, Washita, Oklahoma.9,21

18th Mar 1910

Death of daughter Gladdis CHRISTIAN in Oakdale, Washita, Oklahoma.21

26th Mar 1911

Birth of son Melvin CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.8,2,7,18,22

about 1915

Birth of son Alvin CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.7,8,22

2nd Sep 1917

Birth of son Woodrow G CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.8,4,22

1918

Residence2 in Mountain View Route 4, Washita, Oklahoma.3

Jul 1919

Birth of daughter Juanita CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.8,7,22

between 1920 and 1930

Residence3 in Oakdale, Washita, Oklahoma.7,8

about 1929

Married Macie Mae Permilia DORRELL in Oklahoma.7

18th Oct 1929

Birth of daughter Fern CHRISTIAN in Oklahoma.7,4,6

before 1930

Divorced from Delia Ethel RIGGINS in Oklahoma.14,15,13

after Apr 1930

Death of daughter Fern CHRISTIAN.4,7

13th Feb 1932

Birth of son Joe Lavern CHRISTIAN in Mountain View, Kiowa, Oklahoma.6,4

14th Mar 1934

Birth of daughter Kenneth Don CHRISTIAN in Mt View, Kiowa, Oklahoma.6,23,4,24

25th Jul 1936

Birth of daughter Leatrice Joy CHRISTIAN in Hobart, Kiowa, Oklahoma.6,4

23rd May 1938

Birth of son James Harvey CHRISTIAN in Hobart, Kiowa, Oklahoma.6,4,24,25

1940

Resident Joseph and Macie Christian in the 1940 census, Children Fern, Laverne(son), Kenneth, Letrise Joy, James in Hobart, Kiowa, Oklahoma.6

9th Oct 1940

Death of Delia Ethel RIGGINS.16,4

Oct 1954

Death of son Ernest CHRISTIAN.18,19,4

18th Aug 1958

Death of son Bartley William CHRISTIAN in Stanislaus County, California.2,16,4

22nd Dec 1958

Died in Stanislaus County, California.2,4

after 22nd Dec 1958

Buried in Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, Stanislaus County, California, Plot: Pioneer Garden.4

Other facts

 

Name2: Joe A Christian.9

Notes

  • Joseph Oscar Christian was called Joe by some of the family, or atsome stages of his life, and by Oscar at other times or by otherpeople.  In the 1900 census he is Oscar.  His uncle William (Bud)Jenkins, in a list of birth dates of all of Willie Christian'schildren, enters him as Joe.  In his WWI draft registration his fullname is Joseph Oscar Christian.

    There is a discrepancy between sources on the birth date of Joe(Oscar) as on some of the other children.  His WWI draft registrationreports his birth as 10 April 1886.  You would tend to think this iscorrect, since he signed the card.  (Incidentally, he signed with hisfull name Joseph Oscar Christian.)

    But other family sources report a different date, which also differsfrom the birth date recorded in the 1900 census.  The latter lookslike May 1887, and is listed after William, whose birthday in thatcensus is October 1886.  There are only 7 months between these twobirth dates, so something is wrong.  The date looks pretty clear,compared to some of the others, which are scrawled or smeared.

    To complicate this, the age reported in the 1900 census is 18.  He islisted after William, who is age 13, which matches his reported birthdate of October 1886, for the June 1900 census.  So the age seemswrong, since older children are normally listed first.  But it is afunny 8, and looks like a later over-write.

    1900 Census, Union, Washita County, Oklahoma, District 211, page 13A(147A), Hse/Fam #189
    Willie Christian [sic] Head W M  Oct 1857 42  Miss England GA Farmer
    Mandy Christain Wife W F  Mar 1858  42  MS MS MS
    William Christain Son W M  Oct 1886  13  TX England Miss Farmer
    Oscar Christain Son W M  May 1887 (? 1882)  18 (?)  TX England MissFarmer

    Several of the ages in the census for the Christian family werecorrected, by a reviewer apparently, to match the birth date and year. For instance William's age had first been written as 14, but sincehis birthday was reported as October, this was corrected to 13.  Itlooks like Oscar's age should be 13, but the original number lookslike a 1 or 7 (11 or 17), overwritten to make it look more like an 8,for 18.  So who knows?

    Oscar's birth date recorded by his uncle, in a list of all of Amandaand Willie's children, was 5 March 1886.  So this gives us threedifferent birth dates for Joseph Oscar.

    In the 1910 census, Joseph is living between his brother William andPete.  He is now married toe Delia E Riggins.  (Her name is herespelled Dilia.)  I learned Delia's maiden name from a Christiangenealogy developed by a descendant, Audre Mari, in London, Arkansas.

    1910 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma, 28 April, Oakdale,District 263, page 8B, Hse #147, Fam # 154
    Christian, Joe A Head M W 24 TX MS AL  Farmer
    [Alabama is the birthplace of his step-mother; also note differentmiddle initial]
    Christian, Dilia E  Wife F W 18 AR USA AR
    Christian, Bartly  Son M W  3  OK TX AR
    Christian, Ernest  Son M W 1yr 4mos  OK TX AR
    Christian, Gladys  Son M W  0 months [born April 1910?] OK TX AR

    U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Joseph Oscar Christian
    Route 4, Mountain View, Oklahoma
    Age 32, born 10 April 1886 [differs from family sources]
    Brown Hair/Eyes
    Married to Della Christian
    Registration at Cordell, Washita, Oklahoma, 19 Sept 1918

    In the original document of this draft registration, Joe's wife's nameis written clearly as Della.  Originally I had used this as the name,since the census spellings differed, and are often unreliable.  ButAudrey Christian, wife of a descendant, has the name in her genealogyas Delia E Riggins.  This is actually consistent with the lastsentence of the spelling attempts in the censuses of 1910 and 1920,where the name is Delia and Dillia.  Thus I have changed the name toDelia.

    1920 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma, 20 January, OakdaleTownship, District 193, page 5B, Hse #98, Fam #102
    Christian, Joe O  Head  Owns M W 33 TX MS MS Farmer (abt 1886)
    Christian, Dillia E  Wife F W 28 AR MO AR No occupation (abt 1891)
    Christian, Bartley W  Son M W 12 Single OK TX AR No occupation (abt1907 )
    Christian, Earnest Son M W 11 Single OK TX AR No Occupation (abt 1908)
    Christian, Melvin Son M W 9 Single OK TX AR No Occupation (abt 1910)
    Christian, Alvin Son M W 4 Single OK TX AR No Occupation (abt 1915)
    Christian, Woodrow G Son M W 2 Single OK TX AR No Occupation (abt1917)
    Christian, Juanita Dau F W 5mos Single OK TX AR No Occupation (abtJuly 1919)

    Living next door to Joe and Delia in 1920 are Delia's parents John andMartha Riggins and two of their children, Viola 22 and Oscar 16.

    The 1930 census reports a Joe Christian in Los Angeles, California,who matches details of our Joseph Oscar who was married to DeliaRiggins.  This record reports that Joe is divorced.  He is a boarderin a home in Los Angeles, California.  I have not found details aboutthe divorce or the move to California.  The California location doesmatch a death record reporting the mother of Joseph O Christian to besurnamed Jenkins.

    1930 Federal Census, Los Angeles County, California, 6 April. LosAngeles City, District 448, page 13B, 1668 West 58th St, Hse #302, Hse#305
    Christian Oscar  Roomer M W 41 Divorced  OK USA USA  Laborer, IceCompany

    However, the 1930 census in Los Angeles, California, reports that Joewas born in Oklahoma, but several public records, early censusreports, and other facts about this family indicate he was born inTexas.  His WWII draft card reports his birth place as Cass County,Texas, where the Christian family lived before moving to IndianTerritory.

    The Christian genealogy that gave me information about Delia has nomention of the divorce.  But by the same token, it does not giveinformation about the marriage either.  However, there is anotherrecord in Washita County, Oklahoma, which eluded me for long.  Thisappears to be our Joseph Oscar, since names of the children match forthe most part.

    But the name of the wife there is Macey, while previous informationhas indicated Joseph Oscar's wife is Delia E.  Oscar's 1942 WWIregistration reported his contact as Macie Christian at his ownaddress.  Ancestry.com's transcription as Mary was a mistranscriptionof Macey.  Ancestry.com mistranscribes the wife's name as Mary.

    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 AR AR AR [b abt1902]
    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]

    If seems likely that the last child is Fern, but the enumerator forgotto add the cross on the F.  Her name is defintely Fern in 1940.  Thebirth place of Tern (Fern) and her parents indicates she has the sameparents as the other children.  Macey here is reported born inArkansas, as was Delia.  So why is the mother of any of the childrenreported as born in Oklahoma?  Fern, at 5 months of age, would be thedaughter of Macey.  The census says Macey and Joe (Oscar) have beenmarried one year.

    After quite some time I finally found Delia in the 1930 census, livingalone and reported divorced.

    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

    Oscar was reported in the 1935 Tucson, Arizona, City Directory, alongwith his brother Charles H and his wife Tresel.  No wife is reportedfor Oscar.  Why was Macey not reported?  This is surely the rightOscar Christian, since his brother Charles and wife Tresel are alsoreproted there.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Tucson, Arizona, City Directory, 1935, p 193
    Christian Oscar C lino opr r 1333 E 10th st
    Christian Chas H (Tresel) attdt Vets Hosp h 240 E Ft Lowell rd

    But in the 1940 census, Joe and Macie were reported back in Oklahoma,in Hobart, Kiowa County, next to Washita County.  Note that he 1940census reports that in 1935, Oscar, Macie and their children wre inKiowa County, where they were reported in 1930.  So perhaps the OscarChristian reported in the 1935 Tucson directory is a diffferent Oscar.

    1940 Federal Census, Washita County, Arkansas, 3 April, Hobart Ward 4,District 38-13a Page 2B, 805 S Monroe, Hse #33, Rents $4
    Christian, Joseph Head M W 53 Single Grade 6 b Texas Mt View Kiowa CoOK in 1935 farmer [b abt 1887]
    Christian, Macie Wife F W 38 Married Grade 8 b Arkansas Mt View KiowaCo OK in 1935 [b abt 1902]
    Christian, Fern Dau F W 10 Grade 3 b Oklahoma Mt View Kiowa Co OK in1935 [b abt 1930]
    Christian, Laverne Son M W 8 Single Grade 0 b Oklahoma Mt View KiowaCo OK in 1935 [b abt 1932]
    Christian, Kenneth Son M W 6 Single Grade 0 b Oklahoma Mt View KiowaCo OK in 1935 [b abt 1934]
    Christian, Letrise Joy Dau F W 3 Single Grade 0 b Oklahoma [b abt1937]
    Christian, James Son M W 11mos Single Grade 0 b Oklahoma [b abt 1939]

    In 1942, they were still in Hobart.  In his WWII draft card, Oscarreported Macie as his wife and his place of birth as Cass County,Texas, where his family came from.

    U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
    Joseph Oscar Christian
    Birth 10 Apr 1886 Cass County, Texas
    Residence 312 S Monroe St, Hobart, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    Contact Mrs Macie Christian, 312 S Monroe St, Hobart, Kiowa County,Oklahoma
    Employed by WPA [Workman's Progress Association]
    Signed J O Christian
    (back)
    5'7" 170 lbs
    Brown Eyes and Hair, Sallow Complexion
    Registered 25 April 1942 Hobart, Oklahoma

    Joseph Oscar Christian
    Birth 10 Apr 1886 Cass County, Texas
    Residence 312 S Monroe St, Hobart, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    Contact Mrs Macie Christian, 312 S Monroe St, Hobart, Kiowa County,Oklahoma
    Employed by WPA [Workman's Progress Association]
    Signed J O Christian
    (back)
    5'7" 170 lbs
    Brown Eyes and Hair, Sallow Complexion
    Registered 25 April 1942 Hobart, Oklahoma

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Tucson, Arizona, City Directory, 1935, p 193
    Christian Oscar C lino opr r 1333 E 10th st
    Christian Chas H (Tresel) attdt Vets Hosp h 240 E Ft Lowell rd

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Tucson, Arizona, City Directory, 1941,
    Christian Chas H (Tresel) 240 E Ft Lowell rd rear

    California Death Index, 1940-1997
    Joseph O Christian
    Birth 10 Apr 1886 Texas
    Death 22 Dec 1958 Stanislaus County
    Mother's Maiden Name Jenkins
    Father's Surname Christian
    Social Security #445076064

    Joseph O Christian
    Birth 1886
    Death 1958
    Spouse Macie Mae Dorrell Christian (1902 - 1994)
    Children:
    Fern Alice Christian Pilgrim (1929 - ____)
    Joe Lavern Christian (1932 - 2007)
    James Harvey Christian (1938 - 2009)
    Inscription:  loving husband and father
    Burial Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, Stanislaus County, California,Pioneer Garden
    Created by Daphne Maxwell Jan 23, 2013
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #104021360,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=104021360

Sources

  • 1. 1910 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 28 April, Oakdale, District 263, page 8B, Hse #147, Fam #154
  • 2. California Death Index, 1940-1997
  • 3. U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • 4. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 5. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • 6. 1940 Federal Census, Washita County, Arkansas
    • 3 April, Hobart Ward 4, District 38-13a Page 2B, 805 S Monroe, Hse
  • 7. 1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 14 April, Oakdale Township, District 17, page 5B, Hse #148, Fam #158
  • 8. 1920 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 20 January, Oakdale Township, District 193, page 5B, Hse #98, Fam #102
  • 9. 1910 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 28 April, Oakdale, District 263, page 8B, Hse #147, Fam # 154
  • 10. William S "Bud" Jenkins, names listed in his Dictionary reported inHarold Christian's Jenkins Family History
    • Name: Name: pages 6-7, List of names of sister Amanda's children;;
  • 11. 1930 Federal Census, Los Angeles County, California
    • 10 April, Los Angeles, District 448, page 13B, 1668 West 58th St, Hse
  • 12. 1900 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma Territory
    • August 3, Union Township, District 211, page 13A (147A), Hse/Fam #189
  • 13. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    • Tucson, Arizona, City Directory, 1935, p 193
  • 14. 1930 Federal Census, Los Angeles County, California
    • 6 April, Los Angeles City, District 448, page 13B, 1668 West 58th St,
  • 15. 1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 2 April, Rocky, District 28-21, page 1B, Hse #15, Fam #23
  • 16. Ancestry Trees
    • Christian Family,
  • 17. 1930 Federal Census, Grady County, Oklahoma
    • 4 April, Waldron Township, District 38, page 2B, Hse/Fam #34
  • 18. Social Security Death Index
  • 19. Gravestone of Ernest and Daisy Christian, Mountain View Cemetery,Mountain View, County, Oklahoma
  • 20. 1930 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma
    • 14 April, Oakdale Township, District 17, page 5B, Hse #142, Fam #152
  • 21. Oakdale (Washita County, Oklahoma) Cemetery Register
    • Name: Name: http://rebelcherokee.labdiva.com/oakdalecem.html;;
  • 22. 1940 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    • 25 April, Mtn View Ward 3, District 38-26, page 12B, Hse #294, Rents
  • 23. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
  • 24. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  • 25. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1

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