George Bartley CHRISTIAN Howard Samuel CHRISTIAN Emma J CHRISTIAN Clyde Henry CHRISTIAN George Carl CHRISTIAN Herbert Voy CHRISTIAN Alma Inez CHRISTIAN Joseph Bartley CHRISTIAN Melvin William CHRISTIAN Virgil Ernest CHRISTIAN Thomas Wallace CHRISTIAN John Clarence CHRISTIAN Baby Son CHRISTIAN Charles Edward CHRISTIAN Nora Evelyn RHODES Ruby Lee CHRISTIAN Sybil CHRISTIAN John William Clemeit CHRISTIAN Mary Odessa CHRISTIAN Mary Frances BELL Mini tree diagram

J Thomas CHRISTIAN1,2,3,4,9,10,5,11,6,7,8

10th Nov 18901,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 - 20th Mar 19713,4,9,6

Life History

10th Nov 1890

Born in Bryans Mill, Cass, Texas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

15th Dec 1909

Married Nora Evelyn RHODES in Hawley, Jones, Texas.9,10

7th Nov 1910

Birth of son Herbert Voy CHRISTIAN in Hawley, Jones, Texas.5,3,6,8

26th Jan 1912

Birth of daughter Alma Inez CHRISTIAN in Hawley, Jones, Texas.5,12,8,13,10

17th Mar 1913

Birth of son Joseph Bartley CHRISTIAN in Hawley, Jones, Texas.11,6,4,3,8,10

5th Apr 1916

Birth of son Melvin William CHRISTIAN in Woodsboro, Refugio,Texas.5,3,14,15,10

28th Oct 1918

Birth of son Virgil Ernest CHRISTIAN in Hawley, Jones, Texas.5,7,3,14,6,8,10,16

26th Jan 1922

Birth of son Thomas Wallace CHRISTIAN in Woodsboro, Refugio, Texas.5,11,3,14,12,10

12th Dec 1923

Birth of son John Clarence CHRISTIAN in Glendale, Maricopa, Arizona.5,7,4,3,14,6,10,17

11th Mar 1925

Birth of son Baby Son CHRISTIAN in Glendale, Maricopa, Arizona.10

11th Mar 1925

Death of son Baby Son CHRISTIAN in Glendale, Maricopa, Arizona.10

14th Feb 1927

Birth of son Charles Edward CHRISTIAN in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.5,7,10

20th Mar 1971

Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.3,4,9,6

23rd Mar 1971

Buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.9,6


  • As with many cases, there is a discrepancy on the year of birth.  The 1900 census, which is often one year off, reports the year of birth as 1890  But the month there is October, while other sources report November.  The Social Security and California death records report his birth as 10 November 1890, while on his WWI Draft Registration card, Thomas reported his birth date as 10 November 1891.

    1900 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 9 June, Precinct 3, District 22, page 8B,  Hse/Fam #135
    Christian, George D [should be B for Bartley] Head  W M July 1853 46 Married 22 years MS England Ala Farmer Owns
    Christian, Mary Wife W F Apr 1863 37 Married 22 yrs 9 children/8 living GA GA GA
    Christian, Howard Son W M Mch 1880 20 Single Farm Laborer TX MS GA
    Christian, Clyde Son W M Dec 1886 13 Single Farm Laborer TX MS GA
    Christian, Carl Son W M Oct 1888 11 At School TX MS GA
    Christian, Thomas Son W M Oct 1890 9 TX MS GA
    Christian, Reuben Son W M Sept 1892 7 TX MS GA
    Christian, Siver [Liver? name is Ruby Lee] Dau W F May 1895  5 Single TX MS GA
    Christian, John Son W M June 1899  1 Single TX MS GA

    Thomas married Nora Evelyn Rhodes in 1909.

    Christian-Rhodes Family Bible
    Marriage Record
    J Thomas Christian
    Nora Rhodes
    Holy Matrimony at
    Hawley [Jones County], Texas
    15 Dec 1909
    In the presence of John Rhodes and Mary Moore
    By M L Story, Ordained Minister

    The Family Bible reports the birth dates and places of all their chidlren.  This registere relfects a great pattern of frequenbt movement between Jones County, int eh high plains, near Abilene, and Woodsboro, on the Gulf of Mexico, even two to three years between 1913 and 1932, when they moved to Arizona.

    Christian-Rhodes Family Bible Birth Registry 1
    Herbert Voy Christian
    Born Nov 7, 1910 Hawley, Texas
    Married Dorothy Gage

    Alma Inez Christian
    Born Jan 26, 1912 Hawley, Texas
    Married Porter Gardner

    Joseph Bartley Christian
    Born Mar 17, 1913 Hawley, Texas

    Melvin William Christian
    Born Apr 5, 1916 Woodboro, Texas

    Virgil Ernest Christian
    Born Oct 28, 1918 Hawley, Texas

    Thomas Wallace Christian
    Born Jan 26, 1922 Woodboro, Texas

    John Clarence Christian
    Born Dec 12, 1923 Glendale, Arizona

    Baby Son Born Mar 19, 1925
    Glendale, Arizona  Died two hours later

    Charles Edward Christian
    Born Feb 14, 1927 Phoenix, Arizona
    --  Courtesy of Cheryl Begg

    I have not found Thomas and Nora in the 1910 census.

    Nora Evelyn Rhodes
    Birth 4 Nov 1891 in North Carolina
    Death 30 Dec 1973 in Los Angeles, California
    Joseph Hill Rhodes 1853 - 1922
    Elizabeth "Bettie" Ann Stallings 1862 - 1942
    Spouse J. Thomas Christian
    Birth 10 Nov 1890 in Bryans Mill, Texas
    Death 23 Mar 1971 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    --  Rhodes Family,

    U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    J Thomas Christian
    Residence Bayside, Refugio County, Texas
    Birth 10 Nov 1891 Bryans Mill [Cass County], Texas
    Farming, Married with 4 children
    Medium Height and Weight, Brown Eyes, Black Hair
    Registered 5 June 1917 Refugio, Texas
    Signed J Thomas Christian

    They ae still in Refugio County when their first 4 children are enumerated in the 1920 census.

    1920 Federal Census, Refugio County, Texas, 9 February, Precinct 6, District 145, Page 4A, Demmer Lane, Hse/Fam #9
    Christian, Thomas Head Rents M W 29 Married TX US US Farmer [b abt 1890]
    Christian, Nora Wife F W 28 Married TX NC NC [b abt 1891]
    Christian, Herbert Son M W 9 TX TX TX [b abt May 1910]
    Christian, Alma Dau F W 7 TX TX TX [b abt 1812]
    Christian, Joseph Son M W 6 TX TX TX [b abt 1905
    Christian, Melvin Son M W 3yrs8mos TX TX TX [b abt Apr 1916]
    Christian, Virgil Son M W 1yr2mos TX TX TX [b abt Oct 1918]

    Tom and Nora moved out to Phoenix to join his mother and other members of his family.  They are enumerated there in the 1930 census.  We can tell from the birth states of the children that Tom and Nora moved to Phoenix about 1923.  Nora's brother Water and his wife Sybil, who was Thomas' sister, stayed on in Jones County, Texas, for a while, and were enumerated there in the 1930 census.  But they were listed in the Phoenix City Directory in 1936.

    1930 Federal Census, Maricopa County, Arizona, 14 April, Creighton, District 7-58, page 16A, 1950 Thomas Rd, Hse #353, Fam #375
    Christian, Thomas Head Rents $25 Has no Radio M W 39 Married at age 19 TX MS SC [b abt 1891] House Builder
    Christian, Nora E Wife F W 38 Married at age 18 NC NC NC [b abt 1892]
    Christian, Herbert Son M W 19 Single TX TX NC House Builder [b abt 1911]
    Christian, Alma Dau F W 18 Single TX TX NC Salesgirl, 5 & 10 Store [b abt 1912]
    Christian, Melvin Son M W 15 Single TX TX NC [b abt 1915]
    Christian, Virgil Son M W 11 Single TX TX NC [b abt 1919]
    Christian, Thomas Son M W 8 TX TX NC [b abt 1922]
    Christian, John Son M W 6 AZ TX NC [b abt 1924]
    Christian, Charles Son M W 3 AZ TX NC [b abt 1927]

    1940 Federal Census, Los Angeles County, California, 12 April, Los Angeles, District 60-116, Page 12A, 12300 Pacific Ave, Hse #258, Rents $30
    Christian, J Thomas Head M W 49 Married Grade 8 b Tex Same house in 1935 Laborer [b abt 1891]
    Christian, Nora Wife F W 48 Married Grade H1 b NC Benson, Cochise, Arizona in 1935 [b abt 19892]
    Christian, Virgil Son M W 21 Single Grade H4 b Tex Benson, Cochise, Arizona in 1935 Water Pump Installer [b abt 1919]
    Christian, John Son M W 16 Single Grade H1 b Arizona Benson, Cochise, Arizona in 1935 Laborer [b abt 1924]
    Christian, Charles Son M W 13 Single Grade 7 b Arizona Benson, Cochise, Arizona in 1935 [b abt 1927]

    California, Death Index, 1940-1997
    J T Christian
    Gender Male
    Birth 10 Nov 1890 Texas
    Death 20 Mar 1971 Los Angeles County
    Social Security #458011643

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    J. Christian
    Born 10 Nov 1890
    Died Mar 1971
    Last Residence Sylmar, Los Angeles, California 91342
    SSN 458-01-1643 issued Texas (Before 1951)

    J Thomas Christian
    Birth Nov. 10, 1890 Bryans Mill, Cass County, Texas
    Death Mar. 20, 1971 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
    Father George Bartley Christian (1858 - 1904)
    Spouse Nora Evelyn Rhodes Christian (1891 - 1973)
    Herbert Voy Christian (1910 - 2006)
    Joe Bartley Christian (1913 - 1990)
    Virgil Ernest Christian (1918 - 2006)
    Sister Emma J. Christian (1883 - 1888)
    Burial Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, Murmuring Trees, Map G27, Lot 5533, Space 1
    Maintained by Misty & Company, Originally Created by Chris Mills Feb 27, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #85859437,


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