Howard Samuel CHRISTIAN Thelma CHRISTIAN Mini tree diagram

Myrtle M HEARST1,2,3,2

3rd May 18871,2,3,2 - 3rd Mar 19633,2

Life History

3rd May 1887

Born in Alabama.1,2,3,2

about 1908

Birth of daughter Thelma CHRISTIAN in Falls County, Texas.1,2


Death of Howard Samuel CHRISTIAN in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.4,5

3rd Mar 1963

Died in Los Angeles County, California.3,2

Other facts


Married Howard Samuel CHRISTIAN


  • 1910 Federal Census, Falls County, Texas, 11 May, Justice Precinct 1, District 45, Page 17A, Marlin & Rock Dam Rd, Hse #306, Fam #313
    Christian, Howard Head M W 30 Married 4 yrs TX TX GA [b abt 1880]
    Christian, Myrtle Wife F W 23 Married 4 yrs 1 Child/1 Living AL VA VA [b abt 1887]
    Christian, Thelma Dau F W 2 TX TX AL [b abt 1908]

    What appears to be her father and sister are living next door, a Frank and Lula Hurst.  Frank's birth in Virginia matches what Myrtle reported for her parents in her record.

    1910 Federal Census, Falls County, Texas, 11 May, Justice Precinct 1, District 45, Page 17A, Marlin & Rock Dam Rd, Hse #305, Fam #312
    Hurst, Frank Head M W 65 Widowed VA VA VA [b abt 1845]
    Hurst, Lula Dau F W 35 Single VA VA [b abt 1875]

    By 1920, Myrtle and Howard were divorced and he was living in Phoenix, Arizona, with his mother and two siblings, and was reported in the census as single.  In 1930 he was reported as Divorced.  This may mean they had separated before the 1920 census but the actual divorce came later.  But it may just be one of those common status errors we find for divorced couples.

    Following up on Myrtle was a bit puzzling.  There is a 1920 record also in Falls County for another Thelma Christian born about the same time as Myrtle's daughter.  But her parents are George W and Stella Christian.  I cannot place them with our Christian clan.  From the entry in the 1920 census, I was able to find George and Stella in the 1910 census, where he is reported as Willis, correlating with his middle initial in 1920.  They were enumerated in Justice Precinct 7, while Howard and Myrtle were enumerated in JP 1.

    They both had a daughter names Thelma.  Her birth record in Milam County, Texas, tells us that George and Stella's daughter was named Thelma Faye Christian.  She was originally called Nannie, but in 1970, her mother Della (Lucas by this time) filed for an amendment to register the name as Thelma Faye Chrtisitan.

    Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1932
    Amendment to Certificate of Birth
    Registrant Nannie Christian
    Original certificate Nannie Christian
    Birth 16 May 1908 Rural, Milam, Texas
    Correct name Thelma Faye Christian
    Original certificate Della Christian
    Correct name Della Lucas
    Requesting Amendment Mother Della Lucas, Stalworth (P O Box 284) Rosebud, Texas
    Filed 30 Jan 1970
    Supporting evidence:
    Affidavit of Mrs Della Christian 22 Nov 1969 Notarized McLennan Co TX, Rec'd 30 Jan 1970
    Photo of Social Security Application #464-32-2862, 5 Jan 1943 Rec'd 30 Jan 1970

    I have not found a birth record for Myrtle and Howard's daughter.

    Suzanne's Gwynne's genealogy provides Myrtle's maiden name, spelled Hearst, but also lacks the death and burial information we are seeking.  Her parents are also unknown.

    Myrtle Hearst
    Birth abt 1908 in Alabama, Death Unknown
    Spouse Howard Christian 1880 - 1944
    Daughter Thelma Christian 1908
    --  Suzanne Gwynne,

    Earl Hoper, provides more information on Myrtle in his genealogy, including her second husband.  He spells her maiden name Hurst.

    Myrtle M Hurst
    Birth 3 May 1887 in Alabama, Death 3 Mar 1963 in Los Angeles
    Spouse Howard Christian 1880 - 1944
    Daughter Thelma Christian 1908 - unknown
    Spouse H J Horton 1878 in Georgia - unknown
    3 children still living
    --  Earl Hooper,

    Earl also had a link to Myrtle's Death information.

    California, Death Index, 1940-1997
    Myrtle M Horton
    Social Security #550122871
    Birth 3 May 1887 Alabama
    Death 3 Mar 1963 Los Angeles
    Mother's Maiden Name Smith

    Earl Hooper reports an entry in the 1915 San Diego City Directory for Myrtle Christian for the wife of Howard Samuel Christian.  This record, however, reports her as the widow of an H T Christian.  Our Howard lived until 1944.  Similar entries are found in the 1917 -1927 directories.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    San Diego, California, City Directory, 1915, p 320
    Christian  Myrtle M (wid H T) 1 child homeowner carp h 1916 3d

    But other records clarify that this Myrtle Christian was indeed the widow of one Harfield Timberlake Christian, born in Kentucky.  This Myrtle was Myrtle M Parickia, born in Wisconsin.  They were living in Los Angeles for the 1900 census.


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