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Re: Christian Family of Atchison County, MO
Posted by: Ken McLeod (ID *****1094) Date: January 06, 2008 at 13:14:35
In Reply to: Re: Christian Family of Atchison County, MO by Carmen Gardiner of 444

Carmen, thanks for the info on Harold. That certainly suggests he died somewhere between the ages of 3 and 13. Perhaps the influenza epidemic during those years? Hard to know, as my grandmother (Ivan) apparently never spoke of him, and probably didn't even remember him too well.

I'd like to know more about Mary Frances Roberts and her family. From what my mother remembers, MFR had a "full" sister named Fannie (for whom her daugher Fannie was named), as well as several half-sisters, which I gather means that either David Roberts or Sarah Frances Gilmore had children from another marriage.

The story we've heard is that Robert Ewing and Mary Frances separated when my grandmother was a young girl, and this necessitated the family's move from Cameron to St. Joseph. We don't know what year this was, but given your information, it sounds like it must have been before 1920. MFRC evidently remarried at some point, because she was "Mary Frances Christian Harvey" when she died (according to funeral service info and notices in the local paper.) Her exact dates are: 10 Jan 1867 - 16 May 1945. A sad ending: evidently she fell in the back yard and her body wasn't discovered for 2 days. My grandmother had sent her a Mother's Day card, which sat in the mailbox unopened, and was returned to sender afterward.

Your original message asked about her children, i.e. my grandmother and her siblings. Earl was married to Lucy; they had no children. Stella, Cecil and Fannie were all married and did have children, but I have no other info on them at the moment. Robert Lee was "killed when he was a young man" and left no children. Ivan had three daughters: Naomi, Jean and Helen (my mother).

Clarence Crow Carlton Christian (my mother distinctly remembered the "4 C's" of her Uncle Carl's name) had one son, Robert, with his first wife Mary. He was subsequently married twice more, to Maye (no children) and Agnes (2 daughters, Laurice and Carol). William David ("Bill") was married to Pearl; they had no children. Walter Marion (or was it Marion Walter?) was married to Ida; they lived in Mobile, Alabama, and it sounds like the originator of this thread (David E. Christian) is their son.

I may have more info in a month or so, after I visit my mom and go through some documents she recently found. You can email me at thecloud at mac dot com. Thanks again!

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