Henry Allen Christopher

Brief Life History of Henry Allen

When Henry Allen Christopher was born about 1848, in Liverpool, Queens, Nova Scotia, Canada, his father, Edward Burke Christopher, was 31 and his mother, Lydia M Parker, was 27. He married Margaret LeCain Ritchie on 23 January 1872, in Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870 and Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1872. He died on 29 October 1894, in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Henry Allen Christopher
about 1848–1894
Margaret LeCain Ritchie
Marriage: 23 January 1872
Edward Earnest Christopher
Henry Whitman Christopher
William Hinckley Christopher
Robie Alexander Christopher

Sources (32)

  • Henry Christopher in household of Edmund Christopher, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Henry Allen Christopher - Government record: birth-name: Henry Allen Christopher
  • Henry Allen Christopher, "Canada, Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918"

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Name Meaning

English, German, West Indian (mainly Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, and British Virgin Islands), and African (mainly Nigeria and Tanzania): from the English and German personal name Christopher, from Greek Christophoros ‘Christ-bearing’ (see Christ 1). This was borne by a rather obscure 3rd-century Christian martyr. His name was relatively common among early Christians, who desired to bear Jesus Christ metaphorically with them in their daily lives. Subsequently, the name was explained by a folk etymology according to which the saint carried the infant Christ across a ford and so became the patron saint of travelers. Despite the widespread veneration and depiction of this saint, this was not a very common personal name in medieval England, and may in some instances have a habitational origin, for someone living for example in Saint Christopher parish (Saint Christopher le Stocks, London). In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed the German variant Christoffer and cognates from other languages, e.g. Hungarian Kristóf and Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, and Croatian Krištof (see Kristof ). The usual German form of the name is Christoph .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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