Ralph Griffin Christopher

Male10 October 1787–13 October 1839

Brief Life History of Ralph Griffin

When Ralph Griffin Christopher was born on 10 October 1787, in Halifax, Virginia, United States, his father, Ambrose Christopher Sr, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Griffin, was 27. He married Frances Ann Tilman Chiles on 22 May 1822. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. In 1810, at the age of 52, his occupation is listed as minister and md in Alabama, United States. He died on 13 October 1839, in Jachin, Choctaw, Alabama, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Jachin, Choctaw, Alabama, United States.

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Ralph Griffin Christopher
Frances Ann Tilman Chiles
Marriage: 22 May 1822
Cornelia Elizabeth Christopher
Mary Chiles Christopher
John Chiles Christopher
Thomas Henry Christopher
William David Christopher
Harriet Ann Christopher

Sources (7)

  • 1830 United States Federal Census, Greene County, Alabama
  • G R Christopher in entry for John Childs Christopher, "United States, Cemetery Abstracts"
  • R G Christopher, "Find A Grave Index"

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  • Marriage
    22 May 1822
  • Children (6)

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    World Events (8)

    1788 · The First Presidential Election

    Age 1

    The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.

    1788 · Becomes the 10th state

    Age 1

    On June 25, 1788 Virginia became the 10th state. 


    Age 16

    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    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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