Samuel Christopher

MaleMarch 1906–4 April 1987

Brief Life History of Samuel

When Samuel Christopher was born in March 1906, in Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, his father, William Henry Christopher, was 29 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Filler, was 23. He lived in Port de Grave, Newfoundland in 1945. He died on 4 April 1987, at the age of 81.

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Sources (3)

  • Samuel Christopher, "Newfoundland Census, 1945"
  • Samuel Christopher in household of Henry Christopher, "Newfoundland Census, 1935"
  • Samuel Christopher in household of William Christopher, "Newfoundland Census, 1921"

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Age 5

PORT DE GRAVE, a post, fishing and farming settlement in Port de Grave district, 51 miles from St. John’s; nearest railway station, Bay Roberts, 2 miles; contains 2 stores, postal telegraph, Church of England and Salvation Army; has very good and safe harbor; lighthouse on Southern Head (Green Point); mails daily. Pop. 260.

1941 · Port de Grave

Age 35

PORT DE GRAVE. Pop. 243. The well-known peninsula in Conception B., and the settlement of the same name on it. The settlements of Port de Grave and Ship Cove, nearby, are amongst the very oldest in Newfoundland. The Dawe family of Ship Cove (members of which are now located in various parts of Conception Bay, St. John’s and elsewhere in the country) trace their history in Ship Cove back to 1595, only 98 years after John Cabot’s discovery of the country, and 15 years before John Guy founded his colony at Cupids, farther in the Bay. It is quite probable that people (including the Dawes) were settled at Ship Cove and Port de Grave even before 1595. There is a tradition that some of the Dawes were out on the fishing grounds on the day that John Guy’s colonists arrived in Conception Bay from Bristol, and in response to a request for information about the coast and the best place to land, advised them to go in toward the bottom of Bay de Grave S which they advised out of fear that these wealthy new-comers might dispossess them of their own settlement. The entire peninsula of Port de Grave is one of the most picturesque and interesting sections of the Country. Hibbs’ Cove and Blow-Me-Down are amongst the quaintest of all Newfoundland’s fishing settlements. There are nearly a dozen old private graveyards scattered through the settlements. A by-road connects with the Conception B. highway at Clarke’s Beach, which itself is 54 m. by highway from St. John’s. 41 radios. PT.


Age 76

Canada Act is passed. The United Kingdom transfers final legal powers over Canada. The country adopts its new constitution, which includes a charter of rights.

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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