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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume III, Battle-Perrin-Kniffin, 2nd. ed, 1885
THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY, Ohio County. Walter D. Christian, the progenitor, a very worthy and honorable gentleman, was a Virginian by birth, a soldier in the war of 1812, and died in Kentucky about 1845, aged nearly seventy years. At what period he immigrated to this State is not definitely known, but his good standing is established by the fact that he filled various offices of honor and trust, among which was that of sheriff. He espoused in marriage Elizabeth Stewart, of Fayette County; she died in 1874, aged seventy-seven years. Their children are Samuel M., Charles V. and Sarah E. (married first to Daniel and afterward to Axton). Mrs. Smith had been formerly married to a Mr. Smith and bore him the following named children: Granville T., Jennetta A. (Mitchell), James W. and Eliza C. Smith.
SAMUEL MERIT CHRISTIAN was born May 11, 1834, in Ohio County, Ky., on the inherited patrimony, where he now resides. He was married, October 23, 1856, to Phoebe E., daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Daniel) Tilford, of Ohio County; she was born August 22, 1836, and to them have been born Rebeca A., married to John Wilson; James M. and Granville J. Mr. Christian is a farmer, owning 138 acres of fine land in good condition. Mrs. Christian is a Baptist. Politically, Mr. Christian is a Republican.
CHARLES VALENTINE CHRISTIAN was born on the place where he now resides, in Ohio County, Ky., June 19, 1836. In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Seventeenth Kentucky Infantry, and remained in service three years and four months. March 20, 1859, he married Mary E., daughter of Walker and Julia A. (Mitchel) White; born March 11, 1841, and from this union sprang Juda A. (Boyd), James W. (deceased), Mahala E., Julia A., Sarah E., Josie and Lizetta (twins, exactly alike and of equal weight). Mr. Christian is a farmer, having 103 acres of well improved land, in good condition and in a fine state of cultivation. In politics he is a Republican.