Descendants of Unconnected Christmas Families


1. Unconnected Christmas-2370

Some TN people: An Abraham Christmas died 1812 in Williamson Co., TN - will filed in Will Bk. 1, p. 264. Also an Abraham & William Christmas died 1822 in Williamson Co., TN, Abraham's will is in Bk. 3, p. 586 & William is in Bk. 3, p. 352.

1900 CA Census: William H. Christmas, born Nov. 1861 in CA, boarder, single, father & mother born in TN

Kate Christmas, widow, age 45, month & year of birth unknown; born in Ireland, as was her father & mother; came to US in 1860; had 4 children, 2 living: William, single, born Nov. 1870 in CA, salesman in dry goods; father born in England & sister, Emma M., b. Dec 1876 in CA.

Frank Christmas, b. July 1866 in CA, Father in England & Mother in Ireland; wife, Georgie W., b. Feb 1871 in CA; parents in NY; they have been married 10 years; 1 child, daughter, Edna C., b. Dec. 1890 in CA. John Fox, widow-father-in-law, b. March 1837 in NY, parents in Ireland.

1900 Colorado - Denver: Harriett Christmas, single, b. Aug. 1872 in Iowa, father in England - mother in Ireland; living with her is sister, Agnes, single, b. Sept. 1874 in Iowa. [this Agnes might be the same as one below or related.]

1900 Oklahoma: Agnes A. Christmas, single, b. Sept. 1865 in Iowa, Father b. in England - Mother in Ireland; referred to as sister-in-law & living in the George (?) Linville household; George's wife is Ellen, b. Oct 1858 in Iowa, father b. in England - mother in Ireland. George, b. in IN, & Ellen have been married 20 years, 4 children - 3 living: Clyde W. b. 1881; Arthur W., b. 1884 & Orville R., b. 1887 - all 3 children born in KS.

1900 Idaho: Olsen Christmas, b. Nov 1863 in Canada, came to US in 1890; married 9 years - no children; parents born in Canada. Wife, Anna, b. Feb 1863 in Canada, parents b. in England.

1900 Indiana: Jack Christmas, b. Feb. 1860 in IN, parents in Germany; wife Margie, b. May 1860 in IN, parents in IN; married 18 years, 5 children - all born in IN & all living: Howard, b. June 1883; Olie, female, b. March 1884; Gloria, b. Dec. 1888; Charley, b. May 1891 & Nelly or Kelly, b. Dec. 1897.

1900 Michigan: Charles Christmas, b. Aug 1843 in England, came in US in 1873, janitor at the courthouse; wife, Caroline, b. July 1847 in England; married 27 years, 3 children - 3 living. Son, Frank, b. June or Jan. 1884 in Michigan.

Albert Christmas, b. July 1865 in Canada, single, parents b. in Canada; came to US in 1873; employed in woodwork or timber cutting.

1900 Texas:

Hevy Christmas, Erath Co., b. 1874 in TX, parents b. in TX; wife, Nellie, b. 1877; married 6 years, 3 children - 2/3 living son, Elvie, b. 1895 & dau. T_____? b. 1898; both b. in TX.

Henry T. or J. Christmas, Gonzales Co., born Aug. 1872 in TX; Father & Mother in AL; living as boarder with Gerry Williams, age 39, F. born in KY & M. in Germany; wife, Josephine, 31, parents born in GA & MS; 2 children.

This census enumerator just wrote initials for most of the people. J. C. Christmas, Mills Co., b. Jan. 1868 in TX, Father b. in LA & Mother in AR; wife, M. J., b. Feb. 1871 in KY, parent b. in KY; married 6 years, 1 male child - R. F., b. June 1897 in TX.

Jerry Christmas, b. 1874 in TX, Dwelling # 325, San Antonio, Bexar Co., list Father in TN, mother in VA; wife, Celia, b. 1879 in TX; married 3 years, 2 children - 2 living: William, b. 1897 & Henry, b. 1898 in TX.

J. M. Christmas, Dwelling # 107, Webb Co., b. 1856 in Mexico, as were parents; wife, Jos___?, b. 1861 in Mexico; married 14 years, 4 children - 4 living: Flaria, b. 1886, Rosa, b. 1890, Herlinda, b. 1892 & Celia, b. 1899, all b. in TX.

Lydia Christmas, widow, Dwelling # 226, Earth Co., born Dec. 1861 in NC, as were her parents; had 8 children - 6 living; children listed: Minnie J. b. Aug 1882, Baxter G. b. Feb. 1886, Lily B. b. Jun 1891 & Lily M. b. Jun 1893 - all b. in TX. [living next door is Moses Ledwell & family; Moses and parents were born in NC]

From Joyce Truitt - Aug. 1, 2001;

I dont know who this is, but some of you might. "Jaunita Hall, daughter of the late Birl Pointer and Edith Christmas Pointer, was born on April 30, 1914, at Bernie and died in the Vintage Villa Nursing Center in Dexter on July 29, 2001, at the age of 87. Mrs. Hall was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dexter, the former co-owner of the C. M. Hall Grocery Store in downtown Dexter with her late husband Yeuell and a resident of Dexter. She was united in marriage to Yeuell C. Hall on Mrch 28, 1937, at Piggott, Ark. Mr Hall preceded her in death onAugust 24, 1988. Surviving includes two sons, Jim Hall of Dexter and Ron Hall of Lake Ozark, Mo.; four grandchildren, Leigh Ann Hall of Columbia, MO., Mike Hall of Louisville, Ky., Chriss Hall of St. Charles, Mo., and Julie McDermott of Dallas, Texas; three special care givers and friends, Arlessa Russell, Pauline Crow and Fern Noble. Friends may call at the Rainey Funeral Home in Dexter, from 5 -8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug 1, in the Rainey Funeral Chapel with Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery with Rainey Funeral Home of Dexter in charge of arrangements."

1920 Census, Vanderburgh Co., IN; Pigeon; Evansville; Dwelling 233; ED: 142, p. 10A list Louis B. Christmas, age 58, born in IN, parents in Germany; wife, Elizabeth, 56, born in MD, parents in DE & MD.

1920 Census, Marion Co., IN; Wayne; Indianapolis City; Dwelling 36; ED: 266, p. 2B list John Christmas, age 50; wife, Anna, 53 & 3 children: Emelia, 12; Frank, 8 & Rudolph, 6; these 3 children in IN. Living with them is Anna's daughter, Anna Golopar, 17; born in Slovena, Austria, as was John & Anna. They migrated to the USA in 1900.

Unconnected Christmas Families-2369


This update of the Christmas Family workbooks is for families we have not been able to connect; the first was in 1995. I do not print the workbooks anymore, as they has gotten rather large, but provide a PDF book, in "descendant narrative form" on CD/DVD, from which you can print the entire book or just your line. The workbooks are Free, no financial cost, but I do ask your help in correcting errors in your family line, and additions are appreciated. I do not sale the CD/DVD, but donate copies to libraries, archives, genealogy societies and fellow researchers. It is my hope, this workbook will be helpful to you in finding your Christmas ancestors/family. Institutions may make copies of the books for researchers, and charge a reasonable fee to cover their time, copying and postage.

I call this a workbook, because you will never answer all of the questions about our ancestors. Your work will therefore remain, as this book, a work in progress. In the “Notes” sections, you will find references to the many “cousins” that have helped over the years. You will also find [WHT:] a lot, as they are my comments and notes to myself.

The workbook has a Copyright. My Copyright does not, in any way, infringe on the personal Copyright ownership held by the many people, who have shared their information with me over the years. They are free to do whatsoever they want with their material. You are welcome to make copies for family members. Living people are included in this book, so no part can be uploaded to the web or used in web pages, etc. without my written permission. The Christmas web page ( contains most of this material, except for the latest generation, which includes more living persons. If you do not agree with the Copyright, please do not use the books.

There are many Christmas and the largest amount of information we have is on two branches, one originating with Jonathan Christmas of Craven Co., SC and the other Thomas Cross Christmas of Hanover Co., VA. While we have tried to connect the VA/NC and SC families, so far we have not been successful. Other workbooks will contain information on the following: Canadian, Irish & English Christmas families; Christmas families from TN, TX, LA, SC & other areas we have not been able to connect.

The material contained within these pages is provided to help you and hopefully, will answer a few questions about your ancestors. It is an accumulation of research done by many Christmas descendants/researchers and myself. I feel very fortunate that so many Christmas descendants have shared their personal family information, over the years.

Since this is a work in progress book, it does contain errors. I have tried to correct as many as possible, but know there are many that remain. Your help is needed in correcting those errors. Please email of any errors you find. The corrections will also be posted on our web page, living persons excluded. The email and web page addresses are at the end of this introduction.

The workbook is in no way intended to be conclusive; it is only a small step on a long road. Where possible, we have documented our work. Where we have made assumptions, we have tried to note that it is an assumption and why the assumption was made. We have made an attempt to give you as many dates and locations as possible, to help you in your research. While we are of the present generations, we will be someone's great------grandparent years from now. It is our hope that this workbook will be of help to those of this generation as well as future generations.

Many transcribed documents are contained in the workbook; these transcriptions are my best efforts. I have tried to maintain the spelling as contained in the documents. Some of these documents were faded and most were written in what I call, old English script, which is difficult to read.

At times, the Christmas name is spelled Christmus, Christmass, Christman and other ways; my gg-grandfather, William G. Christmas was buried under the name Crismas. I thank my wife, Annette, for spotting this as we looked through the records in the Virginia Archives; if she had not noticed the spelling, I probably would not have found his burial site in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, VA; 16,000 Confederate soldiers are buried in this cemetery. He was from the Williamsburg District, SC, and died from typhoid fever on January 23, 1863 in Richmond. Until this century, a majority of people could neither read nor write. Therefore, names were written down by people as they heard them pronounced and some poor and tired cemetery record keeper probably heard Christmas and wrote Crismas. A terrible war was going on, and many were dying daily.

The Christmas name first shows up in early 1600's in Virginia and New England, and in the early 1700's in South Carolina and North Carolina. The first records, I've found, is that of Dictoris Christmas in Eliz Citty Co., VA in 1620's with land on the Little Poquosun Creek; later, his wife Isabella is mentioned. Dictoris Christmas' will was proven on Oct. 20 1654 in York Co., VA (York Co. Records No. 1. 1633-94, p. 276); his unnamed wife was executrix; after his wife's death, all real and personal property was to be given to his friend, Peter Starkey.
From "VA Cavaliers and Pioneers;" some comments: The Peter Starchey (p. 331) is probably the same Peter Starkey mentioned in Dictoris's will (Oct. 20, 1864; York Co., VA) - he was referred to as "my friend" - it is thought that he is the son-in-law of Dictoris. As I mentioned earlier, I have not found nor seen any information indicating Dictoris & Isabell had a male heir. Therefore, I do not think we descend from Dictoris, but who knows.

In "Early Virginia Immigrants," p. 66, records show a Isabell Christmas, sponsored by Victoris Christmas arriving 1635 in Elizabeth City Co. Another entry shows Isabell Christmas, wife of Victoris Christmas arriving in 1642 and sponsored by Victoris Christmas and Frances Finch. Note: Victoris and Dictoris are two different people. Also on p. 66 is the arrival of Richard Christmas, sponsored by Capt. Henry Browne, in 1637 to James City Co. From "The Complete Book of Emigrants" by Peter Coldman, p. 412 is following: Feb. 7, 1659, Edward Wast of Corsham, [Wilts], bound to Richard Christmas, merchant, to serve 9 years in Virginia. This Richard could be very important, but I have no additional information on him.

The Richard Christmas mentioned on p. 61, Bk. 1, Part 1, is the one that might be our best bet, but I have not found any information. Records show him to be in James City in 1637 and in 1659 Edward Wast of Corsham was bound to him to serve 9 years in VA; Richard was referred to as a merchant. It is this gap, from 1659 to the birth of Thomas (Bk. 14, p. 413) abt. 1690 and our Jonathan (b. abt. 1697-9, if he is the one that witness a deed about 1720 in Chowan Co., NC,) that needs to be filled in. If this Richard is our man, we are missing at least one generation between him and Thomas (Hanover Co., VA) and/or Jonathan (Craven Co., SC).

In reading these and other records, it appears both Dictoris and Richard came from England; also that Dictoris & Isabell returned to England at least once - Bk. 1, part II, p. 117. Dictoris & Richard could be related, maybe cousins, brothers - two people named Christmas - from England - same time period?

The North Carolina branch of the Christmas family, in Warren, Granville & Orange Counties, appears to descend from Thomas Christmas of Hanover Co., VA. The SC branch begins with a Jonathan Christmas of Craven Co., around 1731. A Jonathan Christmas was in the Chowan Precinct, NC, in 1719-20, where he was a witness to several deeds involving Richard Washington. Is this the same Jonathan Christmas? I do not know if this is the same person, or from where the SC Jonathan came or his relationship to the NC/VA branch, if any.

As with most families, we have a lot of people with identical names. The names we see repeated most often are John, William, Thomas and Richard. We also have Nathaniel or Nathan as a common name, with three being born in South Carolina about 1800-1805. In addition, we have at least two Nathaniel's born in the middle to latter quarter of the 1700s; one in North Carolina and one in South Carolina, both with fathers named John/Jonathan. Having two different Christmas groups, with similar names and time periods, has led to some confusion, even to some researchers merging the two families. As noted, we are dealing with at least two families with similar names; I have tried to make a distinction among these families.

Regarding the census information, and the method of collection. Most Census enumerators were paid by the number of people they counted and as with most jobs, there will be some people doing good work and others doing poor work. For example: you will find people listed in one census and not in the next, but appear again in the following census in what appears to be the same area. A lot of times the people had not moved, but were simply not counted by the census taker. If people were not at home and sometimes even if they were, many census takers would ask people living in the area for information on the family. This allowed the census takers to avoid a trip or repeated trips, especially to sparsely populated areas, and could increase the number of people counted, which determined their pay. This has caused great variances as to age, names, number of people in households, places of birth and so on between the different census reports. The census is a good source of information, but when possible, please confirm with another source.

I use Personal Ancestral File (PAF) and Legacy 8 genealogy programs to compile web pages and work books, on different family branches; they help me to stay somewhat organized. This book is written using the Descendant Narrative Form, which allows you to print complete individual lines.

As I started this family search in the 1980s, this will probably be my last update, as the size of the workbooks has grown too large for me to handle. Except for living people, all information in the workbooks, as well as corrections and additions, will be posted on the Christmas Families web page.

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