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Reverend Canon Alfred Millard Wiliam CHRISTOPHER

Reverend Canon Alfred Millard Wiliam CHRISTOPHER

Male 1820 - 1913  (92 years)

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  • Name Alfred Millard Wiliam CHRISTOPHER 
    Prefix Reverend Canon 
    Relationshipwith Brian Mark BUSSIERE
    Born 20 Aug 1820  14 Coram Street, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 19 Nov 1828  St-George-The-Martyr, Queen Square, Holborn, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census information 1841  Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Education 1843  Jesus College, Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Member of the cricket team. 
    Occupation 1844  Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1859  St Aldate's, Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census information 1871  Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census information 1891  Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census information 1911  4 Norham Road, Oxford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Education Hall Place, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 10 Mar 1913  Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried St-Sepulchre Cemetery, Walton Street, Oxford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Siblings 13 siblings 
    Person ID I2204  Bussiere Robinson | Brian's ancestors
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2018 

    Father George CHRISTOPHER,   b. 6 Oct 1779, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1861, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Isabella Frances ASHINGTON,   b. 1781,   d. 12 Mar 1836  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 13 Dec 1800  Saint Dunstan, Stepney, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F170  Group Sheet

    Family Maria Frances Seton CHRISTOPHER,   b. 26 Jun 1816,   d. 10 Jan 1903, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 15 Jun 1844  St. Nicholas, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
    +1. Henry Seton CHRISTOPHER,   b. 13 Jan 1850, Richmond, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1911  (Age 61 years)
     2. Caroline Eliza CHRISTOPHER,   b. 18 Oct 1851,   d. 16 Aug 1856, Ryde, Isle Of Wight Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     3. Alfred Wilmot CHRISTOPHER,   b. 19 Noiv 1853,   d. Sept 1854, Richmond, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. Captain Alfred Charles Seton CHRISTOPHER,   b. 20 Mar 1856,   d. 12 Oct 1934  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F638  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Aug 1820 - 14 Coram Street, Bloomsbury, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 19 Nov 1828 - St-George-The-Martyr, Queen Square, Holborn, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus information - 1841 - Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Principal at La Martinere School. - 1844 - Calcutta, India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Jun 1844 - St. Nicholas, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus information - 1871 - Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus information - 1891 - Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus information - Age 90. Widower. retired Church of England clergyman. Edith Christopher (grand-daughter), Elizabeth Potter (nurse) and Mary Robins (general servant). - 1911 - 4 Norham Road, Oxford, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Mar 1913 - Chiswick, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St-Sepulchre Cemetery, Walton Street, Oxford, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    AMW Christopher
    AMW Christopher
    AMW Christopher - Burial 1913
    AMW Christopher - Burial 1913
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    Bussiere1.I2204.sig.png
    St Aldates Church
    St Aldates Church

    Documents
    Eleanor Christopher - Leamington Spa - March 14 1913
    Eleanor Christopher - Leamington Spa - March 14 1913

    Headstones
    AMW Christopher - memorial plaque - Oxford
    AMW Christopher - memorial plaque - Oxford
    AMW Christopher - St Sepulchre Oxford
    AMW Christopher - St Sepulchre Oxford

    Histories
    AMW Christopher - burial info.doc.docx
    AMW Christopher - burial info.doc.docx
    AMW Christopher - wedding notice.doc
    AMW Christopher - wedding notice.doc
    Canon Christopher.jpg
    Canon Christopher.jpg
    TE Lawrence - 1910 Oxford
    TE Lawrence - 1910 Oxford

    Baptism - Birth Docs
    Canon Alfred Millard William Christopher Baptism
    Canon Alfred Millard William Christopher Baptism
    Alfred MW Christopher Baptism
    Alfred MW Christopher Baptism
    St George the Martyr
    Middlesex
    London, England

    Home: 41 Great Ormond Street

    Marriage Docs
    AMW Christopher - Maria Frances Christopher - Marriage 1844
    AMW Christopher - Maria Frances Christopher - Marriage 1844

    Census
    1911 Census - England - AMW Christopher
    1911 Census - England - AMW Christopher
    Location: 4 Norham Road, Oxford
    Alfred Christopher - 90 yrs old - widower - Retired Church of England clergyman - born in London
    Edith Christopher - Granddaughter - 36 - single - born in Oxford
    Elizabeth Potter - nurse - 50 yrs old - sick nurse - born in Ilmington, Warwickshire
    Mary Robins - servant - 28 yrs old - general servant - born in Gloucestershire

    Signed by Edith Christopher
    1901 Census - England - AMW Christopher
    1901 Census - England - AMW Christopher
    Location: 40 Pembroke Street, Oxford, England
    Alfred Christopher - 80 yrs old - Clergyman (Church of England) - Enfield, Middlesex
    Maria Christopher - 84 yrs old - wife - Finchley, Middlesex
    Alice Watts - servant - 32 yrs old - Cook (domestic) - Chiswick, Middlesex
    Sarah Micholls - servant - 35 yrs old - Housemaid - Shenington, Oxford
    1841 Census England - George Christopher
    1841 Census England - George Christopher
    Location Paragon Road, Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet
    George Christopher - 60 yrs old
    Isabella Christopher - 30 yrs old
    George Christopher - 30 yrs old - surgeon
    Arthur Christopher - 20 yrs old - wine merchant
    Alfred Christopher - 20 yrs old
    Louisa Christopher - 15 yrs old
    Matilda Christopher - 15 yrs old
    1891 Census - AMW Christopher
    1891 Census - AMW Christopher
    40 Pembroke Street, Oxford

    Rector, St-Aldates
    Born in Middlesex

  • Notes 
    • Canon Christopher and Maria were cousins.

      Christopher studied at Jesus College, Cambridge University.

      His career as cricket player at Cambridge:

      Full name: Alfred Millard William Christopher
      Born: 20th August 1820, Ealing, Middlesex, England
      Died: 10th March 1913, Norham, Oxford, England
      Teams: Cambridge University (Main FC: 1843)
      Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

      First-Class Career Batting and Fielding (1843)
      M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
      Overall 3 5 0 53 17 10.60 0 0 0

      Source: Cricket Archive http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/36/36550/36550.html

      Alfred Millard William Christopher was ordained on Sunday, July 8, 1849 in the Chapel of Farnham Castle. He became Rector of St-Aldate's Church, Oxford in 1859 and stayed until 1905. He was appointed Honorary Canon of Christ Church by the Bishop of Oxford in 1886.

      He was Secretary to the Church Missionary Society.

      Canon Christopher was Principal of La Martiniere, Calcutta, India from 1844 to 1849.

      He visited Canada in 1872 and preached at a Sunday evening service at the Cathedral in Quebec City. He then visited Nelson George Robinson in Brittania, Ontario. Nelson George's wife, the late Caroline Christpher Robinson, was Canon Christopher's sister. He also visited his son Alfred, who had purchased a farm outside Toronto.

      Excerpt from God's Answers - A Record Of Miss Annie Macpherson's Work at the Home of Industry, Spitalfields, London, and in Canada

      Letter from Rev. A. M. W. Christopher

      Though human praise is not sought, we cannot but feel peculiar pleasure in giving the following testimony from a servant of the Lord so much revered as the Rev, A. M. W. Christopher of Oxford:--

      "Of all the works of Christian benevolence which the great love of Christ constrains His servants to carry on, with which I have become personally acquainted, not one, has impressed me more deeply, by its great usefulness, than the work of God carried on by Miss Macpherson and her fellow-labourers. She has in three years transplanted more than twelve hundred boys and girls from almost hopeless circumstances of misery and temptation in Great Britain, to healthy, happy, industrious homes in Canada. And this has not been all; daily efforts have been made in faith and love during the period of training, and on the voyage, and in the Distributing Homes in Canada, to win these young hearts for Christ by means of the Gospel. There can be no doubt that God has blessed these labours of love to bring many to Himself in the Lord Jesus.

      "When I was in Canada last September, I made three special journeys expressly to visit Miss Macpherson's three 'Distributing Homes' at Galt, Belleville, and Knowlton, respectively in the west, centre, and east of the Dominion.

      "On September 10, 1872, I left Toronto at 5.30 A.M., and travelled 113 miles to the east along the Grand Trunk Railway to Belleville, which is 220 miles west of Montreal. I took the Lady Superintendent, Miss Bilbrough, by surprise. Her sister was with her, having lately brought over a hundred boys. These two young but experienced Christians are evidently full of faith and energy and delight in their work and of lore to the children. About a thousand boys and girls brought out, or sent out by Miss Macpherson, had passed through the Home in three years. She has herself placed out 800 boys and girls, 600 of whom are in homes around Belleville. She meets with the kindest reception from the farmers with whom she has placed these children. _She could place out a thousand more if they were at once sent out_, the demand is so great. All the orphan children under nine years of age are adopted by farmers who have no children, to be treated exactly as if they were their own. Miss Bilbrough, and also the Lady Superintendents at Galt and Knowlton, never place a child in a home unless the farmer brings a testimonial from his minister.

      "The burning of the Home very much touched the people of Canada, who had learned to appreciate the efforts for good connected with it; and, unasked for, dollars from kind Canadians poured in. Miss Bilbrough had daily to write thanks to many. More than 3000 dollars (600 pounds) were soon sent in, and instead of renting a house, they were able to buy the first-rate one they now occupy, and which was given to Miss Macpherson, with so much kind feeling, by the Canadians.

      "I was equally interested in the work of Miss Reavell in the Home at Galt, to the west of Toronto. This had only been established a few months before I visited it. Here also I was greatly impressed by the patient, painstaking Christian lore of those who had charge of the children. The children looked healthy, and happy, and ready for work.

      "The last Home I visited was at Knowlton, an eastern township of the Quebec Province, south of the St. Lawrence. I heard that Miss Barber, the Lady Superintendent, was nursing some of the children who had the smallpox. I went to see her. It was quite clear that the love of Christ constrained her to devote herself with all her heart and strength to the children committed to her care. I spoke with the uninfected children before I saw her. I was interested to see how accustomed they had been whilst in this Home to be treated with love. Soon three little ones climbed upon my knees, whilst I talked of Jesus to them and the elder ones. Miss Barber is a lady of good
      position, the half-sister of the excellent Judge of that district, lately Minister of Agriculture in the Dominion Government. In early life she had very bad health, but has been raised up frond great weakness to work most diligently for Christ among the children who pass through her Home. Her brother, the Judge, and his wife, who live at Knowlton, zealously do all they can to help the good work.

      "Many in England know better than I do the great work for God, carried on in connection with Miss Macpherson's 'Home of Industry,' Commercial Street, Spitalfields, and the similar Homes at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Liverpool. Others may visit these, and have their hearts stirred up to help forward the work by what they see in those Homes; but Canada is a great way off, and, as an independent witness, I desire to bear the strongest testimony to the Christian usefulness of the work, and to the faithful, the wise and careful manner in which it is carried on. A far greater number of children might be thus transplanted with the best results, under God's blessing, if sufficient means were supplied to Miss Macpherson. May I not hope that the great love of Christ will constrain those who read this paper to send help promptly, so that this work may be extended, and that many more children may be rescued. Remember, dear reader, the love of your Saviour for little children. _'Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which, was also in Christ Jesus'_ (Phil ii. 4, 5). 10 pounds will fit out, and pay the passage of a child. How can 10 pounds be better spent? Try, dear reader, and raise 10 pounds among your friends, if you cannot give it yourself. Or do what you can, however little that may seem to you to be. The matter is urgent, the season is passing away. Pray send help at once, and strive to interest your friends in the work. How many more might be rescued! What a contrast there is between the photographs of the miserable, hopeless children, taken when they are received at the Homes in this country, and the photographs of the same children after they have been a few months in Canada; I have many such contrasts with me. They would move you to help this work of love. But. the love of Christ must be the great motive; yet we should not forget that the Holy Spirit taught St. Paul to write, _'He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart so let him give: not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver'_ (2 Cor. ix. 6, 7)."

      Source: Title: God's Answers - A Record Of Miss Annie Macpherson's Work at the Home of Industry, Spitalfields, London, and in Canada
      CHAPTER V. 1872-1874.

      Author: Clara M. S. Lowe


      Sarah Lawrence wrote in T. E. Lawrence by his friends that Ned 'was for many years a constant worshipper at St. Aldates Church and taught in the Sunday School there twice every Sunday. He had the great privilege of Canon A. M. W. Christopher’s gospel teaching from his early years till he left Oxford in 1910. After the Canon retired from St. Aldates [in 1905], all the boys went to a class for students which he held in his house every Sunday during term.'1

      Canon Christopher (1820-1913) was a prominent evangelical preacher, and Lawrence’s early letters show that he received a deeply religious upbringing. Although he had ceased to be a churchgoer before the First World War, he retained some form of belief, writing in later life 'Hungry time has taken from me year by year more of the Creed’s clauses till now only the first four words remain.'2

      This photograph was taken shortly before Canon Christopher's ninetieth birthday, in the garden of his house, 4 Norham Road, Oxford.

      The Reverend J. S. Reynolds

      1. Friends, p.27.

      2. The Mint, Part II, Chapter 18, p.149.

      Literature: J. S. Reynolds, Canon Christopher of St. Aldates, Oxford, Abingdon, 1967, ill. fp. 350.

  • Sources 
    1. [S65] Family of Christopher, Alfred Charles Seton Christopher, (Exeter: William Pollard & Co. Limited, 1933), 35.

    2. [S65] Family of Christopher, Alfred Charles Seton Christopher, (Exeter: William Pollard & Co. Limited, 1933), 36.

    3. [S65] Family of Christopher, Alfred Charles Seton Christopher, (Exeter: William Pollard & Co. Limited, 1933), 38.

    4. [S26] 1911 Census - England, Schedule 102, 1911.
      Living at 4 Norham Road, Oxford

    5. [S28] British Library Board.

    6. [S51] Findmypast.