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George CHRISTOPHER[1, 2]

Male 1779 - 1861  (81 years)

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  • Name George CHRISTOPHER 
    Relationshipwith Brian Mark BUSSIERE
    Born 6 Oct 1779  Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 4 Jan 1780  St. Dunstan, Stepney, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Father's occupation: Mariner
      Church address: High Street
      Home address: Ratcliff
    Gender Male 
    Census information 1841  Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census information 1861  Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 7 Apr 1861  Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Chiswick Cemetery, Chiswick, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Inscription:
      Isabella Frances
      Beloved wife of George Christopher
      Died March 12 1836 Aged 55
      George Christopher
      Greatly beloved and lamented
      Died April7 1861 Aged 81
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Person ID I572  Bussiere Robinson | Brian's ancestors
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2021 

    Father William CHRISTOPHER,   b. 1734, Crookhall County, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1797  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Ann TATHAM,   b. 13 Oct 1743, Little Stainston County, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1784  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1765  Saint Giles Cripplegate, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F171  Group Sheet

    Family 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 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Ashington CHRISTOPHER,   b. 21 Sept 1801, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1864  (Age 63 years)
     2. William Thomas CHRISTOPHER,   b. 6 Oct 1802, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1858, Brighton, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     3. Isabella Frances CHRISTOPHER,   b. 20 Jun 1804, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1898  (Age 94 years)
     4. George Eumenes CHRISTOPHER, M.D.,   b. 7 Apr 1806,   d. 7 May 1842, Wiesbaden, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     5. Caroline CHRISTOPHER,   b. 4 Feb 1808, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1848, Brittania (Ottawa), Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     6. Willoughby CHRISTOPHER,   b. 17 Oct 1810, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1812, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     7. Willoughby John CHRISTOPHER,   b. 22 Jun 1812, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1813, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Emma Octavia CHRISTOPHER,   b. 1813, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1870, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +9. Selina Maria CHRISTOPHER,   b. 23 Feb 1815, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1896  (Age 81 years)
     10. Arthur Anstey CHRISTOPHER,   b. 6 Oct 1817, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sept 1856, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     11. Louisa Mary CHRISTOPHER,   b. 19 Oct 1819, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1855  (Age 35 years)
     12. Reverend Canon Alfred Millard Wiliam CHRISTOPHER,   b. 20 Aug 1820, 14 Coram Street, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1913, Chiswick, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +13. General Leonard Raisbeck CHRISTOPHER,   b. 26 Feb 1822, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1901, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     14. Matilda Anne CHRISTOPHER,   b. 12 Oct 1823, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1863, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    Last Modified 28 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F170  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Oct 1779 - Bloomsbury, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 4 Jan 1780 - St. Dunstan, Stepney, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Dec 1800 - Saint Dunstan, Stepney, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus information - 1841 - Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus information - 1861 - Chiswick, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Apr 1861 - Chiswick, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Old Chiswick Cemetery, Chiswick, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    George Christopher
    George Christopher
    St-Dunstans Church - London.jpg
    St-Dunstans Church - London.jpg
    Selina Maria Christopher - India.jpg
    Selina Maria Christopher - India.jpg
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    Headstones
    Christopher family gravestone
    Christopher family gravestone
    Christopher - Cautley plot
    Christopher - Cautley plot
    On base of west side: The vault of GEORGE CHRISTOPHER, of this Parish.
    North side upper section:
    ISABELLA FRANCES the beloved wife of GEORGE CHRISTOPHER died March 12th 1836 aged 55
    GEORGE CHRISTOPHER greatly loved and lamented died April 7th 1861 aged 81
    Thy will be done.

    North side lower section:
    LOUISA MARY TATHAM their daughter died April 6th 1855 aged 36
    ARTHUR ANSTEY their son died Sept. 20th 1856 aged 38
    MARGARET ASHINGTON BELL, widow their eldest daughter died October 4th 1864 aged 63.

    East side:
    ALFRED WILMOT son of Rev. A.M.W. and MARIA F. CHRISTOPHER died Sep. 15th 1854 aged 10 months
    SELINA BATHURST THOMSON died October 3rd 1858 aged 15 years
    grandchildren of GEORGE & ISABELLA F. CHRISTOPHER.

    South side upper section:
    EMMA OCTAVIA CAUTLEY wife of Major General CAUTLEY and daughter of GEORGE and ISABELLA CHRISTOPHER died October 21st 1870 aged 57
    Major General GEORGE CAUTLEY Formerly of 8th Regt. Bengal Cavalry died October 1st 1881 aged 72.

    South side lower section:
    Major General WILLIAM BEVERIDGE THOMSON, C.B. late Commissary Gen: of the Bengal Army died Jan. 21st 1863 aged 53
    SELINA MARIA THOMSON widow of the above 5th daughter of GEORGE & I.F. CHRISTOPHER died 15th Dec. 1896 aged 81
    ISABELLA FRANCES second daughter of GEORGE & ISABELLA FRANCES CHRISTOPHER born 20th June 1804, died 23rd Oct. 1898

    "Ever with the Lord". 1 Thess: IV. 17.

    West side: Erected 1872 in loving memory of those interred in the Vault whose names are inscribed thereon.

    North side of extension: Sacred to the memory of Major General LEONARD RAISBECK CHRISTOPHER (Bengal Staff Corps) seventh and youngest son of GEORGE CHRISTOPHER born 26. Feb. 1822, died 26. Sept. 1901
    Also of ANN EMMA widow of the above who passed to her rest 27. Feb. 1905 in her 78th year.
    Plot: Christopher Family plot

    Histories
    George Christopher.jpg
    George Christopher.jpg
    George Christopher - Family Tree - 1853
    George Christopher - Family Tree - 1853
    A copy of a document written by George Christopher to outline his family tree.

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

    Home: 41 Great Ormond Street

    Census
    1851 Census - England - George Christopher
    1851 Census - England - George Christopher
    Location: 7 Chiswick Mall, London, England
    George Christopher - widower - 1780 - 71 yrs old - retired wine merchant - born Stepney, Middlesex
    Isabella F Christopher - daughter - unmarried - 1805 - 46 yrs old - born Stepney, Middlesex
    Emma Q Cautley - daughter - married - 1814 - 37 yrs old - born Bloomsbury, Middlesex
    Proby L Cautley - grandson - 1846 - 5 yrs old - born East Indies
    William T Cautley - grandson - 1847 - 4 yrs old - born at sea on route from East Indies
    Two servants: Sarah Shaw and Laetitia Lering
    Nurse: Charlotte Tebbutts
    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
    1861 Census - George Christopher
    1861 Census - George Christopher
    Chiswick Mall

    George Christopher - Head - Widow - Fund holder - Middlesex
    Isabella F. Christopher - Daughter - 56
    Frances J. Robinson - Grand-daughter - 22
    Henry A. Cautley - Grand-son - 6 - Scholar - India
    Margaret A. Bell - Daughter - 59 - Stepney
    Elizabeth Savage - Nurse - 44 - Nurse - Claremont, Sussex
    Mary Goke - Servant - 40 - Cook - Turnham Green, Middlesex
    Mary A. Smith - Servant - 17 - Housemaid - Essex

  • Notes 
    • The Christopher Coat-of-Arms was granted to George in 1824. It includes a beaver, a chart of Chesterfield Inlet, NWT, Canada and an anchor. These three elements signify the key role that William Christopher, George's father played in the search for the North-West passage while Commodore of the Hudson's Bay Company fleet.

      George was a wine merchant. In the 1851 census, he is listed as a retired wine merchant. The interest in the firm had been passed on to the Tatham family.
    • Christopher & Co., LTD.

      Christopher & Co. was not a distillery. It was a wine merchant company and famed as the oldest wine merchant in London. I managed to locate and correspond with Charles Crawford, a retired wine merchant at the time of this particular investigation. He expressed that he worked for a short time in the Jermyn Street office in the early 1970?s. Though having no knowledge of the company?s whisky endeavors, he expressed that the whisky inside would most likely have been produced by a major distillery and then bottled exclusively for or by Christopher & Co.
      As stated above, Christopher & Co. is reputed to be the oldest of its kind in London, and with this, it was difficult to pinpoint exactly when it began, though various documents have been located, all of which provide generous clues that point to one man: George Christopher (1779-1861), the son of William Christopher (1734-1797) and Ann Christopher, nee Tatham (1743-1784). William was a captain in the Hudson Bay Service of the Royal Navy. His wife, Ann, was a notable woman of fashion and well beloved. George Christopher is noted in the July 22, 1819 edition of the London Times as a wine merchant located on Great Coram Street. The Post Office Directory of 1829 records that Christopher was a wine merchant with a shop at 41 Great Ormond St, Holborn. The Spectator, which is a weekly British conservative magazine first published in 1828, indicates that on Friday, October 3, 1845 the wine merchant ?Christopher & Mackinlay? of Great Coram Street dissolved its partnership. Following this, there is noted evidence that Christopher & Co. advertised in the London Gazette in the mid 1850s. William Tatham, (born in 1834, the son of Meaburn Tathum who is the son of Ralph Tathum who is the brother of Ann Tathum?George Christopher?s wife) is registered in the Saxon History as being the Wine Merchant at 43 Pall Mall, also called ?Christopher & Co.? in 1851. However, another official public query dated January 6, 1912 offers the following regarding the Pall Mall address: ??Joseph Calkin, booksellers to the King, to build the house 118 (which has always been so numbered). It is therefore not without its irony that the house of Bvidd, imprisoned in 1810 in the name of the Army, should fall into the hands of an Army club a century later. I may note that the firm, on moving to 118, Pall Mall, became Calkin & Budd names that seem to come straight out of Dickens. These booksellers were followed during the fifties by the St. George Life and Title Assurance Company, which in turn was succeeded in 1863 by the old firm of wine merchants, Christopher & Co. It started in Mile End and was long established in Great Coram Street: it has now moved to 43, Pall Mall.? George Allen Ralph Tatham is listed in the Saxon History record as the Director of Christopher & Co. from 1893 until 1915. The record actually reads that George returned to London after a time in Germany in order to help his uncle William Tatham in the ?old family business, Christopher and Co. in 1884, and becoming director in 1893. He retired through ill health in 1915.? British Commonwealth archives record that Christopher & Co. was owned and operated at the 94, Jermyn Street address in the early part of the 20th Century, first by Harold John Henry Irish until the early 1950?s and then by Anthony Jamieson Haggie until the early 1970?s. [6]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] International Genealogical Index (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1980, 2000, data as of January 2000).

    2. [S12] Family History Library, Batch #: M055763, Sheet #: , Source Call #: 0578821, 0597247, 0596921, 0596922 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S51] Findmypast.
      London, Docklands and East End Baptisms, 1558-1933
      X097/286


    4. [S35] Find a Grave.
      Ancestry.com. UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
      Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.


    5. [S20] Marriage: William Christopher.

    6. [S90] Angelsportion.com.