Thursday October Christian II

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Thursday October Christian
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Thursday October Christian taken around his 90th birthday
Born(1820-10-01)1 October 1820
Died27 May 1911(1911-05-27) (aged 90)
Pitcairn Island, British Empire
Nationality Pitcairn Islander
Spouse(s)Mary Young
Children17 Children
Parent(s) Thursday October Christian, Teraura

Thursday October Christian Jr. (1 October 1820 27 May 1911) [1] was a Pitcairn Islands political leader. He was the grandson of Fletcher Christian and son of Thursday October Christian (14 October 1790 – 21 April 1831), [1] and mother, Teraura (c.1775 - 15 July 1850). [1] He was also known as "Doctor", "Duddie" [1] or "Doodie". He spent several years on Norfolk Island but returned to Pitcairn in 1864. [1] Christian was three quarters Polynesian.


He was the fifth Magistrate of the Pitcairn Islands, holding the office in 1844, 1851, 1864, [1] 1867, 1873–1874, 1880 and 1882. [1] Everyone named Christian on Pitcairn is descended from him; a number of family branches, however, left Pitcairn permanently and settled on Norfolk Island.

He married Mary Young, granddaughter of Ned Young, on 24 March 1839. They had 17 children, [1] none of them named as a month name or week day. Seven died as children and three lived past the age of 73. [1]

Children and descendants

Julia Christian23 July 184015 June 1850
Agnes Christian6 October 18416 April 1911Married Samuel Russell Warren, a whaler from Rhode Island. She is the ancestor of all the Warrens on Pitcairn Island.
Albert Christian31 March 184319 January 1861
Elias Christian7 January 18457 October 1893Married Mary Young. Ancestor of Jay Warren and Mike Warren
Alphonso Driver Christian3 August 184614 June 1921Married Sarah McCoy. Father of Gerard Christian, grandfather of John Lorenzo Christian
Anna Rose Christian31 July 184830 March 1851
Julia Anna Rose Christian9 November 185130 August 1864
Ernest Heywood Christian5 October 1853December 1926
Daniel Christian27 July 1855March 1904Married Harriet McCoy. Father of Edgar Allen Christian and Frederick Martin Christian
Elizabeth Saidley A. Christian27 April 18571863
Francis Hickson Christian18 February 18593 January 1938Married Eunice Young. Father of Charles Richard Parkin Christian, ancestor of Ivan Christian and Steve Christian
William Henry Gordon Christian1 September 186022 January 1934
Albert Swain Christian8 May 18629 May 1862
Harriet Christian22 August 18631864
Harriet Christian23 August 186419 August 1937Married Matthew Edmond McCoy
Charles Benjamin Christian1 August 1865July 1885
Mary Elizabeth Saidley ChristianApril 18681 June 1868



Literary reference

Thursday October Christian II appears in Mark Twain's 1879 story "The Great Revolution in Pitcairn".

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