JOHN E. CHRISTIAN.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Isle of Man is one of the small subdivisions of the British empire, it has sent
a large number of settlers to the United States, and they have branched out into almost all sections of the Union,
to which they have ever been loyal, doing their share in the uphuilding of their respective communities and gaining
places among the representative men of their localities. John E. Christian is a Manxman by nativity, and he was
born on the 18th of February, 1855. He was reared and educated in his native place and remained there until February,
1891, when, at the age of thirty six years, he immigrated to the United States. He first came to Sacramento, California,
where he remained until August, 1897, when he went to Colusa county and engaged in farming. Soon afterward he made
a visit to the Isle of Man, remaining there about a year and a half, and in March, 1899, he again came to Colusa
county, where he stayed until September, 1901. He then came to Napa county and bought a ranch on the Sonoma road,
about five miles southwest of Napa, and on this place he was engaged in the dairy business for about nineteen years.
He still lives there but now leases out about one third of his land for crops, retaining the other two thirds for
pasturage purposes. He has been an energetic and discriminating worker all his life, planning his work well and
doing thoroughly whatever he has undertaken, and his diligence and persistency have been rewarded.
Mr. Christian was married to Miss Ellen Kneele, who was born on the Isle of Man in 1860 and was there reared. She
came to California in March, 1903, and in that same month became the wife of Mr. Christian. She is a daughter of
William and Marguerite (Crowe) Kneale, and the family for many generations were farming people on the Isle of Man.
Politically Mr. Christian gives his support to the republican party, and he has consistently supported every movement
or enterprise for the improvement or upbuilding of his community. He is a Protestant in his religious convictions
and stands on the right side of all moral issues. He is a man of good business judgment, indomitable energy and
persistent industry and has enjoyed a very satisfactory measure of success, being accounted one of the enterprising
and progressive citizens of his section of Napa county.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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