Biography of James Christie
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Christie, James, was a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, born March 13, 1800. During his youth he learned the trade of rope and sail making, and at the age of thirteen he went on the sea as a cabin boy. Proving active, competent and reliable, he gradually raised in rank until he became captain of a ship, and for forty eight years followed the sea. He married, June 1, 1820, in Boston, Sarah Parsons; they have no children. Mrs. Christie died January 1, 1864. Leaving the sea in 1857, Captain Christie came to this county and settled in Barre, where he had a farm of fifty acres. There he lived about twelve years and then came to Albion, where he died April 6, 1874. By a provision in his will he left to the Baptist Missionary Union Society a bequest of $10,000. In April, 1864, Captain Christie married Hannah Samantha Randall, and four years after his death his widow married William H. Ross, of Albion, who died in September, 1881. Samuel Ross was born at Morristown, N. J., in 1785. He was a blacksmith by trade, and spent twenty five years in Schenectady, coming to Shelby in 1832. He died in 1872, and his wife in 1847. Charles C. Ross, of Albion. was one of the four children of Samuel. He is a coachmaker by trade, and worked in Medina about fifteen years before coming to Albion in 1884. In 1839 he married Maria Finch in Schenectady. William Halsey Ross, also son of Samuel, married second Hannah Samantha Christie, widow of Captain James Christie.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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