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Who Are the Pitcairners?

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BULL, Malcolm --> CHRISTIAN, Bert James

This is a work in progress. If you have information that adds to or changes an entry, you are invited to contact Herbert Ford at hford@puc.edu.

Bull, Malcolm, Steley. Malcolm Bull, along with his wife Glenysie Evelyn, was pastor of the Pitcairn Island Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1984 and 1985.

Butler, Alice Lily, Lareau; George Snell; thePeerage.com.  Alice Lily Butler was born on Pitcairn Island on May 19, 1878.  She was the daughter of Peter John Butler and Alice Sophia McCoy.  Alice married George Francis Chris Warren, the son of Samuel Russell Warren and Agnes Christian.  Lily was a midwife on Pitcairn and was awarded the British Order of Empire medal by Queen Elizabeth for her service to the Pitcairn people.  She died on September 17, 1969, at the age of 91 on Pitcairn Island.  The children of Lily and George were: Burley Edson Warren, born on February 23, 1897, died December 17, 1947; Christopher Stanhope Warren, born November 1, 1898, died April 17, 1899; Christopher Stanhope Warren, burn May 19, 1899, died May 13, 1984; Ernest Wilfred Warren, born July 23, 1900, died June 27, 1942; and Wallace Maynard Warren, born March 31, 1904, died August 25, 1988.

Alice Butler Alice Butler

Butler, Alice Sophia McCoy Young, (source?) Alice Sophia McCoy Young was first married to Robert Young, son of Simon Young. When he died she married Peter Butler on November 20, 1875 on Pitcairn Island. Alice was the daughter of Matthew McCoy and Margaret Christian.

Butler, Alice Lily, thePeerage.com. Alice Lily Butler was born on Pitcairn Island on May 19, 1878. She was the daughter of Peter John Butler and Alice Sophia McCoy. She married George Francis Chris Warren, son of Samuel Russell Warren and Agnes Christian, at Pitcairn Island. She died on September 17, 1969, at age 91 at Pitcairn Island. Her married name became Warren. She was a midwife. The children of Alice Lyly Butler and George Francis Chris Warren were: Burley Edson Warren, born February 23, 1897, and died December 17, 1947; Christopher Stanhope Warren, born November 1, 1898, and died April 17, 1899; Christopher Stanhope Warren, born May 19, 1899, and died May 13, 1984; Ernest Wilfred Warren, born July 23, 1900, and died June 27, 1942; and Wallace Maynard Warren, born March 31, 1904, and died August 25, 1988.

Butler, Peter John, thePeerage.com. Peter John Butler was born in the United States of America. He married Alice Sophia McCoy , daughter of Matthew McCoy and Margaret Christian, on November 30, 1875, on Pitcairn Island. Shipwrecked by the sinking of the Khandeish on September 25, 1875, Butler decided to stay on Pitcairn after the remainder of the survivors of that ship had been rescued. In 1878, he and two of the other young men of the island left with Captain Scott in the trading vessel Venus, and he never returned, nor was he ever heard from again. The children of Peter John Butler and Alice Sophia McCoy were Robert Walter Butler, born October 4, 1876; Rosalind Eliza Butler, born on May 19, 1878; and Alice Lily Butler, born on May 19, 1878, and died on September 17, 1969?

Butler, Rosalind Eliza, Lareau; thePeerage.com. Rosalind Eliza Butler was born on Pitcairn Island on May 19, 1878. She was the daughter of Peter John Butler and Alice Sophia McCoy. She married Charles R. Parkin Christian, son of Francis Hickson Christian and Eunice Jane Lawrence Young, on Pitcairn Island. Her married name became Christian. She was a midwife. (For the children of Rosalind and Charles R. Parkin Christian, see "Charles R. Parkin Christian").

Butler, Robert Walter, thePeerage.com. Robert Walter Butler was born on Pitcairn Island on October 4, 1876. He was the son of Peter John Butler and Alice Sophia McCoy. He was buried on October 16, 1876, on Pitcairn Island.

Butz, Edwin Sebastian, Steley. Edwin Sebastian Butz, along with his wife Florence, was a Seventh-day Adventist missionary on Pitcairn Island in 1895.

Carey, Mark Warren, Steley. Mark Warren Carey, along with his wife Alice, was a Seventh-day Adventist missionary on Pitcairn Island from 1907 to 1912.

Christian, Abigail Leah Dunmore, thePeerage.com. Abigail Leah Dunmore Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on October 21, 1849. She died on Norfolk Island at age 25 on December 12, 1874. Her parents were Fletcher Christian, born on Pitcairn Island in 1812, and Peggy Christian, born on Pitcairn Island in 1815. Abigail married George Webb Adams on July 9, 1868, on Norfolk Island. Their children included William S. Swain Adams, born May 12, 1868, and died September 16, 1868; Caroline Adams, born January 19, 1870, and died December 17, 1870; Delia Mooga Adams, born June 30, 1871, and died July 17, 1938; and Eleanor Jane Adams, born July 3, 1874, and died on February 10, 1875.

Christian, Ackland Hugh, thePeerage.com. Ackland Hugh Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on October 3, 1926. He was the son of Melville Elbert Christian and Ninette Irene Young. His death was caused by tuberculosis, and he was buried on Pitcairn Island on September 24, 1941.

Christian, Adelina Sophia, thePeerage.com. Adelina Sophia Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on December 8, 1842. She was the daughter of Charles Christian and Charlotte Quintal. She married Sydney Nobbs Rawdon, son of Reverend George Hunn Nobbs and Sarah Christian, on May 3, 1869, on Norfolk Island. She died on April 2, 1870, at age 27 on Norfolk Island. From May 3, 1869, her married name became Rawdon. The children of Adelina Sophia Christian and Sydney Nobbs Rawdon were Herbert Nobbs, who was born on December 18, 1868, and died on July 26, 1869; and Herbert Nobbs, who was born on January 10, 18790, and died on April 21, 1870.

Christian, Adeline Margaret, thePeerage.com. Adeline Margaret Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on June 5, 1912. She was the daughter of Edgar Allen Christian and Dorcas Almira Christian. She was buried on May 31, 1919, on Pitcairn Island having died of a fever.

Christian, Adena Julia, thePeerage.com. Adena Julia Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on April 10, 1916. She was the daughter of George Lindsay Christian and Elizabeth Jane Christian. She married Eric Woodburn Young, son of Eunice Jane Lawrence Young, on Pitcairn Island. She was buried on December 16, 1942, on Pitcairn Island. She died of "internal trouble." Her married name became Young. The children of Adena Julia Christian and Eric Woodburn Young were Leona Gladys Young, and Nola Iona Young, who was born on April 29, 1941.

Christian, Adrianna Tracey, thePeerage.com. Adrianna Tracey Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on March 3, 2007. She is the daughter of Randall Kay Christian and Nadine June Faulkner.

Christian, Agnes, Lareau; thePeerage.com. Agnes Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on October 6, 1841. She was the daughter of Thursday October Christian and Mary Young. She married Samuel Russell Warren on December 6, 1863, on Norfolk Island. She died on April 6, 1911, at age 69, on Norfolk Island. From December 6, 1863, her married name became Warren. Agnes and her husband, Samuel, would go spearfishing at night in the tidal pools. Agnes waded through the pools with her skirts tucked up, and with Samuel on her shoulders, lighting their way with a flair of candlenuts strung together (called a 'rummer' on Pitcairn). In a moment of rare levity for the time, Samuel would reach behind himself and touch the warm embers to Agnes' behind, with the result that Samuel got dumped in the pool. According to Island legend, this is why that pool is named 'OO-AA-OO.' Samuel and Agnes were among the second wave of returnees from Norfolk Island to Pitcairn Island in 1864. At the age of 60, Agnes fell and lay in a paralytic condition for a few days during which she could not move or speak, and finally she died. (For the children of Agnes and Samuel Russell Warren, see "Samuel Russell Warren").

Christian, Agnes Lottie, Lareau; thePeerage.com. Agnes Lottie Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on November 21, 1881. She was the daughter of Phillip Howland Christian and Gertrude Eliza Warren. She died at Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

Christian, Albert, thePeerage.com. Albert Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on March 31, 1843. He was the son of Thursday October Christian and Mary Young. He died on January 19, 1861, on Norfolk at the age of 17.

Christian, Alice Helena, Lareau; thePeerage.com. Alice Helena Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on October 26, 1866. She was the daughter of Alphonso Driver and Sarah McCoy. She married Charles Carleton Vieder Young, son of Moses Young and Albina McCoy, on January 14, 1886, on Pitcairn Island. She died circa January 1918, from a spinal injury. She was buried on January 8, 1918, on Pitcairn Island. From January 14, 1886, her married name became Young. (For the children of Alice and Charles Carleton Vieder Young, see "Charles Carleton Vieder Young").

Christian, Allan Edgar, Pitcairn Miscellany 2, January 31, 1960, p. 3. Also Australasian Record 64, April 18, 1960, p. 7. "As the sun was sinking heralding the rest of another Sabbath day on 28th January, our Brother Allan Edgar Christian, like a tired child, closed his eyes in sleep, thus ending his earthly pilgrimage. He was a New Year's gift to his parents, Daniel and Harriet Melissa Christian in the year 1879, and so he was well past his allotted span of life at the time of his death, reaching the age of 81 years. His wife, Dorcas Christian, had passed away 22 years before his death. They had four children. "Bro. Allan, before his previous illness, was known for his hard work, his interest for his fellow men whom he remembered personally in his prayers, and his little deeds of kindness such as mending clocks and watches for which he will be remembered. The day before his death my wife and I repeated the words of his favorite Scripture to him, and although he could not speak, yet his eyes brightened and his face lit up and his recognition of those words of Truth could easily be seen. I am certain he knew Him in whom he had believed, and was persuade that He is able to keep that which He committed unto Him against that day. Allan leaves to morn his loss, Fred and Maimi, the only remaining members of his family, Martha, Virginia and Gifford, his children, with nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and two great grand-children. To these we offer our sincere sympathy and say, "Weep not for the end of all things is soon to come and the Resurrection morning is soon to dawn.'" - Pastor Rex Cobbin.

Christian, Alma Fern, Lareau; thePeerage.com. Alma Fern Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on January 7, 1902. She was the daughter of Sidney Elliot Atkins Christian and Ethel Virginia Young. She married Victor Rolland Warren, son of Thursday Moses Skelly Warren and Roberta Mary Alice Young, on Pitcairn Island. She died on June 19, 1922 at age 20 on Pitcairn Island. Alma died in childbirth, along with her twins that were born at the same time. Her married name became Warren. The children of Alma and Victor Rolland Warren were Mae Lorena Warren, born June 14, 1922, and died June 14, 1922; and Florina Ward Warren, born June 14, 1922, and died June 14, 1922.

Christian, Almira Emeline, Lareau, thePeerage.com. Almira was born Dec. 24, 1847, on Pitcairn Island. She was the daughter of Isaac Christian and Miriam Young. She married John McLiver, son of Lachlan McLiver and Ann McMillan, on 21 May 1867 on Norfolk Island. She died in 1918 in New Zealand. Almira usually went by her middle name of Emeline. She also went by the nick-name of Annie. From 21 May 1867 her married name became McLiver. The children of Almira and John McLiver were Almira Isabella Ann McLiver, born 6 November 1875; John Lachlan McLiver, born 2 January 1877; Isaac Christian McLiver, born 27 April 1879, died 1900; Ann McLiver, born 17 April 1884, died 13 October 1956; and Archibald McLiver, born 17 May 1885.

Thursday October Christian Alphonzo Christian

Christian, Alphonso Driver, nickname: "Nunk", Lareau; thePeerage.com. Alphonso Driver Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on August 3, 1846. He was the son of Thursday October Christian and Mary Young. He married Sarah McCoy, daughter of Matthew McCoy and Margaret Christian on December 21, 1864, on Pitcairn Island. He died on June 14, 1921, at age 74, after being thrown from the longboat while conducting a landing. Also thrown from the boat was Walter Fisher Young. Their bodies were crushed between the longboat and rocks, and they died soon after being taken to their Island homes. Alphonso was buried on June 14, 1921, on Pitcairn Island. In 1864, he was among the second wave of returnees to Pitcairn from Norfolk Island. (For the children of Alphonso and Sarah McCoy, see "Sarah McCoy").

Christian, Alta Elizabeth, thePeerage.com. Alta Elizabeth Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on July 27, 1898. She was the daughter of Tommy Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Christian. She died in New Zealand. The child of Alta Elizabeth Christian and Phillip Cook Coffin was Clement Freeman Christian, who was born on May 22, 1916. The child of Alta Elizabeth Christian and Floyd Hastings McCoy was Laura Lorena Christian, who was born on February 26, 1918. The child of Alta Elizabeth Christian and Clifford Cephas Warren was Lavis Elwood Christian, who was born on May 2, 1922.

Christian, Amelia Jane, Lareau; thePeerage.com. Amelia Jane Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on March 8, 1892. She was the daughter of Gerard Robert Bromley Christian and Helen Amelia Jane Christian. She died of amenorrhea, or of conditions brought on by it on December 9, 1908, at age 16, on Pitcairn Island.

Christian, Anderson Bert, thePeerage.com. Anderson Bert Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on January 23, 1914. He was the son of George Lindsay Christian and Elizabeth Jane Christian. The children of Anderson Bert Christian and Hazel Mossele Christian were Jean Elaine Christian, who was born on March 6, 1951; Barton Ron Erle Christian, who was born on February 27, 1955; and Dale Evan Christian, who was born on January 1, 1961.

Christian, Andrew, thePeerage.com. Andrew Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on December 16, 1837. He was the son of Charles Christian and Charlotte Quintal. He died on December 16, 1837, on Pitcairn Island.

Christian, Andrew, thePeerage.com. Andrew Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on June 17, 1841. He was the son of Charles Christian and Charlotte Quintal. He was also reported to have been born on July 4, 1841, on Pitcairn Island. He died on May 26, 1862, at age 20 on Norfolk Island. Andrew Christian also went by the nick-name of Poppi.

Christian, Andrew Stevens, Lareau, thePeerage.com. Andrew Stevens Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on January 30, 1888. He was the son of Francis Hickson Christian and Eunice Jane Lawrence Young. He died on March 28, 1898, at age 10, on Pitcairn Island. Andrew was asked by his mother to gather bananas. Heaving not returned when expected, his mother sent his two sisters to look for him. Arriving at the place, they found him dead, a tree having fallen on him. (Shapiro: The Heritage of the Bounty).

Christian, Anna Rose, Snell; Lareau, thePeerage. Anna Rose Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on July 31, 1848. She was the daughter of Thursday October Christian and Mary Polly Young. She died on Pitcairn Island on March 30, 1851.

Christian, Arthur, Lareau; thePeerage.com. Arthur Christian was born on Pitcairn Island in 1815. He was the son of Thursday October Christian and Teraura (?).

Christian, Augusta Ruth Lena, thePeerage.com. Augusta Ruth Lena Christian [nickname: "Jockey"] was born on Pitcairn Island on December 15, 1883. She was the daughter of Alphonso Driver Christian and Sarah McCoy. She married Lincoln Clark after 1906 on Pitcairn Island. She died on December 6, 1954, at age 70, on Pitcairn Island. The child of Augusta Ruth Lena Christian and Thursday Moses Skelly Warren was Flora Clarice Christian, who was born on November 15, 1908, and died June 3, 1994. The children of Augusta Ruth Lena Christian and Lincoln Clark were Oliver Bryon Clark, who was born on December 27, 1912, and died June 3, 1994; Olive Beryl Clark, who was born on December 27, 1912; Everett Boyd Christian, who was born in 1916; and Oscar Harrison Clark, who was born on June 29, 1927.

Christian, Barton Ron Erle, Lareau; thePeerage.com. Barton Ron Erle Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on February 27, 1955. He is the son of Anderson Bert Christian and Hazel Mossele Christian.

Christian, Benjamin Claudius, thePeerage.com. Benjamin Claudius Christian was born 30 May 1832 on Pitcairn I.. He was the son of John Buffett & Mary Christian. He married Eliza Quintal, daughter of John Quintal and Maria Christian on 25 December 1851 on Pitcairn Island. He died on 4 August 1897 at age 65 at Norfolk Island. The children of Benjamin Claudius Christian and Eliza Quinta were Mary Emily Christian, born 3 October 1852, died 10 November 1896; Charles Richard Holmes Christian, born 31 October 1854, died 1897; Sarah Eliza Christian, born 23 August 1857, died 1918; Alice Maude Christian, born 26 August 1859, died 28 May 1925; Julius Christopher Christian, born 25 July 1862, died 1919; Henry Herbert Christian, born 10 January 1867, died 9 December 1868(?); and Lorenzo Fisher Christian, born 19 August 1869, died 25 October 1926.

Christian, Benjamin Norman, Lareau; thePeerage.com. Benjamin Norman Christian was born January 6, 1921, on Pitcairn Island. He was the son of Thornton Gilbert Christian and Marian Edith Young. He married Irma Doreen Warren, daughter of Philip Anderson Calvert Warren and Emily Mabel Christian on Pitcairn Island. Ben died on September 25, 1992, at age 71 on Pitcairn Island. The children of Ben and Irma are Dennis Ray Christian, born April 2, 1955; and Marlene Iona Christian, born February 3, 1960.

The following obituary about Ben Christian was written by Kenneth Bain and published in The Independent on October 5, 1992.

I first met him in 1968. Not quite on Pitcairn. A short tubby man climbed up the ship’s ladder and bounded over the gunwale. He was barefooted. His denims were faded, there was a long knife in his waist-belt and he wore a woollen skull cap with a pompom. He took this off as he reached the bridge. ‘Welcome,’ Ben always said to the captain. ‘Welcome to Pitkern (the Pitcairners’ pronunciation of their island home), and thank you f’r comin’.’
He was then and remained a gentle, kindly man, not typical of the disputatious individualism of many of his fellow Pitcairners. He was a model elder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to which all members of the community adhere. He had only once previously been away from Pitcairn.
While devoted and hardworking, he had little formal education and suffered noticeably from lack of training in basic administrative skills. So he was seconded later that year to the British South Pacific Office in Fiji with which he corresponded at that time from Pitcairn.
Isolated though their island home may have been, Ben and Irma kept contact with the outside world through ham radio links - not least for a time with Tristan da Cunha, that other other even more remote island of the South Atlantic roaring forties.
With an annual budget of less than pounds 300,000 and no taxes to administer, except for token gun and bicycle licences, the Island Secretary’s financial responsibilities were not exacting. Ben would go to his tiny office at Adamstown Square about twice a week. It was quite enough; and the peculiarities of the virulent Pitcairn fairweather mosquitoes, which came out in the daytime and not at night, made his office the worst place on the island - so the people said.
The Island Secretary’s inward mail from a rare ship-day call was never less than eccentric. I looked through Ben’s files on one occasion. A woman’s club in Maine wanted a Pitcairner to discuss the proposition that ‘the saga of Pitcairn offers the world the way to a meaningful life’; a retired police officer from Chicago offered to command the Pitcairn land and seagoing forces for a modest supplement to his pension; and a 1970 Cadillac would be shipped freight-free to the roadless island in return for a monopoly franchise for the sale of Pitcairn Island carvings in the United States. A university in New Zealand indicated that 50 members of its Department of Linguistics wished to undertake an on-the-spot study of the Pitcairn language and its people; and a Brazilian student of anthropology sought to cohabit with any Pitcairn woman for the purpose of a thesis on the sex habits of island communities.
‘Not much here to worry about,’ said Ben, as he resumed his interrupted wood-carving. ‘We jus’ have to see that Pitkern goes on being Pitkern - for the sake of all the people.’

Christian, Bernice , [See Bernice Viola Juanita Young]

Christian, Bert James, thePeerage.com. Bert James Christian was born on Pitcairn Island on October 13, 1865. He was the son of Elias Christian and Mary Elizabeth Young. He died on March 28, 1887, at the age of 21 at Mangareva, Gambier Islands. The child of Bert James Christian and Margaret Augusta Young was Norris Henry Young, who was born on August 15, 1887, and died February 10, 1974.

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