History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884

E. F. Christian Biography

Capt. E. F. Christian, of the Anchor Line, Erie, was born in the Isle of Man in 1834, and was reared to a seafaring life. At nine, he engaged in the English Merchant Marine service, remaining till seventeen years old, when he came to America, and went on the lakes.

In 1864, he retired from this, and embarked in merchandising as a grocer and ship chandler, and did an extensive business for four years. He then engaged in vessel agency, insurance business, and invested vessel property, in which he continued till 1876, when he took up his present industry, with which he his since been identified. For several years during this time he operated largely in oil lands.

Our subject was married, in 1852, to Elizabeth G. Moran, a lady of fine literary attainments, and a native of N.Y. City. To this union have been born four children. viz., Charles E. and Wm. L.S., manufacturers in Dubuque, Iowa; Miranda, wife of Benjamin F. Pierce, a hardware merchant of Erie: and Marion Josephine, a college graduate, now teaching. The family are members of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Christian is an active member of the Masonic order.

Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884

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