Mar. 20, 1926 Birmingham Schuyler County Illinois, USA
Civil War Veteran Answers Last Call
John Christian Given Honors at Soldiers' Home, Quincy, Where Burial Took Place
John Christian, another of the few civil war veterans left in this section of Illinois, answered the last call e'er the dawn of a new day, Saturday, Mar. 20, 1926. The end came at the home of his son, C.H. Christian of Birmingham, Ill. where he had made his home.
J.H. Nichols, funeral director, accompanied by Joyce Robbins of Plymouth, took the remains over-land to Quincy Monday morning where funeral services were held at 1:30 o'clock p.m. Besides the bereaved relatives a large cortege of comrades were present at the last rites. The impressive funeral services were in charge of the G.A.R. and the chaplain of the Soldiers' Home. Comrade Christian was given all the honors due a civil war veteran. Taps and the bugle were sounded and on a new grave in the Soldiers' Home cemetery, an American flag flies to the breeze-- in that grave rests the body of John Christian but his soul has soared to realms unknown--where, when the bugle sounds he will be in line.
1838 In Memoriam 1926 John Christian died March 20th at the home of his son, C.H. Christian after suffering with heart trouble and complications, aged 87 years, 7 months and 13 days. He was the son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Shadrick) Christian, and was born in the state of Tennessee on August 7, 1838. He came to this state with his parents at the age of 8 years, and settled near Augusta, Ill.
In the year of 1861, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Adams, living at Pulaski, Ill. Eight children were born to this union, six having preceded him in death. Two surviving D.H. Christian and Mrs. W.R. Cone of Peoria, Ill.
May 30, 1898 this father and two children were bereft of a mother's loving care. He was again united in marriage to Mrs. Margaret McRoynalds April 22, 1902 and on July 9th 1924, he was again bereft of a wife's loving care. Although a great sufferer from heart troubles and complications his weakened body was not strong enough to withstand the ravages of this disease and he peacefully sank to rest. He bore his suffering with great fortitude, never murmuring or complaining, always putting his trust in his great Savior, whom he found precious to his soul. He was a kind husband, loving father and a friend maker with whom he met.
In 1865 he thought of his country and how it needed him, so leaving his home duties, he enlisted in the union army. After serving almost a year in the army, he settled again near Augusta where he lived until admitted to the Illinois Soldiers' Home at Quincy, Aug. 13, 1914. While there, being bereft of his wife, he came to live with his son and passed away at his home. He leaves, besides children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, a number of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
Also father of Charles Christian, father of Russell Christian buried at Pulaski Cemetery, Hancock County, Illinois.