Biography - George Christy

GEORGE CHRISTY is one of the extensive landowners of Greene county, living in Kane township, and is a representative of one of the old and honored families here. His father, John Christy, came to Illinois at a very early day, casting in his lot with the pioneer settlers of Greene county when the work of progress and improvement had scarcely been begun in this part of the state. He married Miss Elizabeth Dennison, a native of Kentucky, and they became the parents of eight children. John Christy devoted his energies to agricultural pursuits and his excellent business ability and keen discernment were demonstrated in the success which attended his labors. He worked persistently and diligently, made careful investment of his financial resources and became the owner of extensive landed interests. He died in the year 1845 and his wife passed away in 1872.
George Christy, the youngest of their eight children, was born on the old family homestead in Kane township, on the 7th of November, 1839. No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for him in his youth and throughout his entire life he has superintended extensive agricultural interests. He is now the owner of a very valuable farm of five hundred and ten acres in this county and has extensive realty holdings and other desirable property, including five hundred and fifty acres in Jersey county. His is one of the most elegant homes of the county, the palatial residence being supplied with furnishings such as wealth can secure and refined taste suggest.
In September, 1875, Mr. Christy was united in marriage to Miss Annie M. Sunderland, a native of Jersey county, Illinois, and a daughter of Lord Sunderland, who located there at an early day. Mr. and Mrs. Christy occupy a prominent position socially and the hospitality of the best homes of Greene county is cordially extended them. In citizenship Mr. Christy is reliable and loyal and his co-operation may always be counted upon in support of any measure which he deems of public benefit. In politics he is a Republican, but has always refused office.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Greene County, Illinois, by Ed Miner, published in 1905, pages 382-386.

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