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CHRISTIAN, EDWARD (1833–1888). Edward Christian, soldier and businessman, son of Samuel Patteson and Nancy (Patteson) Christian, was born in Buckingham County, Virginia, on January 10, 1833. When he was quite young the family moved to Marengo County, Alabama, where both his parents died around 1840. Christian may have been raised by his older brothers until, at about the age of twelve, he became a carpenter's apprentice. In 1851 he and another young carpenter, Simon Loomis, moved from Alabama to Texas, first to Bastrop and then to Austin, where they worked together as builders and lumber dealers. After the outbreak of the Civil War the partnership was dissolved, and Christian enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in Company G, Sixteenth Texas Infantry. He served for the rest of the war and fought in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill (see RED RIVER CAMPAIGN). After the war he returned to Austin and again went into business with Loomis; in 1867 they established a planing mill and extensive lumberyards. Their firm, Loomis and Christian, prospered and became one of the largest lumber dealers in Texas. Christian also served as a vice president of City National Bank of Austin and on the board of trustees of the Deaf and Dumb Institute (later the Texas School for the Deafqv). He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a Presbyterian. Christian married Matilda Horst on April 7, 1873; they had three children. He died in Austin on April 14, 1888, and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.


Frank Brown, Annals of Travis County and the City of Austin (MS, Frank Brown Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin). John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin: Daniell, 1880; reprod., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Lewis E. Daniell, Types of Successful Men in Texas (Austin: Von Boeckmann, 1890).

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Robert Christian, "CHRISTIAN, EDWARD," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.