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Descendants of Sanford Christy

From 1808 Virginia and Frontier Illinois to California

Sanford Christy was born in Virginia. He relocated to Greene County, Illinois where at age 28 married 18 year old Mary Margarete Clark from Kentucky. They lived in Alton, Illinois, on the banks of the Mississippi River, where they raised their family.

George William Christy was born in Alton in 1841. He enblisted on August 9, 1861 and served in the the 27th Illinois Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The 27th Illinois Infantry Regiment was recruited from Madison and Macoupin counties. He was discharged due to a medical disability on January 21, 1864. According to the 1880 Census, George was 'deaf and dumb' and employed as a 'Lightening Rod Agnt'. His brother Charles fought with the 32d Illinois Infantry Regiment from 1841 through September 15, 1865.

George's name in military records is misspelled "Cristy". He is listed as, "Cristy, George W Pvt F 27 IL US INF [from] ALTON." Mustered Aug. 17, 1861, discharged "Jan 1, 1864; disabil." His brother's enlistment appears twice in Company F.

The 27th Illinois Infantry Regiment was engaged in the following Civil War Battles or Campaigns from 1861 late 1863: Belmont, New Madrid/Island No. 10, Siege of Corinth, Stone's River (Murfreesboro), Tullahoma Campaign, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge (Chattanooga). Read the regimental history.

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Members of the 27th Illinois Infantry Regiment, Company G. Great-grandfather George William Christy served in Co. F, fighting from 1861 to late 1863. He was dismissed with a disability and reported in the 1880 census as "deaf and dumb." Read the regimental history.
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In 1905, Guy Christy took his family west via train. He stopped in Durango to see if he could find work in the mines. An overview of Durango taken from Smelter mountain in 1895. Guy soon continued west to Santa Cruz, California.

George Christy married Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzy" Stephens from Paducah, Kentucky. Their son Guy Herbert was born 11 Oct 1871 in Upper Alton, Illinois, just north of St. Louis. Guy became a blacksmith. In 1897, at age 26, he married Bessie Roberts Diuguid who was from Guy's mother's birthplace, Paducah, Kentucky. Given that Alton and Paducah are about 190 miles apart, it is easy to suppose that Guy met Bessie on one of the family visits to Paducah. George and Lizzy's daughter Carrie married a fellow by the last name of Nipper. In 1905, they moved to Santa Cruz, California.