Born: 25 November 1844 in Troup County, Georgia
Died: 16 September 1928 in Florence County, South Carolina
Buried: Christopher-Elder Cemetery, Oconee County, Georgia
Parents: Thomas and Catharine (Jones) Christopher

1st Married: Mary Aggie Elder Danforth on 1 January 1868 in Campbell or Oconee County, Georgia
Born: 24 May 1836 in Georgia
Died: 29 April 1886 in Oconee County, Georgia
Buried: Fairburn City Cemetery, Fulton County, Georgia
Parents: Phillip Tignor and Tabitha Clumi (Bassett) Elder
Widow of: William M. Danforth

No Children

2nd Married: Virginia H. Elder on 26 October 1886 in Georgia
Born: 6 July 1849 in Oconee County, Georgia
Died: 13 December 1918 in Oconee County, Georgia
Buried: Christopher-Elder Cemetery, Oconee County, Georgia
Parents: William Young and Emily Caturah (Thurman) Elder


  1. Katurah Ophelia Christopher


  • Father-in-law: William Elder - 9th Regiment of Georgia State Guards
  • Brother-in-law: William Radford Elder - 30th Georgia Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Irving Hinton Elder - 21st Georgia Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: James Shannon Elder - 2nd Battalion Georgia Infantry (Home Guards)
  • Brother-in-law: Alonzo Greenwood Elder - 11th Georgia Cavalry


63rd Georgia Infantry
Company I


  • Enter service as a Private and left service as a Private
  • Enlisted 17 January 1863 in Macon County, Georgia
  • Jan - Apr 1863: Present
  • 10 Mar - 30 Jun 1863: Present
  • Jul & Aug 1863: Present
  • Sep & Oct 1863: Absent without leave from 20 Oct for ten days
  • 31 Aug - 31 Dec 1863: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1864: Present
  • Enlisted 23 Dec 1862 in Savannah, GA


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  • Filed: 4 October 1919
  • Residence: Bishop, Oconee County, Georgia
  • Resident of this state all his life
  • Enlisted April 1862 in Savannah, Georgia in Company I of the 63rd Georgia Regiment
  • Surrendered at Greensboro, NC in April 1865 while serving under Johnson
  • Witness: W. H. Speir of Terrell County, Georgia
    • Has known SPC since 1862 when they enlisted in the infantry
    • SPC left the army at the time of surrender
    • Dated: 6 October 1919



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  • Filed: 25 February 1925
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Cookeville
  • Member: 63rd Georgia Regiment Company I (formerly 13th GA BN)
  • Born: 25 Nov 1844 in Troupe County, Georgia
  • Enlisted: 1862 before he was 18 years old in Company I, Captain Howard, Colonel Gordon, Lt. Colonel Black
  • Battles: Dalton, GA; Resaca, GA; New Hope Church,; Kennesaw Mountain; Battles around Atlanta and Jonesboro, GA
  • Diseases: Rheumatism due to exposure
  • Formerly a pensioner in Georgia
  • Has one child who is the wife of Professor T. A. Early of Cookeville
  • Wife is dead
  • Lives with married daughter
  • 2nd Application Filed: 2 Mar 1907
  • Accepted
  • Attest: Thomas A. Early and W. M. Shanks

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Bureau of Pension Examiners (25 Feb 1925) - Request Service Records
  • War Department (6 Mar 1925) - Sent Service records
  • SPC (25 Apr 1925) - Requests status of pension application
  • Secretary (29 Apr 1925) - A soldier from another state must be a resident of TN for 10 years


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  • Filed: 20 June 1927
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Cookeville, Putnam County
  • Member of Co I, 63rd Georgia Regiment; Mercer's Brigade, Walker's Division, Hardee's Corp under Gen'l Jos E. Johnson
  • Born Troupe County, Georgia in 1844
  • Enlisted 1862; Col. Gordon; Lt. Col. Black; Capt. Howard; 1st Lt. Bray; Ser H. Coker
  • Regiment served on siege battery of Thunderbolt, GA first 14 months
  • Battles: Dalton, GA; Resaca, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Nashville, Franklin
  • Wife died in 1918
  • Live with his only child
  • Resident of TN since 1918
  • Attest: G. M. Bullington and W. C. Wade

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (20 Jun 1927) - Service Record Request
  • War Department (23 Jun 1927) - Sent Service Records


  • 1850 Census: Troup County, GA, Page 78
  • 1860 Census: Campbell County, GA, Page 221
  • 1870 Census: Campbell County, GA, Page 39 (listed as Saml Christopher)
  • 1880 Census: Campbell County, GA, Page 565B
  • 1900 Census: Oconee County, GA, Page 25A
  • 1910 Census: Oconee County, GA, Page 140A
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 24B


Athens Banner, Saturday, 14 December 1918
Mrs. S. P. Christopher died at her home at Bishop last night. She had many friends and relatives in Athens who are grieved at her death. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. T. A. Early of Cookeville, Tennessee; two brothers A. G. Elder and G. P. Elder and one sister, Mrs. William Bishop, two nephews Tom and Henry Elder and one niece Mrs. J. F. Rose. The funeral arrangements will be announced later. [Oconee County, Georgia, Deaths, 1880-1944, By Fred Warren McRee, Page 23]


  • Death Certificate: Florence County, SC (1928) - #16196 - Seaborn Polk Christopher
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    Subject:Seaborn Polk Christopher
    Date:Fri, 8 Feb 2002 15:55:58 EST

    I located this information searching through DAR records in the Georgia
    Archives. It came from a bible owned by Mrs. Thomas Early, Bishop, GA.

    Seaborn Polk Christopher of Fairburn, GA and Virginia H. Elder of Bishop, GA
    married October 26, 1886 by Rev. Thos Foster

    S.P. Christopher and Mrs. M.A. Elder, Danforth were married January 1st 1868

    S.P. Christopher and Virginia H. Elder were (line was blank)

    Katurah Ophelia Christopher and Thomas Alva Early of Mississippi were married
    Apr 24, 1912

    Mrs. S.P. Christopher was born May 24, 1836.
    S.P. Christopher was born Nov. 25, 1844.
    Virginia H. Elder second wife of S.P. Christohper was born July 6, 1849.
    Thomas Early born Aug 28, 1881 near Water Valley, Miss.
    Katurah Ophelia daughter of S.P. & Virginia E. Christopher was born Dec 3,
    1888 at Bishop, Georgia.
    Thomas Alva Early, Jr. was born August 15, 1916 at Starkville, Miss.
    Seaborn Christopher Early was born Feb 2, 1926 in Cookville, Tenn.

    Mrs. S.P. Christopher departed this life April 29, 1886.
    Virginia Elder H. Christopher died December 13, 1918.
    After the death of Virginia H. Christopher. The loved wife of S.P.
    Christopher. He lived with his daughter & son Katie Ophelia & Thomas A. Early
    in Cookeville, Tenn.

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