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Re: Mignouette Riker-Emigh 1944, NY
Posted by: Barbara Riker (ID *****7150) Date: August 20, 2011 at 14:09:40
In Reply to: Re: Mignouette Riker-Emigh 1944, NY by Tom Lamothe of 359

I apologize for the delayed response. I flagged the site but that was as far as I got this past winter.

My father (Monro Christian Riker) was Emigh's son. He was an only child (as you may already know).

We have an extensive family tree however unfortunately it is in storage along with the family bible dating back before the Civil War. I am in MI. Storage is in upstate NY. I am intrigued as well however work prohibits me at the moment from getting out there to locate which box/storage unit it is in.

My grandmother, Emigh, did extensive genealogy research through the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) - you may find some connections you are looking for through that organization. I know my mother always said she traced our family history back and submitted it to this organization.

Also to note, This is our old summer cottage. There may be some connections through Gloversville

Finally, I received an email in 2008 from what appears to be a distant cousin of my fathers from California (I have copied the correspondence below.)

Please let me know what you find out as many pieces have been lost as family has passed on.

My email is

Hope you are having a wonderful summer,

Thank you so much for writing to me. I have been doing family tree research for about 20 years. Your father came to Rio Vista and visted with us and my grandmother Julia Christensen Brown. I had been trying to contact your father. For years my family (George Wallace (Wally) Brown would receive Xmas cards with pictures of you and your family growing up. I wrote to the address but with no luck. I found information that your father has passed in 1999. No sure if your mother is living. All I have is you sisters names. I was raised in Rio Vista and was able to gather up a great deal of relative information and pictures.I now live in southern California, Temecula. But I still do research and stay incontact with Rio Vista local musuem, who a cousin of mine is the curator still gathering up information. i have worked on the Brown, Christensen and Emigh lines plus a great deal more. My mother started gathering up family data and pictures and I started helping her out and took over and when she passed in 1995 I am now the keeper of the records adding more family data and passing on the information to other relatives. Both of my parents have passed now. my father in 1987 and mother in 1995. Below is what information I have on your line. Would appreciate it if you could fill in the blanks and make any corrections and any extra information you would like to pass on to me. I have pictures also. I would be more than happy to send you what information I have on the Christensen and Emigh lines if you would like. Thank you again for getting in touch with me.

Robin Brown Bryson
40521 La Cadena Court
Temecula, CA 92591 951-695-3920

Christian Frederick Christensen was the first child of Martin Christensen Sr. and Anne Kirstine (Jefsen) Schmidt. Anne's father's last name was Jefsen. Marn Hansdatter's second husband but they wanted all the children to have the same last name so that is how Anne got the Schmidt name. Martin Christensen's 8th child was Julia M Christensen my grandmother who married George Augustus Brown.

1.Martin Christensen Sr.

B: 31 Oct 1838

P: Grasse, Denmark

D: 2 May 1901

P: Rio Vista, Solano Co., CA

Bur: Odd Fellow Cem., Rio Vista, CA

(Christensen Plot)

Married: July 1870 San Francisco, CA

Anne Kirstine Schmidt

B: 9 Jan 1850

P: Scherrebek, Denmark

Baptized: 18 June 1850

Died: March 1933


Bur: Masonic & Odd Fellow Cem., Rio Vista, CA

(Christensen Plot)

1. Christian Frederick Christensen

2. Martha Christensen

3. Annie Mae Christensen

4. John Christensen

5. Martin Christensen

6. Alvin Powell Christensen

7. Mathilda (Matilda) Louise Christensen

8. Julia M. Christensen

1. Christian Frederick Christensen

B: 22 Feb.1872

P: San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA

D: 9 Aug 1934 stroke, heart attack


Married: 19 March 1900 DIV.

Lydia Jane Emigh

B: 28 April 1875

P: Rio Vista, Solano Co., CA

D: 1 Aug 1941 diabetes - myocerlitur


Bur: Masonic & Odd Fellow Cem., Rio Vista, CA

1920 Census Murray Twsp / Livermore. Alameda Co., CA

Christensen, Lydia boarder 44 wd CA NY IA Salesman corsets

1930 Census Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA

Christensen ,Lydia renter 54 Div CA NY IA Labor lady

Fred had typhoid fever when young, in his middle age he had diabetes, angina and kidney stones.

Fred was fond of hunting, reading, dancing and played the piano. He was quick tempered, very kind and generous. Fred had 12 years of education.

Fred Christensen climbed out of the upstairs window dressed in his sisters Martha’s dress. He wanted to go duck hunting, but was reprimanded because he didn’t milk the cows and had his clothes taken away so he couldn’t go. But he sneaked out away dressed as a girl.

Fred was President and general manager of the Rio Vista Lighterage Co. also a partner with his brother Alvin Christensen. He was a County Supervisor.

Fred and a San Francisco newspaperman were the originators of the derby.

Fred was short legged, bowlegged and cursed a lot. He was also fat, talked rough but had a good heart.

Lydia had a grammar school education. She was a school teacher. In her youth she had female problems and in her middle age had diabetes. Lydia was bright minded fond of dancing, music, sewing and reading.

Rumor: Lydia Emigh ran away to New York to sell corsets and left Fred to raise the children alone.

Christian Frederick Christensen

Remarried 1924

Jane McNulty

no children.

4 children (of Fred & Lydia)

1. Eudora Kathryn Christensen

2.Emigh Margaret Christensen

3. Edgar Frederick Christensen (Deck)

4.Jean Christensen

Story: Fred Christensen was an avid hunter. Fred Christensen and Arthur Harvie were good friends and used mussel loading guns. They were out shooting ducks at the club and the brought along George Wallace (Wally) Brown nephew of Fred’s. They had a contest, who was the best shot. So one day they set bottles in the old mud pond to see who was the best. The loser had to go reset some more bottles. Art lost and while he was setting up the bottles Fred reloaded Art’s gun jamming in the ramming rod. Fred shot between the legs of Art putting bottles in mud between his legs. Art was so mad that he fired his gun into the air which had the ramming rod jammed in it by Fred and knocked him belly up. Wallace (Wally) Brown took care of the whole situation when he was only 15 years old. When Fred invited Wally to a duck shoot at a game club. Wally and Fred had killed their limit and decided it was time to move on, however Wally had to go out and pick up the ducks and ……. Art never spoke to Fred for years.

Story: Anne Christensen, Fred’s mother, forbid him to go hunting in the pond, where Delta Way is now located. Fred would sneak into his sister’s room and steal her dress and put it on, because his mother would take his britches away so he would not go hunting. In his sisters dress he would slide down the spout from the upstairs window. He finally got caught but the ducks fed the family.

2. Emigh Margaret Christensen

B: 20 Feb 1906

P: San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA

D: 18 June 1958


Bur: Arlington National Cem., VA

Interment 23 June 1958

Section 30 Site 1074-1 R.H.

Married: 10 May 1940

Monro Marvin Riker

Rear Admiral Navy

B: 11 Dec 1904

P: Maplewood, NJ

D: 7 April 1972

P: Lansing, NY

Bur: Arlington Nat. Cem., Arlington, VA

Intement 18 April 1972

Section 30 Site 1074-1 l.H.

When Emigh was young she had typhoid fever in her middle age she had myocardial infraction. She was fond of music, sewing, and dancing.

Emigh attended college for 2 years, her favorite study was foreign languages. Emigh was a school teacher,

Rear Admiral Monro Marvin Riker enlisted 2 Jun 1927 & retired 30 Jun 1957

WWII & Korean Wars

Arrive 23 June 1940

Depart Port Cristobal, Canal Zone

Ship: Quirigua

Arrive: NY

Native: NJ

Line 3, Microfilm: T715, Microfilm roll T715_6477

Riker Monro 35 M M Dec 11, 1904 Maplewood, NJ

Riker, Emigh 34 F M Feb 20, 1906 San Francisco, CA

Address in US: Northhampton, Fulton Co., NJ

Census 1910 Summit Ward 1, Union Co., NJ

Riker, Samuel M. 31 NJ NY NJ MFG metal goods, employee

Mignonette 28 NJ MO NJ

Monro 5 NJ NJ NJ

Barbara 2 NJ NJ NJ

Census 14 April 1930 NY, King Co., Borough of Brooklyn

Enumerated: 24-906

Supervision District: 31

Sheet 5 B

Riker, Margaret M. 47 yrs widow NJ NY NJ None

Monro M. son 25 S NJ NJ NJ Naval Officer

Barbara M. dau 22 S NJ NJ NJ Clerk

1. Monro Christian Riker (Chris)

B: 5 Dec 1941

P: Durham, NC

D: 17 Dec 1999

P: Boston, MA death Cert. #007686

Married: 19 July 1966

Carol Ann Maria Strungis

B: 1938




Carol is the daughter of William Strungis and Anna Prisby

1. Barbara Ann Riker

B: 11 July 1972

2. Kristin Emigh Riker

B: 1 Feb 1975

Married: ______Coleman

1. Linda Riker

B: 1976

2. Nancy Riker

B: 7 April 1978

Married: _____Harken

Lived in Kalamazoo, MI

OBIT- Dec 3 2004 Ipswich Chronicle, Danvers, MA

Anna M. Strungis

Age 92

Born 12 Nov 1912

Died 23 Nov 2004

People mentioned: Mark Strungis; Adam; Kristen Riker; Stephine McLeod; Barbara Riker; William; Linda Riker; Stephen Strungis; Eric; Carol Riker; Rudolph; Lee; Marya Prisby; Nancy Harken

Locations mentioned: Ipswich, Worcester; Mint Hill, NC

(Anna Strungis was born in Ipswich, MA, last residence Mint Hill, NC

OBIT- Dec 10, 2004 Ipswich Chronicle, Danvers, MA

(Prisby) Strungis

92 age

Born 12 Nov 1912

Died 23 Nov 2004

Locations mentioned: Mint Hill, NC; Ipswich; Worcester

People Mentioned: Adam; Mark Strungis; Barbara Riker; Stephine McLeod; William; Linda Riker; Stephen Strungis; Eric; Carol Riker; Rudolph; Lee; Marya Prisby; Kristen Riker-Coleman; Nancy Harken.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 6:48 AM
Subject: RE: Son of Monro Marvin Riker

Good morning -
I am responding re: your posting on RootsWeb in 1999. I am the granddaughter of Monro Marvin Riker and Emigh Margaret Christensen. My name is Barbara and I currently reside in Michigan. What kind of information are you looking for?

Searching for the son of Monro Marvin Riker and Emigh Margaret Christensen.
She was born in 1906 at San Francisco, CA. I am sure Monro Marvin riker has
since passed away now, but wondering if his son is still around. i am his
distant cousin connected to the Christensen side. Last known where bouts was
Kalamazoo. Robin Brown Bryson

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