1870 United States census, Macoupin co. Illinois (5 August 1870, page 10, town 9 range 8):

Macoupin County Enquirer (Thursday, 28 December 1939, page 1):

Aged Resident Expires at His Home Thursday

Funeral Services for John Christen, 83, Conducted Sunday Afternoon at Riefenberg Funeral Home.

John Christen, one of Carlinville's oldest residents, died at his home on North Broad street, at about 11 o'clock Thursday morning. He was aged 83 years, 8 months and 21 days.

John Christen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Christen, was born in St. Louis, April 2, 1856. At the age of 5 years he came to Illinois and settled on a farm in Polk township north of Macoupin Station where he grew to manhood.

One brother Joseph and two half-sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Geiger and Mrs. Josephine Pursey, preceded him in death.

On November 22, 1893 Mr. Christen was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Barr and moved to a farm near Macoupin Station where they made their home, living there until March 11, 1909. Mr. Christen then decided to quit farming and moved to Carlinville where he spent the rest of his life.

Mrs. Christen preceded him in death August 11, 1925.

He leaves to mourn his loss, several nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were conducted by Elder Herman C. Rhoads at 1:00 p. m. Sunday at the Riefenberg Funeral home, Myron W. Snell, Edward Pursey, Kenneth Snell, Everett Perrings, Mark Yowell and Philip Geiger acting as casketbearers. Entombment was made in the Mayfield Mausoleum.