"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
CHRISTOPHER ENDERS, for many years was a well known and respected citizen of Shelby county, where he became a man of large estate at the time of his death, June 24, 1901, owning 214 acres of fine land in Franklin township, the result of his own industry and frugality. He was born in Elsass, Germany, in April, 1837, a son of Christopher Enders, who, with his wife, died in Germany.
When sixteen years of age, young Christopher Enders came to the United States and made his way to Shelby county, O. Here he worked for a time at weaving and wagonmaking and still later, when able to buy land, became a farmer and afterward, until death, followed an agricultural life. Quiet, self respecting and industrious, he was well known to his neighbors and he set an example of thrift and good citizenship. He was twice married, first to Miss Margaret Donneyer, and four children were born to them: Jacob. George, Charles and Emma, the last named being a trained nurse. His second marriage was to Miss Barbara King, who was born in Butler county, O., and still resides on the homestead, in which she has a life interest. Her parents, John and Magdalena (Sallsman) King, are now deceased. They were old residents of Butler county, who moved from there to Iowa, but at the time of death were buried in Graceland Cemetery at Sidney, O. Mrs. Enders is the youngest of her parents' family, the others being: Elizabeth, wife of John Houndrick: Mary, wife of Jacob Meyers; Catherine, wife of John Gram; and Joseph.
To Mr. and Mrs. Enders four children were born, all surviving; Sadie E., who is the wife of Charles Richards, and they have two children, Jennette and Frances; Mary, who is a trained nurse: Herman, who operates the farm for his mother; and Catherine. Mr. Enders was a member of the Lutheran church and Mrs. Enders and all of the children belong to this religious body. He was never active in politics and never willing to serve in public office but voted with the democratic party and his sons follow his example.