From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
Christopher Shade was born in Perry County, Pa., in 1828, and when three years of age was taken by his parents to Ohio, where he was reared and educated. He learned the carpenter's trade in his youth and worked at it about twenty years. He was married in Ohio to Tirzah Ann Pease, daughter of Luman and Gratia (Hawks) Pease. Her mother died many years ago and her father married again and lives in Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Shade have been born three children -- Judson, Zoe Gratia and Sarah Sophia. In the spring of 1858 Mr. Shade moved to Steuben County, Ind., and settled in Salem Township. In the fall of 1859 he bought the farm where he now lives on section 31. There were no improvements on his land at that time, but it is now one of the finest farms in the township. His father, Christopher Shade, Sr., came to this county the same year with his family and settled on section 32, Salem Township, where he died Sept. 25, 1859. His wife survived till May 28, 1879. They had a family of five children, three of whom are living -- Christopher and David, of Salem Township, and Abraham, of Paulding County, Ohio. Ann died Jan. 20, 1861, and Richard, Feb. 15, 1879. The latter served two years and three months in the war of the Rebellion. Christopher Shade, Jr., was a soldier in the same war nine months, and was discharged in Nashville, Tenn., at the close of the war, arriving home July 4, 1865.
Submitted by Kim Davoli