Christian Ignatius Borissow

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Christian (Kristian) Ignatius Borissow

Birthplace: Hamina, Finland
Death: Died in Bradford, England
Place of Burial: Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Bengt Jacob Ignatius and Katarina Ignatius
Husband of Sarah Borissow
Father of Christian Alexander Borissow; Christiana Amelia Borissow; Frederic Ferdinand Borissow; Isabella Louisa Borissow; Sarah Elvina Borissow and 6 others
Brother of Karl Jakob Ignatius; Petter Johan Ignatius; Bengt Ignatius; Alexander Ignatius; Bengt Ignatius and 5 others

Occupation: Teacher of Commerce and Languages
Managed by: Essi Aira Vilhelmiina Ignatius
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About Christian Ignatius Borissow


Birth & christening data:

Christian Ignatius, a son of the vicar of Ruokolahti parish in Southeastern Finland, then part of Russia, had to quit his secondary school education in 1803 at 15 years of age, when both his parents had died and presumably there was no money to pay for school and board in Porvoo/Borgå, located some 300 km away from home and during those years even across the border in another country (Sweden).

It is known that he later worked as a merchant in St Petersburg, the capital of Russia, and moved from there to Great Britain. He was married in Bristol, England, in December 1819 with Sarah Peters (see marriage source in Sarah's profile) and had published his first book in the same year. He also functioned as a Consul of the Russian empire. At this time he was already known as Christian Ignatius Borissow.

More information about Christian Ignatius Borissow and about his descendants in England and elsewhere, can also be found at this website created by Tamsin Stone:

Christian and his relatives in Finland (from 1809 an autonomous grand duchy belonging to the Russian empire) seem to have lost contact after 1833, as the history of the family Ignatius published e.g. in the book Ignatius-suku ("The Ignatius Family", 1942) documents only seven of his ten children - up to the birth of Cornelius (1833). Thanks to the above mentioned website, the contacts between Christian's descendants and the Ignatius family in Finland have been re-established about 170 years later, in the first decade of the 21st century.

We can only assume the reasons behind Christian's decision to change his family name to a Russian style Borissow, which actually means "Bengt's son" - perhaps this was in remembrance of his father, and also in order to emphasise his origins in the Russian empire, one of his specialties as a teacher of commerce and languages.

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Christian Ignatius Borissow's Timeline

April 4, 1788
Hamina, Finland

See Christian's birth documented in Finnish Genealogical Society's database of church records "Hiski":

- 1803
Age 13
Porvoo, Finland
February 24, 1803
- September 11, 1803
Age 14
Ruokolahti, Finland
- 1818
Age 14
St. Petersburg, Russia
April 5, 1819
Age 31
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
December 10, 1819
Age 31
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England

Married at St James Church Bristol

Age 30
Age 31
Bristol, United Kingdom
August 16, 1822
Age 34
Huddersfield, Kirklees, United Kingdom
Age 35
Huddersfield, Kirklees, United Kingdom