Christopher Childs is a writer/activist, and a sometime actor who has specialized in historically-based theatre, television, and film. He is the former National Speaker for the U.S. branch of Greenpeace, and is the author of "The Spirit's Terrain: Creativity, Activism, and Transformation" (Beacon Press, Boston); he served as a volunteer leader for the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club in Minnesota, and for the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, between 2003 and 2010. He has toured nationally both for Greenpeace, and with the one-man show "Clear Sky, Pure Light: an Evening with Henry David Thoreau", whose source material was published as a book by Penmaen Press in 1978. While he has been aware since childhood of the history of various branches of his ancestry -- most notably, of his Quaker paternal ancestress Mary (Barrett) Dyer, and of his family's maternal Mayflower forebears -- only in recent years has he delved seriously into the genealogical details.
A past thespian credit of his that may be of interest to genealogists with a particular focus on Salem and its infamous 1692 trials -- especially those who have forebears who were victims of those proceedings -- is his appearance in the mid-1980s PBS miniseries, "Three Sovereigns for Sarah", which vividly recreated the trials; he played the somewhat memorable, if appalling, Rev. Nicholas Noyes (see Noyes-531) of Salem Town. He was, perhaps fortunately, unaware at the time that he was a descendant of Susannah (North) Martin (see North-25), who was among those accused... and executed.
Now largely retired, in an average week, he devotes several-score hours to work on WikiTree, and is a member of the PGM Project Research crew.
Note: Christopher should not be confused with his near-namesake Christopher Child (no "s"), a well-known professional genealogist with the famous New England Historic and Genealogical Society. While Christopher Childs is a member of NEHGS, and aspires to meet professional standards in the results he logs on WikiTree, he does not think of his work as comparable to that of Mr. Child.
(It is however a curious irony that NEHGS is literally just up Boston's Newbury Street from Childs Gallery, the art gallery founded by Christopher Childs's father, Charles Dyer Childs, in 1937.)
To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private and public profiles I'm presently managing to be transferred to community members on my trusted list, or to the Leadership Team to be farmed out to any interested party or parties (format from https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sheppard-2686)
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