Biography - Charles Burton

Charles H. BURTON, farmer, P. O. McVey, was born in Greene County, Ill., near Greenfield, to William L. and Rachael (DAVIDSON) BURTON, July 25, 1833; he was born in Virginia July 3, 1797; emigrated to Kentucky, and subsequently removed to Illinois about the year 1825, and settled in Greene County, Ill., near White Hall, in 1829 or 1830; here he remained until about 1858, when he removed to Montgomery county and resided with his son, our subject, to the time of his death, which occurred October 5, 1862; during his life, followed the occupation of a farmer; it is supposed he was of German descent; his wife, and mother of our subject, was born in Maryland January 9, 1798, and died January 21, 1852; they were the parents of ten children - five boys and five girls, viz.: Henry James D. (dead), Mary Jane (widow of Nathan T. MAXFIELD), Elizabeth C. (wife of William F. CARRICO, of Kansas), David Parker (dead), Martha A. (first wife of William CARRICO - dead), Margaret K. (second wife of Volentine CASWELL; she is now dead), John F. (dead), Charles H. (our subject), Sarah M. (dead), William A. (dead). Charles H. BURTON received his education at Greenfield, from the common schools and the Greenfield Academy; he remained with his parents to the age of twenty-one, assisting in tilling the soil of his father's farm; he then embarked on his career in life as a school teacher, in Montgomery County, where he removed when he left his home; he taught during the winters of 1855 and 1856; in the summer of 1857, bought a farm of eighty acres and began farming; his farm was located in Section 16 of Pitman Township; here he remained until February, 1859, when he bought a farm adjoining his present residence, where he resided until the spring of 1863, when he removed to his present place, where he has since remained, engaged in agricultural pursuits; he is now the owner of 100 acres of well-improved land, and under a high state of cultivation. On October 15, 1856, in Montgomery County, he married Samantha ROGERS; she was born in Macoupin County, Ill., April 18, 1835, to Benjamin and Lydia (SNOW) ROGERS, who were native of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. BURTON have had seven children, six of whom are now living; James O., born November 5, 1857; Lydia Estella, December 9, 1858; Rosa, July 9, 1860; George E., January 26, 1862; John A., April 6, 1863, died September 10, 1864; William W., October 25, 1867; Benjamin R., June 28, 1872. Self and family are religiously connected with the M. E. Church. Mr. BURTON was elected County Supervisor in 1877, and served three years; School Treasurer since 1869, and still holds office; Highway Commissioner at present; politically, a Republican; he is a member of Grange Lodge, No. 970, in Pitman Township, and called Washington Lodge. But three of Mr. BURTON's children are at home.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 260-261.

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