BURR, William H.
William H. BURR is a well-known farmer
residing on section 10, Roberts township. He was born August 30,
1857, and is the son of Ira and Eleanor (HACKELMAN) BURR, the
former a native of New Haven, Connecticut,
born in 1802, and the latter of
county, Indiana, born May 31, 1818.
Ira BURR grew to manhood in his native
state and then removed to Wabash
county, Indiana, where he engaged in farming, and later married
Eleanor HACKELMAN. After their marriage they continued to reside
until the fall of 1864, when they came to
and took up their residence in Lacon. In the following spring
they settled in Roberts township, where they remained two years,
and then removed to Coffey county,
Kansas, where he again engaged in
farming, and where he continued to reside until his death in
1873. His wife also died during the same year. They were the
parents of twelve children – Frank, now deceased; Wallace and
Warner, twins, now deceased; Thaddeus, now deceased; James H.
and Jennie, twins, the former residing in Colorado and the
latter in Iowa; Lucretia, now deceased; Mary T. and John, now
residing in Iowa; Phoebe, deceased; William H., of this review,
and Nettie, who resides in Oregon. Of the sons, Frank and James
H. were soldiers in the civil war, Frank dying in the service.
The subject of this sketch came with his
parents to Marshall county when
but seven years of age, and also went with them to Coffey
county, Kansas, where he attended the district
schools. His father died when he was sixteen years of age, and
he was then forced to commence life for himself. Returning to Marshall county, he worked by the month for
various parties until the fall of 1880, when he was united in
marriage with Miss Sarah S. GLENN, who was born in Magnolia
township, Putnam county, and who is a daughter of Isaac A. and
Mary J. (STEWART) GLENN, who yet reside in Magnolia township.
Her parents are both natives of Putnam county, and have there
spent their entire lives. In their family were eight children,
three of whom are now living – Mrs. BURR, Mrs. Eliza H.
DISOSWAY, of Iroquois county, Illinois, and Mrs. Jessie E. DUNLAP, of Evans township, Marshall county.
To Mr. and Mrs. BURR four children have
been born – Glenn, Earl, Eleanor May, Ira Allen and Edna Jessie.
Soon after their marriage they located upon section 11, Roberts
township, where they remained until 1882, when they removed to
their present place of residence. Their farm now comprises four
hundred and twenty-four acres, all of which is under a high
state of cultivation and with modern improvements. He carries on
general farming, but for the past five years has made a
specialty of Aberdeen-Angus cattle, and now has one hundred head
of this fine breed, which has no superior. For some years Mr.
BURR bought and shipped hogs at Varna, but at present
confines himself to his farming operations and the breeding and
raising of cattle. Politically he is a republican, and takes
that interest in political affairs that every true American
should take. While caring nothing for official position, he has
yet served his township as road commissioner, and for fifteen
years has been a school director. He has always taken great
interest in educational affairs and thoroughly believes in
giving the youth of the land a good common school education.
Extracted April 2011 by Norma Hass from
The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois,
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