Charles Wilcox Bourland

June 1830–1877 (Age 46)
Trigg, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Charles Wilcox

When Charles Wilcox Bourland was born in June 1830, in Trigg, Kentucky, United States, his father, Andrew Bourland, was 35 and his mother, Demaris Dillingham Reese, was 34. He married Elizabeth Prater in 1855, in Christian, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He died in 1877, at the age of 47, and was buried in Watson, Effingham, Illinois, United States.

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Charles Wilcox Bourland
Elizabeth Prater
Marriage: 1855
Alice Bourland
Frances K Bourland
Kate Bourland
Lillie Bourland

Spouse and Children

Christian, Illinois, United States


    Alice Bourland


    Frances K Bourland


    Kate Bourland


    Benjamin BOURLAND


    Lillie Bourland


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World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 2

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 16

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Scottish: variant spelling of Borland .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Charles W Bourland in entry for Louis H Etherton and Kate Bourland, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Charles Bourland in entry for William Busch and Francis K Bourland, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Charles Bourland in entry for William J Greenawalt and Lillie Bourland, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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