Julia Cassandra Burr

11 November 1838–7 June 1921 (Age 82)
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Julia Cassandra

When Julia Cassandra Burr was born on 11 November 1838, in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, her father, Edward Burr, was 23 and her mother, Julia Ann Wilcox, was 21. She married William Hewes Avise about 1858, in Altoona, Polk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Montebello Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Clay Township, Polk, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. She died on 7 June 1921, in Altoona, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Altoona, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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William Hewes Avise
Julia Cassandra Burr
Marriage: about 1858
Julia Burr Avise
Norman Nash Avise
Marilla Avise
Amisa Peter Avise
William Hunter Avise
Bertha Electa Avise
John Edward Avise
Dennis Ellsworth Avise

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about 1858
Altoona, Polk, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 1

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 8

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 23

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

1 English: of uncertain origin. Reaney explains this as a nickname for a person who is difficult to shake off, from Middle English bur(r) ‘bur’ (a seedhead that sticks to clothing). Burre occurs as a surname or byname as early as 1185 , but the vocabulary word is not recorded in OED until the 14th century. Another possibility is derivation from Old English būr ‘small dwelling or building’ (modern English bower), but there are phonological difficulties here too.2 German: perhaps a variant spelling of Bur , or a topographic name from Burr(e) ‘mound’, ‘hill’, or in the south a variant of Burrer .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Julia C Avis in household of Wm H Avis, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Julia C Burr in household of Edward Burr, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Casandra Avise in household of Wm H Avise, "United States Census, 1900"

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