Charles Carroll Burnham Sr

7 November 1838–8 May 1926 (Age 87)
Bear Creek Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Charles Carroll

When Charles Carroll Burnham Sr was born on 7 November 1838, in Bear Creek Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, Andrew Burnham, was 30 and his mother, Harriet Ruhamah Kimball, was 20. He married Hannah Vawdrey on 28 December 1874, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He registered for military service in 1862. He died on 8 May 1926, in Lovell, Big Horn, Wyoming, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Draper City Cemetery, Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Charles Carroll Burnham Sr
Hannah Vawdrey
Marriage: 28 December 1874
Martha Ella Burnham
John Kimball Burnham
Bertha Hannah Burnham
Charles Carroll Burnham Jr
Florence Harriet Burnham
Amos Rowland Burnham
Theressa Burnham

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 December 1874Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, 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

    English: habitational name from any of several places called Burnham. Those in Buckinghamshire (Burnham Beeches), Norfolk (various villages), and Essex (Burnham-on-Crouch) are named with Old English burna ‘stream’ + hām ‘homestead’. In the case of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, however, the second element is Old English hamm ‘water meadow’, while Burnham in Lincolnshire is named from brunnum, dative plural of Old Norse brunnr ‘spring’, originally used after a preposition, i.e. ‘(at) the springs’.History: In 1635 Robert Burnham and his two brothers came from England to Ipswich, MA, after their ship was wrecked on the coast of Maine. In the mid 18th century John Burnham and his son, also called John, were among the early settlers in what became the state of VT. In 1785, the younger John Burnham established himself at Middletown, CT.

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

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    Story Highlight

    History of Charles Carroll Burnham Pioneer of Utah and Wyoming Written by Theressa Burnham Evert

    (This copy made available through the courtesy of the International Society DAUGHTERS OF UTAH PIONEERS, may not be reproduced for monetary gain) Many pioneer histories are available for a small fee fr …

    Sources (27)

    • Charles Carroll Burnham in entry for Martha Ella McRae, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • 1860 "United States Census" Charles C Burnham in household of Andrew Burnham,,
    • Chas. C. in entry for Joseph Benjamin Burnham and Pauletta Terry, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"

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