Obit: Burgess, Chester Hamilton (1828 - 1915)

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Surnames: Burgess, Bowen, Lunt

----Source: Marshfield Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 16 January 1915 Page 1 Column 6

Burgess, Chester Hamilton (25 Dec. 1828 - 13 Jan. 1915)

CLARK COUNTY PIONEER DIES IN MARSHFIELD

Chester Hamilton Burgess, born December 25th, 1828, at Boonville, Oneida County, New York, passed away Wednesday evening at 4:30 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. F. Bowen of this city, where himself and aged wife were spending the winter, their former home being Unity where they resided with their son George. They came last November. He was taken sick Jan. 4th and gradually grew worse, the end being the result of a paralytic stroke. At the time of his death he was 86 years and 18 days old. Deceased, and widow that survives him were a remarkable couple, their life's career being fraught with good deeds and Christian fortitude.

At the age of eighteen, Mr. Burgess came to southern Wisconsin with his parents and two years later returned to New York and in 1850 was united in marriage to Miss Amy Lunt. In 1853 the couple moved to Wisconsin settling near Fond du Lac and in 1869 came to Clark county, homesteading a tract of land in the town of Bever where they have opened up one of the finest farms in that county, disposing of it about two years ago, since which time they have lived with their son and daughter, Geo. Burgess in Unity and Mrs. E. F. Bowen of this city.

At the breaking out of the civil war, Mr. Burgess enlisted as a private in the 4th Wisconsin cavalry, Company B, and served his country 21/2 years. He was twice wounded at the battle of Comet River. At the time of his discharge he was color bearer. In home life no better husband or father ever lived. He was a man of robust health and happy disposition and will ever be remembered with the kindest of feelings by neighbors and friends. For fifty eight years he has been a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge holding all the different offices of the order. As remarkable as the statement may seem Mr. and Mrs. Burgess were both born on Christmas and their wedding day was on New Years. Their married life extended over a period of 65 years.

In addition to his wife, deceased is survived by one son and one daughter, Mrs. Bowen of this city and Geo. Burgess of Unity, Wis. Two other children are buried at Unity, Wis. The funeral will take place today at Unity, the remains having been taken to that place for burial Thursday accompanied by the widow and Mr. and Mrs. Bowen.

 

 


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