Obit: Burr, John (1839 - 1912)


Contact: Ann Stevens


Surnames: Burr, Carter, Young, Crowell, Ash 

----Source:  Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.)  April 25, 1912 

Burr, John (1839 - 22 Apr 1912) 

John Burr, a highly respected citizen of this city, died Monday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Carter.  Mr. Burr was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1839.  When a lad of eight years he came to this country, and having no one to care for him, he was compelled to earn his own living from that time on.  He came to Wisconsin when a young man and settled in Green county.  He enlisted at the age of 21 years as a private in Co. E, 8th Reg. Wisconsin Vol. Infy., under Capt. William C. Young.  At the battle of Corinth on Oct. 3, 1862, he received a gunshot wound which caused a permanent injury, and as a result of the wound he was confined in the hospital at Mound City, Ill., until he received his honorable discharge. 

Mr. Burr was united in marriage to Miss Emeline Crowell on March 15, 1863, in Green county and they resided there until in 1894 when they moved to Blanchardville, Wis.  There they united with the United Brethren church.  At that time there was no church of that kind there, and Mr. Burr helped build the church.  They removed to this city in April, 1904, that they might spend their last years in the vicinity of their daughter, Mrs. Carter.  Mrs. Burr died on May 1, 1906, and since that time Mr. Burr made his home with his daughter. 

Mr. Burr was a man of strong personality and was possessed of most honorable and sterling qualities.  His was a strong Christian character, wherever he might be becoming a member and worker in some church.  He united with the Free Baptist church in 1878, attended the United Brethren church at Blanchardville, and while a resident of this city was a member of the Congregational church.  Mr. Burr was a respected and honored member of the G.A.R. post of this city. 

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John Carter of this city and Mrs. Chas. Ash of Blue Earth, Minn., and also by five grandchildren. 



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