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Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 1193-1194

The magnitude of the commercial interests of Rockford is the subject of frequent remark on the part of visitors to this progressive city, and among the most prominent establishments is the firm of BURROUGHS & THOMAS, undertakers and burial directors, located at No. 109 North Main Street.  They carry a full line of burial cases, and white and black hearses, and by energy and enterprise have gained an enviable reputation with the public.   The business was established by Mr. BURROUGHS in Jan 1882, and four years later was transferred to the present place of business, while the firm of BURROUGHS & THOMAS was organized in Feb 1890.

Mr. BURROUGHS is also one of the original stockholders and at present a Director in the Rockford Burial Case Company, which was established in 1882, and commenced business the following year.  This company has met with marked success and is one of the representative institutions of the city, its reputation being extended throughout the surrounding country.  Since Mr. BURROUGHS came to Winnebago County in 1874, he has been closely connected with its history, first as a farmer for nine years, later as a confectioner for three years, and afterward as a funeral director and undertaker, and in those various relations has won the confidence of the people with whom he has been brought in contact. 

A native of PA, Mr. BURROUGHS was [p 1194] born in Erie County, 21 Aug 1839, and was only five years old when he accompanied his parents to McHenry County, IL.  Two years afterward the family removed to Ogle County, where our subject grew to manhood upon his father's farm.  When 22 years of age he enlisted in the service of the Union as a member of Company G, 74th IL Infantry, Captain Bacon and Colonel Marsh commanding.   The regiment was incorporated with the Army of the Cumberland and fought at the battles of Perryville, KY, Stone River and in many skirmishes with the enemy.  Mr. BURROUGHS was detailed for special duty part of the time, and was for three months confined to the hospital on account of sickness.

At the expiration of his term of service, Mr. BURROUGHS returned to Ogle County, where he engaged in farming for nine years.  In that county he was married to Miss Angeline A. CAMPBELL, who was the first white child born in the township of Linnville, Ogle County, her birth having occurred in 1839.  She was reared in her native township, on the farm which her father improved from the raw prairie.  Mr. and Mrs. BURROUGHS are the parents of one child, Lavina, wife of W. W. SAWYER, a druggist of Rockford, and the mother of one child, Harold.  Politically Mr. BURROUGHS is an independent Republican, and socially belongs to the G. L. Nevius Post No. 1,  G. A. R., at Rockford, is a Master Mason, belonging to Blue Lodge No. 102, at Rockford, Subordinate Lodge No. 140, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Knights of Pythias, No. 36.

Mr. BURROUGHS belongs to a very worthy family whose members have been upright citizens and enterprising and successful men.  His grandfather, Charles BURROUGHS, was a native of NY State, who removed to Erie County, PA, and there followed the occupation of a farmer until his death at the age of 52.  Prior to his removal from NY he was married to Lucinda CUNNINGHAM, who survived him some years, coming West after his decease and passing away in Floyd County, IA, at the age of 70.

This worthy couple were identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and were the parents of 13 children, most of whom were farmers.  The eldest, C. C., was born 30 May 1816, in NY, and was 20 years old when his parents removed to Erie County, PA.   Upon attaining his majority he started out in life for himself and for a time was a teacher, and later commenced to farm, being thus engaged in PA and Ogle County, IL.   At the age of 50 years he retired from agricultural pursuits and is passing his declining years quietly at his home at No. 801 West State Street, Rockford.  In his political and religious views, he is independent and liberal, and enjoys splendid health notwithstanding his age.  His wife also survives at the age of 71 and with him enjoys the esteem of all whom she has come in contact during a long and useful life.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.