John BURCHELL, farmer, P.O. Opdyke. This gentleman was born
in Rockingham County, N.C., May 5, 1823, and was a son of John and Ruthie
(Grogin) BURCHELL, both natives of North Carolina. When subject was
five months old, his parents moved to Hawkins County, Tenn., and there
the former received his education. Subject assisted at home until age twenty-one,
and then came to Jefferson County. He arrived in Moore's Prairie Township,
November 7, 1840, and settled down about two miles from where he now lives.
After nine years residence there, he came to his present farm, and now
owns 280 acres, most of which is in Section 17, Town 4, Range 4 east. Mr.
BURCHELL was married, November 10, 1852, to Mary DAVIS, a daughter
of Lewis and Sarah DAVIS, both natives of Tennessee. This lady died June
10, 1855, and he was married the second time, January 25, 1857, to Minerva
Jane Bigham, a daughter of David and Malinda BIGHAM, also of Tennessee.
This lady is the mother of ten children- Harriet Alice (wife of Daniel
W. Hughey), James F.; Artemesia Isabella (wife of James Adams); Lilly E.;
George W.; John A.; Martin L.; Dellie J.; and Maud. Subject is a member
of the Missionary Baptist Church and a Republican in politics.
Source: "History of Jefferson County, Illinois" by Wm. Henry Perrin.
Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Aug 11, 1997