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Van Zandt County Genealogical Society

Civil War Veterans Obituaries

We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.


The Canton Herald
November 4, 1921

Death of C. M. Burnley

C. M. Burnley died Saturday morning at 3:30 o'clock at the home of his son, C. M. Burnley Jr., in the Stone Point community and his remains were interred that afternoon at 3:30 in the Cana cemetery, the funeral service being attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends.

The deceased was over 100 years old, according to his own records of his age, and on Sunday, Sept. 18, 1921, a special program was given at the Watkins school house in commemoration of his 100th birthday, about 100 people being fed at the sumptuous dinner spread on the occasion. Uncle Charlie Burnley, as he was familiarly known, was born in Nelson county, Ky., Sept. 19, 1821. He served in the Civil War under General John H. Morgan and was taken prisoner at Rock Island. In September, 1872, he Was married to Miss Clarenda Dawson, to which union two children were born, both of whom are still living, the eldest being Mrs. Bob Bullock and the youngest Charlie M. Burnley. His parents were natives of Kentucky and both died while the boy was yet young. He was reared by an aunt.

Mr. Burnley came to Texas in 1870 and drove a stage coach from Austin to Round Rock. Later he drove a stage coach from Dallas to Fort Worth. He came to Van Zandt in 1872 and settled in the Watkins community where he has since resided. He bought 50 acres of land at $4.00 per acre, paying for it in three payments. Mr. Burnley says he has always had enough money to pay his taxes and his other debts and had a few dollars left. He built his first home out of logs from the woods.

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