|Birth: ||Sep. 27, 1785|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1878|
Per The Churchill Family In America by Gardner Asaph Churchill and Nathaniel Wiley Churchill: Charles Belden was born in Newington, Connecticut September 27, 1785. He remained in Newington with his half-sister Elizabeth Churchill Hubbard and her husband Leonard after his father, Levi, had moved to New York. (Elizabeth was the daughter of Levi and his first wife, Elizabeth Hurlbut). On February 4, 1807, Charles Belden Churchill married Leonard's sister, Elizabeth Hubbard. She was born in Burlington, Connecticut on May 6, 1787. Shortly after his marriage in 1807, he and Elizabeth moved to Boonville, New York. He is listed in the 1820 Federal Census for Oneida Co., New York and in the 1830 Federal Census for the same county. All nine of the children born to this marriage were born in Boonville, Oneida Co., New York.
FULTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Details of the life of Charles and his wife were published in the Fulton County News for 4 August 1971. This was from an interview with his son, Leonard Hubbard, in about 1903 courtesy of the Fulton County Historical Society. According to the obituary of his son, Charles Belden moved his family to Portage County, Ohio in 1836. He traveled as far as Buffalo on the Erie Canal, then on the "Old Chautauqua Highway" to the Southwestern corner of the state. This was the main route of travel for emigrants going into Northern Ohio. His brother Carolus had already moved from Boonville to East Trumbull to Ashtabula County, Ohio and his half brother Noble had moved to Oxford Township in Butler County, Ohio. Charles Belden stayed a short time in Portage County. In the fall of 1837 his son Charles Belden, Jr. joined them and the family started out with a team and wagon for Illinois. Besides the parents the party included the children: Charles Belden, Jr., William Stewart, (William Stewart is the Father of Jasper Noel), Leonard Hubbard, Chester Beckley, Martin Lafayette and Elizabeth. After several weeks of travel they arrived in Fulton County, Illinois and rented a farm in Putman Township. In 1842 Charles Belden, Jr. purchased a farm in Canton Township west of Canton and the family moved there. At one time the entire family was down with typhoid fever and as a result their daughter Elizabeth died. She was buried in the "Old Blackaby" Cemetery, southeast of Cuba. No gravestone or marker is found.
Charles Belden Churchill was a soldier in the War of 1812 as were his brothers Noble, Carolus and Benjamin. Congress had passed an act setting aside bounty lands for the soldiers. When Charles first came to the area in 1837, almost 3 million acres had already been taken up. Charles did not make claim for "Bounty Land" in Illinois. At that time, land in the area was selling at $1.25 an acre.
After 1850, Charles Belden and his wife Elizabeth lived with their son Charles Belden, Jr. Elizabeth died 20 July 1867 at the age of 80 and Charles died 17 September 1878, his age was 93. Their obituaries were both found on microfilm of the Canton Newspapers in the Parlin Ingersoll Library. A fire destroyed the records of the Greenwood Cemetery located in Canton, but recent research now shows that Charles Belden and Elizabeth are buried on the same lot as their son Charles Belden, Jr. and his wife. There is a large Churchill stone with smaller markers for Charles Belden and Elizabeth and Charles Belden, Jr. and Louisa.
Levi Churchill (1752 - ____)
Ruth Merrill Churchill (1760 - ____)
Elizabeth Hubbard Churchill (1787 - 1867)
Levi Merrill Churchill (1811 - 1886)*
Charles Belden Churchill (1813 - 1893)*
William Stewart Churchill (1818 - 1895)*
Leonard Hubbard Churchill (1820 - 1909)*
Chester Beckley Churchill (1824 - 1901)*
Charles Belden Churchill (1785 - 1878)
Carolus Churchill (1791 - 1875)*
Maintained by: C.T.
Originally Created by: Carol Story
Record added: Oct 12, 2009
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