BURNAP, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 14, 1878
We regret to note the death, on March 10, of Mr. Joseph Burnap, an old and honored citizen of Upper Alton, age 74 years. Mr. Burnap was an early resident of Madison County, and highly esteemed. He was a civil engineer by profession, and a gentleman of fine abilities. He had several times occupied the office of County Surveyor. Quiet and unassuming in disposition, he possessed sterling qualities of mind and heart, which endeared him to a large circle of friends and acquaintances, especially among the old residents.
Joseph Burnap’s late severe and protracted illness had taken, of late weeks, such a form as extinguished all hope of his recovery, and rendered it only a matter of a few weeks when we should be called upon to chronicle the death of another of our old and honored citizens. For many years he has been identified with local political interests, having filled several civic and county offices. For the last few years, from the growing infirmities of age, he has led a less active life, but still maintaining a lively interest in the doings of the younger workers, himself living in affluence as the result of his years of labor in what was then the new State of Illinois. He leaves a widow and an only son – Dr. Henry Thompson Burnap.
Henry Thompson Burnap