Oscar Goodburn Burch

Oscar Goodburn Burch

Birth
Cayuga County, New York, USA
Death 7 Jun 1916 (aged 74)
Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA
Burial Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 5
Memorial ID 34936921 · View Source
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Husband of Mary H. Burch.

Son of Varnum Dyer Burch and Amanda Chapin.

Serg. Maj., 19 Iowa Infantry, Civil War. Prisoner of War.

Oscar G. Burch was born on a farm in Cayuga County, New York on December 30, 1841, where he remained until the age of twelve, attending the areas public schools. He then moved to Kentucky with his parents and after only a few months, they moved to northeast Missouri, to the towns of Athens and Waterloo in Clark County. Afterwards, he moved to Keokuk, Iowa and remained there from 1858-1862.

On August 15, 1862 he enlisted in the 19th Iowa Infantry Volunteers Co. A, under Captain John Bruce. He was actively engaged in the field at the battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas on December 7, 1862; the siege and surrender of Vicksburg in July 1863; and was a prisoner of war from September 29, 1863 through July 22, 1864. He was a member of an expedition against Mobile in East Pascagoula in January 1865 and in the siege and capture of the Spanish Fort and the adjacent works in April of that same year. In 1864 he was commissioned Lieutenant of Co. G and was then made Sergeant Major at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, when Colonel McFarland was killed. He was honorably discharged at Mobile, Alabama on July 10, 1865 and was mustered out of service at Davenport, Iowa on July 31st of the same year.

Mr. Burch came to Jefferson City in August 1865 where he was appointed assistant State Librarian. He was then made deputy under his brother, Nelson C. Burch, who was clerk of the Supreme Court under the administration of Governor Thomas C. Fletcher. Upon expiration of his term, he engaged in the real estate and insurance business with two of his sons, Nelson C. and Edson.

Mr. Burch was associate editor of the State Journal, a daily and weekly Republican paper of which was the first daily paper regularly published in Jefferson City. He was also reporter and correspondent for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat for many years. He was elected city assessor of Jefferson City one term and was then postmaster under President Hayes from 1877-1881 and continued until the death of President Garfield, all the while being actively engaged in his real estate and insurance business. In August 1882 he was made book keeper of the First National Bank and continued this position until August 1, 1884 when he was made cashier.

Mr. Burch was united in marriage in Catlettsburg, Kentucky on March 22, 1866 to Mary E. Hart of Keokuk, Iowa. To this union five children were born: O.E. Burch; Nelson C.; Edson L.; Edith; and Asenath. Mr. Burch was a direct descendent of a brother and a co-patriot of General Nathanial Green of Revolutionary fame. Mrs. Burch�s ancestors on her father's side were closely related to Israel Putnam, another prominent figure in the Revolutionary War.

Mr. Burch was a member of G.A.R.; a Republican and an active member of the Presbyterian Church, being Superintendent of the Sunday School for many years. He was a member of the Board of Regents of Lincoln Institute for 14 years and was Treasurer of the Jefferson City Building and Loan Association of which he was a charter director. He resided at 904 Jefferson Street.

from "The Illustrated Sketch Book and Directory of Jefferson City and Cole County, Missouri" - Published 1900


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  • Maintained by: Mary Legg Parenteau
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 34936921
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Oscar Goodburn Burch (30 Dec 1841–7 Jun 1916), Find a Grave Memorial no. 34936921, citing Riverview Cemetery, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Mary Legg Parenteau (contributor 47030728) .