Sep 2, 2013

Charles Illingsworth

I am looking for my great grand uncle, Charles P. Illingsworth.  He married my great grand aunt, Mary Burrill (1861-1942), the fourth child and first daughter of George Washington Burrill and Martha Austin Burrill.  According to the Burrill family Bible, Charles and Mary's marriage occurred 28 Jul 1881 in Dyersville, Dubuque, Iowa. (Think "Field of Dreams.") They had one son, William Charles Illingsworth (1882-1949), although the family Bible names him Charles William Illingsworth.  

I don't know the circumstances of the marriage, other than Mary is listed as divorced in the 1900 census. Mary's obituary states that they lived in Iowa until 1886 when they moved to Shoshone, Idaho, later settling in Pocatello in 1888.  Two census entries give Charles' occupation as "telegraphist" and "R.R. Agent."  I have a newspaper article stating that he was assigned as "agent" for the Illinois Central Railroad in Hague, Iowa in 1881.  An 1886 entry in a news article describes Charles as an agent for BCK&N at Castalia, Iowa.  I find a 1900 census for Oklahoma with a Charles Illingsworth of the right age, right birthplace and both parents' birthplaces the same as the Charles I'm searching for.  But if he died in 1897 . . . . ???

The obituary for Mary states that Charles died in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1897.  I can find no info on his death and have no idea why he was in Mexico.  This photo is believed to be Charles P. Illingsworth.
Charles P. Illingsworth (Abt 1860-1897)

Mary married her second husband, John Franklin Urie, in 1900 in Pocatello.  There were no children of that marriage.  Both Mary and John Urie are buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello, Idaho.  I would love to find an obituary for Charles P. Illingsworth and learn where he is buried.  

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