Charles PURSEY


  1. Jacob R. PURSEY (1890-1976)
  2. Joseph W. "Wesley" PURSEY (1893-1981)
  3. Carl J. PURSEY (1896-1962)
  4. Edward H. "Pat" PURSEY (1903-1984)
  5. Lillie M. (PURSEY) YOWELL (1900-1991)
  6. Theodore R. PURSEY (1903-1984)
  7. Dorothy S. (PURSEY) SEMBELL
  8. Mildred M. (PURSEY) MILLS
  9. Charles E. PURSEY


1900 United States census, Macoupin co. Illinois (8 June 1900, sheet 4B, Polk township, dwelling 72, family 73):

1910 United States census, Macoupin co. Illinois (page 6, Polk township, family 134):

1920 United States census, Macoupin co. Illinois (Polk township):

Illinois, Deaths And Stillbirths, 1916-1947:

Macoupin County Enquirer (Thursday, 26 November 1942, page 8 column 4):

Aged Resident of Polk Township Expires Sunday

Native of England, Charles Pursey Was One Of Polk's Oldest Citizens

Charles Pursey, one of Polk Township's oldest residents, died at 12:20 Sunday afternoon. He had been ill for the past year and became critically ill three weeks ago. At the time of his passing he was 84 years, 6 months and 24 days of age.

Charles Pursey was born in Somersetshire, England, April 28, 1858 and was the son of Thomas and Sarah Anne (Fields) Pursey. He received his early education in England and came to America, landing at Castle Garden, New York, March 12, 1881. He came direct to Macoupin county, working on the farm. Later he bought his first 80 acres in Polk Township, adding to it to make his present farm here.

He was married to Emily Eddington who came from England in the year of 1887 and during the first year of their married life, she died. Later, in the year of 1889, he married Josephine Christian [sic], who was born in Polk Township. She passed away January 5, 1931 at the farm home.

Charles Pursey is survived by all of his children: Jacob R. Pursey, Carlinville; Joseph Wesley Pursey, Carlinville; Carl J. Pursey, St. Louis, Mo.; Edward H. Pursey, Carlinville; Lillie May Yowell, Carlinville; Theodore R. Pursey, Oakland, Calif.; Dorothy Sarah Sembell, Springfield; Mildred Josephine Wills, Hillsboro, and Charles Earl Pursey, Chesterfield. He is survived by seven granddaughters and two grandsons, and also by many nephews, nieces and cousins in England. There is also a brother, Geo. Pursey of Chesterfield.

Funeral rites for Mr. Pursey were conducted at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Riefenberg Funeral Home, with Rev. R. C. Hohmann, pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical church, officiating. Interment was in Mayfield Memorial Park cemetery, with Leonard Thompson, Nelson Still, Clarence Still, Charles Komoros, Lloyd Pruitt and Phillip Regli, Jr., serving as pallbearers.