Thomas Radcliff
Elizabeth (1)
Daniel Williard
Elizabeth Lutter
William Radcliff
(Abt 1813-1878)
Elizabeth Williard
(Abt 1814-1895)

James Perry Radcliffe


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James Perry Radcliffe 16,187

  • Born: 20 Nov 1847, Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland 21,43
  • Christened: 19 Jul 1849, Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland 43
  • Marriage: Burnette Barbour Hickman on 20 Nov 1878
  • Died: 31 Oct 1920, Chicago, Cook, IL, USA at age 72 16,40,44
  • Buried: 2 Nov 1920, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon, IL 44

bullet  General Notes:

Grandfather of Richard Perry Radcliffe. Lived in Springfield, IL where James owned a drygoods store on the square of the old capitol building. Moved to Chicago in 1903 and employed by Marshall Field & Co. Interred in Springfield, IL. While in Springfield, lived at 727 N7th St. (?) Told of waiting on Mary Lincoln in his drygoods store. Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield spells his name without an E at the end, like his father. -- This information from R.P. Radcliffe

From Sally Packard -- I never knew either of my grandfathers. They were dead before I was born. James Perry kept a general store in Springfield. Mrs. Lincoln was one of his customers. She was getting dotty and would buy anything that she thought was a bargain. JPR would say "Boys, Mrs. Lincoln is coming, get out the bargains." Then they would get out all the old things that hadn't sold. Dad often told "Father's stories." One concerned a young man who went to his girl friend's house for dinner. After eating everything in sight he said: Pretty good, what there was of it. Then he thought that he may have said the wrong thing so he added: Enough, such as it was. Another was about an Irishwoman in Springfield whose son ran for dogcatcher and was defeated in the primary. She went around town the next day saying: The dirrty Dimocrats, they don't vote for one of their ain. Later JPR and the family moved to Chicago where he worked for Marshall Field. Sally

A photo of his headstone is located under the plus sign next to the word Chicago as place of death on the previous screen.

Note: I found no Radcliffs in the 1855 Springfield city directory. I can't seem to find James or his family in the 1860 census or in the 1850 census in MD. 16


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth, 20 Nov 1848. 16

Alt. Birth, 25 Oct 1849. 16,38,344

Residence, 1847, Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland. 43

Alt. Name: James Perry Radcliff. 34,41 He used this spelling while living in Springfield, at least.

Residence, 24 Jul 1850, Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland. 17 Value of Real Estate owned by his father was $2,500.
Living in this household are William Ratliff, his wife Elizabeth, sons Wm. D, Albert S., Chas. E., Jas. P., F.C., and Elizabeth Williard [his sister?, see 1880 census in Springfield, IL], Jno. P. Williard, Clara L. Williard, and Albina Krontz.

Residence, 6 Jun 1860, Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland. 18 Living here are William "Ratcliffe", and his wife Elizabeth. Also children William, Charles, James, Isabella, Albert, and 21 year old Elizabeth Willard.

Residence, 15 Aug 1870, Springfield, Sangamon County, IL. 24 Living with Albert Stockton Radcliffe were Elizabeth his wife, Ralph (their son, age 1), and James (Albert's brother).

Occupation: Clerk, 15 Aug 1870. 24

Residence: boards at, 1877, 648 N. 4th, Springfield, Sangamon, IL. 230 Living here are Albert S., Belle E., Elizabeth (his mother), and James P.

Occupation: Dry Goods Store, 1877, 511 north side of square, downtown Springfield. 230 He's also listed under the Millinery heading in the city directory for this year. Listed as "Radcliff & Bro., 511 ns (north side) square" This would be next to the old capitol building, I believe.

Residence, 1880, 331 Fifth St., Springfield, Sangamon, IL. 25 Living here are James P. Radcliffe, his mother Elizabeth, his wife "Burnett B", son William H., and Elizabeth B. who was his sister. Also living here is Frank Zimmerman, a boarder lawyer.

Occupation: Clerk, 1889. 25,41 Listed as Clerk on birth certificate of his son, Perry. In the 1900 census, he's listed as a merchant in a dry goods store. In 1880, he's also listed as a clerk.

Residence, 1 Jun 1900-1902, 727 N. Seventh St., Springfield, Sangamon, IL. 34,345

Occupation: Merchant, Dry Goods Store, 1 Jun 1900, Springfield, Sangamon County, IL. 34

Occupation: Owned a Dry Goods Store, Oct 1902, 517 East Washington, Springfield, Sangamon, IL. 1,4,346 To read about the two-alarm fire on 10-15-02 that destroyed the Radcliff Dry Goods Store, see photo box of reprints of the Springfield Journal and the Register's accounts. The fire may be the reason for the family's move from Springfield to Chicago. This is a brief accounting of the fire as printed in the Decatur newspaper, dated 10-24-1902:
"The millinery store run by Miss Jenny Taylor formerly of this city in the Radcliff dry goods store in Springfield was totally destroyed by fire with that store last week. A telegraph dispatch printed in this paper told of the loss by the Radcliff company, but nothing was mentioned of the millinery department. ... The fire was started from an electric light wire in the front window of the store." However, the cause of the fire was in some question the day after the fire.

Residence, 1903, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 16

Residence, 20 Apr 1910, 5607 Washington Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 They were renting. Living at this house was J.P., Burnette (wife), Burnette (daughter), and Perry Radcliffe. Also a roomer, Mabel Richards.

Occupation: Manufacturer in a Factory, 20 Apr 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 13

Occupation: Clerk at Marshall Field's, 14 Jan 1920, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 14,38

Residence, 14 Jan 1920-10-31-1920, 5629 Blackstone Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 14,38 They were renting. Living at this house was J.P., Burnette (wife), Burnette (daughter), and Perry Radcliffe. Also Wm. H. Radcliffe.

Death. 42 C.J. Branson, undertaker. Died at 5629 Blackstone Ave., Chicago. Died of carcinoma of gland.

Cemetery, 2 Nov 1920, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, IL. 1

Residence: Name listing (only) in phone book, 1922, 1423 E. 60th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 80 First listed in the phone book in 1922, as far as we know. Seeing that he died in 1920, I must assume the phone was for his wife but she put the number under her former husband's name.


James married Burnette Barbour Hickman, daughter of Dr. William Augustus Hickman and Burnette Barbour, on 20 Nov 1878. (Burnette Barbour Hickman was born on 14 May 1852 in Bardstown, Nelson, KY, USA,38,39 died on 14 Apr 1928 in Chicago, Illinois 16,40 and was buried on 16 Apr 1928 in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon, IL 1.)

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