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Upton Radcliff
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Mary Elizabeth Sweadner
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Charles Clinton Radcliff
(1842-1900)

 

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Edna Elizabeth Bullard

Charles Clinton Radcliff 187

  • Born: 20 Nov 1842, Libertytown, , MD, USA 16,34
  • Marriage: Edna Elizabeth Bullard on 16 Oct 1867 in Sangamon, IL 56,170
  • Died: 19 Oct 1900, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA at age 57
  • Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Macon County, Illinois 16
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Alt. Name: Radcliffe with an E at the end. 56 His marriage record includes the E.

Residence, 11 Jul 1860, Frederick County, , MD. 18

Employment: Census Enumerator, 18 May 1880. 188 An enumerator for Decatur. Paid 2 cents per name.

Residence, 1 Jun 1880, 43 W. Prairie Ave., Decatur, Macon, IL. 25 This is in the heart of downtown. Currently, there is a very old two-story building on the property, commercial downstairs, possibly residential upstairs. (Went & looked 3-2-08)

Friendships: dinner with friends, 30 Jan 1883, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 "Mr. and Mrs. D.S. Hall of Mechanicsburg were guests of C.C. Radcliff and family yesterday. They attended the Harrison revival meeting last night."

Occupation: Owner of Radcliff and Bullard undertakers, dissolved 2-12-1883, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 "The partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned under the firm Radcliff and Bullard is this day dissolved by mutual consent. The business will be continued by Jacob B. Bullard, who becomes responsible for all indebtedness of the firm, and to whom all payments are to be made. Decatur, Ills., February 12, 1883 Charles C. Radcliff Jacob B. Bullard "

Politics: Ran for city clerk but failed, 21 Apr 1883, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 189,190 "Radcliff made a good race for city clerk, but did not have quite enough votes to succeed."
vote count: C.M. Durfee 907, C.C. Radcliff 885, Chas. Fuller 358
On 1-20-1883, the Decatur Daily Republican said about him: "To-day Mr. Charles C. Radcliff of the undertaking firm of Radcliff and Bullard is announced as a candidate for township collector at the ensuing spring election. Mr. R. is one of our best known and most highly respected citizens and, being a good penman and practical book-keeper, he is fully qualified to perform the duties of the office with credit to himself and to the public."
From the Herald on 4-21-1883:
"Radcliff made a good race for city clerk but did not have quite enough votes to succeed. It is a stubborn fact that the Durfees are hard to beat at the polls."

Employment: Seeking Employment in want ad, 30 Apr 1883, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 "The undersigned is a practical businessman, a good penman, can make himself useful at the desk, behind the counter, or on the road, and can make a hand ? (?ta??y) kind of work. For further information call and see Chas. C. Radcliff

Entertainment: Welcome home reception for newlyweds, 1 May 1883, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 "H.S. Bullard, a salesman at the New York Store, and Miss Belle M. DePry, who will be united in marriage at Alton this evening will be given a welcome home reception at the residence of Mr. C.C. Radcliff on Wednesday evening. -- The couple will make their home in Decatur.

Friendships: Dinner with friends, 4 Jan 1884, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. 173 "There was a pleasant gathering of friends at the residence of Mr. C.C. Radcliff last evening in honor of a party from Mechanicsburg who arrived in the city yesterday on a visit to Mr. Radcliff and Messrs. J.B. and W.C. Bullard. The party of visitors consisted of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Fullenwider, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fullenwider, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fullenwider, Mr. and Mrs. Captain Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Bullard, and Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Bullard. A fine supper was enjoyed, and a sociable evening was spent. A number of other persons will come from Mechanicsburg to-day and there will be another gathering at Mr. Radcliff's." (The Bullards were their neighbors in the 1880 census.)

Politics: Runs for Collector, 2 Apr 1884, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173,191,192 "Radcliffe Beats Carter for Collector"

"...The strongest fight was for the collectorship and resulted in Radcliff being elected over Carter, his majority being 37 votes. ..." He ran as an independent. On 12-5-1884, the Decatur Daily Republican wrote: "Charles C. Radcliff, tax collector for Decatur township, will have his office on Merchant street in the room over Gorin, Dawson & Co.'s bank, and he will be ready for business early in January. His official bond is for the modest sum of $250,000."

Lost the election to position of collector in 1885.

Education: Bookkeeping class, 28 Aug 1886, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 He had a long ad in the paper extolling the virtues of Prof. H.S. DeSolla at Central Business College in Decatur where he took a course.

Politics: Ran for treasurer of 2nd ward but lost, 28 Aug 1886, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 Lost in the primaries. Republican.

Occupation: Ran a grocery store, 1896-1897, 1900, NE corner of Maffit & Cantrell, Decatur, Macon, IL. 34,193,194,195 The store may have been in existence longer, but there is record of it having been there in 1896. The store was robbed by a couple of drunks mid November, 1896. They were caught. The store is listed as having sold a particular brand of flour in April, 1897 -- Hinkle's Flour, the best in Decatur. Still listed as a grocer as his occupation in the months before his passing.
As of 3-08, there is a house on this property. It's a residential area, relatively far from the downtown -- or it would have been in the late 1800's.

Politics: Ran for "Collector"for his township in Decatur but lost, 17 Mar 1899, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 196 He came in 2nd out of 4. The winner had 75 votes, and he had 55.

Residence, 13 Jun 1900, Lincoln Ave., Decatur, Macon, IL. 34

Obituary: Daily Review, 27 Oct 1900 & 10-20-1900, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 "A memorial service will be held at Sargents (?) chapel at 3:30 Sunday afternoon for C.C. Radcliff. Miss Pearl Early will speak on his business life. T.B. Ewing will tell of Mr. Radcliff's relations with his Sunday School class and Rev. C.S. Lyles will tell of Mr. Radcliff's relations with his pastor." -- Oct. 27 (see below)

From Oct. 20 -- "C.C. Radcliff Dead. Had Been for Many Years a Decatur Resident.
Charles C. Radcliff died at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at his home, 906 Lincoln avenue, in Riverside place. Cancer of the liver was the cause of death. About three weeks ago Mr. Radcliff had a surgical operation performed but it was of no benefit and for several days his relatives and friends have known that he could not recover.
Mr. Radcliff was born in Frederick county, Md., Nov. 20, 1842. He was the son of Upton Radcliff, who came to Decatur in 1828 with Henry Prather and opened one of the first stores in the city. The elder Mr. Radcliff purchased three acres of ground where the National bank of Decatur now stands. Later he moved back to Maryland and there Charles Radcliff was born. In 1865 the family moved to Mechanicsburg, Ills.
C.C. Radcliff married Miss Edna Bullard Oct. 16, 1879, and the same year he moved to Decatur with his wife and went into the monument business with John Strohm. Several years later he sold his interest in the monument business and went into partnership with J.B. Bullard in the undertaking business.
Two years later Mr. Radcliff withdrew from the firm and accepted the nomination for town clerk on the Independent ticket. He was elected by a large majority and served his term in a creditable way.
Mr. Radcliff was a member of the First Methodist church and was one of the most earnest workers in the church. He was superintendent of the Sunday school at the Sargent chapel on South Broadway and for ten years there has hardly been a Sunday that he was not in attendance at the chapel.
In his home Mr. Radcliff was kind and considerate and by his family and friends he will be greatly missed, while as a citizen he was esteemed by those who knew him. He leaves a wife and three children. Mrs. Harry Starr, Mrs. Fallis Miller and Linn Radcliff, all of this city.
The funeral will be held at 3:30 o'clock Sunday from the residence and will be in charge of Decatur camp No. 144, M.W. of A., of which Mr. Radcliff was a member. Rev. Frost Craft will officiate and the burial will be at Greenwood cemetery."

Religion: Attended annual camp meeting for Methodists, 30 Aug 1887, Mechanicsburg, , , IL, USA. 173 Attended w/ his wife and Mrs. Bullard.

Legal: S. Elsner & Co. vs. C.C. Radcliff et al, 4 Oct 1887, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 continued

First appeared in the papers on 10-8-1885

Entertainment: Visit from Bullards, 28 Dec 1891, Decatur, Macon, IL, USA. 172 "Misses Maime, Grace, and Emma Bullard, of Mechanicsburg, are visiting CC Radcliff and family in Riverside Place."

Obituary, 20 Oct 1900. 173 Charles C. Radcliff died at 5 p. m. Friday, Oct. 19, at his home, 906 Lincoln avenue in Riverside place. Cancer of the liver was the cause of death. About three weeks ago Mr. Radcliff had a surgical operation performed but It was of no benefit and for several days his relatives and friends have known that he could not recover. Mr. Radcliff was born in Frederick county, Md., Nov. 20, 1842. He was the son of Upton Radcliff, who came to Decatur in 1828 with Henry Prather and opened one of the first stores in the city. The elder Mr. Radcliff purchased three acres of
ground where the National bank of Decatur now stands. Later he moved back to Maryland and there Charles Radcliff was born. In 1865 the family moved to Mechanicsburg,
Ills. C. C. Radcliff married Miss Edna Bullard Oct. 16, 1879, and the same year he moved to Decatur with his wife and went into the monument business with John
Strohm. Severel years later he sold his Interest in the monument business and went Into partnership with J. B. Bullard in the undertaking business. Two years later Mr. Radcliff withdrew from the firm and accepted the nomination
for town clerk on the Independent ticket. He was elected by a large majority and served his term in a creditable way. Mr. Radcliff was a member of the First Methodist church and was one of the most earnest workers in the church. He was superintendent of the Sunday school
at the Sargent chapel on South Broadway and for ten years there has hardly been a Sunday that he was not in attendance at the chapel. In his home Mr. Radcliff was kind and considerate and by his family and friends
he will be greatly missed, while as a citizen he was esteemed by those who knew him. He leaves wife and three
children, Mrs. Harry Starr, Mrs. Fallis Miller and Linn Radcliff, all of this city. The funeral will be held 2:30 o'clock Sunday from the residence and will be in charge of Decatur camp. No. 141, M. W. of W. A., of which Mr. Radcliff was a member. Rev. Frost Craft will officiate and
the burial will be at Greenwood cemetery.

Decatur, IL Review Oct 20, 1900 p2

Family links:
Spouse:
Edna E. Bullard Radcliff (1844 - 1928) <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=48177976>*


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Charles married Edna Elizabeth Bullard, daughter of John J. Bullard and Sarah Simmons Fallis, on 16 Oct 1867 in Sangamon, IL 56.,170 (Edna Elizabeth Bullard was born on 12 Apr 1844 in Mechanicsburg, , , IL, USA,27,31 died on 16 Dec 1928 in Decatur, Macon , IL, USA 93 and was buried on 18 Dec 1928 in Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Macon, Illinois 171.)




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