Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.
Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.
DAVID BURCHFIELD, a retired farmer now residing in Taylorville, and one of the honored veterans
of the late war, has during his residence in Christian County been recognized as one of its best citizens, for
he has ever faithfully discharged his duties of citizenship and borne his part in all that pertains to the welfare
and upbuilding of the community. A native of the Buckeye State, he was born near Carrollton, in Carroll County, on the 1st of March, 1833. His father, Joseph Burchfield,
was a native of Pennsylvania, and in his youth went to Ohio, where he met and married Phoebe Tope, a native of that State, born on the 16th of April, 1795. Coming
to this State, they located in Greenwood Township, where they spent the remainder of their lives. The father, who
was born February 2, 1802, died on the 1st of March, 1880, at the age of seventy-seven, and his wife, who was seven
years his senior, and who survived him seven years, was called to her final rest February 25, 1887, at the age
of ninety-two. They had six children, three of whom are now living: Thomas, Joseph and David.
At the time of his marriage, Mr. Burchfield possessed no cash capital, and had only a small farming outfit, but he rented land, upon which he made his home until after his return from the army, when he bought a farm of forty acres. Feeling that his country needed his services, in the fall of 1864 he joined Company H, One Hundred and Seventy-eighth Ohio Infantry, which was attached to the Army of the Cumberland. They were, however, detailed to supply cattle for Sherman's army, and for that purpose were stationed at Tullahoma, Ga [ed. Battle of Hoover s Gap]. The regiment afterward went to Raleigh and joined Sherman's army at Wheatswamp Church, in North Carolina.
Afterward the regiment was sent to Charlotte, N. C., as guards, and its members were discharged June 29, 1865, and mustered out at Columbus, Ohio. At one time, Mr. Burchfield was with a squad of twenty-five men, all of whom were captured except himself, but he stood his ground, and after the rebel guns were discharged, he and his comrades turned on their captors and escaped. He took part in about one hundred and fifty skirmishes while engaged in guarding railroads. When the war was over and the country no longer needed his services, Mr. Burchfield returned home and carried on farming in Ohio until 1867, when he left his native State for Illinois.
Coming to Christian County, he located in Greenwood Township, where he purchased eighty acres
of land, making that farm his home for eight years. In 1875, he rented one hundred and sixty acres of land in Johnson
Township, and removed to that place for the educational facilities of that neighborhood were superior to those
near his old home and he wished to afford his children good advantages. For eleven years he operated a rented farm,
and then, in 1886, purchased a small tract of land in Johnson Township, to the cultivation and improvement of which
he devoted his energies until the spring of 1891, when he came to Taylorville. He has now invested in city property,
which yields to him a good income.
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