Historical records matching Sgt. Richard Landrum Burchett
About Sgt. Richard Landrum Burchett
Richard Landrum Burchett
Richard Landrum was born in Floyd County, Kentucky. He was raised on a farm and in his youth he was employee as a clerk in a mercantile store. When the Civil War broke out, he was surrounded by friends and neighbors who were in sympathy with the Confederacy. The Auxier family were strong Unionists and Landrum enlisted as a private with Company A of the 39th Kentucky Infantry. He was involved in several skirmishes and slightly wounded. In 1865 he was muster out with the rank of Second Lieutenant.
While visiting with his Grandmother Auxier's family, the Virgins of Greenup County, Kentucky, Landrum met Harriet Van Bibber. She was the daughter of Cyrus Van Bibber and Mary S. Timberlake. They were married on August 31, 1865. Shortly after the wedding they moved to Mason County, Illinois, where members of Auxier and Virgin families had previously settled in 1835. In Mason City, Illinois Landrum was employed as a clerk. They later moved to New Holland, Illinois where Landrum formed a partnership with G.W. LaForge and established the first mercantile business in New Holland.
Landrum served as postmaster of New Holland, Illinois holding the office until November 4, 1885. The Post Office was located in a corner of his store. ON March 14, 1885, a disastrous fire destroyed the town of New Holland the the store of Burchett and Company was completely destroyed. At the urging of his friends, Landrum immediately telegraphed for new goods and on March 16 he resumed business. During the summer of 1885 he built the first brick building in New Holland on the old store site.
Landrum and Harriet Burchett were among the oldest settler in New Holland and were prominent citizens of central Illinois. Richard Landrum Burchett died on April 13, 1907 and Harriet Van Bibber Burchett died the same year. They are buried in Richmond Grove Cemetery in New Holland, Illinois. They were the parents of one son, Oscar Burchett.