He was a farmer but later became a Methodist minister.
Residences & events:
1847 Piatt Co, IL. Charles, being the oldest child when his father died, assumed the responsibility of the family, carrying through with his parents' plan to move the family to IL. Unfortunately, their mother died the next year and the family had to be split among friends
and relatives. Charles and his new bride kept two of the younger boys, Daniel Felix and Joseph.
11/28/1850 West side of Sangamon Twp, Piatt Co, IL. Listed as Chas in the census, he was 34, wife Rachel was 24 and little William was 10 months. Also living there were brothers"Phelix", 12, and Joseph, 6. There was a Mary Ann Van Gundy as head of the house in the Okaw River Twp of the same county.
1850 Monticello Twp, Piatt Co, IL, where Charles bought the first PO Box. That box is now in the Monticello museum.
4/16/1851 & 5/29/1851 He bought two parcels of land, a total of 80 acres, on the high ridge 2 miles north of Monticello. His residence at the time was listed as unknown.
That same year he was licensed by the Methodist Church, Bloomington Dist, to preach and appointed to the Middletown Mission. Some of the places he preached were Dresden; Chillicothe, OH; Paris, MO; Attica, Warren Co, IN; and finally Harristown, IL, near Decatur.
After the death of his first wife, he remarried and had another family but the children by the first wife were raised by her family.
He died suddenly of apoplexy.
There is a problem with his death date as 3 children were born after 1860.