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Charles Backus (Backhouse); Callaghan County Texas
Posted by: Gary Tilley Date: April 17, 1998 at 18:23:46
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I am searching for the gravesite of Charles Backus in Callaghan County Texas. The county seat of Callaghan County is Baird. Charles Backhouse immigrated from Leeds, England approximately 1882 or 1883. He brought the children listed below with him from England. He bought land in Callaghan County. He was either murdered or died by accident sometime around 1885. The children were orphaned because the mother stayed in England with her elderly mother. She kept some of the children with her. My grandfather, Herbert Charles Backus, was one of the younger children that was orphaned.
Charles Backhouse changed his name to Backus because of the way the people in the US pronounced Backhouse.

Family information:
Charles Backus (Backhouse) B. Sept 19,1833 in Leeds, England.
Married Charlotte Emily Moon on 11/13/1860.
1. Florence Emily Backus, B. 8/16/1861, D. 1863
2. Arthur Bernard Backus, B. 4/17/1864, D. 12/1/1926, Married Jennie Marie Sarles of Gainesville, Tx; Married Nettie Henrette Bellefield
3. Katie Isobel Backus, B. 4/28/1866, D. 2/6/1901. Married Albert Balentine, moved to Indian Territory (Oklahoma)
4. Florence Mary Backus, B. 1/31/1868, stayed in England
5. Herbert Charles Backus, B. 3/26/1870, D. 1/20/1954, Married Dovie McKinney, lived near Ada, Oklahoma. My grandfather, was a cowboy after being orphaned.
6. Percy Burgoyne Backus, B. 2/27/1872, D. 2/9/1966, Married Nettie Givens
7. Alfred Ernest Backus, B. 10/10/1875, stayed in England.

Father of Charles Backus was Thomas Backhouse, his mother was Mary Gomersall.

Any information would be appreciated.
Gary Tilley
Bedford, Tx


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