PETER BURGESS, farmer, P. O. Mound City, was born April 6, 1843, in Cheshire, England, son of Peter Burgess, born July 14, 1803, in England, where he died June 6, 1846, a farmer by occupation. The mother of our subject was Hannah (Reade) Burgess, born September 20, 1809, in England, where she died April 7, 1852, daughter of Joseph Reade, a farmer by occupation; she was the mother of eight children, of whom Maria, Samuel, Ann and Peter are now living. Our subject was educated in England, where he worked in a silk factory till 1863, when he came to the United States, landing in New York June 12. From New York he went to Connecticut, where he farmed till the fall of 1863. He then went to Mound City, where he worked in the ship-yards, and then settled down on a farm in Pulaski County. He has now a farm of about 300 acres. He was joined in matrimony May 17, 1865, in this county, to Miss Christina E. Storm, born in Pulaski County. She is a daughter of Dr. Lawrence F. and Elizabeth (Cook) Storm, and is the mother of two children, viz.: Hannah E., born March 25, 1866; Samuel L., infant, deceased. Mrs. Burgess died October, 1869, in this county. Mr. Burgess is religiously connected with the Episcopalian Church, was formerly a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters of England. In politics he is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 255-256.