BURT, ALFRED HALL, who, for the past forty years, has served as Constable of Rochester Township, Sangamon County, Ill., is a native of California, Branch County, Mich., born December 29, 1847. A son of John V. and Orvilla (Teyrell) Burt, both natives of New York, the former born at Mt. Morris, that State. The father was a blacksmith by trade and in 1835 moved to Branch County, Mich., where he continued his trade until his death, his wife also dying there. They were parents of four sons and four daughters, of whom three sons and two daughters survive. Three of his sons served in the Civil War.
At the age of four yeas Alfred H. Burt accompanied his mother's sister to Swanton Falls, Vt., and three years later came with her to Rochester, Ill., where he received his education. Later he was adopted by a man named Levi St. Clair, on whose farm he worked until twenty-three years old, when he engaged in teaming on his own account. Three years later he found employment as tiler in the brick yards at Rochester, and two years later left this occupation to accept the office of Constable, to which he was elected in 1870 and which he has since held. He has served seventeen terms as Constable of the village, and served as Special Deputy Sheriff under Sheriffs Samuel Shoup, Campbell and Charles Werner. He has rendered efficient and faithful service in his various offices and has won an excellent reputation in the community. He is active in public affairs and in politics is a Democrat. He is a member of the Christian church and ready to advance the cause of that organization.
May 3, 1871, Mr. Burt was married in Rochester, to Margaret Money, born in Fairfax County, Va., June 6, 1854, a daughter of P. A. Money. Both parents were natives of Virginia and came to Rochester with their family in 1855, spending the remainder of their lives there, where the father worked at his trade of carpenter. The Money family included two sons and six daughters, and of these the following survive: Louis A., of Denver, Colo.; Henry, of Indiana; Elizabeth, wife of William Campbell, of Rochester; Susan, wife of Frank Miller, of Decatur, and Mrs. Burt. Ten children were born to Mr. Burt and wife, namely: Alfred S. (the oldest), Ida B., Alice H., Lillian M., Margaret M., John H., Daisy M., Charles E., and two of who died in infancy. Mr. Burt had a warm regard for Abraham Lincoln, with whom he was personally acquainted. He owns a pleasant home in Rochester and some farm land.