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Charles "Charley" Backus

Charles "Charley" Backus

Male 1831 - 1883  (51 years)

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  • Name Charles Backus 
    Nickname Charley 
    Born 20 Oct 1831  Rochester, Monroe, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Minstrel Performer 
    Cause of Death Bright's Disease [Kidney Disease] 
    Died 21 Jun 1883  Manhattan, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 51 years 
    Buried 23 Jun 1883  Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I29365  Backus Genealogy | Backus Family
    Last Modified 8 May 2015 

    Father Theodore Backus,   b. 1 Aug 1798, Bethlehem, Litchfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1864, Rochester, Monroe, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Harriet Moore,   b. 9 Aug 1804, Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1858, Rochester, Monroe, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 9 Jan 1823 
    Family ID F12961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Julia Lee "aka Leo Hudson" Hodgen,   b. 22 Mar 1839, London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1873, St Louis, St Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married Yes, date unknown 
    Divorced Mar 1866 
    Last Modified 8 May 2015 
    Family ID F12974  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Catherine "Kate" Hafferning,   b. 29 Jun 1845, Rochester, Monroe, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1873, Brooklyn, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 14 Aug 1870  Manhattan, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 8 May 2015 
    Family ID F12971  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Isabel "Tizzie" Mason,   b. 2 Nov 1852, New York City, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1920, Atlantic City, Atlantic, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 17 Oct 1876  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ida Mason Backus,   b. 8 Nov 1878, New York City, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1944, Manhattan, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 8 May 2015 
    Family ID F12973  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to hide
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Oct 1831 - Rochester, Monroe, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Aug 1870 - Manhattan, New York, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Oct 1876 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ida Mason Backus - 8 Nov 1878 - New York City, New York, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Jun 1883 - Manhattan, New York, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 23 Jun 1883 - Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe, New York Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Headstones
    Charles Backus - No Photo, Link Only
    Charles Backus - No Photo, Link Only
    Find A Grave: Charles
    Plot: Section: T

    Photos
    Charles 'Charley' Backus
    Charles 'Charley' Backus
    Burch, Wambold & Backus
    Burch, Wambold & Backus

    Indexes
    New York, Marriages, 1686-1980
    New York, Marriages, 1686-1980
    Source Citation: New York. New York, Marriage Index, 1686-1980. The City of New York, New York.
    New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949
    New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949
    Source Citation: New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949. The City of New York, New York, New York.

    Newspaper Articles
    The Backus Minstrels
    The Backus Minstrels
    The Hobarton Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia - 30 Jan 1856

    1880 US Census
    1880 US Census
    1880 US Census
    Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: New York City, New York, New York; Roll: 880; Family History Film: 1254880; Page: 141C; Enumeration District: 281; Image: 0223.

  • Notes 
    • BIO:
      Charles Backus, of the famous San Francisco Minstrels quartette,' and one of the principal comedians of the organization, achieved wide fame for his impersonations of prominent actors, in which he was an adept.
      He went to California in 1852, and two years later organized Backus' Minstrels there; in 1855 he took the company to Australia, and a few years later organized Horn and Backus' Minstrels; In 1859 he again went to Austrialia, and appeared as a negro clown in Burton's Circus.
      He returned to San Franciso in 1861, and after playing several engagements there, on September 15, 1864 was one of the organizers of Birch, Wambold and Backus' Minstrels; his career from that time until his death was linked with that of Billy Birch.
      Mr. Backus was married to Leo Hudson, the famous equestrienne; he was divorced in March, 1866; subsequently he married Miss Kate Newton, the wellknown actress.
      On October 17, 1876, in Philadelphia, he married Miss Tizzie Mason.
      Charles Backus was born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1831; he died in New York City, June 21, 1883.
      excerpt from Monarchs of minstrelsy, from "Daddy Rice to date"


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