ISAAC HAVEN was born in Addison county, Vermont, September 15th, 1801. His grandfather was a Scotchman, who settled in Massachusetts. His father, William Haven, was living in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary war, and was in the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill, being among the first to enlist in the American army. He married as his second wife Mrs. Lucy Shephard, whose maiden name was Chiles, and settled in Addison county, Vermont.
Isaac Haven was the youngest of four children. April, 1828, he married Mercy, daughter of Robert Young, a native of Addison county. From 1828 to 1843 he was farming in Vermont, and then emigrated to Illinois. A series of unfortunate circumstances had deprived him of his property, and he came to this state involved in debt. He rented a farm of William P. Burroughs, in Greene county, near Greenfield, and on settling down on this property, would have lacked six hundred dollars of having enough to meet his obligations back in Vermont. He went to work with industry and energy to alter this state of affairs. He succeeded, and in 1849 he bought four hundred acres of land partly in Greene and partly in Macoupin county, on which there were no buildings, and of which only thirty or forty acres were under cultivation. This is part of his present farm. He paid every obligation, and increased his farm to 886 acres. His wife died August 17th, 1870. She was a woman of great energy, industrious and persevering, and part of the competence which Mr. Haven secured was due to her superior business management and attention to domestic and household affairs. Among her other accomplishments was the art of making an excellent quality of cheese, which commanded a ready sale from Jacksonville to St. Louis. Their children were four in number. William Haven, the present editor of the Greenfield Argus; Mary Jane, wife of James French of Greene county; Robert B., now farming with his father; and Henry, who died in infancy in Ohio while the family were moving to Illinois.
Mr. Haven voted for Gen Jackson for president in 1824; was afterward a Whig, and on the formation of the republican party became a republican. Since 1868 he has been a member of the Methodist church. His natural constitution has been strong and robust; he has stood a great deal of labor and exposure; and with the exception of a few weeks in recent years he has never been confined to his bed by sickness. He is a man who has commanded the respect of every one who has known him, and he has been a useful citizen. A page illustration of his farm and residence is shown elsewhere.