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Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company

Page 740

ISAACS, ABRAM, one of the well-to-do farmers of Dorchester Township, residing on section 1, has been identified with the history of this community for half a century. The record of his life is an interesting one; it is the record of perseverance, of industry and of final success. Through a long life, some of it in shadow and some in sunshine, he has retained his belief in human nature and his simple goodness of character. For this reason and also because he is so widely known, he is deserving of representation in this volume.

Mr. Isaacs was born in North Carolina, November 10, 1810, and is of English descent. His father, Richard Isaacs, was born near Washington, D. C., and when a young man went to North Carolina, where he became acquainted with and wedded Miss Mary Stonestreet, a native of Maryland, and a daughter of Butler Stonestreet, who served throughout the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Isaacs died at the birth of her sixth child, at which time our subject was three years old. Abraham Isaacs had a twin sister who died at birth. After the death of his mother his father was a second time married and he went to live with his maternal grandparents who took him to Kentucky. There he grew to manhood, being reared as a practical farmer boy.

In Jefferson County, Ky., Mr. Isaacs was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Miss Mary Eaton, a native of Mississippi, born on the 23d of July, 1815, in Adams County. Her parents, Thomas and Sarah (King) Eaton, were natives of Maryland, the lady having been born in the Spanish possessions, of parents who had emigrated from the New Jersey Colony southward prior to the Revolutionary War. They were married in Mississippi and four years later removed to Jefferson County, Ky., where they made their home until 1836, when the family all came to Illinois, our subject and his wife being of the party.

Mr. and Mrs. Isaacs made a settlement upon land which Mr. Eaton had obtained from the Government in Madison County. That gentleman and his wife spent their last days in Madison County, Mrs. Eaton departing this life in Edwardsville, in 1836, at the age of forty-eight years, while Mr. Eaton died in 1849, at the age of sixty-nine years. His father, Henry Eaton, was a native of Wales, who left the mother country when young, and in America was reared to manhood. He married Miss Violet Wallace, a native of the Emerald Isle, served throughout the Revolutionary War as a member of the Colonial Army and soon after the cessation of hostilities both he and his wife were called to their final rest.

We see that Mrs. Isaacs was descended from excellent ancestors. She remained under the parental roof until her marriage and then the young couple started out in life for themselves, determined to work their way upward and win for themselves a comfortable home, if not wealth. They became parents of ten children of whom three died in infancy, while Sarah, the wife of Alex Sinclair, died leaving one daughter; Richard, who married Lucy J. Burton, is engaged in farming in Dorchester Township; Charles C., who wedded Clara Ogden, of Philadelphia, owns and operates a farm in Dorchester Township; Thomas W. wedded Harriet Snedeker, who died leaving one son, and after her death married Almira Robb. He is engaged in agricultural pursuits in New Douglas, Madison County; Henry K., also a farmer of Madison County, was joined in wedlock with Miss Susan B. Hayden; Abraham married Nancy Fruit and operates the old homestead; Amanda C. is the wife of Reed Ayres, a successful farmer of Madison County.

After a four years' residence in Madison County Abraham Isaacs and his excellent wife came to this county and settled upon land which now forms a part of their home. A half century has since passed, during which time the wild and unimproved tract which he purchased had been transformed into fertile fields and the boundaries of his farm have been extended until it comprises three hundred and twenty acres which pay a golden tribute to his care and cultivation. By their united efforts they acquired a handsome property which numbered them among the prosperous citizens of the community. Their home is one of substantial and comfortable dwellings of the community and is the abode of hospitality. In the rear are all the buildings and improvements necessary to a model farm and these in turn are surrounded by well-tilled fields. In politics Mr. Isaacs is a stalwart Republican, having supported that party since 1856, when the first Presidential candidate was nominated.

For the long period of fifty-five years, Mr. and Mrs. Isaacs traveled life's journey together as man and wife and as the years went by their mutual love and confidence increased. Together they worked in the Methodist church, with which they united in early life, and their efforts at doing good won the love and gratitude of many. The devoted wife and mother passed from earth May 9, 1891, mourned by the bereaved husband and children and a large circle of friends. Prior to her demise Mr. and Mrs. Isaacs were known as the oldest couple living in this locality, and had been longer married than any others.

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