Biography of John R. Isdell


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Isdell, John R., was born in Leray, January 31, 1835, a son of William and Emaline (Olmstead) Isdell. William Isdell was born in Northville, Fulton county, N. Y., May 7, 1809, and his wife was born in the same place in 1807. John R. Isdell was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He was a carpenter by trade, also a farmer, owning 100 acres in Philadelphia, where he died April 21, 1895. March 29, 1860, he married Mary L. Clark, daughter of Nelson, and grand-daughter of Benson Clark, born at Danby, Vt., February 25, 1780, and died in Leray, October 3, 1828, where he settled in early life. His wife was Phoebe Ingerson, born in Westchester county, November 20, 1783, died in Leray, March 28, 1862. Nelson Clark was born in Greenfield in 1806; he was a farmer and owned a farm in Leray and died July 11, 1863. His wife was Lydia Pike, born in Massachusetts, April 10, 1805. Mr. and Mrs. Isdell have two daughters: Emma L., wife of Adoiphus Cook of Evans Mills, and Annie M., at home. Mr. Isdell was a Republican; a member of Evans Mills Lodge F. & A. M., was also a Royal Arch Mason. Mrs. Isdell and daughter reside in Philadelphia village.

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Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898