Biography of Isaiah Shields
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Shields, Isaiah (deceased), Potsdam, was born in Ireland, March 10, 1828, and came to this country in 1854. He first settled on a farm in Fort Covington. Franklin county, where he made his home for about three years and then sold and bought a farm in Bombay. Mr. Shields sold his right in this farm after a year to his brother and moved to Chateaugay, where he lived for nine years, and after spending one year on a farm in Norwood bought 215 acres in Potsdam, where he erected a beautiful brick residence. The farm is used for dairying, with thirty seven head of cattle and eleven horses. Mr. Shields was a Republican, and was for four years commissioner of highways. He was a member of Potsdam Grange No. 39. Mr. Shields married in 1855, Eleeta, daughter of John and Electa (Colson) Willis of Windsor, Vt., and have had eight children: Sarah Augusta, wife of Frank Burnham, a farmer of Potsdam Ella Jane, wife of Fred Roach a speculator of Canton; Emma, wife of Edwin McDonald, principal of Norwood Academy; Estella, wife of George Lane, of Potsdam, a farmer; Willis J., of the lirm of Prosser & Shields, real estate, insurance and loan brokers, of Pasadena, Cal. ; C. Wilbur, who assists on the homestead farm and Jessie a student of Norwood Academy. The fourth daughter, Minnie L., died January 2, 1882, aged seventeen years. Mr. Shields died March 31, 1893.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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