Biography - G Isbell

G. W. ISBELL, farmer, P. O. Hurricane, was born in Fayette County, in the year 1833, and has a good practical education. He commenced business as a farmer, and took charge of his father's farm at the age of fifteen years (his father being an invalid), and remained in charge until twenty-three years of age. He then married and moved to Montgomery County, where he now resides. His first purchase of land was sixty acres, which were partially improved, to which he has added until he has reached the handsome estate of 235 acres of good, tillable land, on which he has erected a fine house, barn and outbuildings. It is considered one among the best improved places in the vicinity. He also owns, in Fayette County, 440 acres of land, the most of which is in good state of cultivation. He was married in Fayette County, in 1856, to Miss Mahala HILL. She was born in Kentucky; is the mother of six children, four of whom are living. She died in May, 1873. Her mother, a native of Kentucky, is still living in Fayette County, Ill. His second wife, Theresa (ELAM) (MASON) ISABELL, was born in Bond County, Ill., in 1848; married in bond County in 1873. Her parents were natives of North Carolina, and both are now living in Bond County. James ELAM, her father, is a minister of the Gospel. Pasehal ISBELL, the father of subject, was born in Kentucky in 1807, a farmer by occupation, and emigrated to this State in 1828 or 1829 settled in Fayette County, Ill., and died there in April, 1879. Clarissa (SEERS) ELAM, the mother of subject, was born in Kentucky in 1809, and is the mother of fourteen children, this subject being the fourth child. He has a family of seven children, five living, viz.: Diana, Melvina, William Jackson, Lewis, Jasper (deceased), Jennie; one died in infancy. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church; he is a Democrat. He has always been an advocate in favor of public improvements and agricultural interests. He started out to battle with the world without anything, but, being possessed of a stout heart and an indomitable energy, he has accumulated quite a fortune.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 302-303.

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