­­­­Research by Tony Alldredge- taken from his archived website:  http://web.archive.org/web/20050306032909/http://www.aldridgefamilyresearch.org/

----------------------
13-1-1

Alldredge, Isaac (1792-1845), A Biography (rev 21 Oct 2001)

by Tony Alldredge

Isaac Alldredge (1792) was born 20 Oct 1792 in Randolph County, North Carolina. His father was Ezekiel Alldredge, and his mother was Rachel Huff. Isaac was the seventh of fifteen children.


Isaac (1792) was born and grew up near present day Greensboro and near Mt. Pleasant Creek, a tributary of Sandy Creek.


The 1815 Tax List for Randolph County, North Carolina shows an Isaac Arledge with 216 acres of land. Our Isaac would have been 23 at this time, and it is likely that he began to farm here.


When Isaac was 29, he joined some of his brothers in moving to Mount Vernon, Posey County, Indiana. There they found wives and settled. Isaac married Polly Hivett (or Kivett) 7 (or 27) April 1821. Polly was a widow. She had one child by a previous marriage, a girl, named Margaret (we don’t know what became of her). In 1822 Isaac and Polly were blessed with twins: Ezekial (or Ezekiel) Brower, with black hair and brown eyes and a girl, Hannah, with red hair and blue eyes. Hannah may have died in infancy. A girl, Elizabeth, was born Dec. 19, 1823. Polly died at the birth of this child and the child was given to a Mrs. Allen to raise.


Isaac married Jane Caruth (called "Mary Jane" in family records) in Posey County, Indiana 23 Feb 1824. According to family records, Isaac had almost finished building their house when one day coming home from work he saw that Mary Jane had set fire to the house and was running away. He called to her to come back, but she went on. It was believed by some that she went crazy and that is all we know of her history. Isaac was granted a divorce from Jane in Febrary 1827.


Isaac then went to Jackson County, Illinois on the Mississippi River. In 1831 he returned to Indiana, horseback, and brought his daughter Elizabeth (and possibly Ezekial Brower) back to live with his sister Leah. Elizabeth was only 8 years old and Ezekial was only 9. Elizabeth later married Samuel Wilson Duff and lived a full life, dying in 1901. Ezekial B. may have married Mary Self in Posey County, Indiana 17 Aug 1832. Ezekial may also have married Mary A. Varner in Marion County, Illinois (a bit northeast of Jackson County) 29 Mar 1866 and died in Jackson County, Illinois 1 Oct 1870. Another researcher indicates that Ezekial died 3 Aug 1867.


About 1832 in Illinois, Isaac met and married Mary Brown Wilks, a widow of William Wilks. She already had 3 sons: John Brown Wilks, Miner (or Minor) James Wilks, and Samual Sneed Wilks. Samuel went to California during the gold excitement of 1849 and was never heard from again. John was shot and killed in the war with Mexico in 1846. Minor was a singing master, class leader and preacher in the Missionary Baptist Church.


Together, Isaac and Mary had four more children in Jackson County, Illinois: William, Parsons, Martha, and Isaac. In 1834 and again in 1839, Isaac (1792) bought land east of Degognia township in the western edge of Jackson County.


In 1845, while their youngest son, Isaac, was only two years old, Isaac (1792) died in Jackson County, leaving Mary with the four small children. Soon after Isaac (1792) died, Mary moved north about thirty-five miles into Perry County. Mary died in about 1849. William, who was about 16, went to Missouri; Martha, aged 11, to Jackson County (possibly to live with her father’s relatives); Parson and Isaac, ages 13 and 6, with Mr. Richard Wilkes, son of Mary’s first husband by a former wife, went to Illinois where they lived for one year. Later, Parson followed William to Missouri and Isaac went to live with his Aunt Casinda Craine, Her husband was Benjamin Craine, “one of God’s noblemen”. In the fall of 1852 Isaac (1843)’s Uncle John Brown, his mother’s youngest brother, came to Illinois from Salt Lake City. He had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a member of the first company of pioneers to enter the Salt lake Valley in 1847. Uncle John Brown convinced William, Parsons and Isaac to follow him west.


References:


Isaac Alldredge: (7)

Born 20 Oct 1792 in Randolph, NC

Died 27 March 1845 in Illinois

Father: Ezekiel Alldredge

Mother: Rachel Huff

Married 1) Polly Hivett 7 April 1821 in Mount Vernon, Posey, Ind., Polly born abt. 1796, of Mount Vernon, Posey, Ind., Polly died 19 Dec 1823

Children:

- Ezekial Brower (twin), born 19 Jan 1822 in Mount Vernon, Posey, Ind., died 1822

- Hannah Rachel (twin), born 19 Jan 1822 in Mount Vernon, Posey, Ind., died 1822

- Elizabeth, born 19 Dec 1823 in Mount Vernon, Posey, Ind., married Samuel Wilson Duff 8 Sept 1842, died 20 Sept 1901.

Married 2) Mary Jane

Married 3) Mary Brown, born 6 or 15 Jan 1801 in Sumner Co., Tenn., died 27 Mar 1845 or 1849 in Jackson Co., Ill., father John Brown, mother Martha Chapman, Mary’s previous husband: William Wilks.

Children:

William, born 10 Oct 1833 in Jackson Co, Ill., married Sarah Jane

Malinda Brock on 19 Dec 1852, William died 10 Aug 1906

Parsons, born 12 Feb 1836 in Jackson Co, Ill., married Arretta Jane Smith on

1 June 1860, Parsons died 21 Oct 1904

Martha, born 15 Oct 1838 in Jackson Co, Ill., married 1) Joseph C. Young in

1823, Martha died 7 Mar 1925

Isaac, born 25 July 1843 in Jackson Co., Ill., married Susannah Evans on

27 Dec 1869, Isaac died 24 Sept 1936

(Most of this information verified - see notes in TA’s family records)


According to “History of William B. Alldredge” (William B. was Isaac’s brother): (1)

“William B. Alldredge’s father was Isaac, son of Ezekiel and Rachel Huff. Isaac first married Polly Kivett, April 7, 1821, in Mount Vernon, Posey, Indiana. Polly was a widow. She had one child, a girl, named Margaret. Margaret married a man by the name of Green Steel. Isaac and Polly’s first children were twins; a boy, Ezekial Brower, with black hair and brown eyes, and a girl, Hannah, with red hair and blue eyes. They both died in infancy. They were born in 1822. A girl, Elizabeth, born Dec. 19, 1823, died Sept. 20, 1901, and Polly died at the birth of this child and the child was given to a Mrs. Allen to raise. (1)

“Isaac went to Illinois on the Mississippi River. He married a woman by the name of Mary Jane. He had almost finished their house when one day coming home from work he saw that Mary Jane had set fire to the house and was running away. He called to her to come back, but she went on. Rumor is that she went crazy and that is all we know of her history. (1)

“In 1831 he went to Indiana, horse back, and brought his daughter, Elizabeth, back to live with his sister Leiah, his daughter was only 8 years old. Elizabeth later married Samuel Wilson Duff. About 1832 in Illinois, Isaac met and married William B’s mother Mary Brown Wilks, a widow of William Wilks. She had 3 sons (1) John Brown Wilks (2) Miner James Wilks (3) Samual Sneed Wilks.” (1)


The 1815 Tax List for Randolph County, North Carolina (5) shows an Isaac Arledge with 216 acres of land adjoining Thos. Park in Capt. Moffitt’s District. Our Isaac would have been 23 at this time. His first known marriage was in 1821, so he could have begun to farm here before following his brothers to Indiana. Family records (6) indicate that Ezekiel died “about 1825” in Randolph County. If Ezekiel died in 1819 or 20, that could account for Isaac finally leaving North Carolina.


TA Note: Aldridge Records by Franklin R. Aldridge (p. 191, 192) notes several records of an Isaac Arledge of Randolph County, N.C (probably not our ancestor). This Isaac, whose father was Isaac (wife Sarah), was born about 1788 and married Margaret Mary Morrison in 1814.


TA Note: Mary Brown (Wilks Aldridge) had a brother, “Pioneer John Brown” who was prominent in the early history of the Mormon Church. See the book Pioneer John Brown. John Brown, Mary’s brother, lived in Mississippi in the early 1840’s. He joined the church there and made several trips across the plains to Salt Lake City assisting emmigrants. He was one of the first pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley and his wife was with the first group there. When Mary and Isaac died in 1845, he took Isaac, Jr. into his family until Isaac, Jr. came to live with Bishop David Evans in Lehi, Utah. Isaac, Jr. later married Bishop Evans’ daughter Suzannah.


Same family?: “Preston precinct Union County...” (Illinois) “All descended from ISAAC ALDRIDGE of North Carolina, descendants moved to Kentucky, then to Union County about 1825. James in 1826, William, Elizabeth and Joseph to Muddy River (1883 Union Co., Hist. p211) ELI ALDRIDGE from North Carolina, to Mt. Vernon, by 1843. (1883 White Co. Hist. pp 946-7) WILLIAM ALLDREDGE from Randolph County, North Carolina, to Clay County, Illinois in 1828, born 1795. (1884 Clay Co. Hist. p455) B. F. and Elizabeth Aldridge in 1850 Census Sangamon County. (p76A line 1) Russell Alldredge born in Posey County, Indiana, 1811 settled in White County, Illinois. Had brothers and sisters Peter, Warren, John, Eliza, Patsy and Harriett.” (2)


An Issac Arlidge married Polly Morrison in Ross County, Ohio 2 Jun 1814. (9) (TA note: This is probably not our Isaac, but is at least an interesting coincidence.)


Isaac Alldredge married Polly Kivett 27 April 1821 in Posey County, Indiana (3) (15) (TA note: Family records suggest that Polly's name may have been spelled "Hivett". However, a search of marriage records for that spelling shows none. Also, a Peter Kivett is often mentioned in court records next to the Alldredge's of that period in Posey County.)


Isaac Alldredge married Jane Caruth 23 Feb. 1824 in Posey County, Indiana (3) (15). An internet inquiry of the Indiana State Library Geneology Division regarding Indiana marriages through 1850 indicates that Isaac Aldridge married Jane Caruth in Posey County in 1824, but does not give the exact date (12). Posey County court records show that Isaac Aldridge divorced Jane Aldridge in February 1827 (13).


The 1840 Census for Posey County, Indiana shows an Aaron (Isaac) Aldridge, age 40-50 (Isaac would have been 48), with one female 30-40 (Mary Brown would have been 39), two males under 5 (Parsons would be 4 and William would be 6), one male 5 to 10, two males 10 to 15 (possibly Mary’s children from a previous marriage), and one female 15-20 (Elizabeth would have been 16) (4). This is probably not our Aaron, since he would have been 54. The unknown males could have been nephews or children of wife Mary from her previous marriage. The 1820, 1830 and 1850 censes for Posey County do not show an Isaac Aldridge.


Isaac Alldredge bought 40 acres for $50 on 17 June 1834 in Jackson County (meridian 3, range 4W, township 8S, section 30, NESE). He also bought 80 acres for $100 on 10 June 1839 in Jackson County (meridian 3, range 5W, township 8S, section 25, W2SE). (10). (TA Note: Both properties are on the east side of the present town of Degognia, near the Mississippi River in western Jackson County).


An Ezekiel B. Aldridge died (according to probate records) in Jackson County, Illinois 1 Oct 1870 ("Dilday Wmsn" administered his estate) and an EB Aldridge was administrator for Isaac's estate. An Ezekiel Alldredge married Mary Self in Posey County, Indiana 17 Aug 1832 (14). An Ezekiel Aldridge also married Mary A. Varner in Marion County, Illinois (a bit northeast of Jackson County) 29 Mar 1866. A Mary Aldridge died (according to probate records) 20 Jan 1874 in Jackson County. (8) (TA note: It is likely that all of these Ezekiels were Isaac's and Polly's son, Ezekiel Brower Alldredge).


Another researcher indicates that Ezekiel died 3 Aug 1867. (16)


Isaac Aldridge's probate was presented in court 5 Apr 1845 in Jackson County, Illinois (8).


Verification of Vital Statistics


(Most of this information verified - see notes in TA’s family records)


Birth: Family records (7) give a birth date and place for Isaac, but give no primary references.


Death: The autobiography of Isaac (1792)'s son, Isaac (1843) (11), indicates that Isaac (1792) died about 1845, possibly in Illinois.


Parentage: The "History of William B. Alldredge" (1) gives Isaac (1792)'s parents as Ezekiel and Rachel Alldredge.


Spouse(s):

Polly Kivett: The “History of William B. Alldredge” indicates that Isaac's first wife was Polly Kivett and gives date and place of their marriage. Aldridge Records, Franklin R. Aldridge, Vol. One, p. 57 agrees on the date and place but references no primary sources.

Mary Jane Caruth: The “History of William B. Alldredge” indicates that Isaac married "Mary Jane", possibly in Illinois. Aldridge Records, Franklin R. Aldridge, Vol. One, p. 57 indicates that Isaac married Jane Caruth and gives date and place, but no primary reference. An internet inquiry of the Indiana State Library Geneology Division regarding Indiana marriages through 1850 indicates that Isaac Aldridge married Jane Caruth in Posey County in 1824, but does not give the exact date (12). Posey County court records show that Isaac Aldridge divorced Jane Aldridge in February 1827 (13).


Mary Brown Wilks: The “History of William B. Alldredge” and the "Autobiography of Isaac Alldredge" give Mary as Isaac's third wife and as their mother. William indicates that they married about 1832 in Illinois.


______________

Footnotes:

1 “History of William B. Alldredge”, written by Adrian L. Alldredge, Grandson, copy in possession of Antoine D. Alldredge, 657 E. Kael, Mesa, Arizona.

2 Aldridge Records, Franklin R. Aldridge, Vol. Two, p. 221,222.

3 Aldridge Records, Franklin R. Aldridge, Vol. One, p. 57

4 Ibid, p. 51

5 Ibid, p. 99

  1. Records of William B. Alldredge” in possession of Antoine D. Alldredge, 657 E. Kael Circle, Mesa, Arizona 85203

  2. Family records in possession of Antoine D. Alldredge, 657 E. Kael Circle, Mesa, Arizona 85203

  3. Illinois Regional Archives Depositories, http://www.sos.state.il.us/depts/archives/serv_loc.html, accessed March 2000.

  4. Research note by unknown persons, reported by the Arledge/Aldridge internet research group March 2000.

  5. Illinois State Archives, Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, accessed from the internet March 2000.

  6. "Autobiography of Isaac Alldredge", Isaac Alldredge, copy in possession of Antoine D. Alldredge, 657 E. Kael Circle, Mesa, Arizona. 85203

  7. Indiana State Library Genealogy Division, http://ww.../a-b.taf/_function=list&_UserReference=72BDFA73E965COB6BC9661C6&_start=, accessed 4/00 by Antoine D. Alldredge.

  8. Access Indiana, the official website of the state of Indiana, http://www.state.in.us/cgi-bin/icpr/cgi-bin/casesrch.pl, accessed 4/00 by Antoine D. Alldredge.

  9. Indiana State Library Genealogy Division, ibid.

  10. Marriage Record 1 & 2, Posey County, Indiana, March 1815-1847, photocopy in possession of Antoine D. Alldredge.

  11. Records of Gene Aldridge.


----------------------------
Back to forefamilies.com

Back to Alldredge page on forefamilies.com