I was wondering if anybody else has explored their family genealogy on here.
I recently received some research from my brother on our genealogy and it's pretty interesting.
All of my ancestors appear to have come to America between the late 1600's and late 1700's. And all of them lived in Southern states. The most interesting ancestor I have found is Colonel Elijah Isaacks of North Carolina that fought for the colonies during the revolutionary war. He also fought in the war of 1812. Here's some info on him.
Birthdate is an estimation. Death date based on Will dated 4 April 1799, proven 24 June 179
9 in Pendleton District., SC. Witnesses to his will: Thomas Gibson, William Isaacs, Hayes Bla
ir. Executors were James Blair and Samuel Isaacks; will names children. Elijah was the 3rd ge
neration lsaacks in America. He was a colonel in the Rev War, captured at Gen. Gates defeat a
t Camden, SC Aug 16, 1780, sent to England and exchanged July 1781. His capture by the Britis
h is recorded in NC State Records. In May 1782 NC Legislatures nominated Col. Elijah Isaack
s as a Brigadier General for District of Morgan. Sold land in 1784 in Wilkes Co, NC. Bought l
and in Franklin Co, GA in 1785. He was on the l790 census of Pendleton District, SC.
The Records of the Moravians in NC report several troublesome visits by the Wilkes militia a
s they marched through the area during the Revolutionary War. One incident is of special inte
rest: Salem Diary, page 1787, 6 Jan 1782… "Wilkes militia arrived, under Col. Isaacks. Most o
f them camped at Petersbach overnight, and had to be supplied with provisions and forage. A
t first they were rather wild, and the Colonel made various threats, but when they were serve
d in friendly fashion they calmed down. Some of them attended the gemeinstunde and were quie
t and orderly." Page 1787, 7 Jan 1782… "The Wilkes militia marched on ....".
(The Moravian records are in German, of course, and the word "gemeinstunde" translates as a "
quiet evening time of study or reflection ...".
Elijah Isaacks and his brother Elisha, both from Wilkes Co., NC were elected to the Senate an
d the House respectively of the NC State Assembly in the early 1780's. These were not the twi
ns Elisha and Elijah. The twins were grandsons of this earlier Elijah.
Samuel J. Isaacks in "The lsaacks Clan in American and Texas" says Elijah appears to have bee
n fairly intolerant of the "Tories", those colonists who remained loyal to the British crow
n during the Revolutionary War. Fairly often in the Senate journal he was recorded as votin
g "yea" on bills to confiscate property of British sympathizers while in the NC House of Comm
ons, his brother Elisha voted "nea".
". Author S. J. lsaacks quotes a letter from a Col. Farming, living in Canada, who describe
d himself as a "loyal British subject" and complains he had been forced to leave his birthpla
ce of NC after he and other loyalists suffered incidents of mistreatment at the hands of Col
. lsaacks and the militia. Citizens not opposed to the Continental cause were not mistreated.
In the "Revolutionary Army Accounts" manuscripts of the NC State Archives is recorded that El
ijah Isaacs was granted the sum of 38 pounds 7 shillings 2 pence on 17 Jan 1782, but the purp
ose of the payment is not given.
There are 2 Isaacks (different spellings) families in NC on the list of 1790 surnames on cens
He was married to a granddaughter of the father of Daniel Boone. So I'm related to that guy. He also met Andrew Jackson and later Sam Houston, the president and first governer of Texas.
Other than that it appears that I have at least 6 ancestors that fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War and everyone seems to have moved to Texas (the ones that weren't already there) within 20 years of the end of the war.
No famous people though.
My wife is supposedly descended from Daniel Webster but that hasn't been proven yet.
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