|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1823|
|Death: ||Nov. 11, 1913|
Isaac was the son of William Marchant and Elizabeth Smith. He was born eighteen miles southwest of Washington Court House, Ohio. He was a prosperous farmer in Ohio at the time when the Civil War was precipitated and he showed his intrinsic patriotism by enlisting in Company I, 168th Regiment of Infantry, Ohio Volunteers and by serving valiantly until he was mustered out on September 8, 1864. Isaac returned to Ohio and in 1866, he removed his lot to Kingston, Missouri. In that locality, he was engaged in farming until the time of his election to the position of county judge. He served in that position until 1873 and then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where he lived for one year before moving to Custer County, Nebraska. He took up a homestead claim and became one of the pioneer settlers of that large and now prosperous section of Nebraska. He there continued his agricultural activities until 1885, when he sold his farm and established his residence at Broken Bow, the county seat, where he practiced law for several years thereafter. In 1911, Isaac went to live with his son, Isaac Temple Merchant in Adams, Gage County, Nebraska where he passed the closing period of his life and died there on November 10, 1913.
He was married, July 18, 1844 to Nancy Caylor, who was born February 5, 1830, near her husband's birth place, Washington County, Ohio. She died January 22, 1892 in Broken Bow, Nebraska and is buried there.
Eleven children were born to this union. They were Catharine, Talitha Jane, John William, Temperance Deraih, Sarah Ella, Isaac Temple, Nancy Harriet, Mary Emma, Ida Belle, Frank Merchant and Laura Etta.
Information pertaining to Isaac can be found in "History of Gage County Nebraska" by Hugh J. Dobbs, 1918; "Custer County Chief" (newspaper) Spring of 1912; and "History of Custer County, Short Sketches of Early Days in Nebraska Settlement of New Helena" by C. R. Mathews, pages 116 & 117.
Judge Isaac Merchant
Isaac Merchant was born near Greenfield, Fayette Co., Ohio, Nov. 25, 1823, and died Nov. 11, 1913, his age being at the time of his death 89 years, 11 months and 11 days. He was married to Miss Nancy Caylor, July 18, 1844. Eleven children were born, Mrs. J. E. Todhunter, of Washington Court House, Ohio; John, wo died in the service at Memphis, Tenn.; Mrs. N. J. Rice, of Rogers, Ark.; Mrs. G. W. Young, of Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. W. S. Huffer, of Springfield, Ohio; I. T. Merchant, of Adams; Mrs. N. H. Allee, of Syracuse, Nebr.; Emma, who died at Kingston, Mo. in 1872; William, who died in 1870 at Washington Court House; Mrs. R. D. Ross, of Anselmo, Nebr.; and Mrs. W. B. Poor, of Lincoln, Nebr. Mrs Merchant died March 15, 1895.
Mr. Merchant left Ohio about 47 years ago and came to Missouri. After living in Missouri eight years, he spent on year in Lincoln, Nebr. He then took up a homestead near Broken Bow, which was his home until his wife died.
He was converted Aug. 21, 1843 and united with the M. E. church. He often filled the pulpit, when made necessary by the absence or sickness of the pastor. He has during his life filled many positions of honor and trust.
He was a lifelong worker in the temperance cause and always ready to help in any movement for the betterment of mankind. His intellectuality was very marked and he retained his mental strength in a great degree to the last.
His knowledge of men and events was unusually great, showing that he had been a great reader and close observer.
His life has been well spent and he has left behind him a noble record.
During his sickness he showed remorkable patience, neber uttering a work of complaint. His confidence in God was firm and his hope of heaven bright.
His friends who have cared for him so tenderly and lovingly can have great satisfaction in looking back over his long and well spent life.
Short services were held at the home, Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Pearson, after which the remains, accompanied by local members of the Masonic order, were taken to the depot and sent to Broken Bow on the evening train for interment.
At Broken Bow funeral services were held in the M. E. church, Nov. 13, 1913, under the auspices of the Masonic Order. Rev. A. L. Umpleby preached the sermon and Grand Master, Alpha Morgan, gave an address. The remains were laid to rest with Masonic rites in the Broken Bow cemetery.
Card Of Thanks
To our many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted in the care of father during his sickness and death, we desire to herby thank you.
The token of love and sympathy shown by the beautiful floral offering will long be cherished in the hearts of the living.
We sincerely ask God's blessing to rest on all who, by word or act assisted father during the past 18 months to pass the time from day to day with thoughts of the good and beautiful of this life and final eternal rest.
I. T. Merchant
Mrs. I. T. Merchant
Nancy Caylor Merchant (1824 - 1895)*
Broken Bow Cemetery
Created by: Ken DeCamp
Record added: Jul 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20549563
My great great grandfather, I did not know you but your memory lives on through me. May you be with God.|
Added: Jul. 20, 2007