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Isaac Shuart Webster
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1825
Butler County
Ohio, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 1897
Pike County
Illinois, USA

Isaac was born on November 15, 1825 in Butler County, Ohio to Amos Webster and Sarah Wright Webster, and named for Michigan pioneer settler Isaac Shurte (Sarah's brother-in-law).

The family visited Sarah's family after the Wrights settled in Michigan in the late 1820s. The Websters then lived briefly in Indiana, where Amos was the first teacher in Newbury. Next was Mason County, Illinois.

Isaac was one of a dozen children, including Nancy "Maria"; Alvah; John "Nelson"; Marietta; Joseph; Brinton (a very fine fiddler); Sarah Jane; Alvah B.; Mary "Elizabeth"; Susan "Lucinda"; and Chauncey. Sister Nancy Maria wrote of crossing the plains in a covered wagon as a young girl, and of seeing "the fort" of Des Moines, Iowa. The family was pioneer in nature, moving consistently from settlement to frontier.

Isaac's sister Sarah owned the family treasure -- an original dictionary signed by Amos' "second cousin" [yet to be documented], Noah Webster. The dictionary reportedly perished in a Detroit fire.

At the age of 20, Isaac married 18-year old Cynthia Ann Williams on December 7, 1845. Cynthia was an Ohio girl, daughter of [Virginian] Jerimiah S. Williams and his wife Nancy (Montgomery). The Williams family lived in Mason Co., IL. [Cynthia's name has also been recorded as "Scynthia", "Scinthia" and "Cyntha."]

Isaac settled into life as a farmer, and the couple's first child, Edwin Hermandis Webster, was born September 26, 1846. The following year, Isaac bought 40 acres in Mason County for $1.25/acre. However, the year after that, on June 4th, daughter Julia Etta was born in Schuyler County. Isaac's father Amos died in 1847 in nearby Fulton County, IL around that time his sister Nancy Maria lived in adjacent McDonough County, and it appears Isaac may have taken her into his home for a brief period before her marriage to William Henry Surber.

Being of restless nature and always seeking opportunity, Isaac hurried to California during the Gold Rush to seek a quick treasure by mining gold. He may have begun the trip with other family members, but he became ill in Salt Lake City, where he nearly died. According to another family historian, he was cared for by members of the Mormon Church for an extended stay before continuing to California. Isaac, however, was in Pilot Hill and vicinity in El Dorado County, California for the 1850 census, living with a group of men similary focused on the Gold Rush.

Another Webster descendent says her very elderly aunts spoke of Isaac as legendary, saying that after going to California, he returned via a steamship through the Panama Canal. Apparently he wrote letters saying he ate monkey meat and had high adventures.

The 1850 federal census reveals that Cynthia and her children had moved in with her parents in 8th Township, Jersey County, IL. Also living in the home was 17-year old Jermimiah Williams and 7-year-old Cecilia A. Morris. It is unknown whether Isaac returned to Cynthia before the November 1, 1850 birth of their son, Cassius Morrow Webster.

Isaac reappeared on paper trail in 1851 as a defendant in a Fulton County, IL Circuit Court case with plaintiff William Taylor. The court case is fascinating. Isaac was accused of robbing a man and throing him off of a hand-cart. The man claimed to have been too ill to protect himself, and he claimed that during the misadventure Isaac stole his coat in addition to his gold dust about $700 value in gold alone. The two had gone by steamship through the Panama Canal and up along the eastern seaboard and docked in New York City. It was during the continuing journey westward by handcart, across land, that the two separated.

Isaac said the man was habitually drunk and during one stop, the man did not return to the handcart in time to resume the journey. Isaac said that he had earned the money in dispute in gold, $900 total minus $200 in expenses, and he gave deposition as to what he purchased with it: an orchard, a bolt of muslin fabric for his wife's sewing, a new stove, and a few other household goods.

Taylor claimed to have been extremely ill with high fevers, and reliant upon Isaac to help him make the journey. Supposedly he had given Isaac his money for safekeeping, and the next thing he knew, he woke up alone in a depot without coat or dust.

While Mr. Taylor did not prevail in court, Isaac soon left Fulton County and his orchard.

Cynthia gave birth in Fulton County on March 6, 1853, to Susan Marian Webster. Son Alva Lyndon was born on May 23, 1854 in McDonough County, Illinois. Little Alva died the next year, on January 28, 1855. Issac then moved his family to Warren County, Iowa, where daughter Nancy Emmaline was born February 7, 1857. Other Webster relatives then settled in that county. The next births to Isaac and Cynthia were twins Clara Ella and Mary Marella on August 25, 1858, in Ringgold County, Iowa. The family soon moved again, to Union County Iowa, where twins Louisa Allice and Loucinda Frances were born on June 20, 1861.

Sometime in the next few years, the family moved back to Illinois. Twins Louis Douglas and William Lincoln were born February 5, 1864, in Green County, Illinois. Baby Louis died two months later, on April 10, 1864.

By 1866, the family had settled in Pike County, Illinois. Daughter Georgiana Ann was born June 14th of that year. Henry Perry was born December 3, 1867. January 9, 1870, Isaac Warren was born. Then, 44-year old Isaac was farming in Newburgh Township, Pike County. Edwin had left home, and Juliette had moved out to marry James E. Lowe. Cassius, 19, was a farm hand. The couple's other children still lived on the farm.

In 1880, living on the family farm were children Lincoln, 16; Georgiana, 14, Henry, 13, and Isaac, 10. Daughter Susan (Gear), 27, had returned home with son Clarence, 3. Clara (Frye) had also returned with her daughter, Gertrude, 3.

One son-in-law was reportedly the head of the Klu Klux Klan of that region. There is no evidence it reflected or was supported by Isaac's beliefs.

Cynthia died February 10, 1895. Isaac died on December 11, 1897 in Augusta, Illinois. He had 59 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren when he died. 
Family links: 
  Amos Webster (1792 - 1847)
  Cynthia Ann Williams Webster (1827 - 1895)*
  Edwin Hermandis Webster (1845 - 1895)*
  Cassius Monroe Webster (1851 - 1941)*
  Chauncey A. Webster (1818 - 1849)*
  Joseph B. Webster (1821 - 1850)*
  John Nelson Webster (1822 - 1905)*
  Isaac Shuart Webster (1825 - 1897)
  Mary Elizabeth Webster Locke (1830 - 1907)*
*Calculated relationship
Augusta Cemetery
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Buried in plot with wife, not far from son Edwin Webster
Created by: Jody Glynn Patrick
Record added: Jul 21, 2005
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Isaac Shuart Webster
Added by: Jody Glynn Patrick
Isaac Shuart Webster
Added by: Jody Glynn Patrick
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this is your 4th greatgrandaughter I to have loved the adventure of researching our family sorry it came to a close but met so many new cousins and for that Im thankful Your ggggranddaughter marilyn sawdon
- marilyn sawdon
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