William C Isbell

William C Isbell

Jackson County, Alabama, USA
Death 1865 (aged 41–42)
Estillfork, Jackson County, Alabama, USA
Burial Estillfork, Jackson County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 104760615 · View Source
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The Estate of Zachariah Isbell: Dekalb Co, AL Probate Record E (15?), p.491 and Dekalb Co., AL Probate Minutes H-K, p.583, Final Settlement 1 Nov 1892, finished 1897. "This Probate dated 12 Oct 1890-4 Oct 1892."
Page 4: ...that Levi Isbell(,) a deceased brother of decedent(,) left him surviving and as entitled to distribution in said estate five sons...two daughters...three grandsons, John, William & George Isbell BY HIS DECEASED SON WM. C. ISBELL..."
Isbell Country by Odessa Isbell, p. 24: "that Levi Isbell a deceased brother of decedent (Zachariah) left him surviving and as entitled to distribution in said estate five sons…two daughters…three grandsons, John, William and George Isbell by his deceased son, Will Isbell."

Bible of his brother Elijah Miller Isbell shows William Isbell, son of Levi and Sarah Birdwell Isbell, married Jane "Tindle."

"Buried on the old Money Farm, Estill Fork, Alabama."
He married first Jane Tyndale and had one daughter and two sons. He married his second wife, Mary Ann Marks Gowan, 7 January 1854 (Jackson County, AL. Marriage Book 1851-56) and had a third son.

The children of William and Jane were:
Nancy Ann Isbell 1845-
George Washington Isbell 1848-1886
William Zachary Isbell 1850-1897

Some family trees give his name William Cornelius Isbell.
William C. Isbell married his second wife Mary Marks Gowan in Jackson County on 6 Jan 1854. They had one son:
John Cornelius Isbell (1856-1936)

Some give his birth as early as 1818 while others say 1820-22 and his death as 1863.
Isbell Country by Odessa Morrow Isbell, p.27 says he was born 1818-20; p.34 says he died in 1863.
He owned a shoe shop and "was killed during the Civil War near Estillfork, 1863-64," according to Ethlyn Rainey (Isbell Country by Odessa Isbell, p.34).
1850 census lists him as shoemaker and 1860 census says school teacher.

"Letter from Ethlyn (Rainey) in 1971: "William C. Isbell was a shoe maker in Jackson Co., AL. He had a club foot and had to make his own shoes. He had a shoe shop and made shoes for other people. He was said to have a good business, but during the Civil War or right after a group of KKK (Bushwhackers) killed him.' Note: Ethlyn said her aunt said William was a Confederate who was killed during the war. Ethlyn's father said he couldn't have been in the war because he was crippled. Francisco, AL. and Estillfork, AL were Union strongholds." (Odessa Isbell, p.39.)

Letter from Maymie Fowler (Mrs. Enis), Star Route, Huntland, TN.: "There is no doubt that William C. was killed at Estillfork, AL. I talked to my Dad's brother…and he told me that Grandpa John had told him lots of times that he remembered seeing the Bushwhackers killing his dad. He said he was crossing a ford on Estill Fork (Creek) riding a horse and he saw the Bushwhackers shoot him off the horse. He said he was 5 years old and could never get it out of his mind."

Odessa Isbell, page 39: "During the Tennessee trip Maymie Fowler said that there is a Butler Graveyard on the Andy Money Farm. Hurley Isbell told me that William Isbell is buried there and that a tree is groing through his grave. (Joe and Lee think it is another graveyard on a Money Farm.)" Maymie (Brewer) Fowler Ivey was a granddaughter of John Cornelius Isbell, son of William C. Isbell. See Find A Grave Memorial# 189153446.

His descendants are eligible to join:
The First Families of Alabama (Alabama Genealogical Soc.)
The First Families of Tennessee (Tenn. Historical Society)
Daughters of the Republic of Texas (#031544S Birdwell).
Sons of the Republic of Texas

1 John Isbell (England to Gloucester County, Virginia by 1664), presumptive father of
2 William Isbell of Isbell Spring, St. John's Parish, King William County; father of William Jr., Henry (& John?)
+ wife unknown; next door to Enfield Plantation
3 Henry Isbell b.c1690 of Orange Co.; constable of Caroline Co., d. c1760
+ daughter of "James Cox, Gent.," d c1739 St. Mark's Parish, Orange Co. (July 25, 1733; Spots Orders, 7 Aug, p.240); sons: William, James, Henry Jr., Zachariah
4 Hon. Capt. Zachary/Zachariah Isbell b c1722-6
+ Elizabeth
5 Lt. Zachariah Isbell Jr.
+ Elizabeth Miller
6 William Zachariah Isbell
+Sarah Richardson
7 Levi Isbell
+Sarah H. Birdwell (d/o John Birdwell)
8 William C Isbell
+Jane Tyndale


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  • Created by: Ray Isbell
  • Added: 6 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104760615
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William C Isbell (1823–1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104760615, citing W.C. Isbell, Estillfork, Jackson County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .