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 Isaac Archer

Isaac Archer

Tennessee, USA
Death 9 Mar 1874 (aged 72)
Sherman, Grayson County, Texas, USA
Burial Sherman, Grayson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 60894949 · View Source
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Farmer and Confederate Cavalryman

Born in Tennessee about 1801, Isaac Archer was probably the son of Richmond Archer. He married Jane "Jennie" Brown about 1829 in Tennessee, where their first four children were born. They moved to Platte County, Missouri about 1839, where their remaining five children were born. Isaac was a farmer.

Isaac was a slave owner (the 1860 census showed him owning an elderly woman as a servant) and a strong supporter of the pro-slavery movement. While a landowner in Platte County, Missouri, he became one of the "Border Ruffians", registering with some of his family as voters in adjacent Leavenworth County, Kansas in 1855 during the partisan struggles of "Bleeding Kansas", voting for the pro-slavery ticket.

Isaac and his son John enlisted in the Confederate Army, serving in Company "I" of the First Missouri Cavalry on 16 December 1861 for a term of one year. Isaac was 60 years old when he joined, though he gave his age as 10 years younger when mustered in. Two of his sons also served as Confederate irregulars, or "bushwackers". There is evidence that they served with the infamous Quantrill's Raiders.

Isaac served as a private and saw action at Bentonville (6 March 1862), Little Sugar Creek (7 March 1862), and Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge, 7-8 March 1862) in Arkansas, and was then assigned after 22 April 1862 to detached service at Des Arc, Arkansas to serve the remainder of his enlistment, and returned to his family, though his son John continued to serve, losing an arm and having to surrender a fort during the siege of Vicksburg.

Isaac and Jennie sold their Platte County property in 1866 and moved about 65 miles southeast to Pleasant Hill, Missouri. After more than 39 years of marriage, Jennie died in 1869, and Isaac moved to Sherman, Texas, joining two sons who had moved there after the war. He was listed on the 1870 census living there. He died in Sherman in 1874. Descendants still live around Sherman, as well as in the Kansas City area and in Oklahoma City.

Sincere thanks to Janie for having created this memorial, and for having provided the photo of Isaac's grave marker.

Further thanks are due to Mark Archer for the photograph of Isaac Archer, circa 1869 or '70.

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  • Maintained by: FamilyMan
  • Originally Created by: Janie
  • Added: 30 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60894949
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Isaac Archer (18 Mar 1801–9 Mar 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60894949, citing Friendship Cemetery, Sherman, Grayson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by FamilyMan (contributor 47408836) .