Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

(My apologies for taking so long to post Part 3 of this series. Got tied up with some other stuff and couldn’t get back to it.)

In Parts 1 and 2 of my series “… a gallant Revolutionary soldier.”, the story of the hunt for my 5th great-grandfather John Isler, I described my excitement about finally tracking down this most elusive gentleman, and reviewed some of the evidence collected.

I have located and downloaded images of several original documents, as well as transcribed and indexed data that pretty well establishes the “Life and Times of John Isler of Jones County, North Carolina”. This man served as an officer in a North Carolina militia unit during the Revolutionary War and later was quite active in early Jones County and North Carolina government and politics. He is mentioned numerous times in these sources throughout the the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.

Ok, so John Isler did exist. But was this John Isler my John Isler?

How do I connect this


… to this?


I think I may have found the link that I have been searching for. The first image above names Major John Isler as the father of Harriett A (Isler) Kennedy.

Now read this excerpt from John Isler’s transcribed will:


Again, this single transcribed document does not prove conclusively that this John Isler and Harriett Isler are my John Isler and Harriett Isler Kennedy. I will certainly continue to look for more evidence, but taken as a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, and examined in relation to the other puzzle pieces that I have mentioned in this series, and to other data that I have about Harriett Isler Kennedy from her later life as the wife of John Kennedy (born ca 1805 in North Carolina, married ca 1825 in North Carolina, 1st child born 1826 in North Carolina), I believe at this time that these two people are probably a good fit for my 5th great-grandfather John Isler, and his daughter, my 4th great-grandmother Harriett Isler Kennedy.


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