Notes from the past…


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The Internet Genealogist: Follow Friday: FamilySearch Online Classes

I found a new blog to follow today. And this is the post that caught my eye:

The Internet Genealogist: Follow Friday: FamilySearch Online Classes

I followed the link and watched a very interesting video about how to interpret the pre-1850 editions of the US Federal Census. You know, the ones that only list Head of Household and no other names…!


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“… a gallant Revolutionary soldier.” Part 2

Have I finally broken through the John Isler brick wall? Have I found Maj John Isler of North Carolina, that “gallant Revolutionary soldier” and my fifth great-grandfather?

Well, I have most certainly found a John Isler of Jones County, North Carolina. This man was a prominent citizen, Revolutionary War veteran and member of the General Assembly:

  • 1786 House of Commons
  • 1794-95 Senator
  • slave owner- 47 slaves in 1790 Federal Census
  • 108 references to John Isler in Records of Jones County, North Carolina, 1779-1868 Vol. I- witnessed numerous legal documents, mentioned in numerous property documents, as well as the abstract of his will from August, 1822
  • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications Files- Capt John Isler is described as a militia regimental commander in the applications of Robert Williams and Benjamin Cox of Jones County, North Carolina

So it seems John Isler was a “Revolutionary soldier” and was also very active in the formation and early government of North Carolina, which became the twelfth state to ratify the United States Constitution on November 21, 1789.

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The flood gates have opened, so it seems, as I now have lots of data on John Isler. But I still don’t know…

Was he my John Isler?

End of Part 2