Pages 222-223, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




ALLEN B. ISAAC, well known as a citizen and farmer of Marmaton township, Allen county, came to Kansas in 1877 and located in this county. He spent the first year in Humboldt and, having cast about over the county for a satisfactory location he chose Marmaton township and took up his residence therein. He settled section fifteen, on the south line of the township, improved a good farm and has resided in that vicinity, almost continuously, since.

Mr. Isaac came to Kansas from Illinois. His father, Elias Isaac settled in Bureau county, Illinois, in 1833, going there from Washington, Indiana. At this latter place our subject was born May 30, 1826. Elias Isaac was born in North Carolina in 1804. He was a son of John Isaac, who left the "old Tar Heel" state in 1808 and went into Daviess county, Indiana, where he died. He had five sons, Samuel, John, Elijah, Allen and Elias. Allen spent his life about Beardstown, Illinois. John died in Edgar County, Illinois, and Elias died in Bureau county, Illinois, in 1890. The last named learned tanning in his early life, followed it to some extent but drifted into farming and made that his life work. He was dis-


charged from the ranks as a soldier of the Black Hawk war for disability. He married Mary Black whose parents were from Kentucky. She died in 1892 at the age of eighty-seven years.

Elias and Mary Isaac were the parents of Allen B.; Ardilla, married Aaron Stephenson and died; John M. Isaac, of Malden, Illinois; Mahala, wife of John Winans, of Carson, Iowa; William Isaac, of Malden, Illinois, the oldest white child born in Bureau county; Mary E., widow of John Cass, of Bureau county: James W. of Hastings, Nebraska, is deceased, and Nancy, deceased, who married Marion Hite, of Bureau county, Illinois.

Allen B. Isaac spent his youth on the farm and acquired his education in the country districts. He engaged in mercantile pursuits on reaching his majority and his interests were in a general store in Malden, Illinois. Twelve years in the store sufficed and he left the counter for the plow. He was on the farm, still, when his attention was drawn to the advantages of the west. This he heard through Ross and Knox, who were then engaged in the emigration business, and he came out, saw, was pleased and located.

May 3, 1853, Mr. Isaac was married to Paulina Seger, a daughter of Andrew Seger, who came into Illinois from Ohio but who was formerly from near Syracuse, New York. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac are: Charles L., of Allen county; Lincona, wife of Al Moore, of McLoud, Oklahoma, whose first husband was A. B. Bainum. The Bainum children are: Neal, Genie, Claude and Eva; Clayton Isaac, of Allen county; Dresden Isaac, of Allen county; Ada, wife of Thomas Thore, of Choctaw, Oklahoma; George Isaac, of Chicago, Illinois, and Clifford Humboldt Isaac, born at Humboldt, Kansas, resides with his parents.

Mr. Isaac became a Republican with the earliest of the party voters. His first presidential ballot was cast for Hale, the Free Soil candidate and with the Republican party he has acted since 1856. His adherance to the party tenets has been steadfast and his belief in them constant and unfaltering, He took a prominent part in county politics from the first in Kansas and his name has been associated with others, in time past, as a suitable candidate for public trust.

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