So sorry it has taken so long for me to answer you. As for my Issac be related to your Elcey, anything is possible. It is my understanding that Issac had 4 sisters and 5 brothers (two of which were supposedly Joe and John). All the info I have came from his obit which I have included here, and something written by his son, John, which I will also include. Maybe you will recognize some names or something in it. In the 1860 census he was shown in Douglas Co., Illinois. an 1858 census in LDS show Sarah Coslett in Douglas Co., Illinois also, with her father listed as John Coslett.
Isaac B. Newell was born in West Virginia, July 19, 1838 and died in Winona, Kans., July 17, 1915, lacking 2 days of being 77 years old. Moved to Indiana when a boy; was married to Sarah Coslet Feb. 14, 1858. To this union were born 11 children of whom 7 have gone to the other world. Deceased came to Logan County in Feb. 1886 and has lived here and in Winona until he died. His faithful wife died in Winona in Jan. 1911. Brother and sister Newell both united with the M.E. church in Winona and both remained members until death. Brother Newell was the oldest of 10 children and leaves 4 sisters and 1 brother; also 4 children, John, Melvina and Charles who live in and near Winona, and Ida of Valley Falls. Brother Newell was a diligent toiler, a good neighbor, an honest, upright citizen, a kind and loving husband and an indulgent father. He leaves host of friends and acquaintances, especially those of pioneer days in Logan county. The funeral was held, Sunday, conducted by Rev. Clark at the M.E. church. Old hymns, familiar to all were sung by the choir. The very large crowd attending showed the respect held for the deceased. Burial was made in the W. (Winona) cemetery beside his wife. Many old settlers of this county were present. Grandpa Newell was a familiar figure in Winona, we shall all greatly miss him. May he sleep well and wake on the Resurrection Morn to be reunited with his loved ones and friends.
John Newell writes MY LIFE HISTORY FROM BIRTH TO DEATH: John Newell was born in Douglas County, Illinois in the year 1860 on November 10, close to where the town Hillie Grove now stands. Lived in that neighborhood till 11 years old. Father then moved to Indiana on the banks of the Wabsh River. Lived there 1-1/2 years, then came back to where I was born. Stayed in that neighborhood till the spring of 1876. Sold out and moved to Vanburen, Arkansas. Rented a Plantation . He and his youngest brother and family and his brotherinlaw and family. We all 4 men bought out 40 acres of cotton and 14 acres of corn .......(couldn't read this part)........and was busy till the last of July that year. Uncle John's wife died about the first of April and he took his baby and went back to Joplin in my 13 year. (...)Sister died the first of May and her and Aunt Sarah were buried at Vanburen in August. Father and Family and Uncle Joe moved to Vanburen and I was the only one that was not sick. I got a job at a brick yard stacking brick for 75 cents a day and I (.....) at home. I came down with the chills and father was out of money so he traded the (.......) and cook stove to a man to haul us over the mountain to Prairie Grove. I was the only one in the family that could do any work. We stopped to camp close to the banks of the ...... River. The baby got ..... bad sick after dark and father took pony and walked to a house close by and it was raining. He knocked on the door. The man said come in. When father got inside he said to the woman have you got any medicine good for a small baby. She said no. The man said you got a sick baby, that's no place for a sick baby, go back and fetch your wife and baby down to the house. Father told him mother could not walk that far, he told one of his boys to get a team and spring wagon and bring them down to the house. The baby died about 9 October so father and mother stayed all night. The next morning he asked father if he wanted him to town to get a coffin. Father said no, he did not have any money to buy a coffin but if he could get some lumber, he'd make a box. The man no, I got some Black Walnut lumber in the shed and make you a coffin, said no, I can't pay you for it, he did make a fine walnut casket. The lady lined it with white ......coverd it with black cloth. Took in to the grave yard and took us over to the foot of the mountain and we got a cabin, no door or window on the hinges. Mother hung blankets up to the openings. There was a little patch of potatoes and a little patch of corn. It was all to hard ..... Roots, Ears. Father made a grate out of a piece of tin and stick the .....ears of corn and ....some ..... meal. I made 150 ten foot rails to pay for the same. and I go .........(long area here could not read)...... I and the 2 boys went a fishing, hunting and caught 3 big fat possims and they let me have them all. I told them I did not want them, they said they were good to eat. They told me how to dress them so mother and I dressed them. now ...... you think we didn't have a dinner of baked possum and potatoes. .... he could get a hound and he went over to Prairie Grove and go ....both it was a 50cents per day working cutting saw logs and grinding out brush. No money. ......a $1.00box, corn $1.00 box, Bacon 6 1/2-lb, sorgum sryup 35 cents gallon. Some of the finest people in the world then lived in Arkansas. When you're down and out, they lend a helping hand. I know what it is to be hard up and hungry. But in 1879 we got out of Arkansas and landed in St. Clare, close to Mo. I went to work on a sheep ranch in September at $13.00 per month and stayed there then till April 1, 1880. Stayed there 5 years. 4 years......father to Nebraska from there to here in .... County, Kansas
WHO IS UNCLE NILOW? Have names written in John Newell's hand with Uncle John Newell--Aunt Sarah died April 1876; Uncle Joe Newell; 13 yr old sister died May 1 1887; baby died after august 1876; Uncle Nilow.
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