Thanks for your reply. We were in St. Clairsville on Wednesday last, following doing some archive work in Washington, PA. Israel, a boot and shoe maker moved to St.Clairsville in 1817. His first wife, Maria Reynolds. died there the next year. Israel, with four to six children had a second marriage there to Pleasant Hough, nee Hague, a Quaker woman (who was dismissed from the meeting for the marriage). She had two children when widowed.
Israel's business did not flourish the way it had in Washington. He borrowed money and could not repay. He acknowledged that and tried to sell his property, but ultimately it went up for sheriff's sale. He got something out of the sale, but had lost his business. By the time of the sale in 1824, he was living in Cincinnatti, but by the end of that year, he had moved to New Jersey, where he was from, and had a quite active career there as a school board member and later Justice of the Peace. He and his first wife are buried in Connecticut Farms cemetary in Union, NJ, his wife's body evidentally re-buried in 1861. The 1830 census has a number of children too young to have been born to Maria Reynolds, his first wife, including a five year old boy. A woman of Pleasant's age, however, is not on the 1830 census, and I have heard (but can't find the note I made) that she died in Belmont county. Perhaps she left Israel, or just went to visit a son (Israel Janny Hough) who had not moved east. Israel died in 1841, leaving no property, a trunk full of books, and no will. His children, however, married well.
In Washington, I found a bit more, discovering he was, as i suspected from this children's occupations, a shoemaker, with a shop in Main ST. (as in St. Clairsville at the top of a ridge), a trustee of the Methodist Church, and a few other random facts. Regrettably, I've found none of the other children's names and am still searching for the Childen of Israel.
As to the other Israe Brown you note, he is probably not connected, unless he was born about 1806 (Maria would be quite young then, and the Israel would be only 18 in 1824. Possible, but unlikely, and I will stick this bit of information in with the notes on undiscovered children.
Thank you. WBB
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