Isaac C. Gillett
GILLETT, GROESBECK, GANN, RATCLIFF
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Date: 1/9/2002 at 18:17:25
Portraits and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties, Iowa: Lake City Pub. Co., 1890.
Isaac C. Gillett
Isaac C. Gillett, a pioneer of Fairfield, now a resident of Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa, was born in Cattaraugus County New York, January 19, 1825, and is a son of Samuel Gillett, who was born March 28, 1799. In 1822 he married and afterwards removed to Cattaraugus County, and thence, in 1837, to Iroquois County Illinois. In January 1838, the family removed to Franklin County Ohio and in the spring of 1846 came to Iowa, locating in Jefferson County, near Fairfield, on the farm now owned by W.E. Groff. The mother died August 16, 1846, and the father departed this life on January 18, 1848.
Isaac C. Gillett accompanied his parent s in their migrations until they settled in Iowa. He was reared on a farm and was married near Birmingham, Van Buren County, February 17, 1848, to Miss Maria Groesbeck, a daughter of Peter and Mary Groesbeck. Mrs. Gillett was born in Washington County New York, June 1, 1827. Their union was blessed with five children, three sons and two daughters, as follows: Mary, born November 22, 1848, is now the wife of William Gann of Sigourney Iowa; Sarah M., born August 12, 1850, died in infancy; Orlando G., born October 14, 1853 died in infancy; Bert, born July 14, 1856, married Miss Virginia E. Ratcliff and is now a photographer of Fairfield; Edmund M. born May 11, 1858 is single and resides in Fairfield.
Mr. Gillett, the father of this family, is a wagon maker by trade and carried on business in Birmingham, Van Buren County for several years. In the fall of 1856 he moved to Monroe County Iowa where he engaged in farming with good success until 1859. He then returned to Birmingham and at that place made his home until 1873, when he removed to Sigourney, his present place of residence. He is a Republican in politics and with his wife belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Socially, Mr. Gillett is a member of Sigourney Lodge, No. 98, I.O.O.F. and is highly respected by all who know him.
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