Isham McCormick


By Rodney V. McCormick,

Great great grandson of Isham McCormick

(Isham begat Lafayette H. who begat William I. who begat Claude R. who begat Rodney V.)


Time line based on documents currently in my possession:



1828 Jun 18 to 1829 May 6

Range of possible birth dates for Isham.


1827, 1828, 1832

Grandpa Samuel Job, buys public land in Putnam Co. IN, the first of which in Monroe Twp



Robert McCormick is listed Putnam County Indiana 1 male age 0-4, 1m5-9, 1m 20-29, 1 female age 0-4 and 1 f 20-29



Robert McCormac is listed Monroe Twp Putnam County Indiana 1 male age 0-4, 1m5-9, 2m10-14, 1m15-19 1m30-39, 1 female age 5-9 and 1f30-39


1841, 1843

Samuel Job buys public land in Van Buren Co. Iowa


1843, 44

Job family and in-laws head west to resettle, but matriarch Rachel Call Job dies along the way. Family ends up in Western Illinois in Adams and Hancock counties.


1846 Jun 25

Isham McCormick enlists as a volunteer for the Mexican war, musters at Alton Illinois.


1847 Feb 23

Illinois 1st Infantry among many other Americans face over 20,000 of Santa Anna's soldiers at the Battle of Buena Vista.  Isham's Captain Zabriskie is killed as is his Colonel Hardin.


1847 Jun 17

Discharged from the infantry in Camargo, Mexico.  Lists age at 18, born in Indiana and described as 5'11" tall, brown eyes, fair complexion, light hair, farmer by occupation.


1847 Sep 22

Applies for 160 acres land script warrant, at Jacksonville, Illinois,


1848 Jan 13

Isham assigned 160 acres land script warrant by W.B. Warren, Jacksonville, Illinois.


1848 Jan 14

Isham's grandpa Samuel Job dies in Quincy, Illinois


1848 Mar 15

First probate notice in Quincy Whig newspaper for estate of Samuel Job


1848 Jul 13

Isham marries Eliza Jane Wilson in Hancock Co. Illinois. John Banks JP.


1849 Mar 15

Isham's father Robert from Hancock Co., Illinois, files claim against the late Samuel Job's estate.  John Banks JP notarizes claim.


1849 Nov 18

Daughter Rebecca Ann was born.


1850 Oct 4

Farmington, Van Buren Co., Iowa, Census: Robert McCormick 45 Ohio, Elizabeth 43 Ohio, James 12 Indiana, Mary 9, Indiana, John L. 7 Missouri, Ann 2 Illinois  (Rachel McCormick 17, Indiana living with Yall family)   Isum & Eliza cannot be found in 1850 census.  Job family story that Job men and in-laws went out to California for gold rush.*  The Ann living with Robert might be Rebecca Ann.



Aunts and Uncles Lorenzo, Lavina, Wm and Mary Cooper sell Hancock County land and move to northern Missouri.    


Father Robert is living near Farmington, Iowa, (3 males, 3 females) next to his cousin William Job (4 males 4 females)


1852 Jul 20

Son James Isaac was born.


1852 Dec 30

Sister-in-law Rebecca Wilson marries Daniel Shipe. Eliza's cousin Savile Wilson heads off to Texas with family; wife dies in Shreveport, LA, along the way in 1853.


1853 Aug 29

Isam McCormack buys 92 acres from Oliver Baker in Walker Twp, Hancock County.


1853 Oct 16

Sister Rachel marries Adam Boyer in Clark County, Missouri


1854 Apr 25

Son Lafayette Harrison was born.


1855 Jun 1

Isum McCormick listed in Hancock Co. Illinois state census, Walker Twp. Two male 0-10, one male 20-30, one female 0-10 one female 20-30.


1855 Nov 2

Isam & Eliza Jane McCormack sells 26 acres (Hancock Co.) to Isaac Wilson for $700. (Land later to be kept in trust for Eliza’s use.)


1856 Mar 20

Daughter Amelia Jane was born.


1857 Oct 16

Isaac Wilson sells 26 acres (Hancock Co.) of land to Lafayette Frazer, David Shipe and James Wilson to hold in trust for his daughter Eliza Jane, wife of Isham McCormick, and her children and any other children she may have by "Isam McCormick."


1858 Mar 21

Daughter Mary Elizabeth was born


1858 May 6

Isham applies for additional script warrants (Act March of '55). Stated age 29, resident of Lima Township, Adams county, Illinois. Owen and Duff was his law office.


1858 May 17

Isham assigned script warrant for 160 acres of public land.


1858 Nov

Oliver Baker notes that mortgage is completely satisfied.



Cousin Matthew McCormic leaves Iowa and moves to Kansas Territory


1860 Census

Hancock Co. Illinois. Lists Eliza, Rebecca, James, Lafayette, Amelia, and Mary.  Isham is not listed. They are living near Lafayette Frazier.


1862 Apr 4

    “Isam McCormick”, age 33, joined for duty and enrolled at Cainsville, Missouri, in Company C, Lt. Col Nevill’s Batt’n Third State Militia Cavalry. Missouri records indicate Company Capt. McAfee. Muster-in 3rd Missouri State Militia Cavalry (1st Organization), Chilicothe, MO.

   Cousin Joseph Coy McCormic leaves Iowa and moves entire family out to Oregon


1862 Oct 1

Absent without leave Mt Vernon, Missouri. Note: this regiment was involved in the battle of Newtonia from of Sept. 13th,1862 through early October of the same year.


1862 Dec 17

Died in St. Louis hospital, later reburied Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


*According to a son of Samuel Jefferson Job, 7 uncles (brothers and brothers-in-law) went to California during the Gold Rush. He named Thomas, John, William, and James, the other 3 being uncles by marriage. It is thought that one died along the way.