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The Isaac Straleys of New Jersey Home Page

Updated January 17, 2002

Kathy Straley
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Hamilton, NJ 08690-3353
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1827 -- 1900

In 1846, nineteen years old Isaac came to Huntsville, Sussex County, New Jersey where he would live for the remaining 54 years of his life. Isaac bought the blacksmith business owned by Delancy McConnell and soon afterwards, In October 1849, he married a young girl of English decent, Elizabeth Keepers, from nearby Milton in Morris County. Isaac was a large man about 6 foot 2 inches and 250 pounds, while Elizabeth was very petite, but not small in character and spirit.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Joseph Keepers and Sarah Hammell. Joseph was the son of John Keepers who was captured by the British in the battle of Bottle Hill and who also engineered a spectacular escape during the Revolutionary War. The Keepers owned and operated mines, namely the Russian Forge that was owned by Johnís father, Thomas, in Morris and Sussex Counties. They were not very successful and eventually they all but disappeared from that area.

Huntsville was part of Green Township from 1840 through 1880 and had a population of 700 to 800. Isaac was the blacksmith of this community for 52 years. He also served as a trustee of the township school and was the "well known Postmaster" for 20 years. He had a progressive spirit and instilled in his children the desire to succeed by utilizing all of the opportunities available to them. He lived to see his children become very successful and highly respected citizens.

Isaac and Elizabeth had eight (8) children, three (3) girls and five (5) boys:

(1) Ann Levetia 1851 (died in a matter of days).

(2) Permelia 1852 - 1919

(3) Henry K. 1856 - 1910

(4) John A. 1859 - 1907

(5) Sidney B. 1861 - 1903

(6) Sarah 1863 - 1937

(7) Frank * 1868 - 1951

(8) William 1872 - 1919

* Itís interesting to note that Frankís grandfather was born one year after the death of George Washington and Frank died during the Korean War.

All of Isaacís children prospered and moved away from the hills and farms of Sussex and Warren Counties. John became a lawyer and Sidney a doctor, while Henry became New Jerseyís first parole officer.

Isaac and Elizabeth were buried with their first son, Henry K., in a large cemetery on a hill overlooking the main street in Andover, New Jersey.

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