Isabelle Woodhurst

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Brief biography

Isabelle Woodhurst was born around 1861-62 in Indiana to parents Hazard (1) Woodhurst and his wife Margaret Jane Hayden. An unattributed IGI record states that she was born at Cartersburg in Hendricks County.

The US 1870 Census finds her living at age "9" with her parents in Liberty Township, Hendricks County.

She first married John Franklin Taylor. A relative's report states that he was born in New York.

The US 1880 Census finds her already married and "keeping house" at age "19" with her parents in Salt River Township, Ralls County, Missouri. Her husband was not present in the household.

She gave birth to a daughter (unnamed) on September 8th 1883 at Salt River Township [Missouri State Archives: Ralls County Record of Births, Ref. C 5618]. The latter source gives her forename as "Isabella" and states that this child was her second one. Her husband is here named "John F. Taylor". The same source states that she gave birth to another daughter (also unnamed) half a mile north of Perry in Ralls County on January 8th 1886. This child is also described as her second one, suggesting that the earlier child had already died. Here her forename is given simply as "Belle" and her husband is named as "Franklin Taylor".

The US 1900 Census finds her at age 38 in the household of her parents in Mason township, Marion County in Missouri. The record gives her birthdate as March 1862 and states that she had produced 7 children of whom 5 were still living.

A relative's report states that Isabelle subsequently remarried to a man having surname Clark, which is corroborated in her father's obituary. The latter also confirms that she was known familiarly as "Belle".

Nothing more is currently known of her.

Her children by John Franklin Taylor

  1. Charles Taylor - born about 1895 in Missouri
  2. and at least two daughters ...

The US 1910 Census finds the above son, named as "Charley", at age 16 in the household of Hazard (1) in Salt River Township; his parents were not there. Her children by (?) ... Clark

  1. currently unknown ...