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Isaac Crocker

Birthplace: Cornwall, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Death: February 11, 1856 (74-75)
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California
Place of Burial: Sacramento, Sacramento County, California
Immediate Family:

Son of Levi Ephraim Crocker and Hannah Crocker Deming Ashman
Husband of Elizabeth Clark Crocker
Father of Edwin Bryant Crocker; Charles Crocker; Clark Wright Crocker and Edward Crocker
Half brother of Pvt. Levi Crocker; Pvt. Ephraim Crocker, POW; Freelove Sturtevant; Sarah Crocker; Ezekiel Crocker and 4 others

Occupation: Gold Rush of 1849 drew him to California
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About Isaac Crocker

From The Big Four, published 1938, Oscar Lewis wrote:

Charles Crocker quit school at twelve, went two hundred dollars in debt to purchase the agency for a New York newspaper in Troy, and with his earnings supported his mother and sister. Meantime, his father, Isaac Crocker, having failed in the liquor business in Troy, had gone out to Indiana with his remaining four sons and settled on a block of virgin woodland. A year or two later, in 1836, young Charles Crocker sold his newspaper agency, pocketed a hundred-dollar profit on the transaction, and took his dependents west.

On the Marshall County farm the reunited family endured the slavery common to life on the agricultural frontier a century ago. Charles, then fourteen and big for his age, helped clear the land for the plow and put in the first crops, finding time to hire out to neighbors during the harvest season. Possibly the memory of the remunerative business career in Troy dempened his enthusiasm for splitting oak logs and digging out tree stumps, for his father (Isaac) presently grew convinced that the yourh was not heading for success as a farmer. When he ws 17 the elder man expressed this conviction in such nonmistakable terms that Charles demanded:

"Father (asked son Charles), do you want me to leave home?"

"Yes and no," said Isacc Crocker. "Yes, because you are no use here. No, because I am afraid you would stave among strangers."

Young Charles chose to leave.

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Isaac Crocker's Timeline

Cornwall, Litchfield County, Connecticut
April 26, 1818
Jamesville, Onadaga County, New York
September 16, 1822
Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, United States
November 24, 1828
Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, United States
February 11, 1856
Age 75
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California