Isaac Benjamin Mathis

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Isaac Benjamin Mathis

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
Death: July 23, 1852 (51)
Elm Creek, Fort Laramie, Goshen County, Wyoming, United States (Cholera )
Place of Burial: Fort Laramie, Goshen County, Wyoming, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Isham Mathis and Priscilla Jeffs
Husband of Elisabeth Ross
Father of John Thomas Mathis; Robert Francis Marion Mathis; Sarah Ann Holman; Isaac Mathis; Martha Jane Maxwell and 1 other

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Isaac Benjamin Mathis

Isaac Mathis, a son of Isham Mathis and Priscilla Jeffs, was born in Guileford County, North Carolina, about 1801. Little is known of his boyhood. When the war of 1812 began, he was anxious to volunteer. He was too young to do so, but that didn't dampen his spirits or decrease his desire to serve. In the summer of 1814, he ran away from home and made his way to Tennessee. In Dickson County he enlisted as a private in Captain Francis S. Ellis' Company of Infantry, Second Cock's Tennessee Militia. He was in the Battle of New Orleans. This was the turning point in the war, and so on May 13, 1816, he received his discharge. He went back to his home in North Carolina, where he worked on his father's plantation. On February 22, 1822, he married Elizabeth Ross, who lived with her parents on their plantation in the same county of Guileford, North Carolina. They moved back into Tennessee, moving from one county to another. During these moves, their children were born to them; two dying in infancy. In 1851, they moved to Pottawatomie County in Iowa, where they made preparations to come over the pioneer trail to the West. They spent a few years making these preparations for this journey, so that they would have good outfits when the time came for them to make the journey. In the spring of 1852, they were on their way. Everything went well until cholera broke out. The disease seemed to be in its worst form. Nearly everyone who took sick died from it. Graves were scattered along the way. People became afraid of it so that when death came, the victim was buried as quickly as possible and the company moved on. On July 22, 1852, they camped at Elm Creek near Fort Laramie in Wyoming. During this night, Isaac became very ill and before morning he had passed away. He left a wife and eight children to make their way to the destination of the Saints, and there to provide for themselves as best they could.

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Isaac Benjamin Mathis's Timeline

Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
January 3, 1822
Age 21
Paris, Henry County, Tennessee, United States
September 25, 1825
Age 24
Carroll County, Tennessee, United States
January 17, 1832
Age 31
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States
December 7, 1836
Age 35
Carroll County, Tennessee, United States
February 22, 1839
Age 38
Dyer, Gibson County, Tennessee, United States
October 12, 1844
Age 43
Iron City, Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States
July 23, 1852
Age 51
Fort Laramie, Goshen County, Wyoming, United States