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Isham Arledge

Birthplace: HOH 1790 Mecklenburg Co, NC census as ALDRIDGE; HOH Edgefield Dist. SC 1800 census p. 187: (10010-30010-00); was in Lawrence CO MS in 1813; 1816 Pike CO, MS; 1830 Claiborne Parish, LA
Death: between 1850 and 1851 (79-81)
Bienville Parish, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Caleb Aldridge, Sr.
Husband of Frances ???
Father of Mary Arledge; Martha "Patsey" Arledge; William C. Arledge; Isham Arledge; ??? Arledge and 2 others
Brother of Clement Aldridge; Jonathan Arledge; Ezra Aldridge; Caleb Aldridge, Jr.; Eli or Eliazer Aldridge and 7 others

Managed by: Pam Wilson, Curator
Last Updated:

About Isham Arledge

Notes from Pam Wilson's Arledge Family History Project:

Most of this research was done by Joy Moore of Karnack, Texas.

Isham/Isam Aldridge/Arledge is listed first in Mecklenburg County North Carolina in 1790 as being male, over the age of 16 with two females in the household, a wife and a daughter Census page 159

Living next door to him is William Aldridge/Arledge white male, over 16 with 3 males under 16, and 2 females in the household. We believe this to be his brother William There is also a Caleb Arledge/Aldridge who seems to have had 6 sons and 2 daughters. The daughters have not been accounted for but we believe that William and Isham are two of the sons of Caleb Arledge.

In 1800 he is on the Edgefield South Carolina living next to John Arledge. He is 20/30 with one son under age 5, and 3 females in the household. This would be Isham age 20/30, John born on March 1800, and two older daughters born before 1800. Mary, Martha and Frances.

By 1805 he has moved to Mississippi where William, born 1805, Isham, Jr, 1807, and Isaac1810/15 are born. The two daughters were born before 1800. In 1816, Isham is shown on a tax list for Marion County, Mississippi and taxed 1 pole, 66 2/3 cents.

In 1813, Mississippi did a state census, their original 1810 census having been destroyed by fire, and Isham is in Lawrence county as male 30/40 with 4 sons under 21 and 2 daughters over 21 and a wife. Lawrence county was taken from Marion county, MS.

In 1817 in Adams county, originally part of Marion county, we have a marriage of Mary Aldridge/Arledge to Headley Smith on June 25th. Later that year , on September 1, 1817, in Ouachita Parish, LA "Patsy" Martha Arledge is married to George Bush. She is a minor child and her marriage bond was signed by Isham Arledge (Isaph Arledge) making his mark. Officiating at the marriage was Oliver P. Morgan with Henry Bry and Thomas Franklin as witnesses. In 1820 "Mr Aldridge" is listed on the census in Adams county, MS as 1 male over 45, 2 males under 10, 2 males 16/18 and no females. Is this Isham? Where is his wife.

The 1820 census for Pike county, Mississippi shows Jno. Arledge 18/26 page 15 line 14 alone. This is our first showing of John born 1800.

By 1830 the entire family has moved to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana and living side by side, Isham Aldridge/Arledge, one male, 15/20, one male 20/30, one male 50/60 and one male 50/60

Next door to him is Isaac Aldridge/ Arledge with one male under 5, one male 20/30 and one female 15/20. (This would be Isaac, a son and a wife) Is this Sussannah Low who we find later as living with Robert Low with the name Susannah Aldridge age 27, born in Arkansas.

Next door to Isaac is George Bush with one male under 5, one male 5/10, one male 40/50, one female 5/10, one female 10/15, and one female 20/30. (This would be George Bush and wife Martha Arledge with 2 sons and 2 daughters)

Where are William and John in 1830 ?

Isaac, William, Isham and Mary Aldridge all bought adjoining land from the Bureau of Land Office in 1837 under the homestead act of 1820. It states that they were living on the land and had 9 to 10 acres in cultivation by June 19, 1934.

In 1836 John Arledge bought 160 acres of land from Wesley McClarey with Peter Franks as a witness. Peter Franks is the ancestor of our Franks relatives.

In 1838 George Bush and Martha again move to Bayou Toupart on 41 acres of land and are shown on the 1838 tax record as paying a tax of 41 cents.

The 1840 census lists George Bush, one male under 5, one male 5/10, one male 10/15m male 15/20, one male 50/60 (George), 2 females under 5, one female 10/15, one female 20/30, one female 30/40 (Martha)

In 1842 George Bush died leaving an estate with many debts, a wife under the age of 40 and 8 children. Evidently the land had been mortgaged and on Feb 2, 1842 Robert W. Richardson became curator of the estate (Ouachita Parish, LA Book 1, page 556). On January 14, 1841, Richardson had sold to Martha Bush the 40 acres of land for $20. W. J Banker and Thomas Kellan were witnesses.

In 1850 we find William Arledge listed in Concordia Parish, LA as a single male of 45, born in Mississippi, income $2000 in a household with John Fitzgerald 38 from Ireland and James Dewey 33, from Ireland

William moved to Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana before 1857, when he married Eliza Murphy (widow) Volume 1 page 62.

It is believed that Thomas P. Arledge born before 1845 is the son of William Arledge. He was born before 1845 and served in the Confederate Army. He died on November 24, 1900 in Natchitoches, LA and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in that Parish. He married Martha E. Gregory on February 10, 1868 in Natchitoches and in 1906, she applied for his widow's pension. She died December 5, 1919 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery She states that William died of dysentery. She states that she is indigent with no one to care for her. Her death certificate shows that Leon Busa of Natchitoches gave the information to the coroner. He did not know much about her except she was a widow, 84 years old and made her living netting. She died from a general break down, no specific cause on Dec 5, 1919.

Had she outlived all of her children??

Their children were Annie born 1877 who married J. W. Rodgers from El Dorado, Arkansas on March 7, 1918 in Natchitoches, La in Vol 19, 0age 295. Rodgers states that both of his parents, C.J.Rodgers and A.E. Primm are deceased, as well as his first wife Mattie Julie Warwick.

I hunted for them in Union County, Arkansas and found that John W. Rodgers was the son of Commodore Jackson Rodgers and Ann Eliza Primm was his mother but the bit about them all being deceased seems to have been a bit of fabrication. Commodore Jackson Rodgers died in 1914 and his wife Ann Eliza in 1932. I also found that his deceased wife, Mattie Julie Rodgers was very much alive and married to some one else. She died even later. No one has any information on J. W. Rodgers and no one seemed to have heard of Annie Arledge. They simply have disappeared. Why was the info so incorrect as to their deaths but he gave the correct names?? There was a note that J. W. Rodgers died in 1923 but no one knew where.

Walter Arledge, Sr born before 1880, died 1900 and married to Ada McBride, the daughter of Katy Hamilton. His son Walter was born after the death of his father in 1900

Oscar Arledge born May 1, 1888 and Edward Arledge born 1883.

More records are needed for this family.

We believe Winnie Arledge was the sister to Thomas and daughter to William. In 1857 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, she married Elisha Hearne, believed to be the son of Moses Hearne and Malinda Jourdan of Calcasieu Parish, LA.

The last child of Isham Arledge was Isaac who was born 1810-1815 and the theory is he married Susannah Low, the younger sister of Moriah and had one son. In 1850 Susannah is listed in the household of Robert Low, alone. She is in the position of a daughter of the household.

We do know that an Isaac Arledge fought in the Civil War according to the "History and Biographical Memoirs of North West Louisiana 1890" although we have found no records to verify this. He was most likely in the Home Guards and no records were kept. We do not know if he survived the war.

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Is this the same Isham? If so, he is likely to be a son of Caleb Arledge who was in neighboring Anson Co, NC in 1790 census:


Free white males of 16 years and upward, including heads of families: 1

Free white males under 16 years: 2

Free white females, including heads of families: 2

Aldridge, Isham State : NC County : Mecklenburg Co. Year : 1790 Page # : 159 Age ranges in household

: 01-00-02-00-00

Aldridge, William State : NC County : Mecklenburg Co. Year : 1790 Page # : 159 Age ranges in

household : 01-03-02-00-00


1800: was Isham in EDGEFIELD CO, SC?? Need to see original census from microfilm. Who is the other ALDRIDGE listed on p. 187 in Edgefield with John ALDREDGE? One index says it's JAMES, another says it's ISHAM. The numbers for this person (however the first name is spelled) are: HOH Edgefield Dist. 1800 census p. 187: (30010-1001000). NOTE after checking microfilm of original: Yes, it's ISHAM.


1810 Adams Co, MS has a "Mr. Aldridge" listed.

1813 in Mississippi. Isom Arledge on a 1813 Tax list for Marion (now Lawrence) Co MS: ARLEDGE, Isom 1 pole 66 2/3. Nathaniel GOFF also had the same amount.

1816 Pike Co MS Tax List: Isham Alldridge 1-4-2-2-9-0-0- 9

That would be 1 white male 1 over 21; 4 under 21; 2 white females over 21 and 2 white F

under 21, for a total of 9 inhabitants

Joy Moore wrote: This came from a book showing MS census. That would fit, wouldn't it Isham over 21

Isaac, William, John, Isam, under 21; Frances over 21 , Patsey and Mary under 21

The book that I gave you the Isham Aldridge census of 1-4-2-2-9-0-0-9 was a book on MS census by Gillis; It was dated 1816 Pike co MS

column codes: 1=w m over21 2=w m under 21 3= w F over 21 4 = w f under 21

5= total of whites 6= total of free people of color

7= total slaves 8 = total inhabitants


ARLEDGE, JOSEPH. Joseph Arledge gave consent for his daughter Patsey to marry in 1817. On 1 Sept 1817 she married George Bush by Oliver J. Morgan with Henry BRY and Thomas FRANKLIN witnesses (Ouach. Par. COv. Bk. D, p. 377). Joseph possibly a son named Isaph, Isom or Joseph.

A look at the original document in Ouachita Parish Covenant Book D, p. 377, shows clearly that the name was ISAPH ARLEDGE, not Joseph or Isaiah as mis-transcribed.


1830 Claiborne Parish, LA (numbers are incomplete; pages cut off)

    George BUSH (wife Patsey ALDRIDGE) (233), 1-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0//0-1-
    Isaac ALDRIDGE (233), 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0//0-0- ;
    Isam ALDRIDGE (233), 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0//0-0- ; Joy Moore wrote: ISAM ALDRIDGE: one each male and female 50-60 (YOB 1770-1780), one male 20-30 (YPB 1800-1810), one male 15-20 (YOB 1810-1815).


Isom ARLAGE and ENOS GOFF "of Claiborne Louisiana" acquired from the Ouachita, LA, Land Office on 2 August 1837 as tenants-in-common: fractional Section 17, Township 15, Range 13 East, 174.48 acres. Also on 2 August the two men acquired the NW corner of section 9 in Twp 17 of Range 5 West, 161.93 acres.

The same day, 2 August 1837, ISAAC ARLEDGE and WILLIAM ARLEDGE "of Claiborne Louisiana" acquired from Ouachita Land Office as tenants-in-common the SE quarter of section 4 in Twp 17 of Range 5 West, 156.57 acres. The same day ISAAC and WILLIAM also received fractional section 6 in Twp 15 of Range 13 East 164.68 acres (this grant later cancelled since the tract was selected for seminary purposes "previous to location of this floating Pre-Claim; Money ordered to be refunded" signed 7 April 1838).

Joy Moore wrote 28 May 1999: "I received the information on Isaac and William Arledge in Bienville

from NARA today. It does not tell us who they are. Isaac made his mark and William signed his name. In the questions for the land of Isaac and William of Bienville It asks if they lived on the land in 1833 and

the answer was Yes, and then they had statements of two other men that they lived on the land and had cultivated two acres and built a house. One of the men was Thompson King and the other was George Bush. It ties the Arledges in Ouachita with the ones in Bienville."

Re Land Patents # 2165 & 2166 that were given to Isaac and William in July of 1834 # 2166 was set aside for Seminary purposes on July 3, 1835 and the money returned on Aug 2 1837 Recorded Vol 5 page 331

Receipt of Isaac and Willam Arledge of Claiborne Land the sum of $205.645 in full payment of section numbered 6 in Township # 15 of Range 13 East contriving 164 acres at the rate of $ l.25 per acre This land patent was canceled in Aug of 1837 and the money returned Land Patent 2165 issued to Isaac and William Arledge on August 18th, 1835 was granted and paid for in the amount of $ 195.71 for 156 Acres South East Quarter of section # 4 township# 17 and range # 5 It was signed by William Arledge and Isaac Arledge and Jno M A Hamblen, Register on Aug 19, 1834

Each Patent was accompanied by statement that was made by both individuals The questions were the same to each and the answers were the same. They went as follows:

State of Louisiana, Parish of Ouachita

Before me the undersigned justice of the peace in and for the parish and state aforesaid and in the presence of the Registar and Receiver of the land office of this place personally appeared Isaac Arledge (William Arledge) who answered under oath the following questions proposed to him before the Register and Receiver relative to his right of presumption under the act of Congress passed and approved on the 19 th day of June AD 1834 "To Wit"

QUESTION # 1 Did you cultivate in lot or fractional section "vez" south east quarter of section number 4 township number 17 of Range Five west in the year AD 1833

Answer YES

QUESTION 2 What is the nature and extent of your improvement?

Answer About two acres in cultivation with a Dwelling house and other buildings

QUESTION 3 Were you living on the said quarter section on the first day of January and on the 19 th day of June AD 1834 and are you living there still?

Answer I was living on the said land during the dates above and am living there still

QUESTION 4 Does an other person cultivate on said quarter section with you?

Answer Yes William Arledge (Isaac Arledge)

QUESTION 5 Is William Arledge (Isaac Arledge) interest seperate and Distinct from yours

Answer Yes

QUESTION 6 Are there any other persons entitled to the right of presumption under any of the acts of Congress passed in the years 1814, 1830, and 1832 on said land

Answer None (Except to William Arledge, Isaac Arledge) to my knowledge

                Monrow (Monroe) 17 th of August 1835

Isaac (X) Arledge (his mark

William Arledge (his signature)

Sworn to and subscribed before me

John S Faulk Justice of the peace

Signed Jno M A Hamblen Register

            Ran. Eastin, Receiver

There were two other papers sworn to by Thompson King and Geo Bush that stated basically the same thing as above. There was also a note that the money was drawn from the City Bank of New Orleans in the sum of $ 100 and of the Machanign & Trader bank of N O in the sum of $100 and specie of $ 5.85.

The George Bush who signed this paper was the same who married Patsey Arledge, daughter of ISAPH Arledge in Ouachita Parish on Sept 7 1817

Subject: Isom Arlage

  Date:        Thu, 9 Sep 1999 15:03:19 -0500 (CDT)
  From: (Joy Moore)


I finally received the info from NARA and it is disappointing It is basically the same as what we got on Isaac and William except that the affidavit is signed by Enos Goff and Wiley Duty It states that Enos and

Isom bought a section of land together and cultivated 9 or ten acres Each had a house and a well but they were separated by a small woods and a small creek Neither could write and made their mark

It does say they were living on the land and had it in cultivation by 19 th of June 1834 It says that Isoms dwelling house was about 10 steps over the line of the quarter section Mr Wiley Duty signed his name I

remember seeing that name of the census Mr Enos Goff also had a blacksmith shop

There is two receipts One is # 1983 and s for $ 202.41 for the North west quarter of Section 9 in Township # 17 of Range 5 west containing 161.92 acres Claiborne Par. #1984 Claiborne Par the lot or fractional of section # 17 in township #15 of range # 13 east containing one hundred and seventy four and .48 acres at the rane of one dollar and 25 cents per acres amounting to two hundred and eighteen and ten cents This piece seems to have been settled by Enos Goff and Isom Arlage and then sold to George W Glover as he is the one answering under oath that they had lived on the land originally

I will make copies and send them to you if you want I was hoping for another name No Luck



1840 Claiborne Parish: John ARLEDGE with two adult male farmers (one 40-50, YOB 1790-1800), one 20-30 (YOB 1810-1820), then one female 20-30 (YOB 1810-1820), and children: one male 10-15 (prob. Allen b. 1830), one 5-10 (prob. John b. 1833), one under 5 (prob. Isaac b. 1835), and one female under 5 (prob. Frances b. 1838). WHO WAS THE YOUNG MAN?

No Isaac or Isham in 1840??

1850 Bienville Parish: Isam Aldridge age 43, wife Malinda and family (see listing under Isam Jr.)


In October 2000, Joy Moore wrote:

On Isham Arledge we have him as Isom in Edgefield in 1800 next to John Arledge In 1813 and 1816 on the MS state census he is in Lawrence co. on the tax roll

In 1817 on June 25, he is in Adams county MS with daughter Mary at her marriage to Headley Smith.

Later in Sept of 1817 daughter Martha is married to George Bush in Ouachita Parish LA and he states he is a resident of that parish.

In 1820 there is a Mr Aldridge listed on the census in Adams co that we believe to be him as no one else can account for that "Aldridge"

This was 1820 and he is listed as Mr Aldridge, in Adams county MS. 1 male over 45, 2 males under 10, 2 males 16/18 and NO females

Where is his wife? Perhaps tending a daughter at childbirth ??? Both of the daughters Martha and Mary were married in 1817

His son John is alone in Pike co MS on the 1820 census

His son William states that he was born in MS in 1805 and is in Concordia parish in 1850

WE do know that they applied for land patents in Clairborne Parish in 1837 but he is on the Claiborne census in 1830 , Isaac, Isom, William and Enos Goff (Gough)

All records there were burned in 1849 when the county split and they got in a fight as to where the parish seat would be.

That is about it. Where he came from and how is still a mystery. Pam believes he and a brother "William" were together in Mecklenberg in 1790

Anything you find could help, they did not seem to leave records.



Pam, there is no census as such for MS for 1810 I was told that it was lost in a fire but they did do a census in 1816 and that is where we find Isom Arledge in Lawrence co. MS with one male 30/40, 4 sons under 21 and 2 daughters over 21 and a wife. Lawrence and Marion Counties had separated at this time.

Adams county is on the Mississippi. That Mr ALDRIDGE listed there in 1820 was just a name on the census.and the four sons No one seems to claim him.

Bev said it could not have been theirs. I really have no idea who he is but wanted to cover him someway just in case he was Isham.

I have not thought until just this minute to ask Joel if it could have been his. The ages don't quite fit Isham's family. but close and it would be in line with Pike and Lawrence co of MS It just does not account for the fact that he stated he was a resident of Ouachita in 1817 at Martha's wedding. but the Marriage record of Mary to Headley is definitely ARLEDGE

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Isham Arledge's Timeline

HOH 1790 Mecklenburg Co, NC census as ALDRIDGE; HOH Edgefield Dist. SC 1800 census p. 187: (10010-30010-00); was in Lawrence CO MS in 1813; 1816 Pike CO, MS; 1830 Claiborne Parish, LA
Age 18
related to John Arledge of 1820 Pike CO, MS census?
Age 22
[1800-1810 in 1840 census; Joy Moore calculates 1801]
March 6, 1800
Age 30
Prob. Edgefield Co, SC; Pike CO, MS in 1820 census; Lawrence Co MS 1830; bought land in LA in 1836
Age 30
[Joy Moore says 1808] Isaac ARLIDGE HOH 1830 Claiborne Parish, LA
Age 35
prob. MS; Settled in Ouachita/Claiborne Parish LA by 1833; 1852 deed (Oct 5) Natchitoches Par, LA Bk 29 p 359
Age 37
prob. Marion (Lawrence) Co, MS; w/parents in Claiborne LA in 1830 census; GA in 1835--> AR by 1838 [1840 Clark Co, AR]; LA by 1846 [1850 HOH Bienville Par, LA]
Age 80
Bienville Parish, Louisiana, United States