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History of Isaiah Hamblin



He was a soldier in the 1812 war, served under Gen. Dearborn, and was wounded at Plattsburg, N.Y. His wife heard the guns of the battle, put her babe, some bandages and medicines into a boat and rowed twenty miles to the scene of action, in time to see the British flag go down.

He resided at Grand Isle, Vermont, and after the war engaged in lumbering on the St. Lawrence River, in norther N.Y., where he employed Canadian workmen. Living in lumber camps, fitted with rude bunks for sleeping, arranged around an open fireplace. The natives often slept with their feet to the fire, to dry and keep them warm; and the "Kanucks" had a trick of putting pitchwood splinters between the toes of the "Yankees," when asleep, then lighting them and burning their feet, for sport. Some of the men were disabled in this way, and Mr. Hamblin was determined to put a stop to it. The "Kanucks" were in the habit of stripping naked to go to bed. Mr. Hamblin went to bed and feigned sleep; when a big "Kanuck" stole softly from his bunk, naked, to reconoitre for a victim; and spying Mr. Hamblin asleep, apparently, with his feet sticking out of the bunk, whispered to his confederates, "La bushwa! La bushwa!" (The boss! The boss!) and prepared the splinters for the fun; but just as he stooped to set them on fire, Mr. Hamblin drew back his feet suddenly and kicked the fellow plump in the breast and landed him stark naked upon a bed of living coals of fire; which raised an uproar adn turned out the entire camp. The man was rescued, but badly burned. Mr. Hamblin regretted the affair, but there were no more feet burned in that camp. We shall see that this was not the last of the matter. While taking rafts of lumber down the river the following spring, he ran aground near a settlement, which proved to be the home of the man who was burned in the camp; and whild waiting he went ashore with his brother-in-law William Haynes, and a man named Dodge for supplies. A crowd gathered around the place where they were trading, as as they came out of the store a big fellow grabbed Mr. Hamblin and another did the same to his brother-in-law, telling them in a boisterous way that they must wrestle with them. Hamblin told Mr. Dodge to hasten will all speed to the raft with the supplies, while he and Haynes stopped to settle with the mog; but some of the crowd seeing the purpose, made for the raft, and reached it before Dodge. Hamblin and Haynes threw down their assailants and also ran for the raft. When they reached it, Dodge, who was near sighted, with a heavy chain for a weapon was knocking the "Kanucks" right and left, and soon had the craft clear. The raft floated and they were again safe on their journey.

He returned to Ohio, and was at Salem and Geauga Co., as early as 1819, where he was sherrif. He also had charge of Fowler's four mills, and at one time lived in Bainbridge, Ohio. He went to Wisconsin territory, taking his oldest children with him in 1835, leaving his wife and two younger children behind, Edwin being the oldest who rejoined him in 1837. They resided at Spring Praire, Wisconsin until 1844, from when they removed and resided at Ellison, Illinois, until 1846; thence to Pottawattamie Co., Iowa, and resided there 1847-9. In the spring of 1850, with some of his descendants they started with an ox team on a long and painful journey across the plains, and arrived in Salt Lake, Utah Sept 27, 1850. They settled in Tooele Valley, residing there until 1855; when they removed to what is now Washington Co., on the Santa Clara.

He was a man of 6 feet 6 inches in stature, of mild and even temper; a farmer; Democrat and Freemason. He was naturally a pios man and believed in the bible; but did not allow his children to attend church; holding that the preachers did not teach in accordance with the scriptures. They were baptized in the Mormon faith in Illinois by their son, Elder Jacob Hamblin, Apr. 11 1845, believing it to be patterened after the primative church of Christ. He was an Elder and a Patriarch in the Mormon Church. He died in Santa Clara, Utah 1857, and is buried there; she died Pottawattami Co., Iowa (Mt. Pisgah) 1847.

Owner/SourceH. Franklin Andrews
Date1902
Linked toIsaiah Hamblin

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