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The Isgrig mss., 1775-1854, biography of Daniel Isgrig. Born in Baltimore County, Maryland, 1775, son of Michael and Barbary (Lohr) Isgrig; Michael born in 1751, died on June 15, 1831, and his wife, Barbary, died on November 12, 1836; both buried on a farm near Cincinnati, Ohio; in 1782 the father moved his family up in the Allegheny Mountains in Maryland; emigrated to Kentucky eight miles above Fort Cumberland in 1789; at the age of eight, Daniel had only about six months of formal schooling; July 22, 1795, he married Mrs. Rachel (Barnes) Langley, a widow with a four-year-old son, Abraham, and a two-year-old daughter, Margaret; in 1806 he removed to Hamilton County, Ohio, near Cincinnati; drafted in War of 1812 for a term of six months military service against Upper Canada, but being lame, his son, Daniel, not yet eighteen served for his father; 1817 sold land near Cincinnati, Ohio; purchased land in Ripley County, Indiana, and moved his family to that county; wrote three books: Hieroglyphic, 1834; The Hoosier, a novel, 1836; and Biography, 1838. Died 1854, buried in Shockley Cemetary.

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