Biography of Isaac Hathaway



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

was the third in a family of seven children, and was born in Seneca Co., Ohio, on the 7th day of August, 1833. His father, Z. Hathaway, was a native of Massachusetts, having been born in 1802. He removed to Ohio in 1825.

As he grew up, young Isaac assisted his father on the farm until he was eighteen years old, attending the district school in winter until sixteen years of age, when he entered Seneca County Academy, where he spent a part of two years. Wishing to buy a farm and make a home for himself, he visited Michigan in 1851, where he remained during the winter, examining various portions of the State. He was well pleased, and decided to locate in Berrien County as soon as he could earn enough to buy a home. Returning to Ohio, he started immediately for California, where he worked in the mines four years, sending his father the money to purchase from government the tract of four hundred and sixty acres on which he now resides.

Returning from California, young Hathaway removed to his new home in Michigan in the fall of 1856, and began the improvement of his place, living with a family whom he had employed to “keep house” for him. On the 13th day of September, 1859, he married Miss Delia Hand. One child only blessed this union, who was born on the 8th day of June, 1872, and died on the 3d day of the following month. Mrs. Hathaway’s parents were natives of New York, who had removed to Michigan in 1845, and located in Lake township. They reared a family of six children, Mrs. Hathaway being the youngest girl.

Mr. Hathaway is not a member of any Christian denomination. In politics he is a Democrat. He has filled the office of supervisor three terms, and that of justice of the peace fifteen years, having married seventy couples in that time. He has also represented his party as a delegate in several conventions, and is generally looked on as a leader of the people in this section.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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