112 Years Ago Today

Isaac Agee

On September 7, 1900, one hundred and twelve years ago today, Isaac Agee (1811-1900), my 5th great grandfather, died in Gopher Valley, Yamhill Co., Oregon, USA at the age of 88. He was buried in Agee Cemetery in Yamhill Co., Oregon.

Isaac was born in 1811 in Smith Co., Tennessee the son of Matthew Agee (1787-1856) and Sarah Mary Coats (1792-1836). In 1831, he married Cordelia Thornton (1815-1893) in Callaway Co., Missouri. Following their marriage, Isaac and Cordelia had fourteen children. On April 6, 1852, Isaac, his wife, and children left Missouri for the Oregon Territory, traveling along the Oregon Trail and finally settling on a donation land claim in Yamhill County. In addition to being a farmer in Yamhill, Isaac was also involved in local politics, serving as a delegate and running for county commissioner. At the time of his death, he was, as his obituary notes, “a highly respected citizen.”

Isaac Agee (1811-1900) and Cordelia Thornton (1815-1893) are direct ancestors of Lois Beatrice Agee (1897-1983), my 2nd great grandmother who married Wilhelm Percy Wellin (1895-1977) and was the mother of Alice Lucretia Wellin (1916-1985), who married Theodore Alexander Lapham (1910-1955).

Isaac Agee Headstone (front and side views)

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5 thoughts on “112 Years Ago Today

  1. I saw the name Agee and immediately thought of James Rufus Agee who won the Pulitzer prize for his novel ‘A Death in the Family’. You are a distant cousin of James who is a descendant of Matthew’s half-brother Isaac.

    • I’ve been aware of this connection, but I don’t know much about James Rufus Agee or “A Death in the Family.” I really do need to add this to my reading list. Have you read it?

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