|Posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM|
For years, Bonnie Isett Gorman and I have been corresponding on the Isett family via e-mail from California to Pennsylvania and back. I finally had the opportunity to meet Bonnie, and her husband, Dennis, when they visited Huntingdon County this past weekend. Bonnie and Dennis spent a week touring Pennsylvania gathering information on the Isett family. They gathered as many death certifcates as they could in Harrisburg, and visited cemeteries from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh.
We set out early Saturday morning to visit the Arch Spring Cemetery in Sinking Valley, Blair County, Pennsylvania, where many members of the Isett family are buried.
Jacob Henry Isett (1760-1852) and his mother, Mrs. Mary Isett (1728-1816) were early settlers to the valley. After taking photos of all of the Isett stones we could find in the Arch Spring Cemetery, we visited the Jacob Henry Isett farm and took some photos of the house and out-buildings.
We drove a little further up Sinking Valley and visited the St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery to find a few more Isett graves.
After visiting St. John's Cemetery, we returned to Huntingdon County and visited the Spruce Creek area, where Edward Bell Isett and other members of his family resided. We tried to locate some of their homes by talking to locals of the area. While no one was certain, we took some photos of the houses they believed might have been in the Isett family.