ELROD - Farming near Bakers Crossroads in Tennessee as the Civil War broke out, Isaac Elrod journeyed to Columbus, OH to join the Union Arrny. He served under Colonel Tyffee, Company "I" of the 59th Regt., Ohio Infantry Volunteers from Dec. 21, 1861 to Jan.26, 1865. Returning to Tennessee after his discharge, he was married to Margaret Burgess, daughter of Charles and Margaret McBride Burgess, who lived near Cookeville in Putnam County, on March 22, 1866.

The family lived in the White and Putnam Counties of Tennessee for several years, but being a Union veteran living in an area that fought for the Confederacy, Isaac decided to move with his young family to the West. Their first home outside of Tennessee was to be in Johnson County, Illinois where their third son was horn, but the lure of cheap land to be had in Missouri sent the family to Dent County in 1874; then on to Douglas County where they lived in the area near the Hickory Flat School which their children attended and Margaret led the Singing School "singings".

In 1896 they moved to Wright County, living west of Norwood on the north side of the Highway in Section #14. Isaac (1836-1919) and Margaret (1847-1922) are buried in the Retherford Cemetery.

Isaac was a Charter Member of Norwood Post #274 of the G.A.R. after moving to Wright County.

They were the parents of nine children: Charles, who married Emma Maples; William Crittenden, who married #1- EttaTaylor and # - 2 Elizabeth Gross; Margaret, who died on the journey to Missouri; John Douglas who married Fannie Porter; Martha who married John P. Inman; Mary, who married Charley Thomas; Winfield, who married #1 - Mary Turgeon and #2 - Sarah Brundett; Leoma, who married Arthur Lacy; James Isaac, who married #1 - Nellie Brewer and #2 - Fern Terrance. James became a minister in the Presbyterian Church.

Submitted by Opal Inman Williams