ISAACKS, ELIJAH

Robert Wooster

ISAACKS, ELIJAH (1775–1859). Elijah Isaacks, early East Texas settler and delegate to the Convention of 1832, the son of Samuel and Mary (Wallace) Isaacks, was born in South Carolina on February 22, 1775. He married Esther (or Hester) Donaho in 1797. By 1809 he was living in Pike County, Mississippi. After serving in the Mississippi Territorial Militia during the War of 1812 he moved to Texas. Family tradition holds that Isaacks arrived in Texas on January 10, 1822, although the illegal nature of such an early migration led him subsequently to declare the date as 1830 before Mexican authorities. In any event he was one of the earliest white settlers in Bevil's Settlement and later secured a tract along Walnut Run. Isaacks served as a delegate from the Snow River district in Tyler County to the Convention of 1832. At this convention, in San Felipe de Austin, he served on two committees, one to study the future of settlement east of the San Jacinto, and one to consider a petition for establishing a state government separate from Coahuila (see COAHUILA AND TEXAS). He was the father of ten children, a farmer, and a blacksmith; he owned two slaves by 1850. His son Samuel Isaacks probably arrived in Texas before him. He lived on land that is now part of Tyler and Jasper counties before moving to Jasper, where he owned four town lots. He died there after a fall on November 1, 1859.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Madeleine Martin, More Early Southeast Texas Families (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1978). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

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