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Isaiah DONHAM's parents: Robert DONHAM (1782-1846?) and Ruth FERGUSON ( - )
Martha CROSLEY's father: John C. CROSLEY ( - )

Family of Isaiah DONHAM and Martha Ann CROSLEY

Husband: Isaiah DONHAM (1810-1913)
Wife: Martha Ann CROSLEY ( - )
Marriage 28 Feb 1833 Clermont, Ohio, USA 1

Husband: Isaiah DONHAM

Name: Isaiah DONHAM 2,3
Sex: Male
Father: Robert DONHAM (1782-1846?)
Mother: Ruth FERGUSON ( - )
Birth 12 May 1810 Clermont, Ohio, USA 4
Civil (1) 1870 (age 59-60) Served in the Indiana State Legislature 5
Civil (2) 1876 (age 65-66) Elected to the Indiana State Senate 5
Death 13 Jun 1913 (age 103) Terre Haute, Vigo, IN 4

Wife: Martha Ann CROSLEY

Name: Martha Ann CROSLEY 4
Sex: Female
Father: John C. CROSLEY ( - )
Mother: -


1Scott T.S. Trimble, "Donham Family History" (1995-2000).
Text From Source: ... marriage to Martha Ann CROSLEY was performed by Aaaron SARGENT, MG.
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Text From Source: Isaiah DONHAM was a teacher, flatboatman, Democrat, farmer, and raiser of livestock. ...
3Henry C. Bradsby, "History of Vigo County, Indiana" ( pp. 736-738.
Text From Source: ISIAH DONHAM, Terre Haute, was born May 12, 1810, near the Ohio River, about twenty miles above Cincinnati, in Clermont county. With the exception of one term passed in a grammar school in Hamilton county, his education was obtained in the common schools of the neighborhood, and around the hearthstone at home. At the age of twenty-two he began teaching school, a vocation he followed but a short time -- only two terms.
February 28, 1833, he was married to Martha Ann Crossley of his native county, who was five years his junior, and on March 28, same year, they began the journey in a covered wagon drawn by two yoke of oxen, across the country to Western Hooseirdom. April 7, at 12 o'clock, noon, they called a halt in the woods about twelve miles southeast of Terre Haute, built their camp fire by the side of a big log, and thus laid the corner-stone of their new home with a good hearty meal.
Mr. Donham here began the task of making a farm from the uncultivated lands of the orairie and the forests hitherto untouched by the hand of the white man. Since then he has brought about 700 acres to a high state of cultivation, and subjected the land to sickle and the share. Except a residence of seven years in Clay county, he has lived continuously in Riley and Pierson townships, Vigo county, and has followed the honest and honorable calling of farmer and stock-grower.
In 1834, when military companies habitually held their regular muster days, a rather novel election occurred, in which Mr. Donham was the recipient of the honors. He and another member were placed in nomination for the lieutenancy of the company. The two men were to march side along the line of company and the voters were to fall in line behind their favorite man. When the last man had fallen in behind Mr. Donham, his opponent turned around and said "them's my sentiments too," and with a hearty laugh dropped in lilne, making the vote unanimous.
Between the years 1852 and 1870, he served fourteen years as trustee of Pierson township. He was elected to the lower house of the State Legislature in 1870, serving one term, and in 1876 he was elected to the State senate. From 1860 to 1870 Mr. Donham dealt extensively in stock, feeding for market every year from one to two hundred cattle, and generally an equal number of hogs. By this traffic, coupled with extensive farm industry, honest labor, untiring zeal and industry, Mr. Donham has gathered around him quite a competence of this world's goods. His religious and political principles, are those of the old school Baptist, and Jacksonian Democracy, from which he has never wavered, not even in the dark and direful Greeley days of 1872.
The name of Donham is of Spanish origin, and dates back to about the middle of the seventeenth century, when one Singleton, a Don of Spain, having been banished from the Spanish court by the king, because of his liberal principles, took up his abode in the Highlands of Scotland, in a beautiful valley which has ever since bpurne the name Donham. There he dropped the name of Singleton, retaining the title Don, and added the Saxon suffix Ham. Thus was originated the name which until the nineteenth century was written as two names, the latter half beginning with a capital "H."
From this valley, about the seventeenth century, the great-grandfather of Mr. Donham came to the colonies, and settled in New Jersey. Nathaniel Donham, Isiah's grandfather, removed to Ohio about the year 1795. Isiah's mother was a Ferguson, of Scotch and Irish descent. The Fergusons came from Ireland to the colonies, settling first in Maryland and then removing to the Monongahela river, in Pennsylvania, and from there to Kentucky, near the Ohio river, where Isiah's mother was born. She died in 1877, at the advanced age of ninety-five years.
Isiah Donham's family consisted of ten children, four of whom are yet living, viz.: Mrs. Louisa Ferguson; H. Z.; I. H.; and Thomas F. Mrs. Ferguson is a widow, and lives on a farm in Pierson township; H. Z. and Thomas F. are partners in the law and real estate business in Terre Haute; I. H. is a carpenter, and resides at present in Terre Haute; Thomas F. has been a member of the city council, and is an active worker in the Democratic party. In 1890 Mr. Donham removed from his farm to the city, and is now residing with his son, Thomas F.
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4Scott T.S. Trimble, "Donham Family History" (1995-2000).
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5Henry C. Bradsby, "History of Vigo County, Indiana" ( p. 737.
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