Isaac Newton Carr was born on May 28, 1836 in Cattaraugus County, New York. He married Elizabeth Taylor on October 8, 1858 in Wellman, Washington County, Iowa. Elizabeth died on August 17, 1861. They had one son, Harvey Taylor Carr, my great-grandfather. After Isaac served in the Union Army, he returned to Wellman and married Elizabeth’s younger sister, Margaret Taylor on September 21, 1865. They had eleven children.
Isaac started journaling in November 1861. He would journal throughout the war, but his 1863 and 1864 journals have not survived. After the war, he continued to journal as he improved his farm and raised his twelve children.
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