Isaac  Sorden

          Isaac Sorden, deceased, was born in Sussex County, Del., May 8, 1806.  At an early age he was left an orphan, to grapple with the " stern realities " of life alone.  A part of his early manhood was spent in Philadelphia.  In 1837, he came west, and settled for a time in Greensburg, Ind., but two years later moved to Shelbyville, where he continued to reside until his death, a period of thirty-nine years.  During all that time his chief occupation was that of a merchant, and he always sustained the reputation of an honest and upright man, and was a worthy citizen.  He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and one of its principal supporters in this community.  As a member pf the Masonic fraternity he was held in high esteem.  His death occurred May 8, 1878, on his seventy-third birthday, and he was lamented by the entire community.  Nancy Toner  became his wife, and they were the parents of ten children, these seven now living:  Anna,  Martin T.,  Lizzie,  Fannie,  Alice,  Maggie  and  Laura.  Martin Sorden was born January 27, 1843.  His education was obtained in the Shelbyville schools.  For two years he engaged in the grocery trade and then went into the livery business, which he has followed for seventeen years continuously.  He was married to  Belle Warren  in 1867, by whom he has two children, namely,  Albert and  Effie.  His second marriage took place in November, 1877, when  Clara L. Clark  became his wife.  By this union he is the father of five children, these four living:  Harry,  Jennie,  Anna  and  Clara Maud.  Mr. and Mrs. Sorden are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Shelbyville Sketches," Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 535-36.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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