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.
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
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming