Isaac Countryman may have been born in about 1800 in Holland, then ruled by France, and immigrated to the USA before 1817 (760). But his birthplace is uncertain, and his ancestors have not been identified. Alternatively, various census and other records show his birthplace as Pennsylvania (753). By 1840, Isaac Countryman was living in Varick Township of Seneca County, New York where he was enumerated by the 1840 federal census as Ira Countryman (749).
Before Aug 1821, Isaac Countryman married Elen Voorhees, likely in Pennsylvania (755). Isaac Countryman was about 21 years old. The oldest child of Isaac and Elen Countryman, a daughter Catharine Countryman, was born in Pennsylvania before May 1822.
The Isaac Countryman family migrated from Pennsylvania to Seneca County, New York before the birth of a second daughter, Elizabeth Countryman, in Seneca County on 17 Feb 1823 (755). A son, Andrew J. Countryman was born in Seneca County on 21 Jan 1828, and a second son Joseph Countryman was born on 31 Mar 1830. Before 1840, at least four more sons were born to Elen and Isaac Countryman. John Countryman in about 1832: Gideon in about 1833; Martin V. Countryman on 21 Mar 1836 (763); and George Washington Countryman on 21 Dec 1838 (365). Joseph Countryman died on 27 Aug 1843 at 12 years of age.
The 1840 federal census of Seneca County enumerates the household of Ira Countryman (almost certainly Isaac Countryman), age 30–39 years (749). Living in the household were a female, age 30–39 years, presumably Isaac’s wife, two other females, both age 15–19, a male, age 10–14, three males, age 5–9 years, and two males under 5 years of age.
In about 1845, Isaac Countryman’s oldest daughter Catherine married Abram Sixberry. At the time of their marriage, Catherine Countryman was about 21 years old, and Abram Sixberry was about age 45. Also in about 1845, Isaac Countryman’s daughter, Elizabeth Countryman married Whaley Alexander Brooks.
Between the 1840 and 1850 federal census, Isaac Countryman and his wife apparently separated (760). The 1850 census enumerates the household of Isaac Countryman, age 50 years, and two sons: Martin Countryman, age 15 years, and George Countryman, age 12 years (750). At the 1860 federal census, Isaac Countryman was living in the household of his daughter Catharine (Countryman) Sixberry (751). The winter of 1855 was particularly harsh in Seneca County. In March, Seneca Lake froze over for the first time since American settlement. The cold winter and then the onset of the American Civil War may have forced Isaac Countryman’s move.
Regardless, on 5 Apr 1864, Isaac Countryman purchased one acre of land for $5 from Lewis Ireland and his wife Eliza Ireland (754). The land was located on the Marsh Road between land owned by William Bird and that owned by Lewis Ireland. On 9 Apr 1870, Isaac Countryman acquired an additional five acres of land from Morris Bird and his wife Anny, paying $275 (774). This larger tract was apparently adjacent to the one acre tract acquired in 1864.
At the 3 Aug 1870 federal census of Varick Township, Seneca County, New York, Isaac Countryman was 70 years old and living alone but near the home of his oldest daughter Catharine (Countryman) Sixberry (752).
On 25 Nov 1871, Isaac Countryman sold the five acres of land in Varick Township that he acquired from the wife of Morris Bird by deed dated 9 Apr 1870 as well as the one acre tract that he acquired from Lewis Ireland and his wife by deed dated 5 Apr 1864 to Hannah Countryman, the wife of his son Andrew Countryman, for $250 (756).
In 1880 Isaac was again living with his daughter Catharine, then head of the household (753). In 1880, the Catherine Sixberry household was located at Fayette, in Fayette Township of Seneca County.
In 1880, at age 80, Isaac Countryman was once again living in the household of his oldest daughter Catharine (Countryman) Sixberry at Fayette, in Fayette Township of Seneca County (753). Catharine Sixberry’s husband Abram Sixberry was no longer living with her; presumably he died before 1880.
On 21 Sep 1881, Isaac Countryman took residence at the Seneca County Alms House in Fayette Township (186). He died there on 15 Apr 1882. Isaac Countryman is very likely buried in the Seneca County Alms House Cemetery, located on County House Road (County Road 118) at its intersection with Disinger Road in Fayette Township.
Notes and Comments
In conversations about family history, Fred Countryman, a grandson of Isaac Countryman, told his daughter that Isaac was born in Holland:
“My grandfather on my father’s side of the house was born in Holland. He was 17 years old when he came over here, with two older brothers, and was over here just a year and enlisted in the revolutionary war. I think the war was pretty well over with when he enlisted, and then after that war was over with, he came back to New York and then went over in Pennsylvania and married, then went back to New York.” (760)
If Isaac Countryman did serve in the military during a war in the U.S., it was likely at the end of the War of 1812 rather than during the American Revolution.
The Michigan Certificate of Death for Betsey Brooks provides the best available evidence that Elen Voorhees was the wife of Isaac Countryman (755).
Born on 17 Feb 1823 in Seneca County, New York, Elizabeth (aka Betsey) Countryman was the second child born to Isaac Countryman and his wife. Elizabeth Countryman married Whaley Alexander Brooks in New York, and they eventually migrated to Michigan. Betsey Brooks died on 23 Feb 1905 at Nashville in Barry County, Michigan. Her death certificate, issued by the State of Michigan, records 17 Feb 1823 as the date of her birth in New York, her father’s name as Isaac Countryman, and her mother’s name as Elen Voorhees. Additionally, for records of Civil War soldiers collected by New York town clerks during the period 1865-1867, Isaac Countryman’s son George Washington Countryman stated that his mother’s maiden name was Voorhees (169).
If Elizabeth Countryman was born on 17 Feb 1823 (755) and assuming that Catharine Countryman and Elizabeth were not twins, then Catharine Countryman likely was born before Apr 1822. If Isaac Countryman was married when Catharine was conceived, then presumably Isaac Countryman and Elen Voorhees married before Jul 1821.
Census records consistently record Catharine Countryman as born in Pennsylvania. Isaac Countryman, his wife, and Catharine Countryman must have migrated from Pennsylvania to Seneca County, New York between 20 May 1822 and 17 Feb 1823.
The 1840 federal census of the Varick Township of Seneca County, New York enumerates an Ira Countryman household that based on ages of those living in the household, was very likely the household of Isaac Countryman and his wife Elen (Voorhees) Countryman.
The 1880 federal census of Seneca County, New York misspells the surname of Catharine Sixberry.
Isaac Countryman very likely is buried in the Seneca County Alms House Cemetery located on County House Road (County Road 118) at its intersection with Disinger Road in Fayette Township.
169. Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War 1865-1867. New York State Archives, Albany New York. Collection Number (N-Ar)13774, Box Number 56, Roll Number 30. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)
186. Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses, 1830–1920. New York State Archives, Albany, New York. Series A1978, Reel A1978:199, Record Number 102. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)
238. Child, Hamilton. Gazetteer and Business Directory of Seneca County, New York, for 1867-8. Journal Office, Syracuse, New York, 1867.
365. Declaration for Pension, American Civil War Service. George Washington Countryman. Pawnee County, Kansas, 2 Apr 1907. (Images on file.)
749. Isaac Countryman Household, 1840 U.S. Federal Census, Varick Township, Seneca County, New York. Roll 339, Page 232. (Images: Ancestry.com. Images on file.)
750. Isaac Countryman Household, 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Varick Township, Seneca County, New York, 16 Sep 1850. Roll M432_597, Page 69B, Image 144. (Images: Ancestry.com. Images on file.)
751. Abram Sixberry Household, 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Varick Township, Seneca County, New York, 25 Jun 1860. Roll M653_861, Page 251, Family History Library Film 803861. (Images: Ancestry.com. Images on file.)
752. Isaac Countryman, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Varick Township, Seneca County, New York, 3 Aug 1870. Roll M593_1093, Page 291, Image 591. (Images: Ancestry.com. Images on file.)
753. Catherine Sixberry Household, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Fayette Township, Seneca County, New York, 18 Jun 1880. Roll 931, Family History Film 1254931, Page 54B, Enumeration District 157, Image 0616. (Images: Ancestry.com. Images on file.)
754. Deed by Lewis Ireland and Wife, Eliza to Isaac Countryman, Varick Township, Seneca County, New York, 5 Apr 1864. (Image on file.)
755. Certificate and Record of Death, Betsey Brooks, Nashville, Barry County, Michigan, 23 Feb 1905. Vital Statistics Division, Michigan Department of State, Lansing, Michigan. (Image on file.)
756. Deed by Isaac to Hannah Countryman, Varick Township, Seneca County, New York, 25 Nov 1871. (Image on file.)
760. Recollections of Fredrick Glonar Countryman, Fairview, Major County, Oklahoma, ca 1938. (Originals and images on file.)
763. Martin V. Countryman, Certificate of Death, Lenawee County, Michigan, 25 May 1910. Division of Vital Statistics, Department of State, State of Michigan. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)
774. Deed by Morris Bird and wife to Isaac Countryman, five acres of land. Seneca County, New York, 9 Apr 1870. (Image on file.)
775. Browne, P. J., A. G. Gillet, and David H. Burr. Map of Seneca County, New York: From Original Surveys. A. G. Gillett Publisher, Addison, New York, 1858. (Images: U. S. Library of Congress. Images on file.)
Revised 12 Mar 2017