Isaac Williams (1737–1820)
Born in Pennsylvania in 1737, Isaac Williams grew up to become an Army Ranger in the Frontier by the age of eighteen. His service as a spy and courier coincided with the French and Indian threat to the success of the Ohio River Valley settlements. As the hostile environment calmed, Williams made annual hunting expeditions to the Ohio River Valley and accumulated large tracts of land.
Williams met a young widow named Rebecca Tomlinson Martin in 1775, who would become his wife that same year. Eventually Williams was afforded the 400-acre Tomlinson tract in 1787. Isaac, Rebecca and their daughter, Drusilla, founded the first permanent settlement across from the mouth of the Muskingum, which still bears their name, Williamstown, West Virginia.
During the famine of 1789–1790 Williams supplied his pioneer neighbors with life sustaining corn. Although he was urged to raise his price to $1.25 a bushel, Williams replied “Dod rot ‘em,” and portioned the number of bushels to the family size, charging no one more than 50 cents per bushel. His generous and compassionate nature allowed the early settlers of Marietta to live until their own crops could sustain them.
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$129 per night*
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