ISAAC I. VAN WINKLE was one of the early settlers of this county, and is at present a resident of section 9, Monroe Township. He was born in Bergen County. N. J., Sept. 18, 1811, and is a son of Isaac and Hester (Van Geison) Van Winkle. The history of the Van Winkle family, as near as can be ascertained, is as follows: Walling Jacob Van Winkle emigrated from Holland to this country in 1684, and settled upon lands on the banks of the Passaic River, known as Acquackanonck and which included the present sites of Passaic and Paterson, N. J. At the death of Walling J. Van Winkle, in 1725, his son, Jacob Walling Van Winkle, and his grandson, Jacob Van Winkle, made large purchases of land in Bergen County, and from these two persons the present Van Winkle family is decended.
Isaac Van Winkle, father of the subject of this notice, was born in 1767, he settled in Union Township, N. J., where he married Hester Van Gieson, and they became the parents of nine children. The father died in New Jersey and the mother lived to attain the age of eighty years, and departed this life about 1852.
Isaac I. Van Winkle was reared to manhood in Bergen County, and was there educated in the district schools. In 1837 he was united in marriage in Essex County, N. J., with Anna Dow Brower. She was born in Essex County in 1811, and their union was blest by the birth of five children, namely : Phoebe, born March 31, 1838, died in September, 1878, she had been married to Anthony Rampton; Hester, born Jan. 25, 1840; Anna E., born. Feb. 5, 1844, became the wife of George Smith and they are living in this county; Isaac, Jr., born May 5, 1840, formed a matrimonial alliance with Miss Carrie Ellis; Cornelia married William Castledine, and they reside in O'Brien County, this State.In 1855 Mr. Van Winkle settled in Oakland County, Mich., and was there a resident until 1861, when he removed to this county and located on section 9, Monroe Township, where he bought a tract of wild prairie laud. At that time his nearest neighbor east was five miles distant and the cabins were few and scattered. Though at first subjected to all the inconveniences and privations incident to pioneering in a new country at an early date, he nevertheless had faith in the development of the country, stuck it out, and by doing so succeeded in acquiring a sufficiency of this world's goods. In early life he was a member of the Whig party and voted for the same until the birth of the Republican party in 1856, since which time he has voted with it. He has held several local offices of trust among which was that of Justice of the Peace for two terms. Religiously he is a member of the Presbyterian Church. His good wife was a Methodist and died in July, 1878. She was a sincere worker in the cause of the Master, a loving wife, a kind mother, always endeavoring to do good to those around her, and was highly esteemed and respected by all who knew her.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 194.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.