Contra Costa County












ISAAC RUSSELL, who is a retired resident of Sycamore valley, Contra Costa county, was born within one mile of Akron, N.Y., August 6, 1828, a son of Daniel and Sarah (Chase) Russell, who were farmers in that locality throughout their entire lives.  Isaac Russell remained a resident of that place until he crossed the plains to California in 1950, upon his arrival in the state engaging in mining near Auburn, Placer county.  He remained so occupied for five years, when he came to Contra Costa county and worked for his uncle, Samuel Russell, a resident of the San Ramon valley.  During the years that followed Mr. Russell and his brother Henry fenced a league of land for their relative, for this excellent five board fence receiving as remuneration the privilege of using a part of the ranch for three years.  He also helped his brother fence his ranch in Norris canyon, and then built four miles of fence for Mr. Norris, using as a maul to drive posts an oak knot which was raised by handpower and did very rapid work.  In 1860 he married Isabella Orr, a native of Scotland, and a daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Jackson) Orr, who came to California in 1850, and settled at Salmon Falls, Eldorado county.  There they conducted a hotel for ten years, after which they became the owners of an eight hundred acre ranch, where Mr. Orr carried on general farming and stock-raising for a number of years, meeting with a success which enabled him to retire some years previous to his death.  He lived to the ripe old age of eighty-six years, while his wife lived to be eighty-four.  After some years Mr. Russell came to Sycamore valley and bought of L. C. Wittemyer one hundred and sixty acres of land, and adjoining this he took up the same number of acres, upon which he carried on general farming for twenty-seven years.  He then sold out and went to San Francisco, where he conducted a lodging house from 1887 to 1892, when he went to live with his sons in Davisville, Yolo county.  In 1899 he returned to Contra Costa county and has since made this his home, enjoying the fruits of his early industry.  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell were the following children:  Mary Catherine, who became the wife of T. P. S. Brown; George, Thomas A., William H., Luella O., deceased, and Nina Belle, deceased.




Transcribed by Donna Toole.

ญญญญSource: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 747-748. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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