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E. D. ISBELL, D. D. Rev. E. D. Isbell, a prominent Baptist minister, and, at this writing, pastor of New Salem church, Cedar township, is a native of Paris, Bourbon county, Kentucky, where he was born October 17th, 1825. His parents, James and Fanny Isbell, were natives of Virginia, having emigrated to Kentucky about the year 1820. Mr. Isbell was educated at Georgetown, Kentucky, where he graduated in 1846. He then attended the Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating in 1851. The year following he commenced the regular pastorate with the Beal Street Baptist church, Memphis, Tennessee. His health having failed, he returned to Kentucky in the summer of 1854. Was afterwards pastor of several churches in Kentucky, and president of Augusta College, Bracken county, for several years, and professor in Georgetown College. He came to Missouri in the winter of 1873, and stopped at Macon City until called to the pastorate of the Baptist church at Columbia, where he labored quite successfully for four years. During this time there were about three hundred additions to the church. He next served the church at Fayette, Missouri, for two years, during which time the membership was doubled. In 1879 he took charge of the New Salem church, and has preached for that congregation ever since. He has here met with about the same success that attended his labors elsewhere. Mr. Isbell was married March 5th, 1846, to Miss Sarah E., daughter of Joab and Jane Wheat, of Paris, Kentucky. They have one son, Harvey W., who was educated at Georgetown College, Kentucky, and at West Point military academy, New York. He afterwards studied law, but never practiced his profession. He is also a journalist and a writer of ability. He has been connected with a number of papers in Missouri, but is, at this writing, engaged in teaching. He is married, and now makes his home at Nevada, Missouri.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

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