|1. Isaac Decker’s Families|
Isaac had two
distinct families: the first, monogamously, in the East, with our
Wheeler, and the second, with five plural wives after he came
to the Salt Lake Valley in 1850.
After the “separation” between Isaac and Harriet, all six children of their family together became major characters in the settlement of the Mountain West. The youngest, six-year-old Isaac Perry Decker, was the older of two children in the famous “This Is The Place” pioneer company of 1847. The other five, along with Harriet herself, married into Brigham Young’s family, allying the Decker family with:
|In the Valley (actually, he wound up ranching in the Heber area, in the mountains east of Provo in Utah Valley) Isaac embraced plural
marriage and five wives, who gave him a dozen more children, of whom
at least nine lived to see the twentieth century.
Correspondence reveals that Isaac maintained loving relationships with the children of his first family to the end of his life. I’ve seen no evidence of communication between Isaac and Harriet after their separation.
1In 2012, my cousins Landes and Donald Shepard published, privately, Charlie’s definitive biography, entitled: Fast Rider on a Wild Wind: the Life and Times of Charles F. Decker. If you’d like a copy, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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