Biographical Sketch of Isaac McAlister
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Isaac McAlister, born September 25, 1736, married Hannah, daughter of William and Keziah (Cloyes) Goddard, born January 27, 1736. He was one of the proprietors of Monadnock No. 5, and as such he took an active part in the affairs of the town; and it is said that he rendered assistance in the surey of the township, and for his services took his pay in land. His name appears on the proprietors’ book as one of a committee of three to lay out and clear a road from Dublin to Keene in 1763. He was the second settler in town, removing his family here in the winter of 1764-65. He first located on the farm now owned by Ansel Nye. But it seems he was not contented with this location, and sold his farm to Jonathan Frost, taking his pay in Continental money. It was his intention to purchase the Converse place, now owned in part by Rev. S. H. McCollester; but in this he was disappointed, and, before an opportunity presented itself for him to buy, his money had so depreciated that he became penniless, and was obliged to clear up and settle his only remaining lot, which is now known as the Sawyer place, and owned at the present time by Abraham Corey, then considered worthless. Here he continued to reside until his death, June 8, 1809. His widow died March 3, 1814.