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Galland, Isaac


15 May 1791–27 Sept. 1858. Merchant, postmaster, land speculator, doctor. Born at Somerset Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Matthew Galland and Hannah Fenno. Married first Nancy Harris, 22 Mar. 1811, in Madison Co., Ohio. Married second Margaret Knight, by 1816. Moved to Washington Co., Indiana Territory, by 1816. Located at Owen Co., Indiana, by 1820, and at Edgar Co., Illinois, shortly after 1820. Moved to Horselick Grove (later in Hancock Co.), Illinois, 1824. Married third Hannah Kinney, 5 Oct. 1826. Moved to Oquawka, Henderson Co., Illinois, 1827. Established settlement later known as Nashville on west bank of Mississippi River, in unorganized U.S. territory, where he practiced medicine, established trading post, and founded first school in what later became Iowa Territory. Moved family to Fort Edwards (later Warsaw), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1832. Served as colonel in Black Hawk War, 1832. Married fourth Elizabeth Wilcox, 25 Apr. 1833. Platted original town of Keokuk, Lee Co., Wisconsin Territory (later in Iowa Territory), 1837. Moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., winter 1838–1839. Purchased land in Half-Breed Tract in Lee Co. and sold some nineteen thousand acres of it to Latter-day Saints, 1839. Also sold properties in Commerce to Latter-day Saints. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ordained an elder by JS, 3 July 1839. Instructed in JS revelation to buy stock for building Nauvoo House, 19 Jan. 1841. Acted as authorized agent for church in settling certain land transactions involving property exchanges by eastern Latter-day Saints moving to Nauvoo. Withdrew from church activity, ca. 1842. Resident of Keokuk, 1842–1853. Moved to Sacramento, Sacramento Co., California, 1853; eventually settled in Petaluma, Sonoma Co., California. Moved to Fort Madison, Lee Co., 1856. Died at Fort Madison.


Photograph, unknown photographer, circa 1850. (Church History Library, Salt Lake City.)

Isaac Galland Photograph, unknown photographer, circa 1850. (Church History Library, Salt Lake City.)