Today....I received in the mail the death certificate from Santa Cruz, California for Alexander I. Timbrel. I was so excited because while the information I got from the genealogical society had me doubting my instincts that this was my Isaiah, today I found that there is still hope. I am so excited. On his death certificate it lists that his father was Jacob Timbrel....whoo hoo. I really do think this is my guy. Since I loose Isaiah after 1880 and then find his first wife living with one of their daughter's in 1910. I have been unable to locate either of them or the children in the 1900 census.
I followed this Alexander back as far as I could which is to 1910 also. In 1910, he is living with a Mae Timbrel, step-daughter Nettie, and a daughter Beluah Timbrel, in Tacoma, Washington. The census says they have only been married for 2 years. I checked with the Washingtion State Archives and happily enough there was a marriage listed for them and their daughter Beluah. And I am able to order them for pretty cheap. :) So I have placed the order.
I am more positive than ever that this Alexander I Timbrel is my Isaiah Timbrel. Alexander was possibly his middle name and after leaving his first wife and children he might have started going by that. I still have a long way to go to completely prove it. I really do believe that I am headed in the right direction. :) We will see what their marriage records show.
Sadly, though, if this is my guy...he left his first family and never looked back. Just as his brother Amos M Timbrel did. In Alexander's obit, it states he only had one daughter. I wonder if that daughter knew that she had siblings out there. And whether his first family ever knew what happened to their father....