The importance that attaches to the lives, character and work of the early settlers of that part of Indiana of which Putnam County is a part, and the influence they have exerted upon the cause of humanity and civilization is one of the most absorbing themes that can possibly attract the attention of the local chronicler or historian. If great and beneficent results -- results that endure and bless mankind -- are the proper measure of the good men do, then who is there in the word's history that may take their places above the hardy pioneer?
Among the sturdy old pioneers whose efforts counted for so much in the early development of this part of Indiana, mention should be made of Isaac Sinclair, who occupied a position of prominence in the community where he lived. He was a native of the state of Virginia, where he was reared and educated. Subsequently, he emigrated to Kentucky and in about 1822 he came to Indiana, locating in the northern part of Owen County.
He had married Anna Patterson and they were the parents of the following children: William, John P. [Patterson], Isaac P., Samuel S., Cynthia, Morris, Ann and Eliza. These children all came with their parents to their new home in the Hoosier state and here grew to honorable manhood and womanhood.
The family located three miles north of where Cloverdale now is,but several years later located in Owen county. The father afterwards returned again to Putnam county and spent his latter days with his son Samuel. His death occurred about 1852, his widow surviving until near the close of the Civil War.
Isaac Sinclair was one of the grand old men of his day, his life being characterized by the integrity of purpose and a consistency of conduct that won for him the unbounded confidence of all who knew him.