She was the sixth child born to Isaac Macdonald and Myra Spafford Macdonald.
There was quite an age difference between Isabella and her older siblings; only fourteen months after Isabella was born, her eldest sister Elizabeth married at the age of 19.
Besides being the year of Isabella Alden’s birth, 1841 was important for a number of reasons. Here’s a brief list of other momentous events that occurred in 1841:
- Hong Kong was proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
- US Supreme Court ruled the kidnapped slaves from the Spanish schooner the Amistad were free
- Orlando Jones patented cornstarch
- The first steam-powered fire engine was tested in New York City
- Vice President John Tyler became the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison
- Horace Greeley began publishing the New York Tribune
- Edgar Allen Poe’s book Murders in the Rue Morgue was published, America’s first detective novel
- The first wagon train left Independence Missouri for California on May 1st and arrived in California six months later on November 4
- Thomas Cook opened his first travel agency
- John Hampton patented the venetian blind
- Alabama became the first state to license dental surgeons