Isaac H. Earnest is a native of Morgan County, Mo., and was born April 17, 1847, being a son of Amos and Mary B. (Willson) Earnest, and the second of their eight children, whose names are as follows: Julia A. (wife of Dr. Cooper), Isaac H., Henry E. (deceased), Jerusha J. (wife of Jeremiah B. Allender), Mary L. (deceased), B. W., John M. and Olive E. Both parents were born in Tennessee, the father's birth occurring in 1812. He was a farmer and blacksmith, and died in Missouri in 1870. During the late war he was in strong sympathy with the Union. His wife was born in 1818, and died in 1869. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Isaac H. Earnest resided at home until the father's death, and is now living on the old homestead. When the Rebellion broke out he joined Company B, Forty-fifth Enrolled Missouri Volunteers, and served until the war was over. He was married to Miss Sarah E. Willson, a daughter of Benjamin F. Willson, on the 15th of September, 1870. She was born in Missouri, and died April 27, 1882, at the age of thirty-two years. August 16, 1883, he married Miss Elizabeth, a daughter of Daniel S. and Jane R. (Willson) Snyder, and by her is the father of two children: Edith V., born January 20, 1885, and Martha J., born August 18, 1886. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a stanch Republican in politics, and in 1884 was elected judge of the county court from the Second District, and was reelected to the same office two years later. At one time he was one of the two associate judges, and has held the office of postmaster. He is an active church worker, and is very public spirited; a patron of education and of all enterprises for the public weal. His present wife was born in Missouri January 20, 1847. Her father died January 18, 1862, at the age of forty-six years, and her mother's home is in Southwest Kansas. Mr. Earnest has a good farm of 160 acres, and carries on general farming and stock-raising.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.