Name Isaiah Malachi MacLeod
Position Singer / Songwriter
|Aliases||Mal (nickname used by older members of the 3-7-77 Band)|
|*Date of Birth||10/17/1947|
|*Current Address||#3 Coldwater Creek Ranch
424 Coldwater Trail
Coldwater Junction, MT
Isaiah's home, Belle Mara, is located on the shore of Coldwater Lake.
Position: Country Music Artist
Coldwater Creek Ranch
Position: Ranch Worker
|*Professional Specialty||Singer, Songwriter, Musician|
|*Hair Color||Blond with silver gray streaks.|
|*Eye Color||Dark Blue|
|Marks and Scars||Has a Semper Fi tattoo on his upper left arm and a few scars from childhood injuries. Isaiah also has a few fading scars on his back and legs from injuries received when his chopper crashed in Vietnam.|
|Style||Isaiah dresses to the occasion with a preference for western casual clothing. He usually wears a Stetson style western hat or ballcap and western style boots. Isaiah keeps his hair cut relatively short and usually wears a neatly trimmed mustache.|
Personality & Traits
|Personality Traits||- Self-assured
- Kind, generous
|*Personality||Isaiah is well known for his kindness, generosity to others, and intelligence. He does have a strong artistic streak which, in many people, cancels out common sense. Isaiah is the exception to that rule. He is both very business savvy and intelligent.
Isaiah is a man who will always put family first. He is very supportive of his two sons, Cade and Joshua, and encourages them in all of their endeavors. He will give his counsel and advice, but then steps back and lets them make their own decisions.
Isaiah has always been a man of strong convictions with a well-developed sense of justice.
Despite his public easy going persona, Isaiah is fiercely protective of his and his family’s private life. More than one journalist and paparazzi have found themselves arrested for trespassing on the ranch or harassment. Members of the press that respect the line he has drawn between his private and public life enjoy a good relationship with him, his band and publicist. One thing that is absolutely off limits is his family and their families.
|Mannerisms||Isaiah has a deep, pleasant voice that is beautifully modulated when speaking or singing that carries a slight country drawl. He is normally a quiet spoken man that is not given to shouting or yelling.
He is right handed and left eye dominant. Isaiah tends to have a very open body language and a good natured sparkle in his dark blue eyes.
|Languages||English, Spanish, American Sign Language (ASL), some Native American words and phrases.|
|Dexterity & Mobility||Although in his seventies, Isaiah is a very healthy, athletic and agile man. He still works the ranch, spending long hours in the saddle.|
|*Specialties & Interests||Music
Professional musician, singer and songwriter.
Plays several types of guitar but most proficient with the six-string classical guitar.
Isaiah grew up on his family’s ranch and loves it and the life. He is an expert in all aspects of ranching.
There is very little Isaiah cannot turn his hand to. He is good at woodworking, electrical work, plumbing, building and loves it, especially when it involves helping someone.
|Self Defense||In his younger days, Isaiah was known as a mean brawler. He can still hold his own in most physical confrontations despite his age.|
|Weapons||Knowledgeable and proficient in the use of most firearms.|
|Other Skills (Optional)||- Cowboy Skills (riding, roping, ranching)
- Pilot (helicopter, light plane)
|Beliefs||Isaiah exhibits no paranormal abilities himself but has seen enough to believe there is something more than the normal five senses. He is skeptical regarding self-proclaimed psychic mediums that claim to communicate with the dead, but open minded about hauntings. Isaiah’s late wife’s family had a history of those who seemed to have some form of clairvoyance, generally called the sight.|
|Spouse / Partner||Gates MacBeth
Married: January 22, 2017
Known Spring 2010 to Present
Maiden Name: MacBeth
Looks Like: Reba McEntire
Gates is a country music legend in her own right. She and her band are simply known as Gates. She and Isaiah had known one another for many years when they met up again in the spring of 2010. They were married on an Hawaiian Windjammer cruise.
|Children||Cade Atticus MacLeod
Mother: Sarah Kathleen MacLeod (maiden: Cade)
Joshua Malachi MacLeod
Mother: Sarah Kathleen MacLeod (Cade)
Tiger Hanaford Caldwell
Mother: Barbara Hanaford Caldwell
Sierra Blessing Caldwell
Mother: Barbara Hanaford Caldwell
|Father||Samuel Evis MacLeod (father, deceased January 1969)|
|Mother||Margaret Williamson MacLeod (mother, deceased November 1969)|
|Brother(s)||Jeremiah Wyatt MacLeod (older brother, deceased)
Born: February 29, 1942
Died: January 14, 1969
|Other Family||Zachariah Thornton MacLeod
Nicknames: Zach, Z, Zee, Noodle
Mother: Cole Thornton MacLeod
Josslyn Alafair MacLeod
Nicknames: Joss, Scout
Mother: Cole Thornton MacLeod
Cole Thornton MacLeod
Relationship: Daughter-in-Law (deceased)
Born: May 1, 1974
Died: March 13, 2015 (a. 41)
Birth Name Nicole Thornton Holden
Theresa Madelyn McIntyre
Relationship: Ex daughter-in-law
Born: November 19, 1974 (a. 43)
Married: March 14, 2001
Divorced from Cade: August 2003
Nicknames: Tessa, Tess
Ezra Cade (late father-in-law)
Angela Cade (late mother-in-law)
|Former Spouse(s) / Partner(s)||Barbara Leanne Caldwell
Relationship: Former romantic partner
Born: 07/30/1958 (a. 59)
Maiden Name: Barbara Leanne Hanaford
Sarah Kathleen MacLeod
Relationship: Late Wife
Died: 08/01/1977 (a. 28)
Married: November 12, 1967
Maiden Name: Sarah Kathleen Cade
|The MacLeods immigrated to the Americas after the 1745 Jacobite uprising in their Scottish homeland. They settled in the southern Appalachian region of the colonies as did many Irish and Scottish immigrants. The MacLeods were moderately successful and enjoyed a reasonably comfortable living. They were an enterprising and hard working family. Although they avoided the slave trade, MacLeod Shipping and Freight became a renown company, headquartered in Savannah, Georgia.
In the early 1800s, lured by the prospect of adventure and riches, Josiah MacLeod, a geologist by trade, joined the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804 - 1806. The expedition made friendly contact with the Piegan Blackfeet tribe of what would someday be the territory of Montana. During a climb to gather rock samples, Josiah fell and was severely injured. Unable to continue with the expedition, he was taken in and tended by a Blackfoot clan. All they asked in return was for him to share his knowledge of the land.
Josiah recovered from his injuries but remained in Montana. He had fallen in love with the rugged beauty of the land and with the daughter of one of the chief's sons. She was an extraordinarily beautiful woman with flowing black hair and eyes the color of the summer sky. Josiah learned that a French fur trapper had traded his daughter to the Blackfoot in return for supplies. Angelique was adopted by the tribe and married to Dancing Wolf, the tribal chief's youngest son. Their daughter and, indeed, many of their descendants inherited Angelique's beautiful blue eyes and refined features.
Dancing Wolf and Angelique were gifted with the birth of a daughter. They named her Neha for the gentle rain that was falling at the time of her birth. Neha grew up to be a very accomplished and beautiful young woman. She also helped tend Josiah's injuries, eventually falling in love with him and accepting his offer of marriage.
When a fever decimated Neha's clan, Josiah took his young bride and moved south and west. Little was known about the type of illness that had stricken her people beyond the fact that it tended to be persistent after death. Josiah refused to risk his wife.
During an exploration of the land north of the Kalispel region, Josiah and Neha discovered an amazing series of ruggedly beautiful valleys, lakes, and rivers nestled in an unnamed and unexplored mountain chain bordering the Salish Mountain Range. Josiah named the mountains for his wife, the Neha Chain. Seeing its potential for ranching and farming, Josiah staked a claim to several hundred acres, and he and Neha settled in.
While hunting and fishing along several creeks that feed into Coldwater Lake, Josiah discovered small deposits of gold and diamonds. Knowing what advertising the find would do to the area, Josiah chose to travel considerable distances to discreetly turn the cache of gold and gems into capital. Not only was Josiah a geologist, but he had inherited his Scottish ancestors' savvy for smart money management. While Neha managed the ranch, arranging trade and contracts with the incoming army forts and local people, Josiah carefully invested in the burgeoning industries that were developing in the west, particularly timber, shipping, and mining. Over time, Josiah would also invest in new technologies. His business acumen quickly made the MacLeods of Montana territory one of the wealthiest families west of the Mississippi.
|February 29, 1942
Jeremiah Wyatt MacLeod, Isaiah’s older brother, born.
October 17, 1947 (a. 0)
Isaiah Malachi MacLeod was born to Samuel Cade MacLeod and Margaret Williamson MacLeod of Kalispell, Montana. Samuel retired from the USMC after the death of his father and took over the family ranch, Coldwater Creek. He was a respected and well-liked man known to be upstanding and kind.
Isaiah’s mother, Margaret, was a school teacher and the daughter of a career military family. She came to love the ranch and the rugged beauty of Montana. Like Sam, she was known to be kind-hearted and generous to a fault.
Isaiah was welcomed to the world by his parents and by his older brother, Wyatt.
August 17, 1949
Sarah Kathleen Cade was born to Ezra and Angela Cade of Coldwater Junction, Montana. Ezra managed First Ranchers’ Bank in Kalispell, but he and Angela lived on a small farm in Coldwater Junction. They were comfortably well off and an well respected family in Flathead County.
1952 thru 1964 (a. 5 - 17)
Isaiah was a strong, healthy boy who enjoyed life on the ranch. Early on, he exhibited a talent for music and a love for performing. Both he and his brother were very active in church and school events but it was Isaiah who was most often tapped for singing parts.
It wasn’t until his junior year in high school that he took notice of a pretty, vibrant redhead who sat next to him in English Literature class. She was unfashionably tall, but graceful with a luxuriant mane of deep, blazing red hair and emerald green eyes. Isaiah took one good look and was lost.
He asked her to the spring social at the church and then to the junior prom. Soon after that, he was happily going steady with the beautiful Sarah Kathleen Cade. While Wyatt, his older brother, was enjoying dating and playing the field, Isaiah knew that there was no one else for him.
While Wyatt completed high school and went on to attend a nearby community college, Isaiah chose to enlist in the United States Marine Corps after graduating high school. The night before he was due to leave for boot camp, he proposed to Sarah. Sarah’s parents had already given Isaiah their blessing so she happily accepted. They planned to be married once she graduated.
1967 (a. 20)
Isaiah did well in his training and showed an aptitude for flying and loved helicopters. His military career ended when his chopper was shot down over Vietnam while on a routine transport mission. He and his crew were quickly rescued, but Isaiah suffered severe back injuries and was honorably discharged.
The end of his promising military career was a blow for young Isaiah and left him unsure what to do with his life. He the ranch and knew he could settle there and work for his brother who would someday inherit Coldwater Creek. The one thing he really wanted to do was write and perform his music. His songs had been well received during his three short years in the military and the allure of an audience and applause was more than a little tantalizing. His parents were not wildly encouraging. They pointed out how hard it was to break into any type of show business and make a good living at it. He would, they said, soon have a wife and family to support.
And that was the bright spot for Isaiah. He and Sarah would soon be married.
November 12, 1967 (Isaiah, a. 20; Sarah, a. 18):
Isaiah Malachi MacLeod and Sarah Kathleen Cade were married at Coldwater Baptist Church, Coldwater Junction, Montana.
1968 (Isaiah, a. 21; Sarah, a. 19)
Having almost fully recovered from his injuries, Isaiah and Sarah moved into the guest house on the ranch. Both Samuel and Margaret were getting on in years leaving the running of the ranch more and more to their two sons. Yet, when the day’s work was done and dinner finished, Isaiah often headed for the Coldwater Saloon where he was a favorite performer with the clientele. Sarah, who had taken over managing the ranch’s accounts and was proving a quite canny business woman enjoyed going with him. She loved nothing more than to listen to him sing.
1969 (Isaiah, a. 22; Sarah, a. 19)
Tragedy struck early in 1969. While driving back from getting supplies in Kalispell, a transfer truck skidded on the icy roads and slammed into the truck. Wyatt and Samuel were killed instantly. Upon hearing the news, Margaret collapsed from a mild stroke.
Isaiah and Sarah moved into the main house so they could take care of Margaret. The usually strong and resilient Maggie seemed to have lost touch with reality. The doctors told Isaiah that his mother had been diagnosed with dementia a couple of years before but the stroke seemed to have exacerbated her condition. Shortly after Margaret was brought home from the hospital, Sarah announced that she was pregnant with their first child who would arrive in late December of that year or early January. With his mother needing almost around-the-clock care and Sarah expecting, Isaiah made the decision to hire a full-time ranch manager.
Ads were placed in several professional ranch periodicals and in newspapers around the midwest from Montana to Oklahoma. That summer, the MacLeods were contacted by Mathias Wintersong, a Navajo from Hesperus Peak, Colorado who had grown up on a large spread and had many years of experience under his belt. He explained that he had been working the offshore oil rigs and now that the Wintersongs’ first child was due in the fall, he wanted a job that kept him at home. Since the family ranch was supporting his older brothers and their families, he was looking to find work elsewhere.
A brief meeting with Mathias and Harriet Wintersong was all it took for Isaiah and Sarah to know they had met kindred spirits. There was an additional bonus in that Harriet, known as Hattie, was a trained midwife and a school teacher who was more than amenable to taking on running the household and, when the time came, acting as a caregiver and teacher for the ranch’s children. She confessed it was her dream job. It allowed her to be home with her own child while still teaching.
September 21, 1969
Shortly after their arrival on the ranch, Harriet Wintersong gave birth to a beautiful baby girl that they named Kai Yanaha Wintersong.
November 17, 1969
Isaiah and Sarah are saddened by the loss of Margaret MacLeod.
January 1, 1970 (Isaiah, a. 23; Sarah, a. 21)
During a blizzard of epic proportions, Sarah and Isaiah welcomed their son, Cade Atticus MacLeod, into the world. Due to the horrendous conditions, Hattie Wintersong with Isaiah’s help, delivered the baby. He was named for Isaiah’s father, Samuel Cade, and Sarah’s favorite literary character, Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.
Life settled back into a pleasant routine for the MacLeods. Isaiah still played and sang at the Coldwater Saloon and even formed a band that he named the 3-7-77 Band in honor of Montana's law enforcement and military men and women. With Sarah’s blessing, on weekends that she did not need him at home and the Coldwater had other bookings, Isaiah and the EMB picked up extra work in local bars, clubs, rodeos and fairs around the state. The ranch was profitable and Sarah was proving herself to be phenomenally lucky with their investments. Although, Isaiah still felt the siren call of the applause and stage, he always returned home as soon as possible as he found his greatest delight was with his wife and infant son.
1972 (Isaiah, a. 25; Sarah, a. 23)
As 1971 drew to a close, Sarah’s father, Ezra Cade passed away quietly in his sleep. Her mother, Angela, sold the small family farm and moved into a comfortable an assisted living apartment complex in Kalispell. She was still in good health and had no desire to move in with her daughter and son-in-law.
In early February, Eleanor Winters, a prominent promoter and agent from Nashville, Tennessee, stopped at the Coldwater Saloon on her way back from the Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. She was curious because she had heard that there was a guy and his band that played regularly at the saloon that could be the next big country star. It only took Elle a few minutes of watching and listening to Isaiah MacLeod and the 3-7-77 Band to decide that what she had been hearing was completely right. After the band finished their final set, she approached Isaiah with an offer for him to cut a demo record in Nashville. The blazing interest in his eyes told her as much as his polite, ”Thank-you, ma’am, I’d be very interested, but will have to talk to my wife about it first.” Elle left her card knowing she would hear from him.
Isaiah waited a full two days before telling Sarah about Eleanor Winters’ offer. He had thought it over and felt it was his chance to do something he’d always wanted to do, but nothing would make him go for it if Sarah had any doubts at all. His wife asked for a day to think about it before answering.
The next night at dinner while Isaiah was feeding and playing with two-year old Cade, Sarah announced her decision. She was all for Isaiah pursuing his dreams since he had been forced to give up his military career and even the choice to find his own path when he had to take over the ranch. Her conditions were that he not let fame go to his head, that he remembered where his home was, he continued to put family first, and he made legal arrangements for her to run Coldwater Creek Ranch and manage its finances.
Isaiah agreed with Sarah’s terms and would have even had she not spoken them aloud. Except for the financial arrangements he was going to make for the ranch, he relayed their terms to Eleanor Winters. She told him she would have an attorney draw up a basic contract for him to look over when he arrived in Nashville. Isaiah’s next call was to the legal firm that had long-managed the MacLeods’ affairs, McBride & McBride. When he arrived in Nashville with the 3-7-77 Band, he presented Eleanor with the only contract he would agree to sign. It was an unprecedented move for her firm, but they finally agreed to Isaiah’s terms.
Very soon after returning to Montana, Isaiah received a call from Elle. The first record label she had played the demo for wanted to sign Isaiah to cut a single for release and a full album if he had enough material. Isaiah’s professional musical career was launched.
1973 thru 1976 (a. 26 - 29)
Isaiah’s life changed dramatically as his music career took off, but he never once forgot his promise to always put family first. He routinely built in rest breaks into his concert tour schedule in order to be home with Sarah and Cade. Many of these breaks revolved around traditional holidays, but he also arranged free dates to be home for milestones in his son’s life. With the Wintersongs managing Coldwater Creek Ranch as carefully as if they owned the spread and Cade not yet in school, his wife and son often joined him briefly.
Summer 1975 (a. )
- June to August
During a summer hiatus from touring, Isaiah was working on songs for a new album. Cade was playing nearby with a toy guitar when his father noted that the notes he had been playing while composing the lyrics to a new number were being expanded on by his son. Kai was also humming and singing along.
Isaiah also decided he needed a place to work at home. He had an unused area of the mansion’s lower floor converted into a combination music room and recording studio. Since it had and entrance to the outside, his band could come an go without disturbing the household. It also provided a place for the children to take their music classes. Many years before, the original MacLeod cabin had been renovated and turned into a garage. Isaiah had its upper story turned into a retreat for himself where he could relax or work on his music.
December 13, 1975
Even considering the deaths of his brother and parents, Isaiah would rate December 13, 1975 the worst day of his life up to that point.
On that frigidly cold and snowy morning, Isaiah awakened to the frantic shouting of his ranch manager, Mathias Winterson, only to then watch helplessly as he dragged his son’s near frozen and lifeless body from the depths of upper Coldwater Lake. He and Sarah rendered CPR for Cade while Hattie Wintersong summoned help for the boy and her hypothermic husband.
Cade was airlifted to the hospital in Kalispell where he lay in a coma for three days. The doctors pronounced him healthy as a young colt with no lingering issues from the drowning. For Isaiah, it was a miracle. From that day forward, even if he could not be on the ranch, Sunday was reserved as a personal day of quiet reflection.
Sarah was thrown from the young horse she was riding when several members of the paparazzi suddenly descended on the riding arena and frightened the animal. Mathias immediately had all of them arrested for trespassing. Upon learning of the incident, Isaiah pressed charges and sued each one personally and their employers. The lawsuit went on for a long period of time and, in some instances, was dismissed, yet he won enough to alert the media that he would not be trifled with.
As a result of the incident, Isaiah had a ten foot concrete wall topped by electric and barbed wire fencing constructed along the easily accessed southern border of the property. Massive wrought iron gates were added to prevent people from simply driving onto the ranch. For the remaining property lines, he had twelve foot, electrified chain link fence erected. As the technology became available, he would add perimeter alarms and surveillance cameras.
Summer 1977 (a. 30)
Late in 1976, after several miscarriages, Sarah informed Isaiah that she was pregnant again. The doctors warned that it might be a complicated pregnancy. By the third trimester, Sarah was relegated to the house and bedrest. Isaiah took the summer off from touring to remain home, performing locally at the Coldwater Saloon or at nearby venues where he could get home after each show.
August 1, 1977
Joshua Malachi MacLeod, was delivered via C-section. A few hours later, Sarah began to hemorrhage. Despite the best efforts of the doctors and hospital staff, they were unable to save her.
The loss of his wife was devastating for Isaiah. He felt as if an entire part of his life was over as well. Despite that, the promise he had made Sarah to always put their family first prevailed. His sons needed him and he would be there for them. It would not be easy, but Isaiah was determined to make it work. Isaiah canceled all performance and recording dates. He needed time for his grief and to help Cade through his.
It was not easy. Soon after Sarah was interred in the family mausoleum, Cade’s grief took the form of anger accompanied by full-on temper tantrums. He was practically unmanageable and expressed a frightening hatred of Joshua. Isaiah tried getting his son professional counseling but nothing ameliorated Cade’s behavior.
Finally, after an incident at his school, Isaiah was warned that any further issues would result in his son’s expulsion. Dispensing with the counselors who simply told him to be patient, Isaiah waded in with old-fashioned firm discipline, setting Cade more chores, and a tremendous amount of love. It took time, but it worked. Over the ensuing months, Cade returned to being the happy, energetic child he had always been. His loathing for his baby brother turned to love and a fierce protectiveness.
1978 (a. 31)
Although still grieving the loss of his wife, Sarah, Isaiah had to return to work or risk letting his music career die. He limited his time on the road, doing short tours rather than ones that kept him away from home for months at a time. During one such series of shows in California, he met a beautiful young college journalist named Barbara Leanne Hannaford. Despite an age difference of eleven years, or maybe because of it, Isaiah and Barbara became involved in a romantic relationship. Neither of them were interested in a deeper commitment, however, and kept their involvement casual and discreet.
1979 (a. 32)
By 1979, Isaiah had returned to his music career full time. When possible, he took his sons with him. When he could not, Mathias and Hattie Wintersong acted as their guardians. Isaiah still spent as much time as he could in Montana and to facilitate that, he had another house built overlooking Lake Dunnala. It was a large structure with accommodations for his band and special guests. In its basement, he built a formal professional recording studio and engaged the needed musical engineers to allow him and the EMB to cut their records and albums the ranch.
He named the house Belle Mara after the Italian villa he and Sarah stayed at while on honeymoon. Belle Mara meant beautiful water and the estate had fronted a lake that reminded him of Dunnala. Isaiah also formed his own record label and named it Deepwater Music.
Barbara informed Isaiah that she was pregnant and the baby would be due on June. She would soon amend that to the babies would be due as she was having twins. Isaiah was delighted at the news and immediately made a trip to San Francisco to propose marriage. Barbara turned him down. She stated she would be happy for his help and support and that, of course, he could be involved in their children’s lives, but she wanted to finish college and continue with her career plans. Besides that, while the relationship was fun and comfortable, she wasn’t in love with him nor did she fancy life on a ranch complete with stepchildren.
Isaiah reluctantly agreed and arrangements were made for Barbara to stay at the ranch after the birth of the babies until she felt confident in managing on her own.
1980 to 2016 (a. 33 - 69)
By forming his own record label and production company, Isaiah was one of the first music mega-stars to take control of his career away from the accepted powers in the industry. He was also living proof that one could have a successful public career and a private life.
Isaiah’s career has never faltered. The overwhelming majority of his fans seem to love him all the more for the fact that he draws a hard line between his personal life and his public life. They respect the fact that he is a father and grandfather first and a performer second. Although he no longer does long road tours, he continues to do live performances and record new music. His record releases almost always go to number one on the country music charts.
June 21, 1980
Isaiah told Cade about the pending arrival of his younger half-siblings. His son had been cautiously pleased at the idea although he expressed concern for Joshua. Isaiah assured Cade that nothing would change between him and his sons and explained that Barbara would on be living with them for a few months. He went on to tell his oldest son that the twins would come visit, but Barbara would have primary custody. Cade, already used to having classmates whose parents had divorced and the whole concept of custody arrangements, accepted the situation.
The twins were born without incident in San Francisco and two weeks later, Isaiah brought them and Barbara to stay at the ranch. Her parents were supportive of her and the plans were for her to only stay until they could return from a world cruise. Once they were home, she’d return to San Francisco and college.
Over the years, Isaiah would continue to bring the twins to the ranch, albeit more and more sporadically after Barbara married a real estate and newspaper mogul named Samuel Caldwell. Barbara had completed her degree in journalism and made a successful career in show business journalism. Samuel eventually petitioned to adopt Tiger and Sierra and, after much consideration, Isaiah agreed on the condition it was an open adoption and he was allowed to continue being a part of his children’s lives.
Likely fueled by his adoptive father’s intense hatred and contempt for Isaiah, Tiger officially broke off contact with his father after turning eighteen. Sierra continued sporadic visits with Isaiah although, over time, that dwindled to occasional phone calls and holiday visits. Despite the twins seeming disregard for him, Isaiah continued calling and making sure birthdays and holidays were acknowledged.
March 2001 (a. 54)
Cade married Theresa McIntyre on March 14 after learning she was pregnant with his child. Isaiah was proud of his son for doing the right thing by the young woman because he knew that Cade had not intended to marry yet.
May 21, 2001 (a. 54)
Isaiah’s grandson was born prematurely and died soon after birth. The baby was christened Jeremiah and laid to rest in the MacLeod family mausoleum.
2003 (a. 56))
Isaiah was saddened to learn that Cade and Tessa had decided to end their marriage. Pragmatic as always, however, he told them that living life miserable was no way to live period.
As he had done with his two older sons, Isaiah set up trust funds which held the estimated balance of Tiger and Sierra’s future inheritance. Sierra started visiting more often, but it was soon apparent that her motivations were far from above board. Unlike her mother, Barbara, who had no interest in the entertainment industry, Sierra was highly motivated to make her mark behind the scenes. Her degrees were in entertainment and contractual law and she wanted to be a driving force behind discovering, developing and, ultimately, controlling new talent. Feeling he owed her that much, Isaiah got her an entry level position with a prominent record label.
January 2006 (a. 59)
Cade married a second time on January 1, his 36th birthday. Isaiah was happy to attend the second wedding and quickly became fond of the strong and intelligent Cole.
October 2007 (a. 60)
Isaiah's first grandchild was born and he fell instantly hard for the beautiful baby girl. He found he had missed the sound of a baby's cries in the house and was happy to take on some of the chores of helping Cole manage her first child.
Spring 2010 (a. 63)
During a short hiatus from touring, Isaiah ran into an old friend from the music business, country star, Gates MacBeth. They got to talking, spent a long weekend taking in the sites around Yosemite, and he wound up guesting at a small fund-raising concert in the park that Gates was headlining. Since both were free, Gates having recently divorced, they began spending time together.
While tracing several artifacts to a ring of black market dealers, Joshua was shot in the leg. The bullet shattered his left fibula and required several operations and the insertion of metal pins to repair it. While Joshua recuperated at the main ranch, Isaiah and Hattie took care of him. Isaiah was more than a little relieved when his younger son chose to take on the job of ranch management rather than return to the LeHI Foundation.
Once Joshua recovered enough to be able to manage on his own, he moved into Belle Mara with his father.
April 1, 2014 (a. 67)
Zachariah Thornton MacLeod, Cade and Cole’s second child, was born. With the Wintersongs’ retirement looming close, Isaiah appointed himself in charge of running the household. Cole welcomed his help with the two children and their home and they soon fell into a routine that allowed them both free time and time for their careers.
March 13, 2015 (a. 68)
Isaiah was awakened by a phone call from his eldest son. Cade’s ragged voice asked him to keep Joss home from school and away from the news for a couple of days. His son did not want Josslyn to learn of her mother’s death on the news or via social media. Instead, he asked Isaiah to tell her and comfort her until Cade could get home. He went on to tell Isaiah that Cole had been shot and killed while in Washington DC to finalize the sale of her Georgetown townhouse.
Doing as Cade asked was one of the hardest things Isaiah had ever done.
December 2016 (a. 69)
Isaiah and Gates formalize their commitment to one another by exchanging keys to their houses and moving a small amount of their belongings in. Gates finds Isaiah’s family life challenging, but she is always up for an adventure. She has started to spend more time in Montana than Texas (born in San Antonio).
2017 (a. 70)
Late in 2016, Cade hired Elpidia Cruz, a former Cuban national, to officially take on the job of housekeeper and nanny to Joss and Zach. Without being asked, Elpidia also began housekeeping for Isaiah and Joshua. She grumbles that the job is too easy because the men are usually up long before she reports to work and have breakfast and coffee made. Elpidia may grumble, but she is very satisfied with the job after many years of taking care of wealthy households that seemed incapable of functioning without domestic help.
- January 22
Isaiah and Gates elope and are married on a Hawaiian Windjammer cruise.
In recent years, his youngest son, Tiger, has been in contact more. He still seems to carry a significant chip on his shoulder regarding Isaiah so his father, while loving him, is rather wary of Tiger's motives.
|*Looks Like||Alan Jackson|
Notes & References
|Friends & Foes||The Wintersongs
Mathias and Hattie Wintersong were hired in 1969 to help run Coldwater Creek and manage the household. He has never once regretted that decision. Matt and Hattie are Isaiah’s dearest friends and their daughter, Kai, means as much to him as his own sons and granddaughter do.
Joel is the son of Eleanor Winters, Isaiah’s former agent and publicist. Joel is now the CEO of the Winters’ Firm and personally handles Isaiah.
Elpidia is a former Cuban national who immigrated to America with her family more than thirty years previous. She is a lovely woman in her fifties who has raised three sons mostly on her own. The two eldest, Harvard and Antonio, are in the USAF. Her youngest is attending Montana State University.
Currently, Elpidia is the housekeeper for Coldwater Creek and Belle Mara. She also supervises the children when Cade, Isaiah or Joshua cannot be home to do so.
|Character Notes||Tiger and Sierra will be detailed more as their role evolves in game play.|
|References||Isaiah's band takes its name from the iconic Montana 3-7-77 (see the information from Wikipedia below).
3-7-77 was the symbol used by the Montana Vigilantes (Vigilance Committee) in Virginia City, Montana. People who found the numbers '3-7-77' painted on their tent or cabin knew that they had better leave the area or expect to be on the receiving end of vigilantism. The numbers are used on the shoulder patch of the Montana Highway Patrol, who claim they do not know the original meaning of the symbol, though the Association of Montana Troopers web site says "Regardless of its meaning, however, 3-7-77 is emblematic of the first organized law enforcement in Montana. The Montana Highway Patrol, in adopting this early symbol, honors the first men in the Montana Territory who organized for the safety and welfare of the people. For that same reason, the Association of Montana Troopers has carried on that tradition by placing the legendary 3-7-77 on their patch as well."
The symbol also appears on the flight suits of pilots of the Montana Air National Guard, and the Flight Patch of the Montana Army National Guard Medevac unit (C Co 1-189th GSAB - Vigilantes). Further, it appears under the bottle cap of certain varieties of Big Sky Brewing Company beer.
There are various rumors as to what the number legend actually means...
The numbers represent the dimensions of a grave, 3 feet by 7 feet by 77 inches.
Frederick Allen, in his book A Decent Orderly Lynching, says the number meant the person had to buy a $3 ticket on the next 7:00 a.m. stagecoach to take the 77-mile trip from Helena to Butte.
The number set may have something to do with the date March 7, 1877; the numbers were first used in that decade and first appeared in print later in that decade of the 19th century.