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Unknown (Royall) Isham (abt. 1667 - aft. 1699)

Unknown Isham formerly Royall
Born about in Virginiamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 2 Aug 2020
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Unknown Royall was the wife (or partner) of George Isham (Isham-346) and the mother of Mary (Isham) Sims (or Symes) (Isham-7) and probably also the mother of Anne (Isham) Smith (Isham-160). She is possibly the granddaughter of Katherine (Banks) Isham (aka Royall) (Banks-68) via one of Katherine's children with Joseph Royall, Jr (Royall-2) .

Two My Heritage sources list her given name as Banks, but this is likely a confusion with the maiden name of her possible grandmother Banks-68. One lists her year of birth as 1677 (rather than 1667), but that would have meant that she was 12 or 13 (an unlikely age) at the time of the birth of her first daughter (Isham-7). One lists her year of death as 1686 but this was three years prior to the birth of Isham-7. The other source lists her year of death as unknown. I have given her death date as after 1699 (the year of birth or her probable 2nd daughter Anne (Isham) Smith (Isham-160).

I will attempt to justify these (admittedly speculative) details with genetic evidence that I will present on the profile page of Ann (Isham) Smith (Isham-160).


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I hope this clarifies your "rather strange identifier":

From the will of Katherine (Banks-68) Isham: “I also give to the child my daughter Ann Epes now goes with my largest silver Porringer and great silver cupp.” Compare the language with the will of Richard Perrin-637: “if it should please god that the Child that my wife now Goeth with should be a boy then I Give and bequeath the aforesd four hundred Acres of Land houses & c to him, his heires and assignes for ever.”

posted by Sherrie Mitchell

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