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Re: Origin of Ijams family in Great Britian
Posted by: Rosemary Frey Date: November 04, 2000 at 19:32:56
In Reply to: Origin of Ijams family in Great Britian by Donna Valley Russell, CG, FASG of 439

Donna, Have you seen Lois Ijams Hartman's little book, "Remembered in this Land"? She traces the Ijams family in this country from William Eyams/Eyons, b. abt 1640, who arrived from England prior to 1670 and married Elizabeth Cheyney, daughter of Richard Cheyney in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland. Lois quotes his lineage as "William I'Ans, descendant of Robert I'Ans of England, Master of Ordnance to Queen Elizabeth and Privy Councillor to Ireland for her Majesty." I assume William I'Ans is the grandson or greatgrandson of Robert since the title "Master of Ordnance," according to my son who is well-versed in Elizabethan history, was used only for a brief period in the late 1500's - during "the troubles in the Lowlands." The Eyams/Eyons spelling seems to have been phonetic and temporary; William's children and grandchildren mostly favored Iiams or Ijams by the time they married or drew up their wills. My branch of the family first dropped the i or j, becoming Iams by 1800, and further altered the spelling to Imes by 1850; that's what it has stayed for more than 150 years. Rosemary Imes Frey


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