Descendants of Gideon Ison
(or possibly Gidea Idsen )
[ would probably be pronounced as "Eyed-son", hence corrupted to Ison ]
of Shropshire, England.

THe Myth:

About 1700, as a reward for Gideon's faithfulness and loyalty in the fight for his crown, King William III of England bestowed knighthood upon him. When Gideon's son John wanted to marry a commoner, Gideon forbid it. In spite of this, John's love for this comely lass led him to rebel against his father's wishes and he married her anyway. They soon ran away to America.

The Facts:

Recent research finds no record of a "Sir" or "Lord" Gideon Ison in Shropshire or English heraldic records.  There is apparently a Gidea Idsen (probably pronounced "Eyed-sen) who died in 1701 and is buried in Shropshire.  Gideon Ison supposedly  died at that same date and place.  Spelling of names in records of those days were  often in error due to the illiteracy of the people of the time.  The "Idsen" name could have been one of those errors, or John could have changed the name from "Idsen" to "Ison" upon coming to America, or it could have been corrupted to that.

Logic:

Logically, one might assume that since Gideon supposedly came from Nordic/Norman lines, which later moved to England, "Idsen" would have been his Nordic name.  The name Gidea Idsen mentioned above is also logical because the "Idsen" name (probably pronounced as "Eyed-sen", meaning son of "ID" appears to have been of Nordic derivation.  Gidea Idsen then appears to have been the the real ancestor of most of the early Isons in America, since no record of "Gideon Ison" exists, and "Gidea Idsen"died in 1701, as was supposedly Gideon's DOD also. The "Idsen" name was probably subsequently corrupted to "Ison."

 (It must be noted that somewhere along the line the name was also corrupted to "Isom", as there are many people of that name who claim the same origins.)

It is my feeling that Gideon (possibly derived from Gidea), may have indeed been the first name of John's father since he gave that name to his first born son.  In addition, the name Gideon appears several times among his descendants. 

This particular line of Isons in America began with John and Martha Elizabeth (Huff) Ison. According to the myth,  in spite of Gideon's displeasure with them, they named their first born child after Gideon.  It appears that John and Martha Elizabeth Huff did not marry while Gideon was still alive, since they were married in 1710 and GideonI am sure there are many of his descendants in America also, but my particular lineage descended through John, Jr. who was born in 1712. Both Gideon II and John, Jr. were born in Amherst, VA.

1  Gideon Ison  Abt 1650 -
2  John Ison, Sr.  1675 - Abt 1759
....  +Martha Elizabeth Huff  Abt 1676 -  m: Bef 1710 in England
....  3  Gideon Ison II  Abt 1710 -
.......  +Cynthia Ingram    m: in Va.
....  3  John Ison, Jr.  Abt 1712 -
.......  +Rebecca Jones    m: in Amherst Co., Va.
.......  4  Ira Ison  Abt 1737 -
.......  4  James Ison  Abt 1739 -
.......  4  William Ison  Abt 1740 -
.......  4  Joshua Ison  Abt 1742 -
.......  4  Charles Ison  Abt 1744 - Abt 1833
..........  +Jane  Abt 1744 - Abt 1833
..........  5  Joshua Ison  Abt 1769 -
..........  5  Ira Ison  Abt 1771 -
..........  5  Archibald Ison  Abt 1780 - Abt 1871
.............  +Mary Gilliam  Abt 1782 -
.............  6  Isaac Ison  Abt 1806 -
................  +Anne Hamilton  
.............  *2nd Wife of Isaac Ison:  
................  +Amelia Hamilton    m: December 04, 1832 in Morgan Co., Ky.
.............  6  Charles Ison  Abt 1801 -
................  +Lucy Day    m: March 25, 1824 in Morgan Co., Ky.
.............  6  Ira Ison  Abt 1811 -
................  +Sinay Sparks    m: September 05, 1833 in Morgan Co., Ky.
.............  6  William Ison  Abt 1805 - Bef 1850
................  +Hettie Hamilton  Abt 1804 -  m: in Kentucky
................  7  Isaac Ison  Abt 1820 -
................  7  Archibald Ison  Abt 1827 - Bef 1870
...................  +Elizabeth Robins  
................  7  Isom Ison  1829 - 1916
...................  +Hannah Boggs  
................  7  Ira Ison  1829 - 1900
...................  +Helen Dobbins  
...................  8  Louisa J. Ison  
......................  +Elijah Jackson  
...................  8  William Ison  
...................  8  Frances Ison  
...................  8  Andrew Jackson Ison  1855 - 1923
......................  +Hannah Creech  
......................  9  Ira Paulus Ison  
.........................  +Nancy Stapleton  
......................... 10  Vesta Ison  
............................  +Clyde White
...........................  11  Nancy White
...............................  +Harold Davis
......................  9  Isom Ison  
......................  9  Emma Ison  
......................  9  Rebecca Ison  
......................  9  John Ison  
...................  8  George Washington Ison  Abt 1861 - 1939
......................  +Annie Creech  1867 - 1938  m: May 23, 1885 in Kentucky
......................  9  Della Jane Ison  1887 -
......................  9  William Ison  Abt 1889 -
......................  9  Nancy H. Ison  1891 - 1912
......................  9  Enoch Ison  Abt 1893 -
.........................  +Mary Oney  
......................  *2nd Wife of Enoch Ison:  
.........................  +Maude _______  
......................  9  Hannah Ison  1895 - 1991
.........................  +Houston McConnell  1889 - 1979
......................... 10  Robert McConnell  Private
............................  +Marina Alfaro  Private
......................... 10  Charles McConnell  Private
............................  +Betty Specht  Private
......................  9  Ira J. Ison  1897 -
.........................  +Emma Lee Salyers  1905 - 1976  m: Abt 1925
......................... 10  Carl Ison  1927 - 1980
............................  +Betty Jean Shepard    Private  m: October 02, 1948 in Scioto Co., Ohio
......................... 10  Juanita Ison  1929 - 1988
............................  +Edgar A. Montavon   Private  m: July 03, 1953
......................... 10  Aileen Ison  Private
............................  +Robert Eichenauer  Private  m: August 03, 1957
......................  9  Lillian Ison  1899 - 1984
.........................  +James Edgar Sparks  1901 - 1984  m: May 1928 in Catlettsburg, Ky. (Boyd Co.)
......................... 10  Harold Ellsworth Sparks   Private 
............................  +Mary Ellen Cate  1930 - 1986  m: February 15, 1951 in North Charleston, SC.
.........................  *2nd Wife of Harold Ellsworth Sparks:  
............................  +Judy Lovelady  Abt 1947 -  m: December 23, 1989 in Charleston, SC.
......................... 10  Doris Jean Sparks  Private
............................  +Garland Kerr  Private
.........................  *2nd Husband of Doris Jean Sparks:  
............................  +Donald Freshour  1928 - 1993
......................  9  John Ison  1901 - 1992
.........................  +Essie Braden  1904 - 1996  m: May 02, 1925 in Carter Co., Ky.
......................... 10  Leonard Ison  Private
............................  +Frances Hicks  Private  m: April 11, 1946 in Catlettsburg Ky.
......................... 10  Louise Ison  Private
............................  +Charles Henry Melvin  1926 - 1995  m: March 04, 1948 in Russell, Ky.  (Greenup CO.)
......................... 10  Edna Mae Ison  Private
............................  +Harlan Fritz, Jr.  Private  m: April 01, 1950 in Russell, Ky.  (Greenup CO.)
......................... 10  Ralph Ison  1933 - 1996
............................  +Patty Baker  Private  m: April 04, 1952 in Grayson, Carter Co., Ky.
......................... 10  Stanley Ray Ison  Private
............................  +Helen Justin Jocobs  1931 - 1995  m: July 1976
......................  9  George Ison  1904 -
......................  9  Lonnie Ison  1906 - 1994
.........................  +Gladys Lyons  
......................... 10  Rosemary Ison  Private 
......................... 10  Paul Ison  Private
......................... 10  William Ison  Private
......................  9  Mary a. Ison  1908 -
......................  9  Clarence Ison  Private
.........................  +Nellie Louise Barnhardt  Private
......................... 10  Charles Edgar Ison  Private
............................  +Loretta K. Clark  
......................... 10  George Keith Ison  Private
............................  +Donna J. Lewis  
......................... 10  Kenneth W. Ison  Private
............................  +Debbie Jarrell  Private
......................... 10  Robert D. Ison  Private
............................  +Sandra McCann  Private
...................  8  Archibald Ison  
......................  +Belle Boggs  
...................  8  Elihue C. Ison  
......................  +Jemima Simpson  
......................  9  Guy Ison  
......................  9  John Ison  
......................  9  William Ison  
...................  8  Ira Jr. Ison  
......................  +Minnie Johnson  
...................  8  John B. Ison  
......................  +Martha Creech  
................  7  Mary Ann Ison  Abt 1831 -
...................  +Issac Hamilton  
................  7  Hamilton Ison  Abt 1833 -
................  7  Elizabeth Ison  Abt 1835 -
...................  +George Bishop  
................  7  Lucy Ison  Abt 1837 -
...................  +James Sexton  
................  7  William Ison  Abt 1840 -
...................  +Mary Tramble  
.............  6  Martin Ison  Abt 1805 -
................  +Nancy Sparks    m: Abt 1829 in Kentucky
.............  6  Doctor Ison  1817 - Abt 1862
................  +Elizabeth Fraley    m: May 15, 1845
.............  6  Byrdine Ison  Abt 1819 - 1871
................  +Cynthia Hannah    m: June 17, 1835 in Morgan Co., Ky.
.............  6  Argalus Ison  Abt 1821 -
................  +Mary Hannah    m: September 23, 1846 in Morgan Co., Ky.
.............  6  Isom Ison  1823 - 1880
................  +Isabelle Hannah    m: November 29, 1849 in MOrgan Co., Ky.
.............  6  Elizabeth Ison  Abt 1827 - Abt 1872
................  +Elisha Lewis    m: in Kentucky
..........  5  George Ison  Abt 1781 -
..........  5  Gideon Ison III  Abt 1777 -
..........  5  Charles Ison  Abt 1782 -
.......  4  Elizabeth Ison  Abt 1746 -
.......  4  Jonathon Ison  Abt 1748 -
.......  4  Samuel Ison  Abt 1749 -
.......  4  John Ison  1752 -
....  3  James Ison  Abt 1714 - 1753
.......  +Jane Harrison  
....  3  Mary Ison  Abt 1715 -
.......  +William Jones  
....  3  Christian Ison  1717 -
.......  +Elizabeth Coleman  
....  3  William Ison  Abt 1719 -
.......  +Patsy  
....  3  Frederick Ison  Abt 1721 -
.......  +Sarah  
    


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