ISHAM FAMILY ANCESTRY
(version 9/10/2014)
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The family name of Isham is pronounced "Eye-shum", and comes from a Northamptonshire village of the same name, which derives in turn from a brook called the Ise that flows through the western part of the county. The family appeared as tenants here, and in the neighboring village of Pytchley, in the days of the conquest, and trace their descent from one Azor or Azo de Isham, who is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1085-1087 as holding the demesnes (fife) of Isham. Although various family members continue to be mentioned over the next five centuries, they did not truely come into prominence until 1568 when John Isham (1525-1595) made a fortune as a wool merchant and built the manor house of Lamport Hall. His grandson Sir John Isham (1582-1651) further advanced the family fortunes and was created the first Baronet of Lamport in 1627 by King Charles I. Although the baronetcy survives, Lamport Hall is no longer the family seat, as the manor house and gardens are owned and maintained today by the Lamport Hall Preservation Trust as a museum for the public enjoyment.

 

  1. Thomas Isham (c.1456-after 1510) was born in Pytchley, Northamptonshire about 1456 as the only son of William Isham and succeeded about 1475 to his father's lands. He is recorded in the 1480 inquest of his mothers death as 22 and more years if age, and in the 1510 inquest of his father's death as 50 years and more years of age, which agrees with his estimated birthdate. He married in 1485 Elena Vere, the daughter of Richard Vere of Addington, and Isabella Green. Elena was also the sister of Sir Henry Vere (d. 1493), who in 1485, the year of his sister's marriage, served as High Sheriff of Northamptonshire. Elena and her brother are believed to be direct descendants of Robert de Vere of Addington, whose brother Aubrey de Vere III (d. 1194) was the first Earl of Oxford. The family descends from Aubrey (Albericus) de Vere I, who is named in 1086 in the Doomsday Book as holding a manor with estates in Essex, and who probably arrived in England on or after 1066 with William the Conqueror. He is the grandfather of the aforementioned brothers Robert and Aubrey III.

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  3. Euseby Isham (c.1486-1546), the eldest son of Thomas Isham of Picheley and Elena Vere, was born about 1486 and married Anne Pulton, the daughter of Giles Pulton. His will of Aug. 16, 1546 was proved on Dec. 11, 1546 and in it he asked to be buried at the Church of All Saints in Pytchley. He is said to have had twenty children, of whom ten survived.

    • Gregory Isham (c.1518-1558) married Elizabeth Dale, the daughter of Matthew Dale, and died on Sept. 4, 1558 at the age of 38, probably at his residence at Braunston, Northamptonshire. One of his sons was Sir Euseby Isham (1552/53-1626) of Picheley and Braunston, who had a large estate at Picheley, and served in 1584 as High Sheriff of Northamptonshire. He was knighted on May 11, 1603 by James I. They also had a great grandson named Capt. Henry Isham (c.1628-c.1675), who in 1656 emigrated to America, and settled in Henrico County, Virginia. This great grandson is an ancestor of such notable Americans as President Thomas Jefferson, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and Chief Justice John Marshall.

    • John Isham (1525-1595), who follows:

    • eighteen other children

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  5. John Isham (1525-1595) of Lamport Hall, the fourth surviving son of Euseby Isham and Anne Pulton, was born in Aug. 1525. He apprenticed as a wool merchant with the Company of Mercers in the City of London, becoming free in 1552 of the company and the city. He later went on to serve as Warden (head officer) of the company. He was very successful, accquiring enough wealth to build a manor house in 1568 on an estate that he purchased in 1560 in the village of Lamport. He also served in 1581 as High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, and was governor of the English merchant adventurers in Flanders. He married Elizabeth Barker, the daughter of Nicholas Barker of Sunning, Berkshire and the widow of Leonard Barker, a citizen of London. Elizabeth Barker's brother Thomas married John Isham's younger sister Isabella. John Isham died on March 17, 1595 at the age of 71 years. A portrait of him by Gerlach Flicke (shown on right) hangs at Lamport Hall.

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  7. Thomas Isham (1555-1605), the son of John Isham and Elizabeth Barker, was born sept. 11, 1555 in London. He is said to have lost his sight from an illness when he was young, but nontheless became well versed in divinity and history. He married Elizabeth Nicholson (d. 1621), the daughter of Christopher Nicholson of Cambridge, Kent. He died Dec. 3, 1605 at Lamport Hall.

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  9. Sir John Isham (1582-1651), 1st Baronet of Lamport, the son of Thomas Isham and Elizabeth Nicholson, was born on Friday July 27, 1582, according to his father's notes. He married Judith Lewyn (1590-1625) on Oct. 19, 1607, probably in Kent, Judith being the daughter of William Lewyn of Ottingen in Kent, a doctor of laws. He was knighted on March 29, 1608 by James I and served in 1611 as the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire. He was then advanced by King Charles I on May 30, 1627 to Baronet of Lamport. He died July 8, 1651 in Lamport and was buried there with his wife, who predeceased him.

    • Justinian Isham (1610-1675), who follows:

    • Elizabeth Isham (1608/1609-1654) was born Jan. 28, 1608/1609, and buried a spinster on April 11, 1654 at Lamport. She is known for a recently discovered autobiography of hers that is considered to be one of the earliest knwon autobiographies by a female author.

    • Judith Isham (1609/1610-1636) was born Jan. Feb. 28, 1609/1610. She died unmarried on Nov. 1, 1636, and was buried on Nov. 3 at Lamport.

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  11. Sir Justinian Isham I (1610-1675), 2nd Baronet of Lamport, and the son of Sir John Isham and Judith Lewyn was born Jan. 20, 1610, probably at Lamport Hall. He married first on Nov. 10, 1634, probably in Hertfordshire, Jane Garrard, the daughter of Sir John Garrard of Lamer, which is also in Hertfordshire. Jane died on March 3, 1638 in childbirth delivering her fifth child. Isham then married in 1653, probably in either Surrey or London, his second wife Vere Leigh (d. 1704), the daughter of Thomas Leigh (1595-1672), baronet of Stoneleigh, which is in Surrey, and Mary Egerton, daughter and heir of Sir Thomas Egerton (1540-1617), the eldest son of the Lord Chancellor to Elizabeth I and James I. Mary Egerton through her mother was is 12th in direct descent from King Edward I.

    Isham is described as a man of culture, who built a large library collection at Lamport Hall and was an early member of the Royal Society. He was friends with Bishop Brian Duppa, the advisor to Charles I, and the mathematician and astronomer Bishop Seth Ward. He was also a patron of the Scottish writer Alexander Ross. He was also elected on May 8, 1661 to represent Northamptonshire in Parliament. He died on March 2, 1674 at Oxford. He is is buried in the family tomb on the north side of the chancel in Lamport Church, where a lengthy Latin inscription details his family and accomplishments. There is an article on him in Wikipedia. A portrait of Sir Justinian by Jan Baptist Jaspers (shown on right) hangs at Lamport Hall, as well as a picture of his wife Vere Leigh by Julia Goodman.

    children - ISHAM (with Jane Garrard)
    • five children

    children - ISHAM (with Vere Leigh)
    • Vere Isham (1655-1674)

    • Sir Thomas Isham (1656-1681), 3rd Baronet of Lamport, was born on March 15, 1656/57 at Lamport Hall. He is remembered for a diary that he wrote in Latin from 1671 to 1673 at the command of his father. This diary, which was first translated and published in 1875, is noteworthy as it provides a glimpse of life in the English countryside as seen through the eyes of a teenager of the privledged upper class. He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1675 when he was just 19 years old, and died on August 9, 1681 of small pox, shortly before he was to be married. He was succeeded as baronet by his younger brother.

    • Sir Justinian Isham II (1658-1730), who follows:

    • five more children

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  13. Sir Justinian Isham II (c.1658-1730), 4th Baronet of Lamport, and the son of Sir Justinian Isham I and Vere Leigh. He married on July 16, 1683 in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire Elizabeth Turnor (1666-1713), the only daughter of Sir Edmund Turnor (1619-1707) of Stoke Rochford Hall in Kent, and his wife Margaret Harrison (1623-1679), the daughter of Sir John Harrison (1589-1669). He was elected knight in 1689, and died on May 13, 1730 aged 72 years. There is a painting of him attributed to Michael Dahl that hangs at Lamport Hall, together with another (shown on right) by Godfrey Kneller. Although there is also a painting at Lamport Hall that is believed to be of Sir Justinian's wife Elizabeth Turnor by Charles d' Agar, the identity of the subject is uncertain, and it may also be of Francis (d. 1755), the wife of John Isham.

    • Vere Isham (1686-1760).

    • Sir Justinian Isham (1687-1737), 5th Baronet of Lamport.

    • Sir Edmund Isham (1690-1772), 6th Baronet of Lamport.

    • Euseby Isham (1697-1755), who follows:

    • Eleven other children

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  15. Rev. Euseby Isham (1697-1755), the son of Sir Justinian Isham II and Elizabeth Turnor was born November 6, 1697, probably in Lamport. He became Rector of Lamport and Haselbeach, and was elected Rector (head) in 1731 of Lincoln College at Oxford University, a post he held until his death. He subsequently married on May 1, 1739 in Brockhall, England Elizabeth Panting (1717-1808), the daughter of Matthew Panting (b. 1691), a Doctor of Divinity, and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, and his wife Mary Thornton (1695-1772). Later, Isham was Vice-Chancellor from 1744 until 1747 of Oxford University. He died on June 17, 1755. There is an article on him in Wikipedia, along with one for his son Edmund. A painting of him by an unknown artist (shown on right) hangs at Lamport Hall.

    • Sir Justinian Isham IV (1740-1818), who follows:

    • Edmund Isham (1744-1817) was elected Warden (head) in 1793 of All Souls College at the University Oxford, a post he held until his death. He is listed in Wikipedia along with his father.

    • Two other children

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  17. Sir Justinian Isham IV (1740-1818), 7th Baronet of Lamport, and the son of Euseby Isham and Elizabeth (Mary) Panting. He was born on July 8, 1740, probably at Lamport Hall, and was married on Sept. 9, 1766 to Susannah Barrett (1744-1823), the daughter of Henry Barrett. He served in 1776 as High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, and died on April 1, 1818 at the age of 77 years. A painting of him by an unknown artist hangs (shown on right) at Lamport Hall. There are also two portraits at the hall of his wife Suannah Barrett, one by unknown artist, and another by Richard Brompton.

    • Susannah Isham (1767-1849), who follows:

    • Sir Justinian Isham (1773-1845), 8th Baronet of Lamport, married Mary Close (1788-1878). Their son Sir Justinian Vere Isham (1816-1846) was the 9th baronet, but died not long after his father, and was succeeded as 10th baronet by his younger brother Sir Charles Edmund Isham (1819-1903), who in the 1840s introduced the tradition of garden gnomes to Britain when he used them to decorate his "gnome rockery" in the Lamport Hall gardens.

    • Vere Isham (1774-1845), rector of Lamport.

    • Henry Charles Isham (1777-1833), rector of Strangton.

    • Nine other children

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  19. Susannah Isham (1767-1849), the daughter of Sir Justinian Isham IV and Susannah Barrett, was born on June 3, 1767, probably at Lamport Hall, and baptized on June 28, 1767 at Saint Anne Soho in Westminster, London. She married George Purcas Brietzcke (c.1778-1817) of the Secretary of States office on Oct. 5, 1800 at St. James' Westminister, London (or Oct. 4, 1800 at Lamport, Northamptonshire? Perhaps the earlier of two ceremonies?). He was the son Charles Brietzcke (c.1738-1795), also of the Secretary of States office, and his wife Catherine Ware (c.1733-1830). George had also been married previously to a woman named Mary. Susannah died Dec, 18, 1849 at the age of 82 in Hampstead and is buried in Highgate Cemetery in London. There is a painting of her as a little girl (shown at right) by Caleb J. Garbrand at Lamport Hall.

    • Carolina Ann Brietzcke (b. 1800) was born July 15, 1800 to George Purcas Brietzcke and his first wife Mary. She was baptized Aug. 15, 1800 at St. Martin in the fields, Westminster.

    • Georgiana Elizabeth Brietzcke (1801-1875) the first child of George Purcas Brietzcke and his second wife Susannah Isham was born Dec. 1, 1801, probably in London, and baptized March 4, 1802 at St. James, Piccadilly in Westminster (London). She lived with her sister Maria, and died a spinster on March 1, 1875 at Kensington (Middlesex), London.

    • Maria Susan Brietzcke was born c.1803. She lived with her sister Georgiana and died a spinster on April 21, 1875 at the age of 72 at Kensington (Middlesex), London.

    • Edmund Isham Brietzcke (c.1806-1900) married Mary Anne Overy (b. 1811), and died Oct. 10, 1900 in Hastings, London at the age of 94 years. He and Mary Anne had several children, including the son who follows.

      • Henry Brietzcke (1841-1879) was born on Oct. 13, 1841 in Islington, London, and married Helen Kate Smith (1851-1923). He died on March 11, 1879 as the medical officer of the Portsea Convict Prison in Southampton, Hampshire. Their son Edmund Henry Brietzcke (1878-1967) was an engineer, who married Helen Shackleton (1882-1962), a writer for the Montreal Daily Star in Canada. Her brother was the author and Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922).

    • Louisa Sophia Brietzcke (c.1806-1891), who follows:

    • George John Brietzcke (1809-1840) was born Sept. 14, 1809 and baptized Oct. 28, 1809 at St. Martin in the Fields, London. He died at Neemuch. India as a lieutenant in the 49th Bengal N. Infantry.

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  21. Louisa Sophia Brietzcke (c.1806-1901), the daughter of Susannah Isham and George Purcas Brietzcke, was born about 1806 in Westminster (London). She was also the grandaughter of Sir Justinian Isham (1740-1818), the baronet of Lamport and owner of Lamport Hall, which makes her the first cousin of Sir Charles Edmund Isham (1819-1903), who eventually became the 10th baronet. As such, she is 18th in direct descent from King Edward I. She married William Abbott (1804-1866) on Aug. 28, 1832 at Christ Church in St. Marylebone, Westminster, William, who was the son of William Abbott (1766-1852) of Madras and his wife Elizabeth Lee (c.1766-1837), was partner with his father in a company that manufactured and sold felt. However, this company went bankrupt in the 1850s as a consequence of the elder William's business interests in India, afterwhich Louisa's husband, the younger William, became a firewood and wood-paving merchant. He then went bankrupt a second time in 1862 when he became embroiled in the "Possidhon affair", which was a notorious insurance scandal widely reported in the press.

    During the time of the Possidhon affair, Louisa Sophia's daughter Mary Eliza (Maria Elizabeth) Abbott and Mary's husband Theophilus Wathen Thompson were members of Louisa Sophia's household. Louisa Sophia's husband William in 1866 died suddenly from a heart attack, afterwhich Louisa Sophia retired to the Hanover Square area of London, where she had lived much of her life. She died on January 11, 1891 at the age of 85 at 50 Gloucester Street in London. The ambrotype on the right, which came from the household of her daughter Mary Eliza, is a possible photograph of Louisa Sophia that was probably taken in the 1850s. Please see the Abbott Genealogy for the children of Sophia and William.

     

    The Isham Family ancestors of Louisa Sophia Brietzck are direct descendants of King Edward I of England, King Hugh Capet of France, and the Merovingian Kings
    of the Franks, ancestors of Hugh Capet, who ruled ancient France in the waning days of the Roman Empire. The buttons below lead to these lineages.

     


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REFERENCES:

  • Betham, Rev. William (1801), "Isham of Lamport, Northamptonshire" in The baronetage of England or the history of the English baronets, Burrell and Bransby, London, v. 1, p. 298-306.

  • Brainard, Homer Worthington (1938), "The Isham Family in England" in A Survey of the Ishams in England and America; Eight Hundred and Fifty Years of History and Genealogy, Tuttle publishing company, Rutland, VT, p. 1-105. The pages referenced here are basically a rephrasing of Longden (1906).

  • Burke, John Bernard (1833), "Isham, Sir Justinian" in A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire, Richard Bently, London, v. 2, p. 5-6.

  • Burke, John Bernard (1858), "Sir Charles Edmund Isham, Bart." in Royal descents and pedigrees of founder's kin, Harrison, London, v. 2, Pedigree XVII.

  • Collins, Arthur (1741), "The English baronetage", Thomas Wotton, London, p. 28-47.

  • "Evans-Palmer and Allied Familes" on Ancestry.com. accessed Jan. 5, 2012.

  • "Euseby Isham" in The Peerage. accessed Jan. 5, 2012.

  • Isham, Edward Paul (1984), An Index of the Ishams in England and America: Nine Hundred Years of History and Genealogy, pubished by E.P. Isham, 732 p. Basically an updated version of Brainard (1938), with nothing new on the Ishams of Lamport Hall.

  • Longden, Rev. Henry Isham (1906), Isham Fmaily in Northamptonshire Families (Victoria History of the Counties of England. Northampton. Genealogical volume - Edited by Oswell Barron), A. Constable, London, 380 p. Available as Microfilm 990095 at Family History Centers from the LDS Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
     

    This is the definitive history of the Isham family of Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire, England as the author lived in Lamport village and had access to extensive family papers that are housed in the Lamport Hall archives and date back nearly 400 years. The first 105 pages of Brainard (1938), which are listed above and are more readily available to the researcher, are bascially just a rephrasing of Longden's work. Similarly, Isham (1984) adds nothing new on the Ishams of Lamport Hall, and the main emphasis of the text is on the American branch of the family.

  • Vincent, Augustus (1887), Isham of Barby, Braunston, and Lamport in Visitations of Northamptonshire made in 1564 and 1618/19 with Northamptonshire Pedigrees from various Mss. (ed. by Walter C. Metcalfe), Mitchell and Hughes, London, p. 181-182. This is a pedigree of the family collected by herald Augustus Vincent in 1624.

 

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