|Posted on January 14, 2011 at 5:25 AM|
I have been in an e-mail marathon of correspondence over the last week or so with a group of Isett researchers about that nemesis surname of mine: Isett!
Most of us have that the American line started with Frederick Isett, who died on the ship coming to America in 1732, with his wife Barbara and two sons - Frederick and Jacob.
We seem to have the Frederick Jr. line down fairly decently...he married Rebecca Markley and had at least five known children. He lived on a farm in Trappe, Montgomery Co., PA.
It's with his brother Jacob that we run into trouble. We always had that Jacob B. Isett married "Frau" Mary. No one ever knows anything about Mary other than she died in Sinking Valley, then Huntingdon Co., PA, now Blair Co., PA. No one knows when Jacob B. died or where, just that it was before 1790. Jacob B. and Mary had at least 6 children, but their names and birthdates are not all known.
Then, we crazy Isett researchers, who keep record of everyone with the last name, have a Jacob Isett of the time period who married Anna Maria Steger. They had a daughter named Maria Catherine Isett, who was born about 1756 and baptized in the Old Goshenhoppen Church in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, PA. The next church records for Jacob's subsequent children list his wife as Magdelena in 1760 and beyond. We don't know where this Jacob Isett fits in.
So, here comes the list of $64,000 questions:
Our list goes on and on, but those are the big questions we're tossing around in e-mail chatter.
Family legend says that Jacob B. Isett had a farm where Girard College now stands in Philadelphia. I contacted Girard College this week to ask about the history of their landowners, and they have them traced back to 1742. There is not an Isett on the list. This does leave a 10 year window from 1732 to 1742, where the Isett family could have been involved, but this seems unlikely. I will continue to persue checking deed records for that 10 year window, but I think the information about the farm at Girard College is just a legend.
If you are an Isett researcher, and want to jump in on our discussions, let me know. If you have information you would like to share, you can always post here to this blog entry. Even if you just have suggestions about how to solve this very old mystery, please share where we can look for new information!
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