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Robert Isbell

Robert Isbell

Male Bef 1603 - Abt 1655  (~ 51 years)

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  • Name Robert Isbell 
    Born Bef 12 Feb 1602/03  East Newlyn, Cornwall, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 12 Feb 1602/03  East Newlyn, Cornwall, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1655  New London, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • ROBERT ISBELL, first of the name in America and progenitor of all the early New England Isbells, was probably born in England, died New London, Conn., 1655.  Married Ann (???), who died there, September 15, 1689. Widow Ann ( ) Isbell married (2) William Nicholls, who died there, September 4, 1673.

      It has been said that Robert Isbell married Anne Kingman, born England, 1626, daughter of Henry and Joanna ( ) Kingman.  But in her father's Will he calls daughter Anne, "daughter Davis," and she is recorded as having married Tobias Davis, December 13, 1649, and mother of their several children. (Reference, Kingman Genealogy, published 1912.)

      Robert Isbell came to New England 1635-36, perhaps in the ship Defence of London, Thos. Bostocke, Mr., sailing from London for New England, July 4, 1635, as on the sailing list is "Robert (???)," according to footnote, "surname and age illegible."  Above the name, Robert, is "Ann Wells, age 23," perhaps she is the Ann who became his wife.

      He was first noticed at Salem, Mass., where he became a Proprietor.  In 1636 his name appears on the list of Grants of Land known as Land Grants A, also on the list made by Roger Conant of the Division of the marsh and meadow, ordered to be assigned and laid out to the families at a Town Meeting, December 25, 1637, known as Land Grants B.  The figure 1 before his name indicates the number of persons in his family, and the figure 2, after his name, that he received half an acre.  Robert Isbell and wife, Ann, lived in that part of Salem which in 1645 became Manchester.  In 1651, before leaving for New London, "Robert Isbell of Manchester, carpenter, for 15 pounds sold his dwellinghouse and 49 acres of land with his partition of meadow which is one half acre allotted to him in 1638 by Richard Norman."

      October 19, 1650, grants of land were made by the townsmen of New London to "Mr. Richard Blynman, Obadiah Bruen, Hughe Calkin, Hughe Roberts, John Coite, Andrew Lester, James Averye and Robert Isbell."  Mr. Blynman was a minister at Gloucester, Mass., engaged to become the minister at Pequot Plantations as New London was then called.  The others were a party of his friends from Gloucester and Salem who purposed to come with him and came on to make preparatory arrangements.  Early in 1651, New Street, in rear of the town plot, was opened for the accommodation of the Cape Ann Company, as this little group was known.  This was designated as "beyond the brook and the ministry lot."  It was made into houselots and called Cape Ann Lane, nine lots on this street of six acres each.  Beginning at the lower end Hughe Calkins had the first lot by the Lyme Road, or highway to Nahantic, next him, his son-in-law, Hughe Roberts, then John Coite, Andrew Lester, James Averye, Robert Allyn, William Meads, William Hough and Robert Isbell.  Later, lands near New London, were laid out to Robert Isbell, Capt. John Avery and John Pickett, near Jonathan Brewsters in Poquetannock, and those were called the "Poquetannock Grants." December 1659, his house on New Street was sold to William Hough, and in 1665 the farm in the northern part of the town in what is now (1943) Ledyard and on which he had lived, was bought by George Geer.

      The surname Isbell was in use in England as early as 1583, and on early Connecticut records is found in the following forms, Isbel, Isbell, Isbal, Isbil, Isbill and Isble; Isbel and Isbell being the most frequent.

      Residence, Salem, Mass., and New London, Conn.

      Children of Robert and Ann ( ) Isbell:
      1. Eleazer, born, probably Salem, Mass., 1640.
      2. Hannah, born, probably Salem, Mass., 1642.

      (From:  The Descendants of Robert Isbell in America, by Edna Warren Mason
      Bibliographic Information: Mason, Edna Warren. The Descendants of Robert Isbell in America. New Haven, Connecticut: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1944.   Call Number: R929.2 qI76m.)
    Person ID I603  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 11 May 2010 

    Father John Isbell,   b. Bef 26 Feb 1573, East Newlyn, Cornwall, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Julia Benny,   b. Bef 3 Apr 1574, East Newlyn, Cornwall, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Married 5 Nov 1592  East Newlyn, Cornwall, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F395  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann [--?--],   b. Abt 1622, ____, ____, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1689, New London, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 1638  Weymouth, Dorset, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Eleazer Isbell,   b. 1640, Salem, Essex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1677, Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     2. Hannah Isbell,   b. 15 Mar 1643/44, Salem, Essex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1707/08, New London, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2006 
    Family ID F394  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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