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  1. William IJAMS: Birth: 1670. Death: BEF MAY 1738 in Anne Arundel Co., MD

  2. Elizabeth IJAMS: Birth: 1670. Death: 1710

  3. Richard IJAMS: Birth: 1673. Death: BEF AUG 1761

  4. GEORGE IJAMS: Birth: 1676 in South River Hund, Anne Arundel Co., MD. Death: BEF 12 AUG 1763

  5. Susanna IJAMS: Birth: 1677 in Anne Arundel Co., MD. Death: AFT 8 NOV 1716

  6. Person Not Viewable

1. Title:   Books IAMS of America and 3 Vols of Anne Arundel Gentry
Author:   Ralph D. REYNOLDS and others

a. Note:   Source: Anne Arundel Gentry, Vol I, section on IJAMS Family:
  The family of IIAMS or IJAMS is distinctively Maryland, and perhaps no
 family has intriqued the historian more as to its derivation. It is not listed
 among the ancient names of Britain, although some believe that is a corruption
 of James or the Scottish Ian. In the seventeenth century the letters i and j
 were interchangeable, and the family and Christian name of James was ofter
 written as Iames. In the early period of the family in Maryland, however,
 there is a persistent double 'ii' which is certainly not characteristic of the
 English language. Double vowels are an unmistakable characteristic of the
 ancient Dutch and Flemish tongues, and there is more reason to believe that the
 origin is Dutch or Flemish rather that British. Unforntunately, the emigrant
 was unlettered and therefore no record of his signature is available to prove
 the precies manner in which he inscribed his name. The clerk of the Probate
 Court wrote his name phonetically as 'Eyonms' which would indicate that it was
 pronounced at that time with two syllables.
  It is related by the branch which settle in Western North Carolina that
 they became acquainted with the alleged Marshal Ney, of Napoleonic Army, who
 taught French in the neighborhood and that the name was French and that it
 shoud be spelled with the 'j'. The tradition is that the French teacher or the
 one-time Marshal Ney was smuggled out of France, whereby another man was
 substituted for him at the execution. It is known, however, that some members
 in Marylnad had already adopted the 'Ij' before the North Carolina migration.
 The branches which settled in the southwestern Pennsylvania dropped the double
 vowel and became known as 'IAMS'. The orthography of 'Jiames' is frequently
 found in the colonial period.
  As in all familes the emigrant is the most interesting. William IIAMS was
 seated in the South River Hundred as early as 1665 and pursued the honorable
 occupation of planter. His entry into Maryland is rather inauspicious, that
 is, there is no record of his financing his own passage or being transported by
 another or his coming in as an indentured servant. All extand records style
 him as a freeholder. Furthermore, there is no record of filing a claim for
 land-rights. Besides the deed of gift from his father in law, he had other
 plantations at the time of his death.
  An early courthouse fire at Annapolis destroyed all recorded deeds, but
 many land owners brought their copies to court and had them recorded for
 posterity. By this manner the family of his wife was identified.
 'Elizabeth IIAMS relict of William IIAMS deceased produced a deed of gift
 from Richard Cheyney and petitioned that it be recorded....Richard Cheyney the
 Elder of South River Planter on 29 May 1663 was granted Cheyney's Resolution
 lying on the south side of South River containing 300 acres...this tract he
 conveyed on 1 March 1674...for the consideratin of natural love and affections
 unto my son in law William IIAMS and daughter Elizabeth now wife of William
 IIAMS with the consent of my wife of 400 acres of Cheyney's Resolution during
 their natural lives and after their decease to the male heirs of their bodies.'
  Richard Cheyney, the father in law of William IIAMS, was a large land owner and planter of the South River Hundred and had emigrated to Maryland
 about 1650, with his wife, Charity. The Cheyney family of ancient antiquity
 was ennobled in England, but through extravagance and being Royalists during
 the Civil Wars lost most of their property. There is every reason to believe
 that the Maryland emigrant was a scion of this ennobled family. He was
 lettered and the fact that he financed his own passage and that of his YOUNG
 wife is further indiciation of his social level. While many Marylanders today
 can claim descent from this early settler, in some manner the younger
 generations lost most of their porperty and were not inclined for public
 service or social attainment, with the result that the later history of the
 family from extant records is rather sketchy.
  The earliest entries in All Hallow's Parish are those of the Cheyney family and while the entries antedate the establishment of the parish, it is
 evident that the family kept their own records and at the time of the
 establishment of the parish as the State Church, the heads of the family had
 their births recorded for posterity.
  The first wife of Richard Cheyney died early in Maryland and he married
 secondly Eleanor and left a large issue her her - but the mother of Madam IIAMS
 was of the first marriage which was certainly consummated in England.
  Later spelling of the name became Chaney and CHENEY, but Cheyney was the
 accepted orthography of the 17th century. Radulfus de Caisned was an English
 subject shortly after the NORMAN Conquest - de Chainei was another ancient
  William IJAMS last will and testament was dated February 16, 1698/9, with
 Clement Davies, Richard Chaney, John Robertson and Robert Davis as the
 witnesses. It was probated in Anne Arundel County on November 10, 1703. The
 parish register records his burial as of July 29, 1703.
  To eldest son William 5 shillings. To daughter Elizabeth Duvall 5 shillings. To son Richard and heirs 100 acres of land near the Patuxent River in Price GEORGE's Co.
 To YOUNG son GEORGE 100 acres of land on the south side of Western Run.
 To wife Elizabeth her dower rights. Residuary estate to children Richard, GEORGE, HESTER and Susanna. His widow and executrix filed an account upon the estate on February 7,
 1706/7, and reported a balance in her possession of 37 pounds, 8 shillings and
 4 pence.
  HESTER IIAMS, a younger daughter of William IIAMS, was of a romantic nature
 and had an affair with Captain John Duvall, one of the leading Military
 officers of the Province, and the son of Mareen Duvall, the Huguenot. On April
 April 16, 1705, with the consent of his wife, Elizabeth, he made a deed of gift
 to HESTER IIAMS, 'spinster' of a portion of 'Burgess' Choice' which bordered
 the portion which had been sold to Richard IIAMS. It contained a dwelling
 house, orchards, gardens and other improvements. It was to be retained by her
 during her natural life, or in the event of her marriage or if she had any
 other children, the improved land with all household effects was to be divided
 among the children of HESTER IIAMS then in being to share and share alike.
  The register of All Hallow's Parish records the following children of HESTER IIAMS: Anne IIAMS, the daughter of HESTER IIAMS, baptized March 25,
 1706; Elizabeth IIAMS, the daughter of Ester IIAMS, born August 15, 1703; John
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