Thomas Isbell

Thomas Isbell

Montgomery County, Virginia, USA
Death 1862 (aged 77–78)
Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Wayne County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 102379287 · View Source
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Some records say he was born in South Carolina, and others say Virginia.

From the strongest evidence, Thomas Isbell was the son of Capt. Godfrey Isbell in that he witnessed Godfrey's consent for his daughter Nancy's marriage.

By his four wives (Leah Francis, Sarah McBeath, Sophia McLain, and Sarah J. Calhoun) he fathered 21 children.

Thomas Isbell's name first appeared in Wayne County, Kentucky, records, 5 March 1804, when he signed a marriage bond for James Brooks and Nancy Isbell [who was born in Virginia]. A note was included with the bond which states:
(1)"To Godrey [sic] Isbell- Sir as it is necessary for me to have your permission from under your hand therefore send by William Simpson."
(2)" This may certify you that I have given consent for my daughter Nancy to James by Godfrey Isbell- witnessed by Thomas Isbell and Samuel Forbes."
Thomas Isbell's relationship to Nancy and Godfrey Isbell is not stated, but probably brother and son as it was customarily an older brother who served as bondsman for a sister's wedding. "However, it is to be noted that none of Thomas' children were given the Christian name of Godfrey." (ref., June Baldwin Bork, Wayne County, Kentucky Marriages, 1801-1860, 1972. Vol.I, A-J,p. 153).

Wayne County, Kentucky Marriages,1801-1860, (1972) by June Baldwin Bork, Vol.I, A-J,p. 153 and p.176: "The Isbell Cemetery is located across the road from the old Isbell house (supposedly haunted) and on Ray Eller's farm in Wayne County. The reason for no Isbell stones is, according to tradition, that Thomas Isbell was superstitious about them. In an unidentified report, this home was described as having been built in the late 1700s, made of hewn logs with two floors and two huge fireplaces. The kitchen was as large as the main room. There was a front and back porch and was located on what is now Highway 167- the road from Monticello to Cooper in Wayne County."
The author also quotes a lady saying that Thomas Isbell was "perhaps the handsomest man (she) ever met -- and the meanest." He is an old man in the only known surviving photo.

Thomas Isbell was the fourth-great-grandfather of Jeffrey Dean Isbell, known as "Izzy Stradlin" of the Guns N Roses band.
He was also a second cousin of Levi Isbell (1770-1850), the 5th-great-grandfather of singer/songwriter Jason Isbell.
He was also a grand-nephew of Zachariah Isbell (1726-1799), 5th-great-grandfather of Roy Acuff (1903-1992), once called the "King of Country Music."

1 John Isbell (England to Gloucester County, Virginia by 1664), presumptive father of
2 William Isbell of Isbell Spring, St. John's Parish, King William County; father of Henry, William Jr., John
+ wife unknown; next door to Enfield Plantation
3 Henry Isbell b.c1690 of Orange Co.; constable of Caroline Co., d. c1760
+ daughter of "James Cox, Gent.," d c1739 St. Mark's Parish, Orange Co. (July 25, 1733; Spots Orders, 7 Aug, p.240) & wife Elizabeth
4 Henry Isbell Jr.
+ Hannah
5 Capt. Godfrey Isbell born c1750-1816 (VA, NC,SC,TN,KY,MS AL)
+ Hannah (Clark?)
6 Thomas Isbell 1784-1962
+ (4th Wife) Sarah (Sally) Calhoun
7 William K. Isbell born 1842 - 1930
+Sarah A. Southerland 1839 - 1912
8 William Isaac Isbell 1864 - 1928
+1 Mary Murphy
9 Thomas William Isbell 1887 - 1954
+1 Wilhelmina Elizabeth Zipp 1889 - 1977
10 Ralph Thomas Isbell Sr 1911 - 1968
+Elizabeth Adeline Barton 1916 - 1990
9 Richard Clyde Isbell
+Sonja LaVern Reagan
10 Jeffrey Dean Isbell (Izzy Stradlin) 1962 -
+Annica Kreuter 1970 -

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  • Created by: Ray Isbell
  • Added: 19 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102379287
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Isbell (1784–1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102379287, citing Isbell Cemetery, Wayne County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .