I was just discussing with my son regarding the Ijams/Iams/Innes/I'ans etc.etc.etc.etc. mystery, and we both think that what needs to be done is to establish once and for all if Elisha Iams actually found a court document in which our common ancestor William declared himself to be the son of the Quartermaster (or Master of Ordinance, or whatever), or if he dreamed it up in an attempt to establish a royal connection for the Iams clan.Would it be possible for any interested Iams researchers to chip in to pay a professional genealogist in Maryland to go through Anne Arundel County court records (and probably state court records) for the late 1600's, and see if there is anything in there which lends credence to Elisha Iams' story?If a sufficient number of researchers were willing to "buy in" to such a plan, it wouldn't cost anyone all that much, and I (for one) would love to have a search done which would finally prove, or put to rest, this claim which has been haunting this forum ever since it started.
One place which might be a good place to start is in the Greene County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society Library, of Waynesburg PA.Elisha Iams was (like I am) a descendent of the branch of the Iams family which ended up in SW Pennsylvania, and allegedly (that word seems to come up a lot in Iams research, doesn't it?) he left all of his notes and research materials to the library when he died.If there _are_ any reference numbers -- volumes, book numbers, page numbers -- for the court document, that might be the place to find them.(Of course, if the document was a fabrication, then the whole search would be more or less in vain from the start, but at least we'd know that the document didn't exist.)
If anyone is interested in trying to put together something of this sort, email me...I'd be happy to coordinate the research.