Good to hear from you, too. My dad was quite active in genealogical research, there is also a relative quite into researching the Ison line who is still up in Idaho. I'm trying to find her. My grandfather was John Melvin Ison. Born in Moon, Morgan, Kentucky on 8 June 1891. He was the son of Archa (Archibald) Ison who was born 21 Mar 1863 in Moon, Morgan, Kentucky. Archa was the son of Hamilton Ison on 31 July 1834 in Moon, Morgan, Kentucky. Hamilton was the son of Isaac Ison born 1806/1812 in Virginia married in Kentucky to Amelia (Anna) Hamilton. His father was Archibald born 1780 in Scott County, VA. It then goes Charles - John - John Sr - Gideon.
That's all I have. My dad dreamed of going and spending a few weeks there in Eastern Kentucky, but unfortunately never did. I would love to see the hills grandpa always talked about and never returned to. He and his family converted to the LDS church (Mormon) in 1898, and was forced out of Kentucky within a few months. There was homesteading land available in Idaho, so his parent's decided it would be a good place for them. He became a school teacher / farmer, and spent the rest of his life there. As far as I know, other than trips to Utah (where I live) and California (where my uncle lived) he never left Idaho. The tradition of Gideon came from him and his siblings from the annual Ison family reunions. However, He never specified to me, anyway, that Gideon was a Lord, but was definitely of the peerage / landowner set. He stated that John Sr. was the youngest of 3 sons, and married below his station, incurring the wrath of the family and was "exiled" - sent to the new world for his indiscretion.
The information you have from Charles up is probably more complete than mine (Dad always thought the key to the gen. puzzle was there in Isonville). I look forward to communicating more with you.