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Isham Railey McConnell

Isham Railey McConnell

Male 1916 - 2002  (86 years)

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  • Name Isham Railey McConnell 
    Born 30 Jul 1916  Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Census 1920  Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 1930  Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Military 20 Oct 1942 to 7 Mar 1946  [3, 9
    He was in the Army as an engineer during World War II 
    Residence 1990  Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Wikipedia: Wikipedia on Isham Railey McConnell   [9
    History 2002  [11
    The following obituary was published in the Boston Globe.

    Isham R. McConnell, Architect Studied With Frank Lloyd Wright, 86

    Isham Railey McConnell, an architect who studied with the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright and later designed Wright-inspired homes in the suburbs west of Boston, Massachusetts, died in his Bedford, Massachusetts, home Saturday, October 26, 2002, at the age of 86.

    "Isham's year with Frank Lloyd Wright was to influence his architecture throughout his career," said his wife, the former Judith Lindau.

    Mr. McConnell focused almost entirely on building contemporary homes, most of them in Bedford, Lexington, Concord, and Sudbury. His wife said he felt each of his projects should be fresh and original. Each home or addition was designed to fit the natural landscape, using only natural materials, with a strong emphasis on lighting.

    Among his proudest works was the writing studio he built in Bethany, Connecticut, for his wife's brother-in-law, R.W.B. Lewis, the late Yale professor who received a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Edith Wharton. Lewis wrote the book in the studio that Mr. McConnell designed, an octagonal building reached from the main house by a catwalk.

    Mr. McConnell, whose family had deep roots in the South, was born and spent his youth in Versailles, Kentucky, where his family owned a
    large farm.

    His creative interests appeared early in his life. After dropping out of the University of Kentucky, he became a student in 1939 at Wright's now famous community of young aspiring architects, Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Later that year, he studied under Wright at Taliesin West, in Arizona.

    His wife said studying under Wright was the defining influence in her husband's professional life.

    Mr. McConnell served in the Pacific during World War II as an Army engineer, and moved to the Boston area in 1949 to earn his architecture degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He met his wife when they took the same class at MIT.

    He worked for several architectural firms in Boston before settling in Bedford in the late 1950s.

    In his later years, Mr. McConnell expanded his hobby of stamp collecting into a small business, corresponding with people all over the world.

    He was also well known for the Kentucky Derby party he threw annually at his rambling, book- lined Colonial farmhouse, connecting with his Southern roots by serving mint juleps to his friends and neighbors.

    "Isham had such a full engagement with life," said Maxwell King, the executive director of the Heinz Endowments, who had lived in a cottage on the McConnell farm as a young Harvard student. "He loved art and architecture and politics and newspapers, and he loved most of all to talk about all of it with his friends.

    "He was the most charming and entertaining dinner companion imaginable, and his passion for life and its pleasures was infectious."
     
    SSN 223-14-1038  [2, 5
    Died 26 Oct 2002  Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 12
    Buried Rural Glen Cemetery, Hubbardston, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Grave Marker of Isham and Judith McConnell
    Grave Marker of Isham and Judith McConnell
    When the photo was taken, Judith's death date had not been added.
    Person ID I642  Delvee Family | Spouse of a Delvee
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2017 

    Father John M. McConnell,   b. Abt 1877, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Louise S. Railey,   b. Abt 1878, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Yes, date unknown  [5
    Family ID F3014  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Judith Lindau,   b. 25 Apr 1925, Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 08 Jul 1957 
    Children 
     1. Julia McConnell,   b. 22 Aug 1966, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1992, Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Laurence Railey McConnell
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2014 
    Family ID F295  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jul 1916 - Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - He was recorded while living with his parents. - 1920 - Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - He was recorded while living with his parents. - 1930 - Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Address:
    97 North Rd - 1990 - Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Oct 2002 - Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rural Glen Cemetery, Hubbardston, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S805] Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services, Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003 , (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005).

    2. [S83] Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Benefit Records (SSDI), (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011).

    3. [S1040] U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011).

    4. [S572] Find a Grave web site, (Provo, Utah: Find A Grave, Inc.).
      Find A Grave Memorial# 135782625

    5. [S911] Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc).

    6. [S695] Kentucky Birth Index, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, (Ancestory.com ).

    7. [S710] 1920 U.S. Federal Census - Kentucky, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010).
      Year: 1920; Census Place: Versailles, Woodford, Kentucky; Roll: T625_601; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 169; Image: 992

    8. [S1079] 1930 U.S. Federal Census - Kentucky, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002).
      Year: 1930; Census Place: Versailles, Woodford, Kentucky; Roll: 780; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 901.0; FHL microfilm: 2340515

    9. [S705] Wikipedia , (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page).
      Isham Railey McConnell

    10. [S500] U.S. Public Records Index, Ancestory.com, (Online www.ancestory.com, Ancestory.com. Provo, Utah. 2005).

    11. [S1080] Obituary of Isham R. McConnell, (Boston: The Boston Globe, 2002).

    12. [S388] Delvee Historian. Delvee Family Records 1887 - 1988, (Warwick, Massachusetts: manuscript, 1988).