A few decades ago, I devoted a fair amount of work to develop tops-down genealogies of several Ivey immigrants in an effort to determine the ancestry of my own Ivey ancestor. I was unable to connect my Robert Ivey of North Carolina to any earlier generation. But I collected a great deal of material on 17th and 18th century Ivey families in Virginia and North Carolina. Along the way I discovered a number of errors in published genealogies, which are corrected in the papers below. Although this family is not particularly significant to my own lineage, it has fascinated me because there is so much misinformation published about it.
Four Ivey Immigrant Lines in 17th Century Virginia
There appear to be four principal Ivey immigrants to colonial Virginia who left descendants:
- Thomas Ivey (ca1603-1655) — a paper on Thomas Ivey and Ann Argent, 1637 immigrants to Lower Norfolk County, Virginia and Descendants of Thomas Ivey, a paper on the first few generations of his descendants.
- Thomas Vicesimus Ivey (ca1625 -1684) — a paper on another immigrant to Lower Norfolk and Princess Anne counties, Virginia and the first few generations of his descendants in Virginia, Maryland, and perhaps North Carolina. Contrary to many published reports, he was almost certainly not the son of the above Thomas Ivey.
- Adam Ivey (ca1640 – 1696) of Charles City and Prince George Counties. A paper on a third immigrant, this one to Charles City County by 1677, and the first four or five generations of his descendants, mainly in Virginia and North Carolina. (This is a large file — an 83 page “electronic book”.)
- John Ivey (c1650s-1693) of Lower Norfolk County A third immigrant to Lower Norfolk County, and the first few generations of his descendants.
Some Additional Information
- Other Ivey immigrants to Virginia, Maryland, and New England prior to the Revolution.
- Some Notes on Published Ivey Genealogies — comments on the published Ivey genealogies, and a note on the name “Ivey”.
- A list of Virginia Colonial Patents to persons named Ivey and Ivy, all of whom are among the four families listed above.
Robert Ivey (c1730 – c1802) of North Carolina
My own line of Iveys appears to be unconnected to the immigrants to Virginia. Two participants in the Ivey-Ivy-Ivie DNA Project who are descended from two of Robert Ivey’s sons do not show a close relationship to descendants of any other Iveys in America or elsewhere.
Robert Ivey Sr. (c1730 – c1802) A research paper on my earliest certain Ivey ancestor, who first appears in Dobbs County (later Wayne and Lenoir), North Carolina. This paper includes several generations of his descendants through his children other than Robert Ivey Jr.
- Exploring the Origins of Robert Ivey Sr. The clues we have and what they might mean
- Robert Ivey Family — Combines all four files above into a 52-page “electronic book” which can be downloaded and/or printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Right-click on the link to download the book, or left-click to view or print it.
- Chronology of Ivey Records in Dobbs, Lenoir, Wayne, Duplin, and Bladen counties, North Carolina. This file is the raw data from which the paper on Robert Ivey Sr., and part of the Robert Ivey Jr. paper, was written, arranged in chronological order. This file contains some details not included in the papers above. Some references from Dobbs and Bladen County which do not apply to Robert Ivey are in the Bladen County references file in the section below.
- Setting the record straight on Robert Ivey’s Revolutionary War Service
John Ivey (c1730 – 1774) Family of Halifax County, North Carolina
He may have been related to the Robert Ivey above.
- Genealogy of the John Ivey family of Halifax County, NC
- Ivey Records of Halifax County 1762-1830 — chronologically- arranged records mentioning Iveys, from which the narrative genealogy above was extracted.
Iveys of Southeastern NC & Northeastern SC
- Iveys of Bladen County & Vicinity, covers mainly 18th century records of several possibly related Ivey families whose ancestry is undetermined: Thomas Ivey who settled in Bladen County, North Carolina by 1753; Adam Ivey who died in Edgecombe County 1762 and whose sons settled in Bladen County a few years later; and several other Iveys of the area who can’t be placed into either of those families. During the timeframe addressed, these Iveys appear in Bladen, Anson, Robeson and Richmond counties, North Carolina and across the border in Marion and Marlboro counties, South Carolina.
- A Chronology of Ivey Records in Bladen County & Vicinity 1746-1790 is included as a supplement to the above paper. As elsewhere on this website, this is a chronological arrangement of the raw data, with comments, from which I draft the family papers. This one is included because it might be useful to researchers pursuing the backgrounds of these families.
- A Bladen/Robeson-Anson/Richmond Area Map circa 1750-1800 is provided to help with the geography of the Chronology.
- North Carolina Colonial Grants to Iveys — mainly to people in these lines.
Miscellaneous Ivey Records
- Iveys of Jackson County, Alabama is a a set of basic records organized in an attempt to sort out the families of several Iveys who settled in Jackson County prior to 1830. These are notes with comments, not a genealogy.