Ivy Family

Isham Ivy, Jr.

The Ivys of Burke descend from Isham and Lavinia Ivy, Jr., who lived in Bladen (later Robeson) County, North Carolina. The Ivys may have moved to Alabama before settling in Clarke County, Mississippi.

Benjamin Franklin Ivy

Isham's son, Benjamin Franklin Ivy (1832-1895) was born either in Alabama or Mississippi, and he lived in Clarke County, Mississippi in 1850. He came to Newton County, Texas about 1855. In 1857 he married Nancy Fuller (1836-1907), a daughter of Seaborn J. and Sarah Fuller in Newton County. Benjamin and Nancy had 6 children:

The first three children were born in Newton County.

Both Benjamin and Nancy are buried at Ryan Chapel Cemetery.

Jeff and Josie Ivy

Jeff and Josephine Ivy

John Jefferson "Jeff" married Josephine Smith Ivy in Angelina County. She was a daughter of Joseph Smith. Their children were:

Josephine Smith's parents were Joseph Smith (1805), a Mississippi native, and Mary Elizabeth Brooks (1836), a Georgia native. Josephine's siblings were Amanda (1865); John R. (1867),who married Jeff's sister Emma; and Sarah W. (1873).

Josie was very short while Jeff was quite tall. Josie lost her eyesight just as her father had before her, and she was lovingly called "blind grandma" as well as "redheaded grandma." Both Jeff and Josie are buried at Ryan Chapel Cemetery.

Will and Almedia Ivy

William T. (Will) married Almedia "Medy" Parker. Will was a well-known fiddler in the Burke area. Their children were:

Medy lived along for many years in a small house north of Burke. She often sat on her front porch in a straight chair, and whe was not often seen without her bonnet. She was a sister to Missouri McGinnis, Victoria "Vickie" Brezeale, and Laura Rogers of Hoshall.

Sources:

  1. 1900 Census, Angelina Co., Texas, Precinct 4, Page 9, Dwelling 84 ( William M. Ivy)
  2. 1900 Census, Angelina Co., Texas, Precinct 4, Page 9, Dwelling 85 ( Jeff J. Ivy)
  3. 1910 Census, Angelina Co., Texas, Precinct 4, Page 10. Dwelling 84 (John J. Ivy)
  4. 1910 Census, Angelina Co., Texas, Precinct 4, Page 10. Dwelling 87 (William Ivy)
  5. 1930 Census, Angelina Co., Texas, Precinct 4, Page 7, Dwelling 88 (Jeff Ivy)
  6. 1930 Census, Angelina Co., Texas, Precinct 4, Page 108, Dwelling 88 (Willie Ivy)
  7. Jane Ivy Perry, Personal Recollections
  8. M. Lee Murrah, Personal Recollections