Samuel and Anna Hall
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Ives Family
. . . of Connecticut and New York

William Ives, Colonist (1607-1648)

Born about 1607 in England, died 1648, New Haven, Connecticut.
Married Hannah [possibly Hannah Dickerman, daughter of Thomas D. Dickerman and Eleanor Whittington, b. 1622, d. 1665]. Her second husband was William Bassett (m. Nov. 7, 1648).

William Ives sailed from England in the ship "True Love" in 1635, landing at Boston. He is listed in the "Original Lists of Persons of Quality, 1600-1700," as "Wm. Joes," age 28, transported to New England on TrueLove, Sept. 1635.1 Genealogist Arthur Coon Ives has explained that early copyists frequently misspelled the name Ives, and that the letters "v" and "u" were used interchangeably.2 It is generally assumed that William came from the Norfolk, England Ives family. He lived for a time near Watertown, Massachusetts, and then joined the Davenport Company, a group of Puritans led by Rev. John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton. They left Boston Harbor on March 30, 1638 in search of a location for a new colony, finally landing at what is now New Haven, where the Quinnipiac River meets the Sound. They held their first Sabbath observance under an oak tree at the harbor on April 15, 1638. "Will Eues" was among 63 planters of the group. A 1641 map apparently shows the 18 acres assigned to William Ives in the new colony.3 The group purchased the land for the colony from the Indians, and supposedly lived in peace with the Indians for quite a while. The census of the colony in 1639 indicates that William had married "Hannah" by that time.4 In a church roll of 1641, William was listed as #69, and in 1646 Hannah was listed as #149.5 At a General Court held on March 10, 1646 to designate seats in the meetinghouse (men and women on separate sides), "Willm Ives" and "Sister Iues" were listed.6 William died at New Haven in 1648, leaving a widow and four children. His widow remarried to William Bassett on November 7, 1648.7

  1. Phebe, bapt. Oct. 2, 1642; m. 1) Joseph Potter; m. 2) John Rose.8
  2. John, bapt. Dec. 29, 1644, d. 1682; m. Hannah Merriman on Nov. 12, 1668. She was daughter of Nathaniel and Joan (Lines) Merriman. Her second husband was Joseph Benham (Aug 17, 1682).9
  3. Daughter (Martha?)
  4. Joseph, b. about 1648, d. Nov. 17, 1694; m. Mary Yale on Jan. 2, 1672.10

John Ives (1644-1682) and Hannah Merriman

John was baptized December 29, 1644 in the New Haven colony. When he was about 23 (1667), the New Haven colonists voted to create a new village on the East River, and their request was granted by the "General Courte" at Hartford. On January 31, 1668, 39 colonists, including John and his brother Joseph Ives, signed a covenant to settle in the new village by "next May."11 The new village was Wallingford. John Ives and Hannah Merriman were married on November 12, 1668. [Hannah was born May 16, 1651 in New Haven.] They left New Haven and settled in Wallingford at "North Farms".12 John was a farmer. In the new village, each planter was required to help build the community. Decisions were made by a majority vote, with guidance from the Bible and Church. The first homes built were log cabins with thatched roofs, and later frame buildings of white oak. John died in about 1682 (age 38), leaving five children, the youngest of whom was only a baby. Hannah remarried to Joseph Benham in the same year.

  1. John, b. Nov. 14, 1669, d. Apr. 15, 1747; m. Mary Gillet on Dec. 6, 1693.13
  2. Hannah, b. about 1672, d. May 29, 1715; m. Samuel Cook on March 3, 1692.14
  3. Joseph, b. Oct. 14, 1674, d. May 18, 1755; m. Esther Benedict on May 11, 1697.15
  4. Nathaniel, b. May 31, 1677, d. Nov. 6, 1711; m. Mary Cook on Apr. 5, 1699.16
  5. Gideon, b. about 1680, d. Feb. 6, 1767 (age 87); m. 1) Mary Royce, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Porter) Royce, on Feb. 20, 1706; m. 2) Elizabeth, widow Cornwall, on May 10, 1743.17

Gideon Ives (1680-1767) and Mary Royce

Gideon, born about 1680 in Wallingford, was only a baby when his father died. He was raised by his mother Hannah and stepfather Joseph Benham. In 1706, Gideon married Mary Royce, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Porter) Royce,18 and great-granddaughter of Robert Royce, a colonist in Massachusetts, pioneer at Stratford, Connecticut, and prominent man of New London.19 [Mary b. January 12, 1686, d. October 15, 1742.20 ] Gideon and Mary, and Gideon's brother John, lived at North Farms, Wallingford. Having borne twelve children, Mary died October, 15, 1742, at age 56.21 It is likely that by the time of his second marriage to the Elizabeth Cornwall in 1743, Gideon had given his North Farms property to his son Gideon and moved to Wallingford Village.22 Gideon died in 1767 and was buried in the Center Street Cemetery, Wallingford.

  1. Elnathan, b. Sep. 22, 1706, d. 1777; m. Abigail Frisbie on May 7, 1730.
  2. Sarah, b. Sep. 9, 1708, d. Nov. 29, 1760; m. John Hull on June 21, 1727.
  3. Jotham, b. Sep. 26, 1710, d. Sep. 2, 1753 (age 43); m. Abigail Burroughs, daughter of Edward and Abigail (Hudson) Burroughs, on Feb. 28, 1736.
  4. Amasa, b. Aug. 24, 1712, d. Sep. 1, 1715.
  5. Rhoda, b. Dec. 2, 1714; m. Immer Judd on Dec. 25, 1740.
  6. Martha, b Aug. 10, 1716; m. 1) Ralph Parker on Dec. 24, 1740; m. 2) Jonathan Blakeslee on Nov. 15, 1759.
  7. Amasa, b. Nov. 15, 1718, d. Sep 30, 1742.
  8. Gideon, b. Sep. 24, 1720, d. Jan. 31, 1777; m. Eunice Tuttle on Oct. 17, 1745.
  9. Joel, b. Jan. 13, 1723, d. Dec. 31, 1795; m. 1) Rebecca Merriam on Feb. 10, 1747; m. 2) Experience Royce on Dec. 27, 1752; m. 3) Hannah Atwater on Nov. 4, 1762.
  10. Mary, b. Dec. 16, 1724, d. May 14, 1776; m. Moses Mitchell on Apr. 11, 1745.
  11. Susanna, b. May 26, 1727; m. Elias Roberts on July 26, 1746.
  12. Esther, b. Oct. 14, 1729; m. Ambrose Tuttle on May 31, 1748.

Jotham Ives (1710-1753) and Abigail Burroughs

Jotham was born in Wallingford in 1710; Abigail was born in Stratford, Connecticut May 31, 1715. She and Jotham married in 1736 when she was 21 years old. Jotham and Abigail settled on a farm in Cheshire. Their farm was on a beautiful site overlooking the "hanging hills."23 Jotham died at the young age of 42 at his home in Cheshire, leaving a widow and six children, one just an infant. He is buried in the Congregational Church Cemetery, Cheshire, Connecticut.24 Most of his children settled in Cheshire and were farmers. Jotham's property passed to his oldest son Zachariah.25

  1. Zachariah, b. Jan. 31, 1737/8, d. Mar. 9, 1815; m. Lois Harrison on Jan. 15, 1761.
  2. Abigail, b. Oct. 10, 1739, d. July 28, 1827; m. Amos Doolittle on Apr. 4, 1760.
  3. Amasa, b. Feb. 7, 1742/3
  4. Jotham, b. Aug. 20, 1745 (twin), bapt. 1745, d. Apr. 1, 1825; m. 1) Anna Foster on May 10, 1769; m. 2) Lydia Mix, daughter of Samuel and Lydia (Todd) Mix, on Sep. 28, 1796.
  5. Abner, b. Aug. 20, 1745 (twin), d. Oct. 8, 1801; m. Anna Ferguson on May 11, 1768.
  6. Chauncey, b. Nov. 20, 1748, d. Dec. 1748.
  7. Sarah, b. Apr. 14, 1752.

Jotham Ives (1745-1825) and Anna Foster

Jotham was born in Cheshire in 1745 but moved to Torrington, Litchfield county about 1768 and was a farmer. He married Anna in 1769. [Anna was born Aug. 14, 1747 in Torrington, daughter of Thomas Foster.26] Jotham was a Revolutionary War soldier. He enlisted under Captain Moses Seymour, Col. Dudley Sargeant's Division, from October 25 to December 26, 1776.27 He may also have served as a private in Captain Nathaniel Bunnell's company, 5th battalion, Wardsworth's Brigade, in 1776.28 Anna died at age 48 (Feb. 22, 1795), and in 1796, Jotham remarried to Lydia Mix. Jotham died in 1825, and Lydia survived him until 1832. Jotham and Anna are buried together in Torrington.29 30

  1. Joel, b. May 13, 1770, d. 1804 of yellow fever along with most of his family, Brookfield, NY; m. Anna Goodwin31
    i) Julia (1796-1885), m. Marvin Scott
    ii) Lucy (1802-1844), m. Benjamin Maxson, lived at Hounsfield, NY, neighbors of Ira Hall. Children: Sophia m. Jay Dimmick of Hounsfield; Rufus Leonard, m. Azelia Warren & Sarah Baker Hall (widow of Hiram Hall).
  2. Anna, b. Sep. 26, 1773 in Torrington, bapt. Oct. 1, 1775, d. Aug. 1859; m. Samuel Hall.32 (See Samuel Hall)
  3. Lucy, b. 1775, bapt. Oct. 1, 1775; m. Nathan Phelps.33
  4. Jotham, b. June 8, 1777 in Torrington, d. Apr. 5, 1841 in Watertown, NY; m. Amy Scott.34
    i) Amanda (1802-), m. Henry White, Caleb Blodgett.
    ii) Garrett (1806-1889), m. Lorinda Lamon, Louisa Reed, Eliza Stewart, lived in Watertown.
    iii) Amy Ann (1816-1831)
  5. Titus, b. Oct. 6, 1778, Feb. 12, 1847 in Watertown, NY; m. Polly Phelps.35
    i) Willard (1806-1896), m. Charlotte Winslow, Lucina M. Eddy.
  6. Erastus, b. Nov. 2, 1780, d. Sep. 3, 1828 in Watertown, NY; m. Lucy Paine.36
    i) Joel (1806-1871), m. Mary Ingalls, Sarah Dodge.
    ii) Jerome (1810-1877), m. Chloe Holloway
    iii) Julia (1817-), m. John Pack
    iv) Henry (1820-1867), m. Chloe Horr, Margaret M. Steward

After the Revolutionary War, several of the children of Jotham and Anna Ives moved to central and upstate New York, where land was being opened up for sale. Joel Ives and his cousin went to what is now Bridgewater (Oneida County) in 1789 and purchased land on the Unadilla River in 1794. Joel settled in the corner of the town of Brookfield (Madison County), very near Bridgewater. Sadly, he and most of his family died when a yellow fever epidemic swept through the area in 1804.37 Anna Ives married Samuel Hall and they also settled in Brookfield, a couple of miles south of Bridgewater. (See Samuel Hall) Jotham, Titus, and Erastus were pioneers in Jefferson County, New York, first arriving there in 1799-1801. The three brothers went together to Jefferson County and built a log cabin in what would become Watertown.38 Jotham became a large land owner, fought in the War of 1812, and was prominent in the county.39


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  28. Lineage application of Mrs. Alice Phelps Arnold, D.A.R. Lineage Books, Vol. 55, p. 267 [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.Com, 2000.
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