Ives Family

Source: Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY, William Richard Cutter, A. M., Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1910, pages 193-198

IVES. The surname Ives is derived from the name McIver or Ives, Gaelic, meaning chief or leader, and the family in England doubtless takes its name from St. Ives, county Huntington, England, or some other locality, though it may have been adopted from a personal name, as many other surnames have been. John Ives, of the Manor Woodhos, in Orington, Norfolk, left his estate of his son Thomas, then less than twenty years old. The father died October 23, 1568.

(I) Captain William Ives, believed to have been of the county Norfolk family, was born in England; he came to Boston in the ship "True Love" in 1635. In 1639 he located at New Haven, Connecticut, his name appearing in the civil compact dated June 4, 1639, and in the allotment to the first settlers. He and his wife had seats in the meeting house at New Haven in 1646. Children: 1. John, married, in 1677, Hannah Merriam. 2. Captain Joseph, mentioned back. Perhaps others.

(II) Captain Joseph Ives, son of Captain William Ives, was born about 1650. He married, January 2, 1672, Mary Yale. The history of Wallingford, Connecticut, gives the following children of "John" and Mary (John married Hannah and the children should be credited to Joseph and Mary): 1. John, born November, 1669; died 1738, at Meriden. 2. Hannah, married Joseph Benham. 3. Deacon Joseph, mentioned below. 4. Gideon, of Wallingford, married, February 20, 1706, Mary Royce. 5. Nathaniel, born May 3, 1677. 6. Ebenezer. 7. Samuel, June 5, 1686. 8. Benjamin, November 22, 1689.

(III) Deacon Joseph (2), son of Captain Joseph (1) Ives, was born October 14, 1674. He married, May 11, 1697, Esther Benedict. He married (second) June 13, 1733, Mamre Munson. They lived in the southwest part of Wallingford. Children: 1. Thomas, May 30 1698. 2. Elizabeth, February 6, 1700. 3. Hannah, October 13, 1701. 4. Abigail August 27, 1704. 5. Esther, January 17, 1706. 6. Joseph, December 10, 1709; mentioned below. 7. Phineas, April 8, 1711. 8. Nathaniel, January 15, 1714. 9. Ephraim, January 4, 11717. 10. Dinah, April 4, 1721.

(IV) Joseph (3), son of Deacon Joseph (2) Ives, was born at Wallingford, December 10, 1709. His will, dated October 11, 1765, gave certain property to his eldest son Joseph and his sword to Stephen.

(V) Joseph (4), son of Joseph (3) Ives, was born in Wallingford in 1737. He settled in Claremont, New Hampshire where he was town clerk and highway surveyor and held a prominent position in the community. He was in Claremont as early as 1767, and died there in 1786. He was a soldier in the Revolution and served in the campaign against Ticonderoga as a private. He was afterward lieutenant of minutemen and later captain. He signed the association test, May 30, 1776, and was selectman in 1776. A descendant, John Ives, of Red Wing, Minnesota, had in his possession a number of papers of Joseph Ives and a copy of his father's will. Among these papers was a petition to the selectmen of Claremont dated March 20, 1778, signed by Abigail Stone, in which she states: " My husband is engaged in the service of the United States of American," and that she has a large family of children which she is unable to support on account of the high prices of provisions, etc.--"by reason of all the necessaries of life being sold at such an extravagant price." She requests the selectmen "to see if the town will find some way for me to obtain the necessaries of life to support my family at the price they were when my husband engaged in the service." the trouble was due to the depreciation of the currency and many attempts were made to compensate the solders and their families for the hardship resulting from the decline in value of Continental money. Prices were regulated by law; additional money was voted the soldiers, but the suffering was universal. This woman was supporting her family by her own labor while her husband was in the army and she confesses in the petition; "I am unable to support them much longer at this rate." This letter is now in the possession of Gideon S. Ives, of St. Paul, Minnesota. He has also deeds of land at Wallingford and the letter appointing Joseph lieutenant signed by Samuel Stevens December, 177-. Children: 1. Mary, born July 1, 1763, in Wallingford. 2. John M., mentioned below. 3. Mamre (twin of John), November 14, 1767. 4. Stephen, July 31, 1771. 5. David, March 23, 1773. 6. Elizabeth, January 29, 1775. 7. David, July 18, 1778.

(VI) John M., son of Captain Joseph (4) Ives, was born in Wallingford, November 14, 1767, and was taken to the new home at Claremont when an infant. He married, September 30, 1792, Mary Thomas. Among their children were: 1. Warren, mentioned below. 2. John. 3. Frank.

(VII) Warren, son of John M. Ives, was born in Claremont in 1799; died in Dickinson, Franklin County, New York, 1861. He was educated in the district schools of his native town. In 1829 he removed to northern New York. He was a lawyer and for thirteen years supervisor of the town of Dickinson, and of high standing and great influence in the community. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He married Louisa Buxton Ladd, of Newbury, born august 4, 1803, died 1872, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Ring) Ladd (see Ladd VI). Children: 1. Frederick. 2. Frank. 3. Adeline. 4. Alma. 5. Charlotte. 6. John. 7. Warren. 8. Martin Van Buren, mentioned below. 9. Hallan L. 10. Gideon S., who is an attorney at law at St. Paul, Minnesota; was lieutenant-governor of the state, two terms; furnished much of the data for this genealogy.

(VIII) Hon, Martin Van Buren, son of Warren Ives, was born in Dickinson Center, Franklin County, New York, November 20, 1840. He received his early education in the common and select schools of his native place. When he was twenty-one he started to learn the trade of carpenter and joiner, and he followed it for a number of years. He enlisted July 1, 1862, in the Forty-seventh Regiment, New York Volunteers, and served two years and ten months in the Civil War, taking part in the battles of Olustee, Florida, at Drury's Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and both attacks on Fort Fisher. When his term of enlistment expired he located at Potsdam, New York, where his mother was then living, and conducted a book and stationery store. He also had a profitable business in western railroad tickets for the Rome, Western & Ogdensburg Railroad Company. He retired from this business in 1886. In 1882 he and his brother erected one of the finest business buildings in Potsdam, known as the Ives Block, and in 1890, in partnership with his brother, H. L. Ives, he erected a new Ives Block of marble, one of the finest business structures in the county. He has been active in public life and honored with many offices of trust and responsibility. When he was but twenty-one he was elected constable. For a number of years he was assessor of the village, and in 1893 was elected supervisor of the town by a large majority. He was appointed by Governor Roswell P. Flower in 1893 trustee of the New York Agricultural Station at Geneva. In politics he is a Republican of large influence. He represented his distinct in the state assembly in 1896-99. He is one of the leading farmers of this section, and owns the Higly Falls Farm, on which is located one of the best water-power privileges in the state, and one time owned large orange groves in Florida. He has been president of the St. Regis Valley Horticultural and Agricultural Society, and is one of the best known and most highly esteemed men of this section, especially in the agricultural sections. He has been president of the Racquette Club, and is trustee of the Ray Brook Sanitarium at Saranac Lake, New York. A lover of nature and an entertaining writer, he published in 1890 a book entitled "Through the Aidondacks," which has given a national reputation.

He married, in 1866, Sarah, daughter of Seth Benson, of Potsdam, and they have one child, Hallie S., born November 26, 1879.

(The Ladd Line).

Like so many prominent English families the ancestry of the Ladd family is traced to the Norman Conquest. The first Ladds or Ladd came to England with William of Normandy, and settled in Kent county, where they had a grant of land about eight miles from Dover--Downes. The remote ancestors in England followed the sea and were fisherman.

(I) Daniel Ladd, immigrant ancestor of the American branch, took the oath required of those leaving for New England, march 24, 1633-34, and sailed in the ship "Mary and John" of London, Robert Sayres, master. He settled, first, at Ipswich, Massachusetts,, where, February 5, 1637, he had granted to him a six-acre house lot, on which he built a dwelling house. He sold this homestead eleven years later to Henry Kingsbury. It was on High Street, adjoining William Payne's. He went to Salisbury, Massachusetts, where he was granted an acre for a house lot between lots of John Ayer and Robert Fitts, and a planting lot of four acres between lots of John Gough and William Allen, on the highway leading to the mill. From time to time he drew lots there, s the common lands were divided among the proprietors. Finally, he removed to Haverhill, Massachusetts, among the first settlers, and must be reckoned as one of the founders of that town. His house lot was between that of Robert Clements and Henry Savage, and he had many and extensive grants later. In 1650 he and Theophilus Shatwell erected a sawmill on Spioket River, in which is now Salem, New Hampshire, the first mill on that stream. For the monopoly of this mill business they paid the town five pounds a year. In 1668 he was one of the selectmen; in 1683 he was opposed to the movement to build a new meeting house. He was a farmer by occupation. In 1675 he was on a committee with Peter Ayer and Thomas Whittier to determine which should be garrisoned. Hill will was dated January 30, 1692-93, but for some unknown reason was not proved and his son Daniel was appointed administrator, January 9, 1694. He married Ann ---------, who died February 9, 1694. He died at Haverhill, July 27, 1693. He held the rank of lieutenant in the military company. Children: 1. Elizabeth, born November 1, 1640, at Salisbury. 2. Daniel, July 26, 1642. 3. Lydia, April 8, 1645. 4. Mary, February 14, 1646, in Haverhill. 5. Samuel mentioned below. 6. Nathaniel, March 10, 1651. 7. Ezekiel, September 16, 1654. 8. Sarah, November 4, 1657.

(II) Samuel second son and fifth child of Daniel and Ann Ladd, lived in the west parish of Haverhill, and his house stood on the site of the present church there. Chase's "History of Haverhill" says: "Feb. 22d, 1698, this Samuel Ladd, with his son Joseph, who lived in the western part of the town, had started that morning with their teams, consisting of a yoke of oxen and a horse each, to bring home some hay which had been cut and stacked the preceding summer in their meadow in the extreme western part of the town. While they were slowly returning, little dreaming of present danger they suddenly found themselves between two files of Indians, who had concealed themselves in the bushes on each side of their path. There were seven on them on each side, with guns presented and cocked, and the father seeing that it was impossible to escape, begged for quarter. To this the Indians replied, "boon quarter, boon quarter" (Good quarter). Young Ladd, who did not relish being taken prisoner, told his father that he would mount the horse and endeavor to escape, but the old man forbade him to make the attempt, telling him it was better to risk remaining a prisoner. He cut his father's hose loose, however, and giving him the lash the horse started off at full speed, and though repeatedly fired at by the Indians, succeeded in reaching home and was the means of giving an immediate and general alarm. Two of the Indians then stepped behind the fathers and dealt them a heavy blow upon the head. Mr. Haynes, who was quite aged, instantly fell, but Ladd did not. Another of the savages then stepped before the latter and raised his hatchet as if to strike. Ladd closed his eyes, expecting the blow would fall, but it came not, and when he again opened his eyes, he saw the Indian laughing and mocking at his fears. Another immediately stepped behind him and felled him at a blow. The Indians, on being asked why they had killed the old man, said they killed Haynes because "he was so old he no go with us," meaning that he was too aged and infirm to travel; and that they had killed Ladd, who was a fierce, stern-looking man, because "he so sour." Thus it was that Samuel Ladd died February 22, 1698. His wife, Martha Corliss, whom he married December 1, 1674, was a daughter of George Corliss, and she bore her husband ten children: 1. Daniel, November 19, 1676. 2. Lydia, September 25, 1679. 3. Samuel, May 22, 1682. 4. Nathaniel, September 9, 1684. 5. Ezekiel, February 14, 1686. 6. Jonathan, April 13, 1689. 7. David, April 13, 1689. 8. Abigail, September 29, 1691. 9. John, June 22, 1694. 10. Joseph, May 16, 1697.

(III) Daniel (2), eldest child and son of Samuel and Martha (Corliss) Ladd, was born November 19, 1676, died June 15, 1751. At the time his father was killed by the Indians he was made prisoner by them and carried to Penacock, New Hampshire. His first attempt to escape was defeated through his indiscretion of trying to secure a hatchet from a wigwam in which was a sick squaw, and after that he was bound hand and foot, laid on his back, with one foot tied to a tree, and kept in that manner fourteen days. His face, too, was gashed and powder was put in the wounds, making a permanent discoloration. He was kept a prisoner some years, but eventually escaped, and returned to his home in Haverhill. He married, November 17, 1701, Susannah Hartshorn, of Rowley. She died June 22, 1750. They had children; 1. Mary, born August 6, 1702. 2. Susannah, May 10, 1704. 3. Samuel, April 20, 1709. 4. Daniel, November 15, 1710, mentioned below. 5. Ruth, May 11, 1712. 6. John, February 1, 1717.

(IV) Daniel (3), fourth child and second son of Daniel (2) and Susannah (Hartshorn) Ladd, was born November 15, 1710. He married Mehitable Roberts, September 20, 1733, and by her had twelve children: 1. Susannah, born July 7, 1734. 2. Asa, march 10, 1736. 3. Ezekiel, mentioned below. 4. Daniel April 27, 1740. 5. Mehitable, February 11, 1742. 6. Samuel, November 9, 1744. 7. John, April 17, 1746. 8. David, July 8, 1748. 9. Abigail, July 27, 1750. 10. James, April 10, 1752. 11. Ruth, October 10, 1757. 12. Jonathan, December 10, 1760.

(V) Ezekiel, son of Daniel (3) Ladd, was born April 10, 1739, died July 12, 1818. He was one of the early settlers and leading citizens of Haverhill, New Hampshire, and held various offices of trust and responsibility. His bride, coming from a home of some wealth and refinement to the rough settlement at Haverhill, wore her wedding silk dress and stockings and shoes to church when she appeared for the first time. So impressive were her clothes, however, that none of the women approached or spoke to her for fear of her finery. Learning her lesson thus, she came next Sunday in a simple linen dress and found no difficulty in meeting and making friends wit her neighbors. Ladd was familiarly known as "Judge" for many years on account of his office as judge of the court of sessions. He was a tavern keeper and owned a tannery; was town treasurer, selectman. He married, in 1760, Ruth Hutchins, who died July 8, 1817. The family was related to the Websters of the neighboring town of Salisbury, New Hampshire, to which Daniel Webster belonged. Children, born at Haverhill, New Hampshire: 1. Abiah, January 21, 1761. 2. Joseph, December 15, 1764; mentioned below. 3. Molly, February 14, 1766. 4. Ezekiel, May 18, 1768. 5. Hannah, May 3, 1772. 6. Abigail, May 27, 1774. 7. Moody, December 15, 1777. 8. James, July 6, 1782.

(VI) Joseph, son of Ezekiel Ladd, was born December 15, 1764; died December 21, 1836. He was educated in the public schools and was for many years a prosperous merchant. He was a town clerk in 1799-1800--03-05-06. He married Sarah Ring, who died March 8, 1851. Children, born at Haverhill: 1. Pamela, June 27, 1786. 2. Lavinia, September 18, 1787. 3. Joseph, May 20, 1789. 4. Otis Freeman, February 23, 1791. 5. Persis, January 11, 1793. 6. Lewis, August 1, 1794. 7. Sally, June 17, 1796. 8. Amasa Scott, March 17, 1799. 9. William Hutchins, July 4, 1801. 10. Louisa B., August 4, 1803; married Warren Ives (see Ives VII). 11. Peabody Webster, August 18, 1809. 12. Charlotte, August 18, 1814.