This posting is written in hopes of identifying the origins of Mary Ann IVEY REDDICK, born circa 1790 and died November 3, 1868 - who lived out her adult, married life in adjacent areas of Screven and Burke Counties, Georgia.
I am the ggg-grandson of Mary Ann IVEY, who married John REDDICK (my ggg-grandfather) in 1809. They are the parents of my gg-grandfather Nicholas REDDICK, their second child (born 1812 & died 1883). They both seem to have been born circa 1790. They appear to have lived on the land of John's father Nicholas REDDICK (my gggg-grandfather) until 1811, when the brother-in-law of John inherited (John's sister Lydia seems to have pre-deceased her father and was survived by her husband Eli Parker) half of the Nicholas REDDICK estate and sold it. At that point, John and Mary Ann also sold their half of Nicholas' land. That land of Nicholas was adjacent to the millpond of Francis PARRIS (also PARIS), on Brier Creek, in Screven County, Georgia. John and Mary Ann then appear to have lived in the southernmost portion of Burke County, between Sardis and Hiltonia, alongside or near to the path of the old Quaker Road. The membership list for Beech Branch Church (present-day Sardis Baptist Church) from 1803 through 1845 lists Mary Ann REDDICK, her son Nicholas REDDICK, and her future daughter-in-law Nancy ROYAL (wife of Nicholas) as members of that congregation.
I do not know for certain who Mary Ann IVEY's parents were. I suspect that Robert IVEY, Sr. and Mary ROWAN IVEY -might- have beem Mary Ann's parents. Their 1785 grant for land was along Brier Creek, just a few miles downstream from those lands of Nicholas REDDICK and where John REDDICK grew up. Robert IVEY was initially granted and purchased his lands in what was then Effingham County, which was then divided and a portion of Effingham became a part of Screven County in 1793. So, Robert IVEY's land started out being in Effingham Co. and then was tranferred into Screven Co. upon its creation. A later deed that I found in Screven Co. includes both Robert's and Mary's names. I have digital photographs of land plats and deeds for those lands of Robert and Mary and for a Thomas REDDICK who later acquired those same lands that once belonged to Robert & Mary.
I have been examining all that I can find regarding this couple Robert and Mary ROWAN IVEY. Listed below are deeds and plats for Robert IVEY that I have so far found in the Effingham and Screven County courthouses. I can provide digital photographic copies of these deeds and plats to anyone requesting such copies.
In Effingham County (later Screven Co.), Georgia - on a loop of Brier Creek, Robert Ivey was granted 200 acres adjacent to a Brunson. The land grant was issued on December 6, 1784 and surveyed on January 6, 1785. This plat in recorded on page 106 of Plat Book A in the Effingham County courthouse. Because this land grant occurred on a bank of Brier Creek in then Effingham County, this tells us that the grant was on the Southwest bank of the creek between where Beaverdam Creek joins it and where it joins the Savannah River. This is because lands on both sides of Brier Creek above Beaverdam's mouth were in then Burke County, and because lands on the Northeast bank of Brier Creek down to its mouth at the river were all a part of then Burke County, whereas lands below the mouth of Beaverdam Creek and along its Southeast bank were in then Effingham County.
In Effingham County, Georgia - Robert Ivey was granted 50 acres of land on April 3, 1786 and had it surveyed on April 25, 1786. The recorded plat is found on page 201 of Plat Book A in the Effingham County courthouse. The plat shows that these 50 acres were bordered by by lands of Stephen Mills to the South and by lands vacant on all other sides. The recording of the plat notes that those lands to the South were the property of Robert Ivey. This fits well with the next entry.
In Effingham County, Georgia - Stephen Mills transferred to Robert Ivey a tract of 100 acres near the Great Ogeechee River on April 27, 1786. At the time of survey this land was bordered on all sides by lands vacant. This deed was witnessed by Justices of the Peace Theophilius Lunday and Noble Hudson. This deed indicates that Robert Ivey purchased these 100 acres adjacent to the 50 acres he had surveyed two days earlier, those 50 acres having been adjacent to the 100 acres of Stephen Mills.
One-third of then Effingham County became a portion of the newly formed Screven County in 1793 - which was formed from portions of Burke and Effingham Counties.
In Screven County, Georgia - Robert Ivey transferred to Abraham Hunter a tract of 200 acres in October of 1794. These lands bordered upon the "Great Ogeechy", which is the Ogeechee River, and at the time of its survey was bordered on all sides by lands vacant.
In Screven County, Georgia - Robert Ivey was warranted land on October 2, 1797 and that parcel was surveyed on March 19, 1798. A plat is recorded in the Screven County Clerk of Court's office. These newly granted 150 acres were adjacent to land already owned by Robert Ivey. The new grant also bordered lands of Theophilius Lunday (a JP in this former portion of Effingham County) and a Rushing, and was near Brady Branch.
In Screven County, Georgia - Robert Ivey transferred to William Sheppard a tract of 200 acres on March 29, 1802. This land was adjacent to that of Thomas South and was on all other sides bordered by lands vacant. This deed of sale was co-signed by Mary Ivery, wife of Robert Ivey. This deed was recorded on May 10, 1802.
In Screven County, Georgia - Thomas Reddick had recorded a plat of his lands situated in the Black Creek (P. O.) community on January 25, 1848. These lands of Thomas Reddick were resurveyed on January 20, 1847. The total of 366 acres included in Thomas Reddick's holdings included 230 acres of land originally granted to Robert Ivey. Thomas was originally granted his first parcel of land in 1813. Thomas Reddick was a first or second cousin of the above-mentioned John Reddick, being a son of Nicholas Reddick's brother Francis or else a grandson of Nicholas' uncle Peter Readick (there was more than one Thomas Reddick in the region, at this time - and determining exactly who was who has been a problem).
Obviously, this record of the land dealings of Robert IVEY is incomplete. However, it does clearly indicate that Robert and Mary IVEY were present in this area through the period from 1785 to 1802, at least.
These records say nothing about the family of Robert and Mary IVEY. However, I have from Winnette Stinson that a Robert IVEY, Jr. was born April 30, 1789 to this couple in Effingham County (Screven Co.), Georgia. She has Robert IVEY, Sr. as having been born September 22, 1754 in North Carolina and married to Mary ROWAN.
Does anyone have additional information regarding this family of Robert and Mary IVEY? Can anyone provide a listing of the family members for this couple? I would like to be able to link my ggg-grandmother Mary Ann IVEY REDDICK to the family of this family of Robert and Mary IVEY, if possible.
Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.
Dale E. Reddick
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