On Sunday some of my friends in my ward got together for dinner. As we were talking one of my new friends mentioned she was from Manti, Utah. As soon as she said that the genealogist inside me kicked in.
While doing my family history I remembered coming across some people with the last name Braithwaite and I was pretty sure they were from Manti, or at least one of those little towns in central Utah. I said to her, "I think we might be cousins."
We then sat down, I pulled out my phone and opened up one of my genealogy apps to figure out how we were related. I showed her my connection to John Braithwaite. From the diagram below, you can see that my 2nd great-grandfather was George Washington Ivory.
- I am descended through his youngest son, Ellis Clark Ivory.
- George had a daughter named Mercie Ella Ivory.
- She married John Braithwaite.
- John Braithwaite's grandfather was Rowloand Braithwaite.
- Rowland Braithwaite's 3rd great-granddaughter is my friend!
(click on the diagram for a bigger image)
This just comes to show that you never know who you might run into that you end up figuring out that you are distant cousins of some sort - even if it is like this and it it just through marriage!
The 1810 U.S. Federal Census is one of the only documents that gives any information about Mathew Hayes Ivory, Sr.
and his family.
In 1810 Mathew and his family were living in Moyamensing Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
I had never heard of Moyamensing so I decided to learn more about it and where exactly it was located. When doing a Google search on Moyamensing, the first result is a page on Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, "Moyamensing was originally a township on the fast land of the Neck, lying between Passyunk and Wicaco. It was incorporated into the Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania and is today primarily a neighborhood in the South Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States."
Below is a map showing the boundaries of where Moyamensing was.
History of Moyamensing"The tract was granted by the Dutch West India Company Lieutenant Alexander d'Hinoyossa, Vice-Director of New Amstel to Martin Clensmith, William Stille and Lawrence Andries. In 1684, when the land was turned over from the Dutch to the English, the title was given by William Penn to William Stille, Lassey Andrews, Andrew Bankson and John Matson.
Moyamensing Township included this ground and Wicaco, except such parts of the latter as were included in Southwark. Its northern boundary was South Street and below the existing parts of Southwark; its eastern boundary was the Delaware River, and its western boundary was Schuylkill Sixth (Seventeenth Street).
In 1816 the greatest length of Moyamensing was estimated to be 3 miles; the greatest breadth, 2 miles; area, 2,560 acres (10 km²). By act of March 24, 1812, the inhabitants of Moyamensing were incorporated by the style of "the commissioners and inhabitants of the township of Moyamensing." By act of April 4, 1831, the township was divided into East and West Moyamensing. The township was one of the earliest created after the settlement of Pennsylvania, and became part of Philadelphia in 1854.
The Moyamensing Prison was built between 1822-1835 at Reed and 10th Streets. A portion of it also housed a Debtors Prison. The structure was demolished in 1967." - Wikipedia
1810 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), Moyamensing Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, Page 127, Line 20, Mathew Ivory household, .jpeg image (Online: Ancestry.com, 2011) [Digital scan of original records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.], subscription database, <http://www.ancestry.com>, accessed September 2011.
Yesterday I was working on adding content to the website and one of the things I added was the Family Tree page containing the pedigree chart of Mathew Hayes Ivory, Jr. as well of a descendancy chart of Mathew and his wife Mary Elizabeth Judith Bemus.
The family tree and descendant chart are one of the ways to get to the individual profiles on the website. If you are wanting to see the individual profile of anyone on the charts, simply click their bubble and you will be taken there to see more information, documents and other family members.