Moreton Pinkney to Kentucky, via Ontario

A  memory tracking an immigrant family’s search for a place to settle.

“Eff’s great, great, great grandparents are Mary Newitt and Joseph Law.  They were married, then settled in Thenford (near Banbury) and farmed there for twenty years.  They then moved to Morton Pinkney (about 2hrs walking, north) in the year 1846.  Both were buried in the churchyard in Thenford.

“Joseph Law (born in Northamptonshire, England, died in Morton Pinkney, England) and Mary Newitt (born July 26th, 1787 in England, passed away on March 16th, 1846 in England) had a daughter named Caroline Phoebe Law (Jeff’s great-great grandma, born 1831 in England, passed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin). 

Caroline Phoebe Law

Caroline Phoebe Ivens (nee Law)

She married John Ivens (great-great grandpa of Jeff, born circa 1825 in England), son of Thomas Ivens (great-great-great grandpa of Jeff,born in 1796 and died 1866) and Sara Smith (great-great-great grandma of Jeff, born in Epwell, Oxfordshire, England).  Caroline and John were married at Morton Pinkney on September 24th, 1855.  They soon moved to Willoughby, Warwickshire, ( a 5-hour walk, north) where the three eldest boys were born.  In 1863 they emigrated to America on the sailing vessel “Angesea” leaving Liverpool and arriving in Quebec, Canada in just five weeks and two days.  They settled near Meaford, Ontario, on a farm, but came to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1865. 

“The next two children, Newitt (Great Grandfather of Jeff) and Caroline were born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Here they lived for about five years, when they moved to a farm in North Greenfield, Wisconsin.  There Emma was born. 

“In 1874 they moved to Logansville, Sauk County, Wisconsin, and settled on the Doolittle farm about five miles from there on the road from Spring Green to Reedsburg.  Here they lived for three years and here was the birthplace of May Eveline, the youngest child and writer of this history.

“The next move was to Genesee, Waukesha County and thence to Jerico in 1878 where they lived on the Wilton farm for four years.  From there they moved to East Troy for two years. 

“On March 1, 1884 they arrived at Science Hill, Polaski County, Kentucky, bought a farm of 130 acres and lived there for eleven years, returning to Milwaukee in March 1895.  Here they lived for six years and on July 20th, 1901, the father John Ivens passed away and was buried in the family lot in Wauwatosa Cemetery.  The mother, Caroline, lived thirteen years longer, most of the time with her daughter May, but died at the home of the Medways at 88 West Main Street in Wauwatosa on September 4th, 1913, aged 82 years.

“Newitt Antoinette Ivens married Malinda C. Phillippi, always called Kate, in Pulaski County, Kentucky.  At the time he was a farmer but afterward became quite a carpenter, building three houses, one schoolhouse, and two churches in Kentucky.  He returned to Wisconsin with his parents, and bringing his own family, in 1895.  After this time he studied bookkeeping and drafting.  His family consisted of six children, the eldest and fifth dying when small.  (This sentence would normally be followed by a sad child death story, which I am leaving out, because just trust me it is sad.)”

Written by May Evaline Ivens (b. circa 1875)

This was sent to me by Heidi George whose mother was an Ivens and a relation of May Evaline, but it contains real information – probably learned directly from the writer’s mother –  about this family emigrating to Canada, but eventually settling in Kentucky, which I hope someone will find useful. [John Ivens (1826-1901) and Caroline Phoebe (nee Law) (1831-1913)]  Ed.


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