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William Ives (abt. 1607 - 1648)

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William Ives
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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven, New Haven Colony, New Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Categories: New Haven, Connecticut | Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | Truelove, sailed September, 1635 | Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
William Ives migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

Date of Birth: 1621-09-09 in Ipswich, England :: ?? Ipswich England [citation needed]

William Ives, son of John, baptized 1621-09-09 in Great Missenden, Bucks. This information was found by someone trying to make the connection to Hannah Dickerman. [1] Original information[citation needed]

Recent researches in England confirm the existence of a William Ives born about 1607, baptized in Langham, Rutland County, England on March 21, 1607. The exact age of Wm. Joes (Ives) who sailed on the Truelove in 1635. The author admits that the evidence is scanty but compelling. This William was probably the son of Thomas, who dispossessed his 21 year old son, William, in 1628. See the Ives Family History Blog for the complete story.[2]

Just to complicate matters Anderson's "Great Migration Begins," says Hotten's immigrant is indeed William Joes, origin unknown, no further record, but that maybe he's Jones.[3] He has no write up on William Ives.

Disconnected from alleged, unsourced, unproven parents John Ives and wife.

Disputed Wife

Hannah Dickerman was suggested as wife of William Ives and later William Bassett in 1902. However like a lot of spouse suggestions, no evidence was provided nor has it been found since. New Haven records refer to her only as Goodwife Ives and Goodwife Bassett, so we don't even have a first name for this wife. See the Ives Family History Blog "Who was William Ives' Wife?," series of posts. It has even been given as fact that he married 4 June 1639 in New Haven, citing the New Haven Vital Records. This is untrue, the written town vital records do not begin until 1649. 4 June 1639 is the date of the signing of the fundamental agreement.


William may have arrived in Boston 1635, aged 28 aboard the Truelove from London.[4]

HEIS vnder-written names are to be transported to New-England imbarqued in the Truelove Jo: GIBBS Mr. the Men have taken the oaths of Alleg: & Suprem. xix Sept. 1635.
Wm. Joes 28. (May be read as Ives according to Hotten)[5]

If this is indeed William Ives, he would have been born in 1607.

William Ives signed the New Haven Fundamental Agreement in 1639.[4]

He married and had children:

  1. Phebe bapt. 2 Oct. 1642 m. Joseph Potter and John Rose.[6]
  2. John bpt. 29 Dec. 1644; d 1682; m. Hannah Merriman[6]
  3. Daughter (perhaps Martha who m. Azariah Beach)[6]
  4. Joseph b. c. 1648 d. 17 Nov 1694; m Mary Yale.[6]

William's will was dated Apr 3, 1648, and his inventory taken on Sept. 22, 1648, valued at £98.06.06.[7]

From Hollister Family of America: See biography at


  1. Wood, Barry. Ives Ancestry in England
  2. Ives Family History Blog
  3. Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration 1634-1635, I-L. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I-L, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
  5. Hotten, John Camden (editor). The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: Emigrants, Religious Exiles, Political Rebels, Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years, Apprentices, Children Stolen, Maidens Pressed, and Others, who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. London: John Camden Hotten, 1874
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932.
  7. "Early Probate Records of New Haven." New England Historical and Genealogical Society. 81:126. NEHGS.

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On 11 Sep 2017 at 14:54 GMT Anne B wrote:

Please see G2G Post

On 14 Apr 2015 at 03:09 GMT Anne B wrote:

Under PGM guidelines disputed Parents (Ives-207 and Ives-206) should be disconnected from William. And Wife (Dickerman-1) should be Hannah Unknown. Objections? Further arguments?

On 14 Apr 2015 at 03:06 GMT Anne B wrote:

Ives-376 and Ives-23 appear to represent the same person because: Same person 1607 and 1621 are disputed birth dates. 3 apr 1648 is date of will.

William is 18 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 24 degrees from Carol Keeling, 13 degrees from George Washington and 16 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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