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Thursday, March 26, 2015

United in Holy Matrimony~Levina Purvis and Isham Ivey, Jr.

Isham Ivey & Levina Purvis
Marriage Licensee courtesy of plrolison
Page 151
The State of Mississippi}
Marion County} To any Judge Justice of the Peace or Minister of the Gospel lawfully authorized to Celebrate the rites of Matrimony in said County.Greetings—
                                You are hereby authorized to celebrate the rites of Matrimony between Isham Ivey and Veney Purvis, and for so doing this shall be your warrant—
Given at office this 5th day of Decr. 1831.

                                  Robert Burtan, Clk.
I do hereby certify that on the 9th of December 1831 I did celebrate the rights of Matrimony between Isham Ivey and Viney Purvis.
                                                                 William Baines, A Minister
Duly Recorded January 24th 1832---
                                                Robert Burtan, Clk.

In 1825, John Purvis, age unknown, died in Clarke County, Alabama. His estate consisted of 44 pages and was quite extensive. 2

John Purvis, 1825_1

A preview of his estate leaves no doubt that John Purvis was related to Gilbert and James F. Purvis  who had migrated from Chesterfield County, South Carolina in the year 1818.

Among a short listing of some of those names are  – Gilbert Johnston Purvis, James “Slanted E” Purvis William Purvis, Rebecca Howl [Howell], Joseph Purvis, Sarah Purvis and Levina Purvis.

john Purvis, 1825_6

One name was unfamiliar with this researcher and led to additional research. That name was Levina Purvis.

Levina Purvis

Image 1394 of the estate states that
Levina Purvis was Borned the 16 Day of March
1807------Wm. L. Thornton

Image 1394 Snippet

But who is Levina Purvis and why is her birth date and her’s alone spelled out, documented within the estate record of John Purvis?

Is Levina Purvis the daughter of John Purvis?

I have looked for estate laws for this period of time in Alabama but have been unsuccessful. Any suggestions or links are welcomed.

In 1825, when John Purvis died, Levina was 18 years of age. Six years later in 1832, at the age of 24, Levina Purvis married Widower Isham Ivey, Jr.  The marriage licensee above show that this marriage took place in 9 December 1831 in Marion County, Mississippi.
Isham was a widow with small children. His first wife Temperance Gill, had passed away about 1830 at the young age of 25.

Isham and Levina Purvis Ivey would raise eight children of their own. Isham Ivey, Jr. died 10 January 1861 in Clarke County, Mississippi. No record of Levina Purvis Ivey death has been found. 

If you  are related or have any information on Levina Purvis Ivey I would love to hear from you.

[1]  "Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 January 2015), Isham Ivey and Veney Purvis, 09 Dec 1831; citing Marion,Mississippi; FHL microfilm 879,989.
[2] Clarke County, AL,Clarke County, Alabama, estate case files, 1810-1915; Probate Court, Grove Hill, Alabama, LDS Family History Library Film # 2229240, Frame 1365, John Purvis, 1825, Estate, Box 22, Folder 68, Frame 1365.

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