Family Group - M1

Magirt Ivy


Magirt (1788-1846/7) was born in SC. He shows up on the 1804 tax digest for Jackson County, GA. He went to Tennessee (around 1807) with older brothers James, Isaiah, and Micajah, but returned to Marlboro County where he resided at the time of the death of his father in 1820. He was last mentioned in Marlboro County in an 1826 deed.

He shows up in 1830 in Henry County, AL, which is across the river from Columbus, Muscogee County, GA. Magirt is known to have had two sons --- John Reid Ivey and Hugh G. Ivey. His son Hugh was born in AL. The name of Hugh and John Reid's older brother is not known, but the 1830 Henry County, AL census indicates that there was one brother age 10 or younger in 1830.

Of the six sisters listed in 1830, only one has been identified. Nancy Jane Ivey, born 1818 in SC, married John Odum (or Odom), a prominent Alabama landowner. She named one of her sons Gilmore McGirt Odom. There is another female named Margaret age 21 in the 1850 census found living with Hugh, who could have been a sister.

In the 1830's Magirt shows up frequently in surviving newspapers from Columbus, GA where he was Justice of the Peace. He was literate and well-to-do, judging by the fairly large number of slaves he owned.

In the 1840 Muscogee County, GA Census, Magirt shows up as a widower, with only two young sons, and a free woman of color, a young adult in the household. When Magirt died, the disposal of his large estate was hotly contested. Several men contested the will, which left everything to Magirt's two young sons. Those contesting the will could have been Magirt's several unknown daughters and their husbands.



Hugh G. Ivey, about 1850
Hugh G. Ivey, about 1860
Charles Ivey, son of Hugh G. Ivey

*** photos and family history contributed by James Doherty