Ivory Family - Summary
My Ivory family begins with a man named Mathew Ivory. He was born about 1765 in Ireland. He has been one of the biggest brick walls in my family history ever since my ancestors began doing genealogy research.
Mathew married Ann McNulty and had two known children - Mathew Hayes Ivory and Isaac Ivory. I am descended through Mathew Hayes Ivory. Mathew Sr. died in 1812 in Philadelphia.
Tracing his family after his death is a little sparse until Mathew Hayes Ivory was found in New Jersey. He married Mary Cox and had seven children.
Mathew Hayes eventually came in contact with Mormon missionaries and was baptized into their church. His wife was no happy about his decision. Family story says that Mary eventually kicked Mathew out of the house. Mathew then ventured his way west and met up with the first group of Mormon pioneers who made their way to Utah with Brigham Young. His name has appeared many places with the first group of pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley.
Shortly after Mathew arrived in the Salt Lake Valley with the pioneers he headed back east to help others make their way west. When Mathew was in Illinois he met Mary Elizabeth Judith Beemus, who became his second wife. It is through this second marriage that I am descended.
Mathew and Mary lived in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, for many years. Mary died in 1870 and Mathew died in 1885. Together they had a total of seven children.