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Joseph Alvey, Sr

Birthplace: Knotting, Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in St. Mary's County, Maryland
Place of Burial: Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Pope Alvey Sr and Mary Alvey
Husband of Elizabeth Alvey
Father of Ann Alvey; Joseph Alvey Jr.; Robert Alvey and Arthur Joseph Alvey

Managed by: Loretta Gale (Alvey) Corum
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About Joseph Alvey, Sr

By Robert Lee Alvey Sr - Alvey Family of England, Maryland & KY (KY Ancestors-Winter 2002- Vol.38 - No.2)

Joseph was a respectable, hard-working family man with a sizeable tobacco plantation.

Joseph arrived in St Mary's County, maryland, in 1657 as an indentured servant of Robert Cole. Cole and his wife Rebecca had been in Maryland for five years, growing tobacco and corn on an average scale for the time.

Joseph married Elizabeth (Unknown), who was indentified as another indentured servant of Robert Cole. In 1667, the couple applied for the 100 acres due them by law at the conclusion of their service. They are both mentioned in the book Robert cole's World, Joseph as a positive example of the indentured servant system.

Sometime about 1656, Joseph Alvey, a young man residing in Knotting, Bedfordshire, England, decided that enough was enough. His family had endured 20 years of scorn & rejection since his grandfather Arthur Alvey- Then rector of St. Margaret of Antioch, the Knotting coummunity's parish church- was cited for permitting cockfighting in the chancel on Shrove Tuesday in 1634, 1635, & 1636. the charges state that Arthur & some of his sons were present during the events, which cost the rector his position and apparently his standing in the community. Nevertheless, Alvey appears to have remained at Knotting until William Burt was instituted as rector.

Baptishal records show that joseph Alvey & his brothers & sisters were baptized at St. Margaret in the early 1600s. Sometime during 1656/57 Joseph boarded a ship for the newly established colonies across the Atlantic. It is unknown if he was accompanied by friends, relatives or even a wife. We only know he arrived in the New World sometime in 1657 as an indentured servant and that his brother arrived in 1670 as a freeman . Joseph Alvey is responsible for thousands of descenants in all 50 of the United States today.

Joseph's grandfather, Arthur Alvey (b.about 1561, Huntingdonshire, England)was a graduate of Oxford University and a member of Trinity College, Who Married Alice Archdale, a daughter of Bernard Archdale & Anne Fearne. Their children- all of whom were born in Knotting, Bedfordshire, England

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Joseph Alvey, Sr's Timeline

January 3, 1634
Knotting, Bedfordshire, England
Age 22
Liverpool England Departure
Age 25
St Marys, Maryland, United States
Age 30
St Marys, Maryland, United States
Age 30
St. Mary's County, Province of Maryland
Age 36
St Marys, Maryland, United States
March 26, 1679
Age 45
St. Mary's County, Maryland
Maryland, United States