Peter Lurvey, Sr.

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Peter Lurvey, Sr.

Also Known As: "Lavery"
Birthplace: of, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Lurvey
Father of Peter Lurvey, Jr.; Eliezar Lurvey and Mary Margaret Stockwell

Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About Peter Lurvey, Sr.

Peter Lurvey and his wife Mary were at Ipswich, Massachusetts as early as 1670.  He is said to have been a Russian Jew from Archangel, Russia, who, after living for a time in England, determined to migrate to America.

William Monroe Newton, in his "History of Barnard Vermont" quotes Dr. W.A. Dewey who assisted him in compiling his book:

"The name Lurvey is a good transliteration of the German [Loewe] which is a common name among German Jews. There is a tradition in the Lurvey family that the first Lurvey who immigrated to Massachusetts in the 17th century [Peter Lurvey] was of Jewish descent, and came from Archangel in Russia. It is noticeable that many of the Lurveys have Old Testament names such as Reuben, Levi, Samuel, Issac, and Jacob, and that their noses tend to be aquiline."

Peter and his wife Mary had two sons, Peter, and Eliezer; and one daughter, Mary.  Eliezer 's family settled in Haverhill, Bradford, and eventually Vermont, while Mary married John Stockwell and remained in Ipswich.


  • Arthaud, John Bradley, and Ernest Hyde Helliwell III, "The Peter Lurvey Family of Essex County, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 154 (Oct. 2000), 387–409.
  • "The Peter Lurvey Family of Essex County, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont, (continued: Part Two)," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 155 (Jan. 2001), 69–90.
  • Descendants of Edward Small of New England, and the allied families, with tracings of English ancestry, Volume 2. Lora Altine Woodbury Underhill. Priv. print. at the Riverside Press, 1910, University of California. Page: p. 1009
  • Vital Records of Gloucester, Essex County Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849

Publication: (The Essex Institute, Salem MA, 1924) Page: p. 201 - marriages

  • The Elwell family in America ; a genealogy of Robert Elwell, of Dorchester and Gloucester, Mass. Elwell, Jacob Thomas, Pope, Charles Henry, Boston, Mass. : C.H. Pope 1899

Page: p. 12

  • Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis. Vol. II., Walter Goodwin Davis, Genalogical Publishing Company, 1996, Page: p. 511


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Peter Lurvey, Sr.'s Timeline

Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
October 19, 1679
Age 26
Ipswich, Massachusetts
March 6, 1682
Age 29
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
March 10, 1685
Age 32
Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA
June 18, 1721
Age 68
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts