Robert A. Ivey, Gaffney SC -bio needed




  1. Bill Jennings
    Jan 15, 2015 @ 01:59:04

    Seeking information on the book “Histoary of Grindal Shoals”. Do you have access to a copy, and if so, can you tell me when the original was printed (not the 1981 copy)?

    I am looking for sources that validate that John Beckham was a Colonial Spy. He is my 6th great grandfather.

    Bill Jennings


    • Rick Meehan
      Sep 15, 2020 @ 18:35:35

      You may read the original publication of the History of Grindal Shoals and Some Early Adjacent Families in the South Carolina Room on the top floor of the Spartanburg County Library main branch on Church Street downtown. The book was written by Pastor J.D. Bailey. You may request the original 1927 copy on the Library of Congress website: Bailey, J. D. (James Davis)
      History of Grindal Shoals and some early adjacent families, by Rev. J. D. Bailey.
      Gaffney, S.C., The Ledger print [1927]
      F279.G84 B2
      Request in Jefferson or Adams Building Reading Rooms


  2. Nick Sicignano
    May 07, 2015 @ 03:10:23

    Lovely information on Grindal Shoals! My 7th great-grandfather was William Marchbanks, mentioned several times in the blog. His daughter, Nancy, Young (nee Marchbanks) made application in Pickens District South Carolina for a widow’s pension stating that at the time of her marriage to Levi Young she lived with her father on or near the Pacolet River near GRINDAL SHOALS in Union District South Carolina.


  3. Melanie Barton
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 21:19:35

    Enjoying this material so so so much!

    I have recently discovered (breaking through a brick wall of more than 20 years) that my direct ancestors include Hames and Jasper families, and I’ve been enjoying the material here.

    Am interested in the material here of all these families, the battles they fought, the land they owned, the Churches they built. . . .

    I notice that Robert A. Ivey has a number of copies of documents, letters, etc., sent to him by Loubeth Ramey Hames. Would love to see and have copies of scans of those relevant to Hames, Jasper and allied families.

    Love seeing the old letters, the signatures, etc.

    Dr. Bobby Moss’s name on these pages brought back a lovely memory of searching for the graves of my paternal South Carolina ancestors: Benjamin Walker Richards and Wilmouth Alexander. I was told to contact Dr. Moss, and, if my memory serves, I called and he gave directions.

    Can hardly believe that was back in the 1990s.

    Wish I could have met him.

    God Bless!


  4. Melanie Barton
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 21:27:35

    Oh, one more comment.

    I’m intrigued by Horseshoe Robinson. I see his surname was Robertson, but he ended up being known as Robinson.

    One of my Hames ancestors, Thomas Henry Hames (son of John Hames and Charity Jasper), married Annis Robinson, purportedly in Pendleton, SC, on 8 Feb 1818. I have yet to discover her parents.

    Curious about Horseshoe — could he be related to Annis?

    (Thomas Henry Hames and Annis moved on to Hall/Lumpkin Co., GA., and then moved on to Murray Co., GA where Thos. died. In the 1850 US Census for Murray Co., GA, Thomas Henry Hames gives his occupation as “gold digger.” Seeing as they had been living in the area of Dahlonega, GA, it’s possible!)

    Have spent my St. Patty’s Day immersed in this material. Thanks so much!!!


  5. Jonathan Reeves
    Mar 29, 2018 @ 19:36:59

    Mr. Ivey,
    You mentioned in an article that you descend from John Reeves who’s estate was probated in 1814. I’m not related to that Reeves family that I know of, but I’m researching for someone descended from an Elisha Reeves who originated in Union Co., SC and was living there in 1820. I saw on one online tree that John was Elisha’s father. I was curious if you have a complete list of John’s children or know if Elisha is one of them. Elisha was listed in Union on the 1820 census. He later moved to Washington Co., IN. I was unable to find a will for John, although this estate only mentions his wife, a Benjamin Reeves, and an Asa or Ace Reeves. Deeds seem lacking as well. Wondering if there are other docs that give more details on who his children were. Thanks!


  6. Billie Jasper
    Aug 09, 2018 @ 04:43:08

    Mr. Ivey, Melanie Barton shared this documentation with me. I believe that I am descended from Nicholas Jasper through Achilles/Archibald.
    Thank you very much for taking the time to prepare and share this information. I poured over it for hours today and plan to share with another Jasper descendant as soon as I finish this.
    Thank you very much.


  7. Billie Jasper
    Aug 09, 2018 @ 20:45:06

    Dear Mr. Ivey,

    I have some documentation on some of the Jaspers mentioned in your article that I would like to share with you. It would be more comfortable to to do this in email. I don’t want credit or anything like that.
    Thank you
    Billie Jasper


  8. Billie Jasper
    Aug 26, 2018 @ 02:32:59

    Hello Mr. Ivey,

    The daughter of Sgt William Jasper requested a land grant due to Sgt William Jasper’s military service when she was 62 and widowed. Here is a link to that through Ancestry. If you don’t have Ancestry, I will try to find it a different way for you. It is long and hard to read. If you are willing, I would love to see this in your Grindal Shoals documentation.


  9. Nathan White
    Feb 18, 2020 @ 01:09:48

    Hello all! I live only about a half to 3/4 of a mile from the actual shoals! I was so glad to find this website which is invaluable to anyone interested in local history. And, you can’t get more local than your own back yard!

    I wanted to invite anyone living on Asbury road (from Quarteround eastward), and from the Asbury road and highway 18 intersection all the way to the river going south – to join a neighborhood oriented social media site called I have created a neighborhood there called Grindal Shoals!


  10. Richard Meehan
    Apr 20, 2022 @ 21:35:41

    Dear Friends of Grindal Shoals,
    I have just published Ford the Pacholet, a Revolutionary War historical fiction novel about Grindal Shoals and your ancestor’s involvement in securing our freedom from King George III. Many of your families are represented in this accurate account of Grindal’s suffering during the week leading up to the Battle of Cowpens. Please visit the website below to view the video book trailer and get further details. You may get this book from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, both in the store, or online. It has been a true enjoyment placing your family’s history in print!


  11. Rick Meehan
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 15:28:38

    I would like to announce the publication of my latest historical fiction novel, Ford the Pacholet, a Revolutionary War novel about Grindal Shoals, Daniel Morgan’s encampment from Dec. 25, 1780, until the Battle of Cowpens, Jan. 17, 1781. My family is part owner of Grindal Shoals Sportsman’s Club which owns the north side of the ford itself. I have used this site and many other sources to write this book. Many of your ancestors are characters to put forward the story of Grindall’s Ford. Please pick up a copy from Barnes and Noble or Hub City Books in Spartanburg, SC, or online at Amazon.


  12. Ricky Mangum
    Nov 03, 2022 @ 18:47:26

    Hi, I’m trying to track my ancestors. Margaret Missouri Grindle was my Grandmother (BIRTH FEB 1897 • Lumpkin, Georgia, United States DEATH 10 AUG 1966 • Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA). I’ve got to my 4th Great Grandfather (John Grindle 1725–1794 BIRTH 1725 • Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina, United States of America DEATH 1794 • Union County, South Carolina, USA).

    Any help will be much appreciated.

    Thank you

    James “Ricky” Mangum


  13. Elaine Russell
    Mar 13, 2023 @ 05:17:19

    I would like to know the references used for the Grindal Shoals Gazette articles. I have an interest in the Turner and Headen Families.


  14. Nancy Marsh
    May 19, 2023 @ 03:27:56

    Mr. Ivey,
    Thank you for your wonderful, detailed history of the Jasper family, there is no much useful information! Nicholas Jasper was my 6Xs great-grandfather. Do you have a source to support the list found at the end of your article, FAMILIES THAT JOINED THE WAGON TRAIN TO KENTUCKY IN 1796?
    I appreciate your help.
    Nancy Marsh


  15. Jeff Pettit
    Aug 04, 2023 @ 16:49:09

    My name is Jeff Pettit, formerly of Gaffney, SC; currently of Simpsonville, SC.
    I am a descendant of Joshua Pettit, who settled along the Pacolet River just prior to the Revolutionary War.
    Mr. Ivey mentioned this Joshua Pettit in his partial history of Goucher Baptist Church.
    I am interested in knowing more about the settlement of this area and any more possible information that I can glean regarding the aforementioned Joshua Pettit.
    Therefore, if Mr. Ivey reads this post, I would very much welcome a response and a chance to talk with Mr. Ivey.
    Jeff Pettit
    Simpsonville, SC


  16. Gary Burchfield
    Dec 13, 2023 @ 03:54:30

    For those interested in James Robertson (Horseshoe), I believe Mr. Robert Ivey has the wrong information about his mother Frances Burchfield as follows:
    “He married Frances Burchfield, daughter of Adam and Mary ? Burchfield. She was born on March 13, 1724. The Burchfields were originally from Wales and settled first in Baltimore County, Maryland.
    This is wrong, Adam Burchfield and Mary of Maryland had a daughter Frances who married Archibald Johnson (Will of Adam Burchfield). Adam and Mary had a son Thomas born 1710 who married Mary Johnson, probable sibling of Archibald. Thomas had the daughter Frances who married David Robertson. Her brother Adam witnessed the will of David. Gary Burchfield


  17. Doug Thompson
    Mar 25, 2024 @ 15:41:08

    Mr Ivey, if you are available I would love to talk to you about the Musgrove and Cannon connection.


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