Nathaniel Sr. Bivens was born 1726, and died May 09, 1816 in Meadow Branch Anson Co. N. Carolina. He married Margaret ' Peggy' Tyler on 1769.
Notes for Nathaniel Sr. Bivens: Following the Revolutionary War there appeared in the Meadow Branch section of Anson county, North Carolina, three prominent characters: Nathaniel Bivens, the ancestor of the Bivens' of that section of Union County, which was at the time, still Anson County; Thomas Griffin, who served in the Revolutionary War in Virginia, and whose wife, Mary Muillis of Virginia moved into the same section about the time another very prominent man who was a Baptist minister, i.e., Rev. Joseph Williams, Jr. Rev. Williams himself served in the Revolutionary War in the 1st North Carolina Regiment. Rev. Williams was the ancestor of all the Williams' in this section of Union County (then Anson). The Bivens', Griffin's, and the Williams' all lived in the same neighborhood and intermarried until a great majority of those fol;ks in the eastern part of Union County are related. Bivens is English in origin with the name originally Benans. The Bivens' of this family line originated in London, UK. Infor from Kitty Hoffman: There is a reference for Nathaniel BIVENS, Sr in the book, "The McLarty Familey of Kintyre, Scotland and Mecklenburg Co., NC and Their Descendants", complied by Adelaide McLarty, date unknown. The book reported that about 1740 the Scots began moving in the the Waxhaws from PA, MD, and VA.. There were 6-7 families there in 1751 followed by settlers chiefly from Augusta Co., VA. By 1850 there were 8000 white settlers there. Nathaniel BIVENS served on the first jury of the newly organized UNION CO., ND in 1843. Notes on the BIVENS family said Nathaniel BIVENS, Sr. was of German descent (probably from the area of Germany where the protestants took refuge). He left PA and settled on Richardson Creek in Anson Co. with his wife Peggy TAYLOR and their 10 children. 8 were thought to have gone to GA. His will was dated 9 May 1816 and probated in the April Court 1818. Children: Abel, Wm, Sarah, John, Unity, Moses, Elijah, Lydia, Stephen, and Nathaniel, Jr. Lydia md. Wm. Billy Williams. Nathaniel Jr. md. Margaret James and had: John, Henry, Culpepper, Robert, Joseph A., Jefferson, Edna, rebecca, Sally, Nancy, Drucilla, James, Hosea, and Eliza who md. Eber A Jerome s/o of Katie McLarty d/o Alexander Mclarty. I was hoping Nath., Jr's son, James would turn out to be mine but he is too young. I am looking for a James Bivens/Bivins who died in St. Tammany Parish, LA in 1814. He left his wife, Elizabeth and minor children: James, Wiley, Henry, Mary, and Winney. Appr: Jesse Parker md. to a Sarah Wiley and George Stokes. Wit: John H. Miles, George Stokes, and Henry Jarrell. Jarrell and Parker were both in GA before moving to the MS Territory. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kitty B. Hoffman According to my information the parents of Nathaniel Jr. and Sarah along with eight other siblings was nathaniel Bivens Sr. who came to N.C. from Pennsylvania about 1773 and married Margaret (Peggy) Tyler who came from London , England and married Nathaniel Sr. while she was in her teens. They had 10 children, Nathaniel Jr., Abel, William,Sarah,John, Unity, Moses,English, Lyda, and Stephen. Nathaniel Bivens Jr. was born 11/18/1787 and married Margaret James born 10/04/1795. Nathaniel Jr. died 1845 and Margaret James Bivens died 1859. They along with Nathaniel Sr. and Peggy Tyler Bivens are buried in a cemetery on the Bivens farm across Richardsons creek from the home Nathaniel bivens served as postmaster at Richardsons Creek from 1/08/1838 until 12/24/1845. I hope this info helps. The Bivens seemed like a very profilic bunch. Most all of Nathaniel Sr. offspring left the Mecklenburg-Anson area except Nathaniel Jr.
Ann Brashear, born January 04, 1691/92 in Prince George, MD. She married (1) William Bivens February 10, 1725/26. She married (2) Richard Jones November 26, 1734 in Prince George, MD.
Bevan, Biven, Bivens, etc. are all derived from the early "ab Ieuan" i.e. "son of Ieuan". Ieuan is pronounced something like "Y-eye-an" and was itself derived from "Johannes", borrowed in the Roman period (i.e. before about 400 AD). Ieuan tended to become the forename Evan and in time became the surname Evans or Bevan (from ap Evan, or son of Evan).
Morgan & Morgan in "Welsh Surnames" (U. of Wales Press, 1985) offer a nice example of the transition stage in your own spelling. "David ap David ap Iven" was recorded in 1533.
It is interesting to note that a spelling like Bivens or Bevans will tend to indicate a family of Welsh origin whose surname only became finally fixed after settlement in England or, more typically, in America. Bevan (and the variations) were originally "ap Evan" and already had the meaning of "son of Evan". The final "s" in the Bevans / Bivens spellings would therefore have been illogical within Wales.
More About Nathaniel Sr. Bivens: Burial: Family farm on Richardson Creek.
More About Nathaniel Sr. Bivens and Margaret ' Peggy' Tyler: Marriage: 1769
Children of Nathaniel Sr. Bivens and Margaret ' Peggy' Tyler are:
John Bivens, b. November 05, 1760, d. November 05, 1818.