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In the mid-1600's Christopher Garvey, a great-grandson of Archbishop John Garvey, left Ireland and moved to Orange Hall, St. Ann's, Jamaica. He had a son Christopher, and grandson Michael.

James Garvey was listed in 1670 as part of Colonel Lyne's Regiment of Foot that was dispatched to Barbados.

James Garvey married Elizabeth ? on June 29, 1675 in Christ Church Parish, Barbados. James Garve's will was filed in St Michael Parish, Bardados on August 22, 1686. It listed his occupation as carpenter, and named James and William Garve as his sons, and Elizabeth Garve as his wife.

Eliza Garvey married William Palmer in St. Michael Parish, Barbados on November 11, 1686.

Agnes Garvey married Thomas Newton on August 26, 1694 at St. Michael Parish, Barbados.

Capt. John Garvey married Mrs. Mary Alford on December 15, 1695 in St Michael Parish, Barbados. John, son of John and Mary Garvey was christened on January 2, 1697/8 in St Michael Parish, Barbados.

Richard Baxter, in his will filed in Barbados on August 9, 1698, cites as his relatives: brother-in-laws Christopher and Michael Garvey, and sister-in-law Margaret Garvey.

William Garvie, a Jacobite in Cromarty's Regiment, was sentenced to transportation from London to Barbados (Jamaica?) on March 20, 1747 aboard the Ship Frere. William had been a farmer in Inchory, Ross-shire, in northern Scotland.

John Garvey was born to parents Lucas and Ann Garvey on Feb 21, 1772. In Lucas Garvey's 1812 will he left one hundred pounds to "a mulatto boy called Anthony reputed son of my late brother Captain John Garvey".

Nicholas Garvey (b. 1752) died in Woodfield, St. Ann's, Jamaica on March 4, 1817.

Brian McGinn writes that there were already 8,000 Irish on the island of Barbados in 1669.

North Carolina

Jon Garvey was listed as a witness in North Carolina on a land transfer document dated September 11, 1704. The land was a tract located near Cashoke Creek in Bertie County.

James S. Garvey Sr. married Susannah Shirley on Oct 12, 1768. They had a son James Swinlow Jr in the 1770's(?) in North Carolina. James S. Jr married Elizabeth Rudd on September 13, 1799 in Bertie County. James S. Jr died just a few years after the marriage.

Thomas Garvey was a private in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted on June 2, 1776(77?) in Childs' Company in the 6th Regiment North Carolina line (led by Colonel Gideon Lamb) and remained for the duration of the War. Private Mata(?) Garvy was also a part of the 6th Regiment. He enlisted in 1777 in Dougherty's Company - and was listed as dead in March 1778.

Thomas Garvey was in Carteret County in the 1790 census. The same census shows Patrick Garvey in Hertford County.

The 1830 census also shows a John Garvey in Ashe County, NC. David Kitts writes that John Garvey was born in 1788 and married Phoebe Scribner. The marriage took place on Oct 2, 1810 in Rowan County.

There were several Garveys from Ashe County, NC who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War in the 1860's.

South Carolina

John Garvey married Martha Rich in St Helena's Parish, SC on October 24, 1751. (His first wife Judith had died in 1741). John and Martha Garvey christened a son James in April 1753 in St Helena's Parish, SC. John Garvey is listed in a muster roll in Granville County, SC in 1756. John Garvey filed a will in Granville Co and died at age 50 on Nov 21, 1767. Another will was filed in Granville County by Michael Garvey in about 1784.

James Garvey was listed in the 1790 SC census in Beaufort County. The household included two free white men (16 or older), one free white female, and 64 slaves. James and Michael Garvey are listed in Beaufort County in the 1800 census.

An article was published in 1909 in the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine called "A Woman's Letters in 1779 and 1782" (Vol 10, p.125-128). The contents were summarized as: "The close relationship between two well-to-do young South Carolina women, Mary Lucia Bull (Guerard) and Susanna (Sukey) Stoll Garvey, was tested during the Revolutionary War. Lucia's two letters to Sukey in 1779 reported the disruption and uncertainty in her life and asserted her strong desire to be with her friend. In a letter written in 1782, after both women had married, Lucia pleaded with Sukey not to let her (Lucia's) marriage alter the feelings between them". The husband of Sukey Garvey was probably either the James or Michael Garvey of Beaufort County listed above.


James Garvey acquired land in St. George Parish (later re-organized as Burke County), GA, on May 3,1768. The description of the land was: 200 acres bounded on the west by a branch of Bryar Creek called Rosemary Branch and on all other sides by vacant land.


John Garvey was executed in Baltimore in 1773 for the crime of theft.

John Garvey took the Oath of Allegiance in Baltimore County in 1776.

John Garvey was listed as a private on board the Ship Defence on September 19, 1776. George Cook was the Commander.

John Garvey was a private in the St Mary's County Militia in 1777.

William Garvey was a private in the Revolutionary War in the 1st Regiment in the Maryland Line. He enlisted in Charles County on April 28, 1778 in the capacity of "serving as a substitute" for a term of three years. He was listed as "missing" about a month later, on June 2, 1778.

George Garvey married Jemima Cherry on Nov 21, 1793 in Baltimore Co, Maryland. Marriage License by Rev. Daniel Kurtz. Their son John was born on September 2, 1794, and baptised on Oct 5, 1794 in St Paul's Parish, Baltimore. Harriet, daughter of George Garvey was buried September 23, 1797, St. Paul's Parish.

Mary Garvey married John Orrick on Dec 25, 1794 at St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland.

Rachael Garvey (or McGarvey?) married William Ploom on June 7(8?), 1800 at St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland.

Alexander Garvey was a soldier. He then became an indentured servant - who absconded from Jane Jameson, Kent County, Maryland in November 1775

New Jersey

Alexander Garvie of Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, was "bound to" Francis Bernard, Governor on July 30th, 1759. He married Catharine Hardin on July 31st, 1759.

Alexander, William, and John Garvie fought for the British during the Revolutionary War as part of the New Jersey Volunteers. They were taken prisoner in General Sullivan's raid upon the British at Staten Island on August 22, 1777 and sent to Trenton. Alexander was a sergeant-major in Captain John Cougle's Company of the 1st Battalion of the New Jersey Volunteers. In a muster roll from 1777 he is listed as a "prisoner with the rebels". William Garvie is listed on the muster roll of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Barton's Company in the 1st Battalion of New Jersey Volunteers camp on Staten Island Aug 24, 1778.

Many of the Colonists who fought on the side of the British (the Loyalists) went to Upper Canada (Ontario) at the close of the war in 1783. There was a Loyalist named Alexander Garvey who arrived in New Brunswick in about 1783.

Susannah Garvey married Samuel Gaskill in Burlington, NJ on January 6, 1784.

New York

In 1688 a Christopher Garvy was delegated by the New York governor to carry a message to the governors of Maryland and other surrounding colonies.

Peter Garvey was born about 1701 in Erie, NY. He married Elizabeth Collins with whom he had a daughter Abigail, born May 16, 1729 in Erie, NY. A son, John, was born Sept. 28, 1730 in Erie, NY.

Dawn Pratt writes that Michael Garvey was shown in an Albany County muster roll as having enlisted on April 21, 1762. Age: 38, birthplace: Ireland, trade: "sadler", height: 5ft. 3 3/4 in., complexion: brown, hair: gray, eyes: black.

Michael Garvey married Ann Dickson on Dec 23, 1764 in Trinity Church, New York, NY.

John (Johannes) Garvie was born about 1737 in New York. He married Marretje DuBois on Oct 9, 1762 in Kingston, Ulster County, NY. Their son, Jan, was christened August 21, 1763 in Catskill, Greene County, NY. Another son, William, was christened in Kinderhook, Albany County, NY on January 28, 1770.

Andras Garvey, son of Thomas and Mary Garvey was christened May 2, 1779 in Kings District.

Thomas Garvey married Elisabeth Sanders on October 30, 1794 in the Reformed Dutch Church, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York. The 1790 census shows two Thomas Garveys residing in Columbia County, NY. One of them was in the town of Kinderhook. A William Garvey is listed in Kinderhook in the 1800 census.

Cornelius Garvey married Sarah Owens. Their son Willem was christened August 21, 1791 in the Reformed Dutch Church in Kinderhook, Columbia County, NY.

Susanna Garvey married James Scribner on February 10, 1793 in the Reformed Dutch Church, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York

Dawn Pratt writes that Francis Garvey was born March 12, 1762. Francis served as a private in the Revolutionary War in the New York Troops in the Pawling Regiment, Colonel Van Cortland's Unit. He entered service in March 1782 and left service in December 1782. He was married to Amy Townsend in the Oblong, Dutchess County, NY in December 1786. Francis and Amy Garvey had a daughter Phoebe born in Dutchess Co in 1788, a son Daniel about 1794 somewhere in NY, and a son, Isaac on August 22, 1800 in Berne, Albany County. Francis is listed in Berne, Albany County censuses in 1810, 1820, and 1840. He died and was buried there on September 8, 1849.


James and Sarah Garvey christened their daughter Sarah on October 15, 1739 at St Peters in Philadelhia, PA. They christened a son, Daniel, on Nov 16, 1740.

Patrick Garvey was taken on as an indentured servant in West Nottingham, Chester County on July 15th, 1773 by David and Thomas Fulton "and their assigns". The term was for four years for the amount of fourteen pounds.

Patrick Garvey was an apothecary in Philadelphia who was caught conducting illicit trade with the British and sent to prison in 1780.

Samuel Garvey, of Pennsylvania, was court martialed during the Revolutionary War for "endeavoring to supply the enemy with provisions". He was acquitted of the charges.

Mary Garvey married Thomas Simmons on June 30, 1776 in St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster County, PA.

On August 6, 1781 at a General Court Martial held at Camp Westover by the 2nd Battalion of the Pennsylvania Line, "John Garvey, of the 1st Batt., was tried for neglect of duty and unsoldierly behavior" for allowing two officers to pass him unchallenged while he was on sentry duty. He was sentenced to "receive 50 lashes on his bare back".

Bartholomy Garvy is listed in the 1790 census as residing in Washington Township, Westmoreland County. Sherril Dysart writes that "Bartholomew Garvey and Eleanor Williams ... married on Mar 15, 1776 at Old St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia, PA. Bartholomew served many times in the Revolution. He and his wife had land in Westmoreland Co. in 1783.... Bartholomew died when transporting a wagon of bacon to the garrison near Reed's Station or Chambers Blockhouse in Washington Twp, Westmoreland Co., PA. He was killed and scalped by Indians (May 24, 1792). Eleanor died in 1851." Pat Garvey Atkinson writes that Bartholomew was "was about 50 'rods' from Reeds station when the Indians got him." Thomas and Samuel Garby are listed as residing in Derry Township in Westmoreland County, PA in the 1790 census. Eleanor Garvey appears in the 1810 census in Washington Township, Westmoreland County.

There is some evidence that Bartholomew may have come from Scotland. It may turn out that many of these early Garveys were Scottish Garvies rather than Irish Garveys.


Henry Garvey was a private in Company #7 of the 3rd Virginia Regiment in the Revolutionary War in April, 1778.

John Garvey (b. 1763) of Richmond, VA was paid a bounty by the town in 1781 to enlist in the Continental Army for a term of three years. He served in Captain Bacon's Company, Colonel Rossiter's Regiment.

John Garvey married Mary Thomson in Augusta County, VA on Mar. 13, 1788. The marriage was conducted by Rev. John Brown.

John Garvey died in Rockbridge County, VA in 1809 leaving two sons Matthew and John. Matthew married Jane T. Craven in 1812.

Job Garvey (Garvie?) was born in Scotland about 1760 and was brought to America when quite young. His parents both dieing early, he was bound to a man who proved to be a cruel master. Determined to escape the hard servitude and partly from patriotic motives he enlisted in the Revolutionary Army in the 5th Virginia Regiment and served the whole seven years. Job married Elizabeth Claxton in 1781 in Virginia. They had a son John born in 1782, and a son Samuel, born August 31, 1794 both in Culpepper County, Virginia. The family moved to Woodford County, KY in about 1796 , later moving to Owen and Franklin Counties. Job died in Owen County, KY in 1827.