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Sgt Maj William Mavity
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1747
County Cavan, Ireland
Death: 1832
Ripley County
Indiana, USA

The son of Robert and Margaret (Morton) Mavity of Ireland, William was born in Kinawley Parish, County Cavan, Ireland. In 1765 the family immigrated to America, first settling near Greenbrier Co VA.

William served in the Revolutionary War as a Sergeant Major in the 2nd Battalion, Virginia 4th Regiment, under commander Colonel Walker. SAR Memberships: 81870 & 92772

In 1775, in Franklin Co VA, William married Mary Jones, daughter of Reverend Robert Jr and Martha "Patsy" (Riley) Jones.

Children with Mary:
1) Rev John Mavity (1776-1826), m: Dorothea Reel/Real.
2) Rev William Mavity Jr (1780-1834), wife name unkn.
3) Mary Mavity (1782-1836), m: Richard Beckett.
4) Martha Mavity (1784-bef 1860), m: Matthew L Moore.
5) Margaret Mavity (1786-1832), never married.
6) Jesse Mavity (1791-1865), m: Susannah Riggs.
7) James Mavity (1794-1845), m: Margaret Watts.
8) David Jones Mavity (1798-1872), m: Lurana Blackman Davis.
9) Morton Mavity (1800-1850), m1: Charity Watts, m2: Mary Lloyd.
10) Wesley Mavity (1803-1835), m: Eleanor Whitaker.

Ripley Co Indiana Original Land Purchases:
"Name, Page# in Tract Book, Tract Book#, Date Purchased-
MAVITY, William Sr., 28, 3, 15 Aug 1825"

Possibly using the land purchase as a guide, some sources state William migrated to IN in 1825. However, he would have been about 77 yrs old, so it is probable he moved there much earlier; still researching.

Genealogy Trails, excerpts from a Bio of William's grandson, Dr James Sampson Mavity-
"In a lonely graveyard a few miles east of the town of New Marion, Ripley county, Indiana, is the grave of William Mavity, a sergeant major of the Second Battalion in the Fourth Regiment, commanded by Colonel Waller [sic] of the Virginia troops of the Revolutionary war. He lived in Virginia, and moved to Indiana in 1824, and died about 1832. As a sergeant major it was his duty to make daily reports, which he entered in a pocket diary, that has been preserved by his descendants and is now owned by John Mavity, of St. Helena, California. This diary is absolutely unique and very curious. It was made of coarse paper covered with leather tanned by the owner; and the leather is covered by cloth that was made from cotton raised, carded and spun on his own farm. The writing was done with a goose quill and sometimes a wooden pen. This little diary of twenty two pages is extremely valuable. It contains the names of officers and privates as entered on the returns from twenty one captains of one hundred and eighty five rank and file. The sergeant major drew a map of the siege of Yorktown in his diary, showing the positions of the New York troops, Lincoln's and Stev­en's regiments, also Colonel Dabney's and General Washington's headquarters, the British redout and the French troops. What scenes this old weath­er-beaten, even blood-stained little book, has passed through! The edges are ragged, torn and discolored, and on many pages the writing is illegible...

"...The great-great-grand­father of Dr. Mavity (note: this is Williams' Grandfather) was a soldier in the army of William, Prince of Orange, and when England was conquered he settled in Ireland, where the grandfather of Dr. Mavity was born, and where the great-grandfather was about to be assassinated by reason of his political views and activity in public affairs, but was liberated by friends or rather saved and immediately came to America."

William and Mary are buried in the Mavity family graveyard located on land that was once their family farm, off Old Michigan Rd near Rexville in Ripley Co IN.

"Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana", Pg 248:
"MAVITY, WILLIAM, Ripley County
Born - About 1750, Ireland
Service - Sergeant-Major of 2nd Battalion, 4th Regt., Vir. Troops, under Col. Walker. It was his duty to make daily reports. These he set down in a pocket diary. This was in possession of a great-great grand daughter, Mrs. Carrie Mavity Riggins of St. Helens, Cal., in 1922. This diary contains a description of siege of Yorktown and the surrender of Cornwallis.
Died - 1832. Buried near New Marion, Ripley Co., Ind.
Married - Mary Jones. Ch. John; William; Jesse; James; David Jones; Morton; Wesley.
Collected by Mrs. N. B. Mavity, 223 Summit Circle, French Lick. Indiana."
Family links: 
  Robert Mavity (1721 - 1785)
  Margaret Morton Mavity (1725 - ____)
  Mary Jones Mavity (1755 - 1825)*
  John Mavity (1776 - 1826)*
  William Mavity (1780 - 1834)*
  Mary Mavity Beckett (1782 - 1836)*
  Margaret Mavity (1786 - 1832)*
  Jesse Mavity (1791 - 1871)*
  David Jones Mavity (1798 - 1872)*
*Calculated relationship
Mavity Family Burying Ground
Ripley County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Jan 10, 2011
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Sgt Maj William Mavity
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