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Eric Hadley-Ives

Sir Eric Joseph Orsay Hadley-Ives, MSW, Ph.D., KOE

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Eric in Mexico with family

Eric with baby Sebastian in Ali Shan
Flag of the Hadley-Ives Family

The image above is the Hadley-Ives family flag. If you click on it, you'll get directed to the Ives family crest. The crest and family coat of arms was granted to my maternal grandfather's grandfather's grandfather, Jeremiah Ives of Colton, son of Jeremiah Ives of Catton Hall and grandson of Justice Ives (Jeremiah Ives the elder). It has been passed down in our family and now hangs on the wall in my mother's home. It is unlikely to be the coat of arms for you if your surname is Ives. As far as I can tell from my genealogy research and family lore and letters, there may be no other descendents of Jeremiah Ives of Colton.

Well, there could be some distant cousins. The basic design of a chevron sable on a field argent with three moors' heads goes back in the Ives family to at least a generation earlier than Jeremiah Ives the Elder (Justice Ives), and may actually go back much earlier, so it's possible that we do have some very distant cousins whose crests and coat-of-arms would be similar to the one we carry. The Jeremiah Ives who lived from 1692-1741 used a similar coat of arms. Jeremiah Ives of Colton's son Ferdinand Ives (my grandfather's great-grandfather) had a sister named Rachel Anna Ives who married Reverend Dacre Barrett-Lennard, and they had children, but I don't know if any descendants remain today. Other Ives sisters married into the Harvey family and the Drake and Irby families. Some pedigree charts show Jeremiah Ives of Colton as the son of Jeremiah Ives of Catton and Francis Buckle, but evidently Francis Buckle didn't mention any descendants (Ferdinand Ives and his family, Rachel Anna Ives Barrett-Lennard and her family, etc.) in her will. The pedigree charts are in error on other points as well. One possibility is that Jeremiah Ives of Colton wasn't the son of Jeremiah Ives of Catton, but was instead a grandson of Jeremiah Ives of Town Close (a first cousin of the father of Jeremiah Ives of Catton Hall). Another possibility is that Jeremiah Ives of Colton was estranged from his mother, Francis Buckle, or (perhaps most likely), he was born of the union between Jeremiah Ives of Catton and some other woman, not Francis Buckle. There is probably evidence to determine all this in the archives in Lincoln and Norwich, and I hope to someday visit and sort this out.

As to the Hadley coat-of-arms, I don't know that the Hadley family from which I trace my descent has ever been given arms, so I don't use any Hadley arms on the family flag. I did once design a flag with a Hadley coat of arms on the left and the Ives coat of arms on the right. For that flag I just picked a Hadley coat of arms because I liked its design, prefering it over many other similar designs used by Hadleys from the part of England where my Hadley ancestors originated. It seems in the United States there are four different major Hadley branches going way back to the 17th Century in New England. There are the descendants of George Hadley of Ipswich (d. 29 Sept. 1686), the descendants of Dennis Hadley (b. circa 1650 and d. 1741 or 1742) of Sudbury, the descendants of Simon Hadley (or Symon Hadley) who came to America in 1712, and the descendants of Benjamin (1684-1776) and Mehitable Hadley. I'm a descendent of Benjamin and Mehitable.

Some sources (including some relatives who put up a marker on Benjamin Hadley's grave back around 1910) claim that Benjamin was a descendant of George Hadley of Ipswich, although I think the evidence for this is very doubtful. Other sources claim that Benjamin Hadley was a son of Dennis Hadley, but again, I think there are facts which cast extreme doubt on this connection. With Benjamin Hadley (1684?-1776) having mysterious origins, I think some Hadley descendents could invent a design to represent our branch of the Hadley family. Such a design might incorporate elements of the State Seal of Vermont. I would have suggested the city seal of Brattleboro, VT, since Hadleys helped settle that corner of Vermont and my ancestor Ebenezer Hadley, Sr. (son of Benjamin and Mehitable) helped charter that town in 1753, but the city seal incorporates the Victorian city hall in its design, and most of Benjamin Hadley's descendents were long gone from Brattleboro when that city hall was built. By the way, my Hadley male line goes: Benjamin, Ebenezer Sr., Ebenezer Jr., Levi, Simon Peter, William, Arthur (A.B.), Arthur (Don), Chris, and me. Ebenezer Sr. was a veteran of the Revolution and fought at the battle of Saratoga. Ebenezer Jr. may also have been in the Congressional Army. Levi was a veteran of the War of 1812. William served in Illinois units of the Union army in the Civil War, first at the outbreak of the war and then a second tour of duty late in the war.

The flag above was designed by Sebastian Hadley-Ives for a seventh grade project. The flag is for the United States of America, as an alternative to the stars and stripes. It is colorful.