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Recorded as O' Hanvey, Hanify, Hanvey, Hanway, Hanaway, and Hannaway, this is an Irish surname. It is of great antiquity, and derives from the pre 10th century Gaelic O' hAinbhith, which has the somewhat unusual meaning of 'The male descendant of the stormy one'. The vast majority of Gaelic surnames originate from a nickname for the original chief or leader of the clan. Some of these nicknames were very robust, the famous Kennedy name meaning 'Ugly head'. Presumably the original chief of the O'Hanveys had either a stormy temperment or drove his opponents off like a storm! Most early surnames were in some way a memory of great deeds long past, and this surname seems to be a good example of the genre.

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William Hanvey, who was most likely born in County Down in the Kingdom of Ireland ca. 1740, and was certainly the immigrant ancestor of our Hanvey family. He and his wife, Sarah, whose maiden name is unknown, arrived with their young daughter, Jane, at Charles Towne in the Province of South Carolina on Thursday the Nineteenth of February Seventeen Hundred and Sixty-Seven. Sarah was born ca. 1741, and Jane was born ca 1764. William and his family were among a group of poor Irish Protestants who arrived on the ship, Earl of Hillsborough, who's captain was Robert Shutter. The vessel had sailed from Belfast in the Kingdom of Ireland on 30 November 1766. This ship had been chartered by William Beatty, who was the only Northern Irish Merchant of the time who was recorded as having gone on tour in search of emigrants. In a long advertisement, which appeared in the Belfast News Letter of 7 October 1766, Beatty called on people to embrace the favorable opportunity of emigrating to South Carolina. The voyage to South Carolina was no light undertaking, being a long and dangerous journey, which on the average took nine weeks to complete. The ship, Earl of Hillsborough, was small, only 200 to 250 tons, and carried about 229 passengers on William's voyage. William and his family, as all "Poor Protestants", were required to bring with them a Certificate of good character, signed by their minister, or a local court official. On arrival in Charles Towne, they took the oath of Allegiance to Crown and applied to the Governor and Council for land. The Governor of the Province, on being informed of the arrival of the ship, Earl of Hillsborough, directed those who had come on the encouragement of the bounty to attend an upcoming council meeting. Accordingly, at the Province Council meeting of the 27th of February 1767, William, along with his family, petitioned for the bounty and a warrant of survey for 250 acres of land. His request was granted and the Secretary of the Council was instructed to prepare a warrant of survey on the bounty. The secretary was also directed to pay out of the public treasury the owners of the ship, Earl of Hillsborough, in consideration for their passage to the province. A warrant for 250 acres of land was given to be located in or near either Boonsborough or Belfast townships. Both of these Long Cane area townships were located in the western part of what was later to become the Ninety Six District. Perhaps the best description of the location of William's land would be as follows: "On Watson's Branch, on the waters of Long Cane Creek, near Belfast Township, in Prince William's Parish, in Granville County, in the Provence of South Carolina, on the Continent of North America." William's known or possible children are: 1. Jane Hanvey - born Ireland 1764 2. John Hanvey - born after 1768 - not Proven, but probable. This John was married to Mary [Mollie] Perrin and had the following daughters, Margaret, Kate, Matilda, and Malinda. One of these daughters, Margaret married Samuel Zimmerman of the Londondery contingent of the Long Cane. It is interesting to note, that John had his name misspelled as Hanvy and Harvey. Reference - "The Hard Labor Section." By H. T. Cook 3. Savil Hanvey b. July 1770 d. 1 May 1847; married 1788 Leonard Wideman. 4. James Hanvey. b. ca 1771 d. after 1798. Other probable members of William Hanvey's family: 1. Mary Hanvey - sister- arrived on the Earl of Hillsborough, with William and granted 100 acres. Her name was spelled as "Harvey" on the passenger list and as "Harwin" on other documents, but was correctly spelled as "Hanvey" on her Colonial land memorial dated 17 Nov. 1767. 2. Patrick Hanvey - brother or other relation - whose Colonial plat in Belfast Township was dated 30 May 1772.


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