Frank Tivey was born in 1838 in Birmingham. His mother was the former Phoebe Morris (1805-1874) and his father was Isaac Tivey (1803-1871). His father worked as a tailor and Francis enjoyed a comfortable childhood, the family usually had one servant in the house. However, Isaac suffered from alcoholism and attempted suicide in later life.
First Marriage and Children
Frank Tivey married Lucretia Brown (1832-1919) in 1863 in London. Lucretia was the grand-daughter of the farmer that Frank's grandfather had worked for. They had seven children:
- Mary Ann Tivey (1865-1874)
- Agnes Lucretia Tivey (1866-1906)
- Arthur Cecil Tivey (1868-1923)
- Emily Alice Tivey (1870-1881)
- Amy Elizabeth Tivey (1872-1924)
- Louis Albert Tivey (1872-1947)
- Charles Ascot Tivey (1873-1954)
Frank left this family shortly after the birth of Charles. They apparently kept in touch, as Lucretia knew when Frank died.
Second marriage and Children
Frank's second wife was Mary Ann Palmer (c1849-1914), although no marriage record can be found and it is possible that they were never married, especially since the marriage would have been bigamous. They first lived in Lancashire, where Frank worked as a tailor but moved to the United States in 1883. They had the following children:
- Alfred Tivey (1874-1907), machinist and steward; died of hydrophobia after being bitten by a feral dog.
- Clara Tivey (1878-1906), died of typhoid fever eight months into her nursing studies.
- Francis Tivey (1881-1968), salesman, clerk and shopkeeper, married thrice; died in Palm Beach, Florida.
- Elizabeth Tivey (1886-), married F. T. Jarman, a Yale graduate in insurance studies; moved to New York.
- Edward Harold Tivey (1887-1889), died in infancy and buried in Hartford.
They lived at 12 Watson Street, Hulme, Lancashire in 1881. After moving to the United States they first lived in Springfield, Massachesetts. They later moved to Hartford, Connecticut where Frank appeared in trade directories as a tailor of 9 Goodman Place.
Frank died on 10 June 1899 and was buried in Hartford. Both his wives were listed as widows on the 1900/1901 census. Mary Ann died in 1914 in Hartford and Lucretia died in 1919 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
For more information on Frank and his family can be found here: http://www.tiveyfamilytree.com/. It is a history of the Tivey name and is owned by Jan Tivey. The site is also the source for much of the information here.
The Tivey's are organised into groups. Frank belongs to Group 20.