Attached is text of a message I posted to the New Jersey Genealogy Forum on 1/8/1999.I have not found anything new since that posting.Best regards, Paul
"Adam Brockie (now deceased) and I corresponded for some time about out Ivins ancestors. Adam and I both descend from John Ivins, who was born in New Jersey (according to family bible records, on 1 June 1822, though other records seem to point to 1824). John was married to a Caroline___and they appeared in Bloomington, McLean County, IL in 1860. I believe John and Caroline had two children, Sarrah Joesphine (born 3 Dec 1853 in NJ) and George Albert (born 20 Sept. 1856, possibly in IL). Caroline died in 1861 and, on 20 Dec. 1863 John married my g-g-grandmother, Alice Clark(e) Tutt. John and Alice were in Chicago in 1870. Alice died there in 1894 and John died there in 1896. Both were buried in Dwight, Livingston Co., IL. I believe John was a son of John Hammell Ivins who died on 21 August 1870 in Trenton, NJ at age 87.
I have read Adam's history and, like you, have not been able to verify the Virginia information. I have, however, found some interesting information about a Virginia Ivins family or families as well as a possible identification of Henry Ivans.
Vol. 12 of the VA Historical Magazine lists a Rodrig Ivins in the List of Tithables, Parish of King William, year 1730. The other people listed have French sounding surnames (Rapine, Guerand, Rouviere, Dupui etc.) so I am guessing that may have been a Huguenot enclave.
Vol 20 of the VA Historical Magazine has information on a William Dews, who served in the Revolution in the 9th Reg't VA Line, under the command of Col. George Matthews and "Major Ivins".
Vol 4 of the VA Historical Magazine has information on a James Moore and family. Moore's farm (in Tazewell) was raided by Shawnee Indians on 13 July 1786 and certain residents were carried into captivity-among them, a Martha Ivins, who was living with the family.
From the above it appears there were Ivins people in early VA, but like you, I have not been able to place them in early Jamestown. I have also found the Ivins surname in early 19th century records of AL,KY,TN,and GA. Since these areas were heavily settled by Virginians, it would be logical to assume possible VA origins for those people.
As for Henry Ivins (Ivans) I have not been able to find info. on him. I suspect, if he existed, he may have actually been Hendrick Evertsson, a son of Ivar (or Evert) Hendricksson Ek, a Finn who came to New Sweden in 1641. Hendrick lived at Crane Hook and married Catherina Mattsson of Penn's Neck. Hendrick's known children were Evert, John, William, Walborg (Barbara), Catharina and Elisabeth.
I have also run across Daniel Ivins who lived in West Jersey in the 1670's but know nothing about him.
Most genealogical texts say the NJ Ivins family descends from Isaac Ivins, an 18th century resident of Burlington County, NJ, but his origins also are shadowy. Elmer G. Van Name in THE IVINS FAMILY OF NEW JERSEY states he was born in Herefordshire, England in the 1680's. Francis B. Lee in GENEALOGICAL AND MEMORIAL HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY states Isaac lived at Hampton, Long Island before moving the New Jersey. I have attempted to locate Isaac's origins but with no success."