Hello, please excuse the length of this information, but I would like to giveverbatim in this forum what has been passed down in writing in my family for some generations.Right or wrong, here it is.
"The oldest record of the Okey family, in America, is that of Elizabeth, born in 1721, wife of Leven Okey, who came from England to this country, year unknown, and settled at Lewes, Delaware, near Cape Henlopen, and died there.His son, whose name was also Leven, moved to Ohio in 1802.He brought his mother Elizabeth with him.She lived to an advancerd age of 103 years, having died February 7th, 1824.
The family descended from Colonel John Okey, the regicide, so called from having been one of the members of the Court that tried, convicted, and sentenced King Charles the First to death for treason.H signed the Kings death warrant in 1649.For signing this warrant, Colonel Okey was, upon the restoration of Charles the Second, tried and convicted in 1662 of treason and was executed as a traitor at Tyburn, near London.
In the long and bloody struggle between Charles and First and the Parliamentary Army, in which Colonel Okey was a prominent officer and Oliver Cromwell the head, the Earl of Leven of Scotland, one of the most distinguished soldiers of his time, was appointed at the head of the Scottish Army sent to England to assist Parliament against the King.Undoubtedly a close friendship existed between him and Colonel Okey.The family christian name of Leven, so noticeable for generations, had its origin in this way.
Leven Okey was born at Lewes, Delaware, October 23rd, 1760.He married Ester Hazzard, who was born April 3rd, 1759.He was the owner of trading vessels that plied up and down Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast.He seem to have been the only child of his parents.If there were others,they probably died young, possibly in England.In 1802, being forty-two years of age, with his wife, mother, and eight children, five boys and three girls, he moved west to the state of Ohio.They came down the Ohio RIver on a flat boat, then the only means of travel, and settled at the mouth of Powhattan Creek, now Belmont County, Ohio.They resided there in a log cabin until 1820 when they removed to the adjoining county of Monroe near the vicinity of Woodsfield, the county seat, where some of their descendants wtill reside."
The above statements were, in part, taken from a letter written by George B Okey, circa 1900.
Nothing new probably, the missing link still has not been found.I have not been able to make the connection from England to America.