I recently received some interesting clues on the parents of William Ives from Morgan Ives. Here is what he found – ancestry.com had a post for a woman named Allison Newhall who was working on her family tree. It is dated June 13, 2001 and has the ID# 10628. The entry has just a few lines about William and states that he was “born about 1585 in Wilby, England. He married Amy Orlingbury 13 August 1601 in Wilby. She was born about 1585 in Wilby.” The entry goes on to describe the birth of their son, William, in 1607 in Wilby, but does not provide a date of birth.
He found another post on ancestry.com under the heading Orr/Sundholm/Radulovich Family tree that was done by William Orr. It is dated 8/26/01 and has the ID# 11144. It contains information about William that indicates his passage on the True Love, and lists his parents as William Ives and Amy Orlingbury, but shows a birthdate of 9/19/1618 and birthplace of Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
He found a third post on ancestry under the James H. Ives family tree dated 3/29/01 that basically mimics the info in the Newhall post referenced above, i.e. the 1607 birthdate.
Morgan concluded that the question of when and where William was born is an open one. Wilby is about 100 miles west of Ipswich, so its certainly conceivable that they migrated from one to the other. To further cloud the picture there is also a Wilby in Norfolk which is only about 20 miles from Ipswich so that could also be a possibility. I would add the Norfolk Wilby would fit what I have heard about William Ives but then my source is not conclusive.
Since there are no mention of primary sources on these posting on William Ives parents we have to treat them as clues but they are the best clues I have seen on William Ives parents that I have seen. He do know for sure from ship records that he came on the ship True Love in 1635 at age 28 so the birth date of 1607 is accurate. I encourage any interested readers to explore these clues and let us know what you find. Thanks to Morgan for making these clues available.