When John Spivey was born on 15 May 1871, in Cherokee, North Carolina, United States, his father, Tellis S. Spivey, was 33 and his mother, Cordelia Josephine Robinson, was 29. He married Callie Sylvester on 7 October 1900, in Monroe, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died in May 1965, at the age of 94.
English (Yorkshire): from the Middle English personal name Spivi, of unexplained etymology. There is a slight possibility that it could be a pet form of ancient Germanic Spirwig, attested in the patronymic of a Norman tenant, Eudo filius Spireuuic, 1086 in Domesday Book (Lincolnshire). The alteration of Spivey to Spib(e)y, as if it were from a placename, seems to occurs from the 15th century, but the letters -v- and -b- are often difficult to distinguish at this time and during the following century, so the phonetic change may have occurred later.