DECEMBER 1984 VOL. 1 NO. 1
The name Hervey seems to have come from the Norman name Herve', which is still common in parts of Normandy, France. People named Herve' apparently went with William the Conqueror (1026-1087) to England and Anglicized the spelling to Hervey, Haervey, or Harvey. Before conquering England, William was Duke of Normandy.
The Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. IX, Oxford University Press, 1968, cites Hervey who became .bishop of Bangor in 1092. The Welsh refused to recognize Hervey as their bishop since he was a Norman, unable to speak their language and ignorant of their customs. Strife resulted, Hervey's brother was the victim of murderous attacks and Hervey feared for his life. He sought a transfer. In 1107 he became the king's administrator of Ely and when it became a new see, he took possession as bishop in 1109. Hervey was high in favor with William Rufus and confessor to Henry I. He died in 1131.
Another early Hervey in England was Hervey de Montmaurice. According to the book, Henry_II, University of California Press, 1973 by W. L. Warren, Hervey de Montmaurice was recruited in 1167 by King Dermot MacMurrough of Leinster, Ireland, who had been driven out of Dublin by the king of Connacht. Hervey was "a man of broken fortunes, without equipment or money" and brother-in-law of Robert FitzStephen, who gathered a family party of descendants of Nest (the promiscuous mistress of King Henry I) to aid King Dermot. Their superior continental and Welsh military techniques swung the balance and Dermot suppressed his rebellious subjects and drove his rivals from Leinster.
According to Ickworth, the National Trust, 1978, the Hervey nobility (Earl, Baron, and Marquess) in England is descended from John Hervey (born circa 1290) who married Joan the daughter and co-heir of John de la leye, of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire.
When discovered in 1773, the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean were named the Hervey Islands by Captain James Cook in honor of Captain Hervey, R.N., the first Lord of the Admiralty. One island in the group is still called Hervey Island.
There is a rich and varied history of Herveys, nobility, clergy, men of letters, and scoundrels. Tracing the various Hervey backgrounds is interesting.
The meaning of the name Hervey is given variously as worthy warrior and "descendant of Haerveu (active in war)."
Irene Malissa Rollman nee Hervey died October 1, 1984 and was buried in Cortez, Colorado. Her sister, Merle Maurine Nesbitt nee Hervey of Denver writes, Irene "fell and broke her hip a few weeks before her death and suffered a heart attack or blood clot to cause her death."
Irene was born to Sarah Blanche (Oliphant) and Edgar Shepherd Hervey on January 5, 1902 in Chatfield, Texas. She married Roy Robert Claycomb on April 12, 1920 in Longmont, Colorado. Their children were: William Edgar Claycomb, born April 9, 1921 in Longmont, Colorado, and died June 26 1974 in Cortez,Colorado; Rosella Blanche Claycomb, born November 20, 1923 in Loma, Colorado; Charles Wesley Claycomb, born May 27, 1927 in Evergreen, Colorado and died September 7, 1937; Glen Allen Claycomb, born August 28, 1930 in Brighton, Colorado and died November 12, 1930; Mary Lou Claycomb; and Robert Milton Claycomb. Irene's husband Roy died May 3, 1965 in Cortez, Colorado.
Irene married (second) Carl Rollman in Cortez on July 12, 1974.
Thomas Hervey married Sarahann apparently (after May 18, 1765, when the man who may have been her father wrote his will and) before June 25, 1772, when they both witnessed the will of Barrilla Hewit. (1) As witnesses of the will, they signed themselves Thomas Harvey and Sarahann Harvey and Thomas was an executor of Mr. Hewitt's estate. Thomas and Sarahann could each write their name in an era when many people signed their name with an "X". The Hewitt will was witnessed in Halifax County, North Carolina and the couple lived in that county at the time of the death of Thomas in February 1806. That their names appear in this document as Harvey instead of Hervey is not a problem in genealogy where if a name sounds the same, it is the same. Not only was spelling not standardized well during this time, the script which survives is often faint and imprecise.
The DAR application of Thelma Bowden Freet of this line gives Col. Thomas Hervey as being born about 1740. Thomas is reported as having been reared in Paris, France.
Sarahann may have been the daughter of Sarah and Francis Williams. (1) Francis died after making his will on May 18, 1765 and before July 1766 when it was probated in Halifax County, North Carolina. His will names his sons Charles Williams and Francis Williams, his daughters Betty Ann Williams, Sarah Ann Williams, Mary Ann Williams, and Jemima Ann Williams, and his wife Sarah who was living when the will was written. His will divided 400 acres, one slave, a saddle, and 40 pounds cash and left the residue to raise the children and to be divided among them when his wife died.
Thomas Hervey was drafted into the revolutionary militia in 1779 as a colonel and, due to his poor health, he hired a substitute to march his Regiment to war. This is related in a letter from General Isaac Gregory to Governor Caswell.
Sarahann and Thomas both witnessed the will of Mary Read on March.13, 1778, signing their names as Harvey. (3)
The North Carolina State Census of 1784-1787 listed Thomas Hervey, Sr. as the head of family of 11 in Halifax County including two white males between 21 and 60 years old, four white males either under 21 or over 60 years old, and five females. He owned 19 slaves with 8 of them between the ages of 12 and 50 years. The 1790 North Carolina Federal Census listed Thomas Harvey, Sr. with 12 family members and 22 slaves.
On March 12, 1803 Thomas Harvey swore to the nuncupative will of his son William Harvey, who left his estate to his wife Nancy and children under the age of 21: James Harvey, Zack Harvey, Betty Harvey, Jesse Harvey, Rebecca Harvey, Amy Harvey, and William Harvey. (1) Elizabeth Sullivant, who visited the sick William Harvey on March 5, corroborated his desired disposition of his estate. William Sullivant was made guardian of the orphans.
In August 1804 Thomas Hervey and Christopher Pritchett must have appeared in court in Halifax County to verify the lost will of Spencer Hurst, which they had witnessed on Dec. 16, 1780. (1) Agreeing to abide by the will so given were Spencer's wife Lena Hurst, John Pritchett, William Pritchett, James Read, and Zack Sullivant.
Thomas Hervey died in February 1806. His will, written February 12, 1806, lists six living and one deceased children, which he had by his wife (as he calls her in his will) Sarahann Hervey:
His will merely confirmed his prior gifts of property and negroes.
His will next allocated property to the five children of Betty Pritchett, deceased:
Finally, Thomas Hervey spelled out that two of the executors of his will, Gideon Hervey Pritchett and Peyton Hervey Pritchett are his sons but he never called Betty Pritchett his wife.
On the 1810 Federal Census of Halifax County, North Carolina, both Gideon and Paton appear with the surname Hervey, not Pritchett.
When first investigating this line, I concluded in my book Mayflower to the Moon - Herveys & Gables, that Betty Pritchett was the first wife of Thomas Hervey; however, birth dates subsequently found negate this conclusion. Peyton Hervey Pritchett was born August 2, 1785 in Halifax Co., North Carolina and One(y) Scyprett Hervey was born on September 7, 1776, in Halifax Co., N.C. It appears that Betty Pritchett was the mistress of Col. Thomas Hervey.
1. Hoffman, Margaret M., Genealogical Abstracts of Wills 1758 Through 1824 Halifax County North Carolina (Weldon, N.C., The Roanoke News Company, 1970)
2. North Carolinian Vol. 1 (1955-56)
3. North Carolina Historical & Genealogical Register Volume 1 1900, page 52
Henry Hervey was born in Crossan House, County Down, Ireland, in 1740.
The Ireland of his youth was in turmoil over religion with the Church of England supporters and Catholic supporters in England creating much animosity of the Irish toward England. When the colonies in America were struggling against the rule of the English monarchy, Irishmen often felt aligned with the colonists.
Against that background Henry Hervey sailed from Belfast aboard the ship East of Donegal. He landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April .1770, with his cousin William Hervey.
By 1775, Henry settled on a farm in Brooke County, West Virginia in the narrow finger of that state which lies between Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Henry married Margaret Hutcheson in 1776 and they had nine children:: William Hervey (the eldest); Jane Hervey, born July 16, 1778; James Hervey; Mary Hervey; John Hervey; Isabel Hervey; David Hervey, born October 29, 1794 in Brooke County, West Virginia; Margaret Hervey; and Henry Hervey, born in 1798. Three of their sons, James (5), David, and Henry (5), attended Jefferson College and were ordained Presbyterian ministers in the early missionary churches of the vicinity including Wheeling, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Martinsburg, Ohio.
Henry died in 1805 and was buried in Pennsylvania in (the county adjoining Brooke County, West Virginia) Washington County at Buffalo Graveyard near Independence.
4. Hubbard, John.Charles, Personal correspondence, January 6, 1981.
5. McKinney, William Wilson, The Presbyterian Valley, Pittsburgh, Davis & Warde, 1958, p. 179ff
William Hervey was born in 1774 in Liverpool, England. In 1797 he married Martha Arnold, who was 21 years old, in Massachusetts. A son, William Henry Hervey, Jr. (7) was born to the couple in Massachusetts. Their family included both boys and girls.
The family moved to Liverpool for a while, but returned to America, settling in New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase. William purchased a plantation and resided in New Orleans. He was half owner and captain of a ship that traded from Gulf and Atlantic ports of the United States to England.
William Hervey, Jr. worked in New Orleans in a ship chandlery business on the Mississippi River. William, Jr. married Lucinda Willaford Colles on March 21, 1835 (8) in New Orleans, Louisiana. William, Jr. was stabbed .by James Bird on January 9, 1836 (8) and died January 10, 1836 in New Orleans, but a Hervey line continued through his son William III who was (born circa 1836) five years old (8) when his father's estate was probated on May 3, 1841.
Captain William Hervey was mentioned in the Probate Court records (9) of the succession of his son William Hervey, Jr. as the "nearest relative" of his grandson in regard to "family meetings" held in 1841 to decide issues regarding his son's estate. Although other family meetings were held in 1842, 1843, and 1844, Captain William Hervey's name does not appear in the surviving records of them, so he was apparently unable or unwilling to participate. (Hollace Hervey notes that Captain William Hervey was alive in 1842.)
Captain William Hervey is reported to have lost his life and vessel on a trip to Liverpool. Some of his children returned to Northern States.
6. Hervey, Beverly Pevey, Typed family history with hand written corrections and additions by Hollace Lynne Hervey
7. Papers filed May 17, 1843 in New Orleans with the Court of Probate identify Lucinda Willaford Colles as widow of William Henry Hervey
8. Papers filed (Marriage Affidavit and Petition of Natural Tutrix) May 3, 1841 in New Orleans with the Court of Probate after the murder of William Hervey, Junior
9. Papers filed June 26, 1841; July 7, 1841; August 2, 1841; and October 11, 1841 in New Orleans with the Court of Probate
Nov. 18, 1984
. . . I'm enclosing family group sheets which (trace) the descent of my husband from Thomas Hervey Sr. who died in Halifax Co., N. C. in 1806. The relationship is through Hannah Hervey Bull (not Beele as shown in your book "Mayflower to the Moon") who married John Bull ca 1794. Hannah and John moved to Stokes Co., N. C. before .1800. In 1803 Hannah and John Bull went to the Legislature in Raleigh, N. C. and changed their name to Randal. Also listed were their children: Oney Cypress, Lenny, Jackson, and Elizabeth. We believe they may have had at least one other child, Pinckney Harvey Randal, but (have) no proof yet (there could have been others due to Hannah's age).
Hannah and John Randal were in Franklin Co., Ga. by 1818. Hannah died there but I'm not sure where John died. The oldest child, Oney Cypress, (obviously named for Hannah's brother, Oney Scyprett . . . ) remained in Franklin Co., Ga. and many of his descendants remain there today spelling their name Randall. Leonard Randal became a physician and married Sarah Kyle of McNairy, Tenn. (Note thIs county is next to Hardeman Co., Tenn. where .Oney lived.).
Dr. Leonard Randal had four children in Tenn. and then left for Texas. One son, John Leonard (Randal,) Jr. was born in Miss. En route to Tex. Dr. Leonard was in Tex. by the time the 1840 census was taken. Dr. Leonard was also a farmer and kept slaves. He served in the state legislature and in the Civil War as a surgeon even though he was in his 60's by then.
Horace Randal, son of Dr. Leonard, was the second West Point graduate from Texas. He resigned his commission at the start of the Civil War and joined the forces of the Confederacy. He became a general and was killed in 1864. Randall County, Texas is named for him. A picture of him and his first wife hang in the courthouse there. . .
I do not know why John and Hannah Bull changed their name to Randal. Family tradition says the wife did not like Bull and insisted on a change. . .
FEBRUARY 1985, VOL. 1 NO. 2
Ethel Whitten nee Roman died November 28, 1984. Services were held at the First Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colorado. Maurine Hervey Nesbitt writes, "She broke her hip in September, was taken to the hospital, and diagnosed at that time as having cancer."
Ethel was born to Hulda (Nygren) and Louis Roman on March 14, 1922 in Mead, Colorado. She married Walton Maurice Hervey on April 18, 1941. They had one child, Garry Lynn Hervey. Walton died on December 3, 1950.
Ethel married Leo Whitten on July 31, 1954 and they lived in San Liandro, California. Leo and Ethel got a divorce and Ethel continued living in San Liandro.
Ethel is survived by her son, Garry Lynn Hervey.
James Hervey of Vermont is known to his descendants only through mention of his name on the marriage license of his son Virgil Temple Hervey, Sr. James Hervey married a Scottish woman whose maiden name was Claree.(1)
In addition to a son, Virgil, James is said to have had sons named Milton Hervey and Austin Hervey, both of whom left the Northeast for Houston, Texas (2) in the first half of the 1800's, perhaps as early as the 1820's.(1) Virgil Hervey evidently made 2 trips overland to Texas to visit his brothers, and on one trip in 1862, he was pressed into service in the Confederate Army in Livingston, Texas. He later deserted in Maryland and joined the United States Army. (2,5) James Hervey had a daughter, Aurelia, who lived in Philadelphia, Pa. most of her life. (2) In all, James is believed to have had 8 children, the youngest being Virgil, (1) who was orphaned or abandoned or left behind to be raised by the "Shakers" near Albany, New York. Other sons of James Hervey were reputed to have owned a circus and traveled around near the Erie Canal. (2) Family tradition has it that the forefathers of this Hervey family fought in the Revolutionary War. (1,2,3) No records have been found showing that James Hervey served; however, a Samuel Hervey and a Phineas Hervey both served in the Vermont Militia. Samuel Hervey was in Col. Samuel Herricks Regiment for 4 days and received pay on June 11, 1781 at Arlington, Vt. Phineas Hervey was in Skensborough Co. commanded by Ensign Blanchard, for 12 days. (4) Both of these areas are a short distance from Brandon, Vt. (where Virgil T. Hervey was born in 1835); therefore, it is surmised by descendants of the family that both of these Revolutionary soldiers are "theirs." (2) Indeed, a first cousin of Virgil T. Hervey, Sturdvant Overon, was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, having joined on a Hervey ancestor.
Gerald Hervey believes that Samuel Hervey, Revolutionary Soldier, is the father of James Hervey. Gerald wrote "Enclosed you will find pay roll slips for a Samuel Hervey. ... This slip indicates he was in the service only four days. (4) I recall my father saying Samuel was too young and his mother went to the local camp and took him home. I understand this man was my father's great grandfather." (3)
The first Hervey to arrive in Vermont came from the Boston, Mass. area in 1760. Speculation is that he was descended from one of two brothers, William Hervey and Thomas Hervey, who landed in Boston before 1636 with their families, settled and had children there. One descendant of this Boston family moved to Vermont. (1,2)
1. Hervey, Jean, Palenville, NY, Correspondence, Dec. 9, 1980
2. Hervey, Virgil W., Hollywood, FL, Correspondence Feb. 6, 1981
3. Hervey, Gerald, Fort Lee, NJ, Correspondence, Jan. 1985.
4. Rev. War Records of the Vermont Militia - Pay Roll & Return
5. Confederate Civil War Records of Texas - Muster Roll
6. Discharge Certificate of Virgil T. Hervey for service in U.S. Infantry during the Civil War.
7. Marriage License of Virgil T. Hervey and Margaret H. Borsig, New York City, Oct. 30, 1892.
James Hervey was born in County Down, Ireland in 1788 or 1789. His wife was Mary Ford (born 1787/88 in County Down) (2). James owned flax mills in Ireland. Being a Presbyterian, he was one of the more prosperous residents of Northern Ireland.
During a rebellion of the Irish Catholic peasants the Hervey flax mills were burned and the family lost everything it had. (1,2)
One of James' and Mary's young sons, John Hervey (born 1820/22), at age 17-19 left Ireland to seek work in the United States. John arrived in Pennsylvania in 1839. After he saved enough money, he returned to Ireland in 1844 to bring his parents, 7 brothers and one sister to the U.S. The family settled in Pittsburgh, Pa. (2)
James Hervey died on Dec. 29, 1864 and was buried at the Prospect Cemetery (Lot 53, Sec. C) in Tarentum, Allegheny Co., Pa. His wife, Mary, died March 27, 1874, and was buried with her husband. (2)
The nine children of James and Mary (Ford) Hervey (probably not in order) were:
1. Hervey, Mary A., Butler, PA, personal interview Nov. 1971 and typed notes prepared by her.
2. Hervey, Mrs. David (Marianne), correspondence, Jan., 1985
By Jean Reynolds and Donald G. Hervey
Hannah Hervey was the daughter of Col. Thomas Hervey and Sarahann (Williams) Hervey. She was apparently born between 1770 and 1780, probably in Halifax Co., North Carolina. Hannah Hervey married John Bull (not Beele as reported in Mayflower to the Moon) ca. 1794. Hannah and John moved to Stokes County, North Carolina, before 1800. John Bull was born ca. 1766 to Sarah and Thomas (?) Bull.
Family tradition holds that Hannah did not like the name Bull and insisted on a change. In 1803 Hannah and John Bull went to the legislature in Raleigh, North Carolina and changed their name to Randal. Also listed were their children: Oney Cypress, Lenny, Jackson, and Elizabeth. They may have had at least one other child, Pinkney Harvey Randal. There could have been others, due to Hannah's age.
Hannah and John Randal were in Franklin County, Georgia by 1818. Hannah died there.
The oldest child, Oney Cypress Randal (obviously named for Hannah's brother, Oney Scyprett) was born ca. 1795 in North Carolina. He remained in Franklin County, Georgia when his parents died, and many of his descendants remain there today, spelling their name Randall.
John Leonard Randal was born ca. 1795 in North Carolina. He became a physician and married Sarah McNeil Kyle of McNairy, Tennessee, which is in the county next to Hardeman County, Tennessee, where Oney Scyprett Hervey had moved. Perhaps Leonard met Sarah when visiting his relatives. Dr. Leonard Randal had four children in Tennessee and then left for Texas.
Jackson Harvey (or Harry) Randal was born ca. 1802 in North Carolina. He married Mary Ann Trimble and moved to Texas.
Elizabeth H. Randal was born ca. 1803 in North Carolina. She married Rev. Moses Hampton Denman. They moved to Texas. Elizabeth died January 19, 1861 in Randolph, Texas in Houston County.
Pinckney Harvey Randal may have been a child of Hannah and John Randal. He was born September 5, 1814 in North Carolina.
Hannah Hervey Randal died November 25, 1832 in Franklin County Georgia. John Randal died on December 30, 1851.
by Donald G. Hervey
Oney Scyprett Hervey was born to Sarahann (Williams) and Thomas Hervey on September 7, 1776 in Halifax County, North Carolina and died June 12, 1839 in Hardeman County, Tennessee. (6) Before his father's death, Oney sold land to his father. This transaction is mentioned in the will of Thomas Hervey. "I give and bequeath to the sons Gideon Hervey Pritchett and Peyton Hervey Pritchett sons of said Betty Pritchett deceased all that tract of land I bought of my son One (Oney) to be equally divided between the two Gideon Hervey Pritchett and Peyton Hervey Pritchett to them and their heirs forever." (7)
Family records indicate that Oney S. Hervey married Elizabeth Williams on April 1, 1806, soon after his father's death. They had eight children. (6)
Oney witnessed the will of Samuel Porter on January 14, 1807 and of Christopher Pritchett, Sr. on October 21, 1807, both in Halifax County, North Carolina. (2)
"The census of 1800 for Halifax County shows Oney S. Harvey, single. In the census of 1810 for Nash County, NC, another Oney S. Harvey appeared (or the same one). Before 1820 Oney S. moved to Dickson County, west Tennessee." (8)
Oney Henry [sic] appeared on the 1820 printed version of the U. S. Census of Tennessee in Dickson County with three sons under 10 years old, one son between the ages of 10 and 16 years, himself between the ages of 26 and 45 years, three daughters younger than 10 years old, his wife between the ages of 26 and 45 years, 17 slaves and one free Colored enumerated in his household. This corresponds exactly with the known data on the Oney Hervey family ages. (5) Oney is alternately reported to have moved to Fayette Co., Tenn. in 1820 (6), but it was not formed (from Shelby and Hardeman Counties) until 1824.
Elizabeth Williams died and in 1821 or 1822 Oney married Ann Holt, who died September 4, 1845. They moved to Hardeman County, Tennessee about 1823. (6)
Oney L. [sic] Hervey served on a jury in Hardeman County, Tennessee on January 11, 1828. Oney purchased land from Nickolls Nail in 1828. In 1829 he had dealings with Sam F. Neal and separately with J. W. Philpot for 100 acres. Other land dealing was with John E. Herrond in 1831, Nathan G. Smith in 1832, Anthony Foster and Zachariah H. Harrison separately in 1834, Walter Hervey and others in 1836, Thomas Hervey and others in 1839 about 640 acres, and Calvin Hervey and others in 1843. (1)
"The children of the first marriage of Oney Scyprett scattered in search of more and better lands, going mostly to Arkansas, settling to the North of the Arkansas River between Little Rock and Russellville. .--. The children of the second marriage moved from Tennessee to Southern Arkansas and Texas." (3)
Oney was a Presbyterian of English descent. He owned cotton plantations in Tenn. and Miss. (9)
Children of Oney Scyprett Hervey and Elizabeth (Williams) were:
Children of Oney Scyprett Hervey and Ann (Holt) were:
1. Letter by Hermoine D. Embry about Minute Book - July term - 1841, Oney S. Hervey Estate, Hardeman Co., TN. transcribed in research of Faye Davidson, Bolivar, TN.
2. Hofmann, Margaret M., Genealogical Abstracts of Wills 1758-1824 Halifax Co. NC; Weldon, NC: Roanoke News Co., 1970.
3. Letter from William Rhodes Hervey of Los Angeles, CA, written Feb. 10, 1945 to Charles S. Hervey and recorded by Rev. James Walter Hervey.
4. Family Bible of Calvin M. Hervey, in possession of his grandson, John Peyton Hervey of Texarkana, AR, in 1976.
5. U. S. Census (Published edition) - 1820 - Tennessee.
6. Hervey, Rev. James Walter, Hervey Family Tree or History, June, 1962, typed manuscript.
7. Copy of the will of Thomas Hervey of Halifax Co., NC, Will Book 3, page 448.
8. Moose, Melbourne, personal correspondence to H. C. Hervey, dated June 19, 1928.
9. Speer, Wm. S. & John Henry Brown, Encyclopedia of the New West, 1881, page 422.
Peyton Hervey Pritchett or Peyton Pritchett Hervey, the son of Betty Pritchett, was born on August 2, 1785, in Halifax County, North Carolina. He married Rebecca June (or Jean) Johnson (or Johnston). Peyton died March 28, 1865. (4)
Rebecca June Johnson was born in Halifax, N. C. in 1787 to Jane "Jinna" (Doles) (the daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Doles) and Ben Johnson who was born in Ireland. Rebecca June (Johnson) Hervey died November 8, 1863. (4, 5)
In his will, written on February 12, 1806 Thomas Hervey referred to Peyton as "Peyton Hervey Pritchett," and he appointed his son Oney, and Peyton and his brother "Gideon Hervey Pritchett" as executors of his will. (3)
Paton (sic) Hervey is shown on the 1810 North Carolina Census of Halifax County as head of a household. (2)
Parton (sic) P. Harvey (sic) is shown on the 1820 census of North Carolina (which includes Halifax County) as head of a household including one male and one female 26-45 years old, one son and two daughters 10-16 years old, and two sons under 10 years old.(2)
Peyton P. Harvey (sic) is also shown on the 1840 North Carolina Census. (2)
Peyton owned an 800 acre farm and a number of slaves. His health failed a few years before he died and his son John supervised the farm. (4)
P. P. Harvey (sic) and his wife Rebecca are shown on the 1850 Halifax, N. C. census with their son John living with them. (5)
Peyton Hervey was one of the original vestrymen and founders of the old Episcopal Church in Halifax. (1)
Children of Peyton Pritchett Hervey and Rebecca June (Johnson) were:
1. Personal correspondence from John H. Daniel to Shirley Hervey Reynolds dated August 12, 1982.
2. U. S. 1810, 1820, 1840 Census Indexes of North Carolina
3. Typed copy of the will of Thomas Hervey of Halifax County, N. C., Will Book 3, page 448
4. Personal correspondence from Helen and Wilson Hervey in 1981 and on January 13, 1985.
5. U. S. 1850 Census of Halifax Co., N. C., 19 Aug. 1850, E. D. 42, Household 793
6. U. S. 1880 Census Soundex of North Carolina
7. U. S. 1850 Census of Yallabusha Co. Mississippi
Willard Hervey was born to Parnell (Keith) and Byram Harvey (or Hervey) on June 10, 1815 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts in Plymouth County. (1,3)
Willard's sirname came from a long line of people from Bridgewater, his forebears including:
Willard was the last of six children born to his parents. In about 1832 Willard became an apprentice cobbler, learning to make custom shoes. After an eighteen-month apprenticeship, he worked four years at that profession.
Willard married Louisa B. Crosby on December 3, 1835 in Oneida County, New York. She was born to Sarah S. and Simeon Crosby ca. 1817. In 1836 Simeon Crosby moved from New York to LaGrange County, Indiana. Willard and Louisa lived in Utica County, New York for a while. (3)
In 1836 Willard and Louisa Hervey moved to LaGrange County, Indiana, stopping for two months in Steuben County on the way. The couple first went to the Simeon Crosby home. Willard acquired 120 acres, tilling about 80 acres, built a log cabin on the property, and moved into it. (3)
On the first Monday of April in 1837, 15 to 20 voters met at Elijah Pixley's to elect township officers for Clearspring which had been created from Eden Township. The first Trustees were Willard Hervey, Ernestus Schermerhorn, and Elijah Pixley, who were paid $2.25 apiece for their first year of service. Two justices and a clerk were also elected. (3)
Sarah S. Crosby died on September 15, 1838 and was buried in Buela Cemetery. Simeon Crosby got seriously sick. His daughter Sabrina (or Sebrina) walked for help along an Indian trail for about 15 miles to get the nearest doctor. She had to cross flood swollen Buck Creek by taking off her shoes and jumping across the logs that afforded passage almost completely over the creek. She brought Dr. Jewett back to aid her father.
Willard and Louisa had two children, Parnell and Louise (or Louisa) B. Hervey, before Willis' wife Louisa died on October 23, 1839. Simeon Crosby also died during 1839 and was in New York at the time.
On December 22, 1839 Willard Hervey married his first wife's sister, Sabrina C. Crosby, with William Harding, Justice of the Peace, performing the ceremony. (2) Sabrina was born in Massachusetts and had taught school in Amasa Durand's residence which was north of LaGrange. (3)
In this era citizens of Indiana were granted credit on their taxes for building and maintaining school buildings. Clearspring Township was divided into two school districts. In 1840 Willard Hervey erected a log schoolhouse at Hervey's Corners. The first teacher there was Joseph Miller. The structure became the site where the Methodist Protestant Church was organized, with the first quarterly meeting being conducted on February 15, 1845. At this meeting Willard Hervey became a licensed exhorter with Rev. Beardsley the pastor in charge. (3)
Willard was a Justice of the Peace from 1871 through 1875. He also served the community as Postmaster at Ringgold. (3)
The children of Sabrina C. (Crosby) and Willard Hervey who were all born in LaGrange, Indiana were:
Willard Hervey died on Dec. 21, 1887, in LaGrange County, IN. Sabrina C. (Crosby) Hervey died on March 17, 1889 (or 1888), in LaGrange, IN, and both are buried in Buela Cemetery. (1)
1. Family Group Records supplied by Roger D. Hervey and compiled by Gladys Hervey Beggs using: an 1850 Census of LaGrange County, Indiana; b. LaGrange County, Indiana records; c. LaGrange County, Biographical_History; and d. Mitchell, Nathum; History_of_Bridgewater; 1840.
2. Marriage license 103 of LaGrange County for Willard Hervey and Sabrina C. Crosby.
3. Excerpts by Roberta Hervey Leuck and supplied by Roger D. Hervey from History of LaGrange County; pp 212, 214, 218, 219, & 384; and History of Northeast Indiana; p 74.
Early Texas newspapers, which have been preserved on microfilm, mention people named Hervey in Texas in the 1840's. A search of the newspaper surname index at the Texas Room of the Houston Public Library yielded a number of articles of interest to Hervey family members, including the following:
The_Northern_Standard, published at Clarksville, Vol. 1, No. 8, Sat. Oct. 15, 1842, page 2, col. 3.
"Mr. E. L. HERVEY, on Friday evening, again astonished the good citizens, as well as ourselves, by a masterly and skillful exhibition of his extraordinary powers of ventriloquism. We take great pleasure in awarding to this gentleman an expression of our opinion in his favor, as he is a perfect master of his art."
MAY 1985 VOL 1 NO 3
David Edward Hervey died on January 9, 1985 in Victorville, California. He was born on April 12, 1909 in Jefferson, Ashtabula County, Ohio, the youngest son of Katherine (Burge) and William Henry Hervey.
David Edward Hervey married Ruth Sonnenwald and they had a daughter, Joyce Marie Hervey and two sons, David Alan Hervey and Timothy William Hervey.
He worked for Ford Motor Company for 25 years where he was active in the United Auto Workers union and in support of the Republican Party. He was a charter member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Stow, Ohio. He helped found and build St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Jefferson, Ohio. He was active in the youth sports programs in Stow, Ohio and Jefferson, Ohio. In Victorville, California he was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Memorial services were held at St. Stephen's Church and he was buried in the Stow Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Sonnenwald) Hervey; a son and daughter-in-law, David Alan and Carol Ann Hervey; a daughter, Joyce Marie Hervey; a grandson Aaron Christopher Hervey, all of Stow, Ohio; and a niece, Katherine Hervey of Geneava, Ohio.
David Edward Hervey was predeceased by his brothers John Adams Hervey and Henry Burge Hervey and by his son Timothy William Hervey.
Dorothea Elizabeth (Haardt) Hervey of San Antonio, Texas died February 4, 1985. She was born August 16, 1897 in Galveston, Texas to Gretchen (Horn) and Otto H. Haardt. It was there that she married on July 28, 1920 Stewart Darden Hervey, son of Ruby Amanda (Weinberg) and Clarence Olroyd Hervey. Stewart had enrolled in the Army with most of his graduating class from The A&M College of Texas on August 14, 1917 after the outbreak of World War I. He retired as a Colonel in 1947 and now resides in San Antonio.
The couple lived in League City for a while in the 1930's. They had three sons: Stewart Darden Hervey, Jr., of Luling, Texas; Theodore Ernest Hervey who was born on May 8, 1925, graduated from West Point in 1949, and died in 1979 ; and Frederick Middleton Hervey who died at age eight; and one daughter Gretchen Hervey who died at age three.
Samuel S. Hervey, born about 1810 in New York, emigrated to Texas, as did 25 or 30 thousand other Anglo- Americans, during the 15 years following Stephen F. Austin's successful establishment of the town of San Felipe de Austin, Texas in 1821. Samuel served in the Army of the Republic of Texas from July 20, 1836 to October 20, 1836. He probably did not see much action during this time, since the Battle of San Jacinto, which ended the Texas War of Independence from Mexico, took place on April 21 of the same year.
Samuel received bounty land for his military service [320 acres in Lamar City] in Northeast Texas on May 20, 1846. (1) He had been living in that same part of Texas prior to receiving his land grant. According to an article appearing in the Northern Standard, a newspaper published at Clarksville, Red River County, Texas, Samuel S. Hervey was appointed administrator of the estate of Elbert Mathews, in February or March of 1844. (2) Samuel continued to reside in Red River County, Texas for the remainder of his life, and was shown on the 1880 census of Red River County to be 70 years old. (3,4,5)
Census records show the name of Samuel's wife as *ennie, Easter, and Winnie W., all apparently the same person, born in Georgia ca. 1813/14.
A listing of the known children of Samuel S. Hervey and his wife may be gleaned from the census records, but it is to be expected that there could be more children than those listed below, since the first one shown was born when Samuel was about 28 and his wife about 24:
1. Miller, T. L., Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas 1835-1888, Austin: U.T. Press, 1967, page 343.
2. Microfilm, Early Texas Newspapers, U.T. Library; Clarksville, TX: Northern_Standard, March 2, 1844, page 3, col. 4.
3. U.S. Census, 1860, Clarksville, Red River Co., TX, 17 July 1860, page 43
4. U.S. Census, 1870, Clarksville, Red River Co., TX, 8 Aug. 1870, page 132
5. U.S. Census Soundex Index, 1880, Red River Co., TX, Vol. 27, E.D. 103
6. Microfilm, Texas Marriages of Red River County, TX.
7. Hervey, Paul G., Corpus Christi, TX; Correspondence, Nov. 14, 1980.
8. Hervey, Harold L., Mesquite, TX, Correspondence, Jan. 17, 1981.
9. U. S. Census Soundex Index, 1900, Red River Co., TX, Vol. 91, E.D. 109, Sheet 5.
The first settlement of the Louisiana Territory above Natchitoches, Louisiana, was made in 1750 at the mouth of Boggy River, on the east bank of Red River. The Governor of Louisiana issued a permit to form a trading company to a Frenchman named M. FRANCOIS HERVEY. Hervey is said to have settled in the area of northeast Texas before 1735, and to have farmed opposite the mouth of the Kiamichi River.
The first location for Hervey's trading company was near the lower boundary of Lamar County, about 540 miles above Natchitoches, by the course of the river. The company did not prosper, so two years later, Msr. Hervey moved to a new sight 40 miles lower, to the ancient Caddo Indian village on the Texas side of the river. Along with Sergeant Beason and about 10-12 soldiers, Hervey built a fort, called St. Louis de Carloretta, which lies in what is now Red River County, Texas. The French flag flew on a flagstaff and two small pieces of artillery protected the fort. Several French families settled at the fort and raised vegetables such as corn, as well as tobacco. The settlement prospered for about 20 years, but when Louisiana Territory passed into possession of Spain, the country was sadly neglected by the Spanish government, and the settlers abandoned the fort to move to the less isolated vicinity of Natchitoches.
FRANCOIS HERVEY remained in the vicinity of the fort until it was abandoned in 1770, having lived in the area continuously for almost 40 years.
1. Clarksville,_Old_Red_River_County, by Pat B. Clark, publ. Dallas, Tx, 1937.
2. A History of Education in Delta County, Texas, by Paul G. Hervey, Master's Thesis, U.T., 1953, p. 5., citing H. E. Bolton, Athanese de Mezieres and the Louisiana-Texas Frontier_-_1768, Vol. 1, p. 208.
William Henry Hervey, Jr., born in 1799 in Massachusetts, the son of Capt. William Hervey and his wife Martha (Arnold) Hervey, moved to Louisiana perhaps as early as 1805 (his father's sailing schedule was published that year in the Louisiana Gazette). They lived on a plantation in Avoyelles Parish along the Red River in Central Louisiana and in the city of New Orleans (1). William Hervey, Jr. reportedly had brothers and sisters, some of whom left New .Orleans to move to northern states after their father's death at sea (2), which occurred after 1842 (Capt. Hervey's name is mentioned in the succession papers of William Hervey, Jr. in 1842, as the nearest relative of the minor child of William Jr.).
William Hervey, Jr. lived and worked in New Orleans, La. He was owner and operator of a ship chandlery (3).
On March 21, 1835, William Hervey, Jr. was married to Mrs. Lucinda Willaford Colles in the First Congregational Church of New Orleans. The marriage was attested to by Theodore Clapp, pastor of the church, in an affidavit filed with William's succession records. Lucinda was only 20 years old at the time of her marriage and had already been widowed once.
The ancestry of Lucinda is not known. She was reported to have been born about 1815 in Kentucky (1). Her family is reported to have come from England to New Orleans with 2 or 3 daughters, in the early 1800's but their parents succumbed to yellow fever shortly after their arrival, and the girls were placed in an orphanage in New Orleans while still young (4). One sister of Lucinda married a Hearsey, the son of the matron of the asylum. The Hearseys had daughters, one of which married Theo Hurst of New Orleans and had a daughter Rittia and a granddaughter Rittia Vining who was of Ponchatoula, La. ca. 1943 (4).
William's and Lucinda's marriage ended abruptly with William's death just 10 months after their wedding. An account, written by P. P. Hervey, a grandson, states that William Hervey, Jr. was "on [his] way home with receipts of [the] day's business in a sack, was waylaid and slugged by a 'freed Negro' employed by him and robbed of his money; [the] Negro fled from New Orleans to New York and [was] never captured. [William] was not killed on the spot, [but] managed to crawl to his home, made [a] report of [the] matter and died that night (2)."
According to the coroner's report of the murder, William was assaulted with a knife or dirk on Notre Dame St., between Magazine and Tehoussitoulas St. in Foubourg St. Mary's in the City of New Orleans, by James Bird, at about 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon of Jan. 9, 1836. The assailant stabbed his victim in the left hand, right arm and right breast, the latter wound causing his death at about 3:00 in the morning of Jan. 14, 1836. William died in a house in the same block on which he was attacked (5).
After her husband's death, Lucinda was taken in by a Mrs. Martha Hearsey, who also paid for William's funeral (6). Martha may have been Lucinda's sister, who reportedly married a Hearsey (4). The name of a George Hearsey appeared once in William's succession papers, he having appeared at the Coroner's Inquest to swear to the circumstances of the murder as he knew them to be true (5). A Thomas Hearsey's name appeared several times; he was appointed to represent Lucinda's minor child in the family meetings held to administer the estate of her late husband. However, his name was not mentioned after Oct. 1841, so he may have died by that time.
Three months after her husband's death, Lucinda gave birth to their only child, whom she named William. Lucinda remained in delicate health for several years. She earned about $10.00 per month by sewing, and with that money she paid her doctor bills and procured clothes for herself and her child (6).
In 1841, Lucinda petitioned the court to appoint her administrator of her husband's estate and tutrise of her child. This began the 3-year task of having the estate appraised, holding family meetings to protect the interests of the minor child, and finally the disbursement of the properties of the estate, which included about 42 acres in Avoyelles Parish and 5 lots in New Orleans. The estate was mortgaged in order to pay debts owed by the estate; namely, for William's funeral expenses, legal fees, and room and board for Lucinda and her son for 5 years (paid to Mrs. Martha Hearsey). Lucinda and William had only $52.00 each left after debts were paid. To secure her son's inheritance, Lucinda placed a special mortgage on one of her pieces of property in Jefferson Parish.
On January 19, 1844 (7), Lucinda became the wife of William S. Stevens. It is no doubt due to her marriage that Lucinda was able to keep from selling her properties to pay her debts. This third marriage unhappily was another brief one for Lucinda, for family records show that she was married a fourth and final time to Henry Abbott, by whom she bore a son, Henry Abbott, Jr., who never married and died in Houston, Texas at about 35 years of age (2).
The only child of William, Jr. and Lucinda Hervey was William, born April 14, 1836 in New Orleans, La., died Aug. 11, 1881 in Comfort, Kendall Co., Texas, married first on Sept. 28, 1857 to Susan Caroline Olroyd and had 7 children. He was married a second time to Elizabeth S. Shearer and had one child.
1. Hervey, Hollace, correspondence Jan. 28, 1981, and May 28, 1981.
2. Hervey, B. P., Family history manuscript, Sept. 1, 1955.
3. Hervey, Rev. James W., Family History Manuscript, June 1962.
4. Hervey, Horace P., Family history manuscript, 1943.
5. Coroner's Inquest into death of William Hervey, Jr., New Orleans, La., Jan. 14, 1836, filed with succession papers of deceased.
6. Probate court account of administration, April 19, 1844, filed with Succession papers of William Hervey, Jr.
7. First Congregational Church of New Orleans Marriage records, 1836- 1847, published in the New Orleans Genesis, March 1981.
U. S. CENSUS - 1790
Perhaps the most useful set of records available to genealogists are the U.S. Population Schedules, commonly called the Census Records. The taking of the census by the Federal Government began in 1790 and has been repeated every 10 years since, usually in the decennial years. Additionally, there are 1857 schedules for Minnesota, 1864, 1866, 1867, and 1869 schedules for Arizona, and 1885 schedules for Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, and New Mexico. The schedules for some states and for some counties of other states, 1790-1820, and most schedules for 1890 are not extant.
The first Census of the United States was authorized on March 1, 1790 and provided that enumeration was to begin on the first Monday in August 1790 and to end within 9 months.
These schedules have been put into printed form, in a single indexed volume for each state. The information within each volume is arranged by county and sometimes minor subdivisions within the counties. In the case of missing schedules, local tax records have been printed in an effort to reconstruct the schedules for some states.
Information contained on the 1790 census schedules includes: name of the head of the family, the number of free white males aged 16 and up, the number of free white males under 16, the number of free white females, the number of all other free persons, and the number of slaves. The head of the family is included in the numerical statistics.
In this and future issues of the Hervey Families of America Bulletin, this column will print the names of Hervey heads of families who are listed in the printed indices of the 1790 census schedules. In some cases, when it is known that some of our identified Herveys are listed in the schedules as Harvey (or some other spelling), they will be shown herein as well. All thirteen of the original states whose census schedules are extant, will eventually be covered.
The information contained in the indices of census records varies from state to state. Some books contain everything that is on the original schedules; whereas others name the county and township a head of household resided in and refer the researcher to the page of the original census on which the person is located.
Hervey, Alexander 28 Orange Co.
Hervey, Archibald 28 Orange Co.
Barnet Twp 1/-/-/-/-
Hervey, Daniel 31 Orange Co.
Lyndon Twp 2/-/-/-/-
Hervey, Edmond 67 Windsor Co.
Woodstock Twp 1/2/2/-/-
Hervey, Ira 33 Orange Co.
St. Johnsbury Twp 1/-/-/-/-
Hervey, Marshall 67 Windsor Co.
Woodstock Twp 1/2/2/-/-
Hervey, William 33 Orange Co.
Ryegate Twp 1/-/-/-/-
No Herveys were listed; however,
28 Harveys and 2 Harvys were shown.
Hervey, David 167 Plymouth Co.
Bridgewater Twp 3/1/3/-/-
Harveys - 43 listed
Harvys - 1 listed
Hervey, David 183 Washington Co.
Westfield Twp. 5 in household
Hervey, Joel 193 Washington Co.
Westfield Twp. 2 in household
Hervey, Jonathan 190 Washington
Co. Hebron Twp. 8 in household
Hervey, Medad 193 Washington Co.
Westfield Twp. 8 in household
Hervey, Moses 194 Washington Co.
Whitehall Twp. 3 in household
Hervey, Nath 194 Washington Co.
Whitehall Twp. 6 in household
Numerous Harveys and Harvys listed
Hervey, Alexr 213 Philadelphia Co.
Southwork Swanson St. W. Side, a
Hervey, Daniel 112 Fayette Co.
Washington Twp. 1/2/1/-/1
Hervey, Henderson 113 Franklin Co.
Fannet, Hamilton, etc. 1/4/2/-/-
Hervey, James 113 Franklin Co.
Fannet, Hamilton, etc. 1/-/1/-/-
Hervey, James 113 Franklin Co.
Fannet, Hamilton, etc. 1/1/2/-/-
Hervey, James 143 Lancaster Co.
Mountjoy Twp. 1/2/3/-/-
Hervey, James 143 Lancaster Co.
Mountjoy Twp. 1/3/3/-/-
Hervey, Jona & Co. 217 Philadelphia
Co. Philadelphia Middle Dist. So.
Water to Chestnut St. East side.
(Mercha't, S.) -/-/-/-/-
Hervey, Robert 122 Huntingdon Co.
Hervey, Sampson 228 Philadelphia Co.
Philadelphia Middle Dist. Pace
St. So. to Ninth St. (Sh.
Chand'r, S.) -/-/-/-/-
Hervey, William 113 Franklin Co.
Fannet, Hamilton, etc. 2/1/3/1/-
Hervey, Will'm 76 Cumberland
Hopewell Newton, Tyborn, etc.
Hervey, Charles 93 New Kent Co.
List of Burwell Bassett 5 whites
1 dwelling 6 other buildings
Harvey, Osesephorus 74
Northumberland Co. 8 whites
1 dwelling 6 other buildings
Harvey, Onisiphouis 37
Northumberland Co. List of John
Heath 9 whites 8 blacks
Harveys - 32 listed in all
Hervey, James 147 Pitt Co.
Newbern Dist. 5 white 1 slave
Hervey, John 63 Halifax Co.
Halifax Dist. 8 whites 1 slave
Hervey, Thomas 63 Halifax Co.
Halifax Dist. 4 whites 1 slave
Hervey, William 63 Halifax Co.
Halifax Dist. 5 whites 1 slave
Hervey, William Sr. 63 Halifax Co.
Halifax Dist. 7 whites 1 slave
Harvey, Thomas Sr. 63 Halifax Co.
Halifax Dist. 12 whites 22 slave
Hervey, Thomas Sr. Halifax Co.
White Males 21-60 yrs. - 2
White Males <21 and >60 - 4
White females all ages - 5
Blacks 12-50 yrs. - 8
Blacks <12 and >50 - 11
April 19, 1985
Do you have Lady Phyllis (of Suffolk, England) on your list (of subscribers)? . . . We visited Lady Phyllis and Merrie in September and had the best yet tour of Ickworth (the .family home of the English nobility now owned by the National Trust). It is a thrill to see all those Herveys on the walls and know that the Old Masters put them there! . . . The present Earl of Bristol . . . lives in style in Monaco. His son lives at Ickworth and uses to the fullest extent the trappings of the title which will be his when the present Earl dies. I do not know either of them. . . I am . . . by upbringing a Hervey.
Patricia Hervey Schneider
A source inadvertently omitted in the first issue article on William Hervey.
May 28, 1981
The information I have on William Hervey I(st) came from my grandfather who wrote a family history in 1955 and from his older brother, Horace Peyton (Hervey), who wrote a similar history in 1943. I took both these histories and began proving and/or disproving statements they made concerning events in the family as far back as I could find records. Of the two family histories, I have found that Horace's is more accurate. My grandfather tended to tell the stories the way he thought they should have happened. . .
I found record of William Hervey I(st) in Avoyelles Parish as early as 1807 when he married the widow Ester Clarke. His sailing schedule was posted in the Louisiana Gazette in 1805, sailing the Schooner Ann from New Orleans to Mobile, Pensacola and St. Stephens.
There are many references to William Hervey I in Avoylles Parish. He bought and sold land, was sheriff for three years, and his wife sold a slave to her daughter Catherine James (probably the same James family Horace remembered visiting as a boy).
This is a continuation of early Texas newspaper articles that were preserved on microfilm. Each mentions someone named Hervey in Texas when it was an independent nation.
The_Northern_Standard, published at Clarksville, Vol. 2, No. 16, March 2, 1844, page 3, col. 4.
"Succession of E. Mathews. The undersigned was duly appointed administrator of the estate of Elbert Matthews, deceased, at the last October term of the Probate Court of Red River County. This is therefore to notify all persons indebted to said estate, to make immediate payment, and all persons having claims against said estate will present them within the time prescribed by law (12 months) or they will be forever barred. SAM'L S. HERVEY, Admr. Feb. 26th, 1844-16-6t of est. E. Mathews dec."
The_Texas_State_Gazette, published at Austin, Texas, Vol. III No. 52, Aug. 14, 1852, page 2, col. 1.
"The new county of Burnett was organized, about A month since, by the election of the following officers: Chief Justice, Andrew Mays; County Clerk, Archibald G. Horne; Sheriff, J. C. Bradley; District Clerk, E. H. Caldwell; Assessor and Collector, THOS. HERVEY; Coronor, A. L. Watts; County Commissioners, Wm. Miller, John Scott, Wm. Chesier; Treasurer, Samuel Holland."
The main references used for this article are Volumes I and II, Navarro County_History, published by the Navarro County Historical Society. Address of the Society is Pioneer Village, 912 West Park Avenue, Corsicana, Texas.
Settlement in what became Navarro County began soon after Texas won its independence from Mexico. A young doctor, 23-year-old George Washington Hill, was appointed Indian Agent by General Sam Houston in 1837, and was sent to the area between the Trinity and Brazos Rivers, north of the Tehuacana Hills. Dr. Hill built a trading post near some springs south of Richland Creek, now known as Spring Hill. In 1838, Col. W. F. Henderson was sent to survey land around Hill's trading post to prepare for settlers moving into the area. In the spring of 1839, the first families began arriving, building their homes near the trading post. In 1846, they petitioned the state of Texas to create a new county out of Robertson County to be called Navarro, in honor of Jose Antonio Navarro, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
The first "courthouse" of Navarro County was located in the home of W. R. Howe. In 1848, the county seat of Corsicana was created, moving the seat from its temporary location in Howe's home after he died in December of 1847. The town was named for the isle of Corsica, where Navarro's father was born. Rev. Hampton McKinney lived at the sight chosen for the town. He built a large building called "McKinney's Inn", which contained the post office, hotel, and headquarters for county officials. A county jail was built and land was donated for several churches.
The second courthouse was a log house built in 1849 in Corsicana. In 1853, a 2-story frame building was erected and used as the courthouse until it burned in 1855, at which time many valuable records were destroyed. Three more courthouses have served the county, the present one was built in 1905, of granite and brick.
Between 1842 and 1845, two settlements were made in the vicinity of the present Navarro County, and were called Peters Colony and Mercers Colony. Peters Colony lay along Waxahatchie Creek in the present Ellis County. The contract between General Charles Fulton Mercer and the Republic of Texas agreed to allow Mercer to settle 500 colonists in Texas between 1844 and 1849. About 20 Mercer colonists initially moved into the Dresden, Texas area in Navarro County. Others came later and settled various parts of the County.
The settlers of the new Republic of Texas received free land under a Homestead Law passed by the Republic in 1839. The law provided 640 acres to each family moving into the state, as well as 320 acres for each boy 17 years old. To receive the title to the land, the family must live on it for 3 years, cultivate at least 15 acres and agree not to sell firearms, ammunition, or liquor to the Indians. For each 100 families moving into Texas, the Republic gave 640 acres to be used for schools and churches.
In addition to raising crops and livestock to feed their families, early settlers of Navarro County became cattlemen and cotton planters. Grazing for the cattle was on open range until around the 1870's, when stock laws were passed and barbed wire came into use. Cotton was grown as early as 1846. Cotton gins operated in Corsicana, Chatfield, and Rice. A textile mill was built at Corsicana. The bales of cotton grown by Navarro planters were taken to Houston by flatboats on the bayous and rivers or were hauled overland in ox wagons. The returning wagons were filled with goods for the settlers: lumber, food, and dry goods.
The H. & T. C. Railroad arrived in Navarro County in 1871, opening a route from Houston to Corsicana. The roundhouse was moved to Ennis in 1890, but other local lines operated in the county.
Oil was discovered by accident in Corsicana in 1895, when a well was being drilled as new water source for the town. The Corsicana oil field was the first paying field to be exploited west of the Mississippi River. Local businessmen drilled more wells, built storage tanks, and began shipping crude oil out by railroad tank car. Oilman J. S. Cullinan joined with other businessmen to build a refinery in Corsicana in 1898 and the big oil boom began. Oil has dominated the economic life of the city ever since. The city celebrates its good fortune with its oil industry at an annual event called Derrick Days, held in March or April for 2 weeks. Activities enjoyed by attendees include visiting the Oil and Energy Museum, a chili cook-off, home tour, roughneck rodeo, various sports events and stage entertainment, barn dance, and food and souvenir booths.
Today Corsicana has a population of 20,000. The city has a public library, 65 churches, a hospital, a municipal airport, junior college, modern high school and City Hall, golf courses, tennis courts, public parks, a fine arts center, and several industries that provide jobs for residents.
An active Navarro County Historical Society, founded in 1956, collects County History. The Society built and maintains Pioneer Village as a historical museum and local archives.
Visitors to the reunion will visit the Chatfield community. It is there that the first Hervey settled in Navarro County.
A man named Champion Chatfield established a trading post in an oak grove in Navarro County in 1838, along the well-traveled trail that ran from Shreveport, Louisiana to San Antonio, Texas. The town that grew up around the post, bears his name. Chatfield left Texas in 1846. In 1849 Robert Hodge (of Kentucky) purchased 1280 acres of land near the sight. He brought his family and over 100 slaves to Chatfield the next year, establishing a plantation. Others began arriving in Chatfield prior to the Civil War, including Albert Gallatin Hervey.
Chatfield became a cultural center of Central Texas, boasting of a private school, post office, several churches, a cemetery, and a Masonic Lodge. By the Civil War, Chatfield had a horse-powered gin, cotton and woolen mills, a flour mill, and a machine shop. When Texas seceded, Chatfield citizens voted 95 to 1 for secession. The mills at Chatfield made Confederate uniforms for their army and the area sent them troops, guns, and food.
Following the Civil War, many former confederates from the southeastern states moved to Chatfield, which remained a farming community.
Education was important to post- war Chatfield residents. In 1887, the Chatfield private school was replaced by Elizabeth Institute, a public preparatory and boarding school, built on land donated by Mrs. Elizabeth Hodge, widow of Capt. Robert Hodge.
Since Chatfield was an agricultural community, the population began to decline during the 1920's, as the urbanization trend swept over America. The Chatfield and Tupelo residents joined to form a Community Center to help rebuild the community. The center is located in the old Chatfield public school, which had closed in 1951.
Other buildings and services important in the community are the Post Office, a general store, the Volunteer Fire Department, the Water Supply Corp., and a Methodist Church.
Two cemeteries at Chatfield are maintained by the Chatfield Cemetery Association. The cemeteries contain the graves of many Herveys.
The following marriage and birth records were copied on August 15, 1980, by Donald, Joyce, and Hubert C. Hervey, at the Navarro County courthouse in Corsicana, Texas. Death records were copied March 22, 1985 by Joyce Hervey and Brekka Jill Hervey.
R. H. Hervey & Maggie Graham - November 13, 1873 [Vol. 2, p. 21]
John Hervey & Mattie Tolliver - December 27, 1876 [Vol. 3 p. 55]
Bryant Lewis & Lucy Hervey - November 18, 1886 at Corsicana [Vol. 5 p. 222]
Guils Hervey & Ella Gaston - September 27, 1888 [Vol. 5, p. 532]
Chas. A. Hervey & Lillie May Mitchell - December 11, 1889 [Vol. 6 p. 202]
Robert English & Elizabeth Hervy - January 13, 1892 in Corsicana [Vol. 7]
Alfred Hervey & Lou Davidson - September 28, 1893 at Corsicana [Vol. 7]
Sam Hervy & Savanah Bluet - January 7, 1894
Earnest K. Hervey & Willie E. Elliott - October 24, 1896 in Corsicana [Vol. 10]
J. T. Knight & Hallie Hervey - December 12, 1898 [Vol. 11, p. 185]
Herbert Hervey & Golden Burdine - November 17, 1900 filed Feb. 12, 1901 [Vol. 12, p. 252]
Fred Hervey & Fannie Fleming - September 20, 1903, filed Sept. 23 [Vol. 14, p. 316]
J. Walter Hervey & Annie McKinney - Dec. 6, 1903, filed Dec. 12, 1903 [Vol. 14, p. 369]
Edgar Hervey & Lizzie Conner - April 5, 1906 in Corsicana, returned April 13, 1906 [Vol. 16]
Mattie Pearl Hervey & H . B. Rainwater - Dec. 29, 1912 [Vol. 19, p. 622]
Georgia Hervey & William Pressley - March 3, 1912 [Vol. 19, p. 282]
Anna May Hervey & Theo S. Daniel - August 29, 1912 [Vol. 19, p. 441]
H. G. Hervey & Mrs. Louise Eleanor Church - February 10, 1913 in Corsicana [Vol. 20]
Albert Claude Hervey, born to R. W. & E. M. Hervey on Sept. 26, 1874. Harry Sheffield Hervey, male, born to Charley Albert and Lillie May Mitchell Hervey on Sept. 29, 1903 at Kerens, Texas.
A male (not named, but known to be Albert Crealman Hervey), born to Horace and Fannie Lee Hervey on Dec. 16, 1904 at Chatfield, Texas.
Hubert Calvin Hervey, born to Horace Lee & Fannie Lee McCants Hervey on Sept. 2, 1906 in Chatfield.
Albert Berdine Hervey, born Feb.- Mar. 1928 to Albert Berdine Hervey age 26, a bookkeeper, and Gladys Elizabeth Mixon, age 21, a housewife, their second child.
Albert Gallatin Hervey (Book 1 pg. 41), died May 13, 1904 at 7:25 p.m., age 76 yrs, 2 mos, 21 days.
Luther Hervey (Book 4 pg. 58), died Oct. 24, 1924 at Kerens, Texas of hemorrhage, buried Old Samaria, male, black, single, son of John Hervey and Martha Tolliver.
John Hervey, born May 1, 1856 in Texas, died May 1, 1928 at 4:00 p.m. of uremia and malignant growth of prostate gland, buried at Kerens Sameria Cem. He was black, an engineer, a widower, son of J. Hervey and Ann Johnson (born Kentucky). Informant was D. J. Hervey of Kerens.
Ada Libby Hervey (Book 5 p. 211), born Navarro Co., Texas on Oct. 20, 1880, died July 17, 1931 of brain hemorrhage, buried at Rice, Texas. She was female, white, daughter of Lewis B. Haynie (born in Tenn.) and Josie M. Ham. A. C. Hervey of Rice, Texas was informant.
Alfred Hervey (Book 6 pg. 62), born Dec. 25, 1868 at Bayette, Texas, died Jan. 28, 1936 of uremic poisoning and acute nephritis, buried Eureka Cem. He was male, black, widower, a farmer, son of Allen and Annie Hervey (both born in Texas). His wife was Louise Hervey. Dave Washington of Corsicana was informant.
Annie Hervey (Book 6 pg. 147), born Aug. 5, 1896 in Navarro Co., Texas, died July 26, 1936 of cardiac and dropsey. She was black, daughter of Henzie (?) McKinny (b. Miss.) and Annie Leins (?) (born Corsicana); she was married to John W. Hervey.
H. Graham Hervey, born Nov. 13, 1882 in Texas, died May 30, 1949 in Corsicana of hypertension and coronary occlusion, buried at Oakwood Cem. in Corsicana. He was white, single, retired, son of R. H. Hervey and Margaret Graham (born Texas). Informant was Claude Hervey.
Horace L. Hervey, born May 8, 1881, in Texas, died June 21, 1949 at 6:30 p.m. in Corsicana of cardiac decomposition, arteriosclerosis & hypertension, buried at Chatfield Cem. He was white, married, retired, son of Albert G. Hervey (born Tenn.) and Chriselda Kirby (born Ala.). Informant was Mrs. Hiram Rainwater.
Allen Hervey (Book 10 pg. 281), born in Freestone Co., Texas on July 16, 1884; died of cancer of the liver on Aug. 1, 1949 at Corsicana, age 65, buried at Winkler Cem. in Winkler, Texas. He was black, widowed, a farmer, son of Allen Hervey and Ebbie Jones; Arneata Leonard was informant.
Creolar Hervey (Book 12 pg. 162), born April 8, 1904, died May 12, 1956 at age 52 of cardiac decompinsation and hypothyation, buried at Elm Flat Cem. in Navarro Co. She was black, widowed, worked as a domestic, daughter of George W. Young (born Texas) and Sarah Smith (born Texas).
Gent Tut Hervey (Book 13 pg 422), born Jan. 2, 1897 in Freestone Co., Texas, died April 14, 1964 in Corsicana, age 67, of a skull fracture suffered in an auto/truck collision, buried Green Grier Cem., Navarro Co. He was black, veteran of WWI, married, worked as laborer in a nursery. His parents were Sam Hervey and Savaner Bluitt. Informant was his brother, Limes Hervey.
Sam Hervey (Book 13 pg. 451) was born Feb. 1, 1884 in Navarro Co., Texas, died of congestive heart failure on June 16, 1964, age 80, in Navarro Co., buried at Greenbriar Cem. in Winkler, Texas. He was black, a common laborer, a widower. His parents were Alfred Hervey and Isabella Jones. Informant was his son, Limes Hervey.
Golden Burdine Hervey, born Feb. 22, 1885 in Miss., died Nov. 1, 1972 at 5:20 a.m. in Corsicana, Texas of intestinal obstruction, buried at New Chatfield Cemetery. She was white, widowed, a housewife, lived in Tupelo, Texas, was daughter of W. C. Burdine and Davis Monts. H. A. Hervey informant.
Limas Hervey (Book 17 pg. 271), born July 27, 1898 at Winkler, Texas, died of acute cerebrovascular accident due to hypertension and urinary incontinence on Nov. 19, 1974, age 76, at Corsicana, buried at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana. He was black, married, veteran of WWI. His parents were Sam Hervey and Savanah Bluitt. Informant was Alice Hervey.
Captain Albert Gallatin Hervey built a house in Hester, Texas about 1890 for his second family. His first wife, Martha Gardner (Joiner) Hervey had died on January 22, 1872. He married Griselda Elizabeth Kirby on December 29, 1875 and their eighth and last child was born in 1887 in Chatfield, Texas. (2) Captain Hervey sold his home in Chatfield about 1890 (3), presumably when he built the house at Hester.
The foundation of the house was of cypress timber, which was reported to have been hauled in from Galveston. The immediate support for the flooring, the walls, the ceiling, and the rafters were cedar logs, which are said to have come from New Orleans. For the walls, siding was nailed to rough hewn logs. The cedar log joists were about 30 feet long and they varied little in diameter.
The house, which faces west, originally had a dog trot (or breezeway hall) east to west through the middle of the structure. In the back, on the south side, was a sloping porch which could easily drain water drawn used for laundering. Water could be drawn from a well which was only about two yards from the porch. A lane went by the south side of the house to a barn where a buggy or wagon could be kept. Teams of horses and mules would be led from the lane to be watered at the well by the porch.
Captain Hervey brought a live oak, reportedly from Waco, Texas, which he planted in the back yard between the house and the lane.
Over the years the house has been modified and additions have been made to it. The dog trot was enclosed. A kitchen was added to the back, on the north side. The porch was enclosed and a bathroom built on the sloped floor. The area beside the kitchen, over the original well, was made into a room with a brick floor, which would sweat at times, revealing the location of that well. With all of these modifications, the front view of the house in 1980 was still much as it initially appeared when A. G. Hervey had it built. The front porch, the locations of the windows, the roof line, the orientation of the siding rendered it unmistakably the same structure. Ed and Joanne Formby purchased the house in 1980, and with loving care and appreciation for the old, they began transforming the original dwelling from the hodge-podge it had become into a beautiful home. They removed the roof and added a second story. They built a new front porch, put a second layer on the brick floor over the old well, re-divided the front into two rooms and a hallway (where the dog trot had been), and removed the sloping porch, so that portion of the house could be level. The kitchen was redone using exposed beams taken from another old structure, since the original beams in the Hervey house had been damaged in a fire. Some "pegs" in the Formby's kitchen, used for hanging coffee mugs, are square nails removed from the original roof and porch.
Although the building looks quite different now, the old foundation largely remains, the walls of the original structure are still there, as is the framing up to the second floor. The bark can still be seen on the cedar logs in the ceiling framing, and the house is solid and sturdy.
The Formby family has taken the brand "CO" which comes from "Century Oak," their name for the old oak standing in the back yard. The young oak can be seen in a picture taken ca. 1900.
1. Based largely on visits to the house by the author in 1980 and 1985 and an interview of Ed Formby on March 22, 1985.
2. Hervey, Donald G., Mayflower_to the_Moon_-_Herveys_and_Gables, 1980.
3. Witherspoon, Mary, "A. G. Hervey Home Chatfield," Navarro_County History Vol. 4 Old Homes, publ. by Navarro Co. Historical Soc., 1984.
Nearly one hundred people are expected to attend the first Hervey reunion in Corsicana since 1971. This includes representatives of at least three currently unconnected Hervey lines and descendants of both of Col. Thomas Hervey's families.
Seven of the senior Hervey descendants representing two of the Hervey lines will give us the benefit of their Reminiscences which will cap off the banquet on Saturday evening: Winifred Leonora Hervey Chatham, Albert Mitchell Hervey, Sr., Col. Stewart Darden Hervey, Cora Griselda Hervey Bowden, Albert Creel Hervey, Wilbur Roy Hervey, and Hubert Calvin Hervey, Sr. Others are welcome to add their reminiscences, especially the senior representative present from any branch of any line.
The present owners of the home A. G. Hervey built in Hester, Texas have agreed to permit us to tour it (see article this issue on the house). The Formbys have been renovating the house since they bought it. This effort has allowed them to come to know the original structure intimately. Their interest in the house is clear when they guide one through their home.
A rare opportunity will be afforded to attendees to see such family treasures as photostatic copies of the letters written by A. G. Hervey to his wife during the Civil War which Liz Gillispie says she will bring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dianne Harper expects to send a "journal type book" of the records of the general store run by Hodge and Hervey in Chatfield prior to the Civil War. Display of the Chester-Chatham-built models of the two A. G. Hervey houses is expected. A video tape of some home movies of a reunion in Chatfield in the 1930's should be available. An old moustache cup may be displayed along with other various old china and glassware. Many old pictures are expected to be displayed along with some old legal documents, marriage licenses and copies of court records. Hopefully others will bring their interesting memorabilia (photographs, paintings, papers, family bibles, utensils, and personal effects) for display too.
On Saturday, June 29, a visit has been arranged to Pioneer Village in Corsicana. Many old log houses and photographs are on display there. That day we will also visit the A. G. Hervey home in Hester and the Chatfield Cemeteries. In the Chatfield Community Center, which was reserved by Liz Gillispie, we will have a barbecue which she also helped arrange.
AUGUST 1985 VOL 1 NO 4
Nearly 90 people participated in the Hervey Families Reunion held June 28 through June 30 in Corsicana, Hester, and Chatfield, all in Navarro County, Texas. Attendees came from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Utah. Hervey families from three presently unconnected lines participated and two families were tied into the Col. Thomas Hervey line.
On Saturday the program began with a tour of Pioneer Village in Corsicana. Pioneer Village has a number of original structures that have been moved to a park from around Navarro County and restored. In them are authentic furnishings of their era. The walls of an old barn are covered with well captioned antique pictures. Some folks were so interested that they returned later to Pioneer Village to go through it more thoroughly.
In Hester, Texas the group was treated to a visit of the old Albert Gallatin Hervey household. Our hosts, Ed and Joanne Formby, the present owners, discussed the renovations which are in progress and presented some history of the home. Each attendee was offered some of the square nails from the original construction (from the back porch which was removed since it was not level).
Jo Chatham Coker led the troop through the two Chatfield cemeteries where Albert Gallatin Hervey, his two wives, and a number of his descendants are buried.
At the Chatfield-Tupelo Community Center (available thanks to arrangements by Elizabeth L. Gillispie), the group enjoyed a barbecue lunch. Everyone introduced themselves and told how they fit into the Hervey families picture.
On Saturday afternoon a number of people displayed their family memorabilia. There was much interest in the variety of items and in genealogy in general. Items available included reproductions of old bible records, family albums of photographs and newspaper clippings, ledgers of the Hervey-Hodge general mercantile store that was in Chatfield in the 1850's, a video recording of old family movies, models of old houses, family group sheets detailing their ancestors families, old letters, tintypes, heirloom utensils, and old family writings. It was too much to be able to absorb in the time available with such a wealth of interesting material.
The Reminiscence Banquet on Saturday night provided a forum for the elder members of the family to inform the gathering about what they know of the family background. Seven speakers addressed those assembled, on topics of their choice. Lenora Hervey Chatham reviewed the life of Martha Joyner Hervey, the first wife of Albert Gallatin Hervey. Albert Mitchell Hervey discussed the moving of his branch of the family away from the close proximity of other Herveys when he was a boy and subsequent events in his life. Col. Stewart D. Hervey told the group of some of the unusual things he has experienced during his life and career in the military. Cora Griselda Hervey Bowden reminisced about her youth in the A. G. Hervey house in Hester. Albert Creel Hervey discussed his parents relocations and being raised in Colorado. W. Roy Hervey brought greetings from his Colorado Hervey line and provided the current status of who was born to whom in that line. H. C. Hervey reminisced about his early days in Chatfield, what life was like, and how the Hervey boys of the area occupied themselves.
Trophies were presented to: Russell Hervey for traveling the farthest to attend the reunion; Janice and Tom Freet, who celebrated their first wedding aniversary at the reunion, as the most recently wed couple with both in attendance; Gladys Mixon and A. Burdine Hervey for being the couple married the longest with both in attendance; Col. Stewart D. Hervey for being the eldest in attendance; and Lois Gable and H. C. Hervey for having the most offspring in attendance.
Charles Arthur Freet died on June 26, 1985 in Dallas, Texas of heart arrest and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas on June 28, 1985. He was born on May 14, 1922 in Fort Stockton, Texas the only child of Vera Rollins and Arthur T. Freet.
Charles Arthur Freet served in the Army in the European Theatre during World War II, attaining the rank of Staff Seargent. He attended Tyler Junior College for two years. Charles married Thelma Dolores Bowden (daughter of Cora Griselda Hervey Bowden and Thomas Ulric Bowden) on November 5, 1948 in Corsicana, Texas. The couple had two children, Charles Arthur Freet, Jr. and Thomas Gregory Freet.
Charles worked for Southwestern Bell for 30 years in locations including Corsicana, Tyler, Dallas, Terrell, and Longview before he had to take a disability retirement 13 years ago which was brought about by kidney failure. Despite being on dialysis three days each week, Charles worked part time for the last eight years as director of development of the First Baptist Academy in Dallas where he raised funds and helped find support for scholarships.
Charles is survived by his sons: Charles A. Freet, Jr. of Dallas and Thomas G. Freet and wife Janice Deanne McKay Freet of Longview, Texas; and by his mother Vera Rollins Freet of Lubbock, Texas. Charles was predeceased by his wife Thelma who died September 5, 1983.
Thomas Ulric Bowden died July 15, 1985 in Corsicana, Texas and was buried July 16 at Oakwood Cemetery there. He was born November 22, 1897 at Rice, Texas, the son of Mattie and Thomas H. Bowden.
Thomas Ulric Bowden married Cora Griselda Hervey on October 5, 1919 at Corsicana, Texas. She was the daughter of Willie E. Elliott and Ernest Kirby Hervey. Thomas and Cora had one daughter, Thelma Dolores Bowden.
Thomas worked as a carpenter, a builder until he was 80 years old and suffered a stroke from which he never fully recovered.
Thomas is survived by his wife Cora Griselda Hervey Bowden of Corsicana, Texas and two grandsons Charles A. Freet of Dallas, Texas and Thomas G. Freet with his wife Janice Deanne McKay of Longview.
by Joyce P. Hervey
James Hervey, born near Belfast, Ireland, emigrated to America in 1723 and lived in Chester County, in southeastern Pennsylvania, where he married Cathene Highlsinger and raised a family of seven children.
The family, being from northern Ireland, were likely Scots Irish Presbyterians fleeing religious and economic persecution and the harsh penal laws imposed by the British on their Irish subjects. Indeed, one of the sons of James and Cathene (James Jr.) was a Presbyterian preacher, as was a grandson (Robert Hervey).
(Family members descended from Irish Herveys may be interested in reviewing the two previous articles published in the Bulletin (pages 3 and 10) on HENRY HERVEY and a different JAMES HERVEY. Both of these emigrants came to western Pennsylvania from County Down, Ireland, and both were of the Presbyterian faith.)
The seven children of James and Cathena Hervey were:
All the information in this article was given to Don Hervey by Alice C. Hervey on 6/29/85. For additional information on this line, see LETTER in this issue.
June 6, 1985
I am delighted that my dear niece Patti Schneider gave me a gift subscription to your Bulletin. I had intended to enter my own, but am afraid I am a procrastinator . . . my grandfather (William Blount Hervey) . . . was never a judge, but was an active businessman and banker. He was a captain in the C.S.A. born in 1837 and died in 1922. . . Victor, sixth Marquess of Bristol, . . . died this year. He had gone from his home in Monaco to London for the Christmas season and was afflicted with respiratory problems. He returned to Monaco and died of pneumonia. His son, Johnny Jermyn - who had been given the right of residence at Ickworth, and who entertained there on a lavish scale, inherited and is now the seventh Marquess. As far as I know there is no Earl of Bristol as the inferior title was submerged in the superior when the Marquisate was conferred. The secondary or courtesy title is Earl Jermyn. . .
June 27, 1985
"KNOW_YOUR_NAME, by John C. Downing (newspaper and date unknown). "Harvey, Hervey. The surnames Harvey, Harvie and Herv(e)y may have two origins which are now impossible to separate.
One French origin was a given name in honor on St. Haervey, a popular Breton saint and poet which was reduced to Hervy. The meaning is thought to be of Celtic origin, meaning 'battle worthy.' A second possible origin is from the Old German personal name Harivig, compounded of harja (army) and viga (battle). Both of these names were Latinized to Harveus. . .
In England, there were about a dozen men listed in the 1086 Domesday Book with the single given name Harveus and Herveus and it is most likely that they were from France. William Hervi of County Suffolk, William Hervy of County Essex and Richard Herfu of County Sussex lived in the period 1190-1327. . .
In Massachusetts, Thomas Harvey was in Taunton after 1636 and William was there in 1639. Edmund, a merchant, was in Fairfield, Connecticut after 1639. "
. . . I have some information mostly prepared by Ruth Riely daughter of Mrs. George Copeland - Union Port, Ohio. Union Port is in S/E Ohio quite close to Pittsburgh. . . We were thru Union Port Ohio I think 1977 and then first met Mrs. Copeland who is a decendant of Robert Hervey - at time our visit there was a sign Union Port Ohio founded by Robert Hervey date & I think population 197.
Union Port was, according to a clipping Mrs. C. has was end of rail (I guess PA) & 1st shipment was whiskey flour & honey to store of John & Robert Hervey - merchants.
John married Sarah Ann Parkhill and among children was my father RANKIN LEE HERVEY (1860) - This group migrated to Chase City VA in 1870. Chase City was developed by Boyd & Endly & I believe both of them were from Ohio . .
D. Rankin Hervey
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