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by Donald G. Hervey

First, perhaps a reminder is in order that to a genealogist, there is no difference between the names Hervey and Harvey. As Mr. Lower noted in his work on English surnames, "I have little doubt that what we now regard as irregularities in the orthography of our ancestors were by them considered ornamental - a species of taste." Another noted, "The same individual has been known to spell his nome differently at different times; and in some cases, this must have been done intentionally."

A number of the subscribers to this bulletin believe that their Hervey ancestry may trace back to one or both of two Harvey brothers who came to New England in 1636, less than a decade after the Mayflower voyage. The two brothers were William Harvey and Thomas Harvey.

It appears that William & Thomas Harvey they were not the first Harveys in the colony of New Plymouth, for in 1630 a Harvey is recorded as a resident of the vicinity in and around Boston (4). (Another William Harvey is cited as living in Boston in 1639 (1) although others (5,6) believe the records of William Harvey all refer to one man.)

One subscribing line that claims kinship is the line of Peter Hervey of Berkley, Massachusetts, which believes that Peter was descended from William Harvey (although generations appear to be missing in the lineage they submitted). Other lines that may be descended from the colonial Harveys of Massachusetts include those of Nathaniel Harvey of Massachusetts, James Hervey of Vermont, and Samuel S. Hervey of New York. Possible lines include Thomas Alan Hervey of West Virginia, Col. Thomas Hervey of North Carolina, Capt. William Hervey of New Orleans, Philip Hervey, and Joseph Popham Hervey.

According to The Harvey Book (1), the primary reference for this article, the two Massachusetts Harvey brothers are descended from Humphrey Harvey (gen.1) who died on January 4, 1526. Turner Harvey (gen.2), one of three known sons of Humphrey Harvey, was born about 1485 and died before 1585. According to tradition and "Reminiscences of the Harvey Family," Turner was a renowned archer and warrior who fought for Henry VIII.

Turner had a son William Harvey (gen.3), born before 1525, who lived in Somersetshire, England. In 1536 he was appointed Blue-mantle Pursuivant, a minor official of the Heralds' College. About 1545 Henry VIII appointed William to the newly created office of Somerset Herald. Appointed Norry King-of-Arms by Edward in 1550, he traveled to Europe officially. Queen Mary deputed William to go to France to declare war in 1557. When he died at Oxfordshire on February 27, 1567, he was King-of-Arms.

One of the children of William was William Harvey (gen.4) born about 1560 in Somersetshire. William Harvey (gen.4), the son of William (gen.3), lived in Bridgwater, a seaport town of Somersetshire, England, in 1630.

Thomas Harvey (gen.5) son of William (gen.4) was born about 1585 in Somersetshire, England. He lived at the village of Ashill. Thomas died before 1647 in Somersetshire. His children included a daughter born about 1610 and three sons: James Harvey (gen.6) born about 1612, William Harvey (gen.6) born about 1614, and Thomas Harvey (gen.6) born in 1617. His sons William and Thomas Harvey came to the colony of New Plymouth in 1636.

William_Harvey (gen.6) was born ca. 1614 in Somersetshire, England; died 1691 at Taunton, Massachusetts.

After coming to America in 1636 with his brother Thomas, William settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts. In 1637 he was among the initial purchasers of land from the Indian named Massasoit, chief sachem of the Wanpanoag tribe. William owned eight shares (1,6). This purchase 32 miles south of Boston was known as Cohannet (which includes Taunton, Berkley, and Raynham [3]). The town of Taunton was established and the second marriage that took place there according to the court records of New Plymouth was: "At a Court of Assistants William Harvey and Joane Hucker of Cohannet were maryed the 2 of Aprill 1639." (1,2,3,7) (Her name appears variously as Joane, Joan (4), Joanne (2), and Joanna (1) in various references.) In 1639 William's trade is given as tanner (5).

In late 1639 or early 1640 the couple moved to Boston. Four of their five children were born there before they returned to Taunton in 1646. "Joan Harvy" is recorded as a member of the First Church in Boston in 1643 (4) when William was also admitted (5).

In 1638 a "William Harvee" was given a letter of attorney from Joseph Wilson of Dorchester to receive his part of the goods from the estate of his deceased brother Benjamin Wilson (5).

The will of the widow Agnes Clark (executed October 20, 1647 and proven May 10, 1648) of Ashill, Somerset, England, appears to try with the offer of money and her household to tempt William to return to England. The widow's will refers to him as "William Harvey the son of Thomas Harvey deceased, my kinsman now in New England."

In about 1657, a William Harvey took the Oath of "Fidellytie."

The division of land voted at the Taunton town-meeting on December 28, 1659 shows that William then had five children. He received a total of 44 acres, 14 acres for the seven people in his house, 28 acres for his tax rate of 14 shillings, and 2 acres for his initial shares in Cohannet.

William held a number of offices in the colony:

After almost 40 peaceful years with the Indians, the son of Massasoit, called Philip or King Philip, alias Metacum or Metacomet, led an uprising in 1675 aimed at "exterminating the white race from the land." Taunton was a primary target. When destruction of the town appeared to be imminent, the Cape towns offered refuge. William Harvey wrote a letter declining the offer. He attributed the troubles of Taunton to the sins of its people. But William's letter did request that the Cape towns keep their cattle lest they go into Indian hands if the town should fall. After the war was over in March 1677, William received ten pounds from contributions made by "Christians in Ireland" for the relief of those impoverished by the late Indian War."

William and three of his children died in 1691. His will names two living sons, one deceased son (Joseph), and a son-in-law but makes no mention of his wife so it is presumed that she predeceased him.

The children of Joane (Hucker) and William Harvey were:

Thomas_Harvey (gen.6), was born 1617 in Somersetshire, England; died 1651 at Taunton, Massachusetts.

Thomas came to Dorchester in the colony of New Plymouth with his older brother William in 1636 and settled at Cohannet by 1638. He was too young to be among the original 46 proprietors of the new purchase but bought a share soon after turning 21 years old.

Thomas married in about 1642 to Elizabeth Andrews in Taunton. She was born in England in 1614 and was sister to Henry Andrews of Taunton.

Thomas' trade was listed as yeoman in Taunton in about 1643 (5).

Thomas died in Taunton in 1651 and within two years his widow, Elizabeth married Francis Street of Taunton.

The children of Elizabeth (Andrews) and Thomas Harvey were:


1. The_Harvey_Book, Oscar Jewell Harvey; Wilkesbarre, PA; 1899.

2. Vital_Records_of_Taunton,_Mass._to the_Year_1850,_Vol._II-Marriages; Boston, Mass.; 1928.

3. Plymouth_Colony_Marriages_to_1650; Robert S. Wakefield; 1978.

4. Boston_Beginning 1630-1699; Jay Mack Holbrook; Oxford, Mass.; 1980.

5. Pioneers_of_Massachusetts; Pope.

6. Representative_Men_and_Old_Families of_Southeastern_Massachusetts; Vol. II; J. H. Beers & Co.; Chicago; 1912.

7. Records_of_the_Colony_of_New Plymouth_in_new_England,_Miscellaneous Records_1633-1689; Shurtleff, 1857.

by Tom Jones

Editor's Note:
Lois Almedia Randal was the daughter of Dr. John Leonard Randal and his wife Sarah McNeil Kyle (see previous article of the Bulletin for Hervey ancestry of Dr. John Leonard Randal (GOTO ).

For continuity of the line, information on the family of Dr. John Randal is inserted here by the editor:

Dr. John Leonard Randal was born in Stokes Co., NC on 11 Feb. 1800 and died at Bryan in Brazos Co., TX in Apr. 1874, and is believed to be buried at Boonville Cem., 3 mi. east of Bryan. He married ca. 1830 Sarah McNeil Kyle, who was born 24 Jan. 1807 in NC and died 7 May 1893 at Alvin, Brazoria Co., TX and was buried at the old Alvin City Cem. Dr. Randal was a physician, educated at the Philadelphia Medical College, and served as a senator in the 6th and 7th Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1842-43, having immigrated to Texas in 1838.

The eight children of John and Sarah Randal were:

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Thomas Logan Ledbetter (1837- 1876), son of Reverend Arthur Ledbetter and Elizabeth Robbins, was born May 30, 1837 in Overton County, Tennessee. In 1848 the family moved to Dallas County, Texas and settled on his father's headright in the Peters' Colony which was located at what is now the southwest corner of the intersection of Camp Wisdom Road and Clark Road just west of Duncanville. They later moved to the southwest corner of Cockrell Road and Illinois Avenue where he was reared to farm life. On December 2, 1858, in Dallas County, Texas, Thomas Logan married Mrs. Lois Almedia (nee Randal) Hughes, a widow with three young children viz.; Horace R., born 1853 in Louisiana; Sarah Elizabeth, born January 1854 in Texas, died June 10, 1940 in Ennis, Texas, married George M. Fugate; and William T. Jr., born January 1857 in Texas. Lois Almedia's first husband was William T. Hughes who she married on February 18, 1851 in San Augustine, Texas. He died about 1857. Lois Almedia, daughter of Dr. John Leonard Randal and Sarah McNeil Kyle, was born February 11, 1832 in McNairy County, Tennessee. Her father, Dr. Randal, settled on a headright in San Augustine County, Texas in 1838. He was a Senator in the Sixth and Seventh Congresses of the Republic of Texas, 1842-43, and served as Surgeon on the Mexican War and Civil War. Her brother, Brigadier General Horace Randal, commanded the Second Brigade of General John G. Walker's (Greyhound) Division of the Trans- Mississippi Department. He was killed at the battle of Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas on April 30, 1864 and Randall County, Texas is named in his honor. Thomas Logan and Lois Almedia had two sons born to them in Dallas Co., Texas:

Arthur Leonard, born Nov. 9, 1859, died Jan. 14, 1922 in Dallas Co., Tex., buried in Five Mile Cemetery, Dallas, Tex., married Mar. 11, 1894 in Dallas Co., Tex. to Perdita Myers, born Mar. 1, 1873 in Dallas Co., Tex., died Feb. 14, 1939 in Dallas, Tex., buried in Five Mile Cemetery, Dallas, Tex., they were the parents of 2 sons and 3 daughters: Hubert Stanley, Gordon, Lois Elizabeth, Ethel, and Elfleda Josephine.

Lois Davis, born Aug. 21, 1861, died Sep. 17, 1938 in Dallas, Tex., buried in Five Mile Cemetery, Dallas, Tex., married Sep. 22, 1889 in Dallas Co., Tex. to Mary Jane Jackson, born Feb. 28, 1872 in Dallas Co., Tex., died Feb. 14, 1936 in Dallas, Tex., buried in Oak Cliff Cemetery, Dallas, Tex., they were the parents of 3 sons and 7 daughters: Almeda Charles, Anna Elizabeth, Elmer Bodine, Jerry Jackson, Alma May, Leonard Burr, Lena Ruth, Lora Davis, Willey Marie, and Clara Etta.

Lois Almedia died August 23, 1861, two days after giving birth to Lois Davis, and is buried in Five Mile Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Thomas Logan, only 24 years old, is now a widower with five young children to care for. His step-mother, Elizabeth (nee Ogle) Ledbetter, who also had five young children of her own, tried to help out but it was just too much for her. However, when Dr. Randal, Thomas Logan's father-in-law, learned of his daughter's death and the liklihood that his five grandchildren would not be adequately cared for, he came to Dallas and took them to his home in Smith County to live with him. On March 22, 1862, at Dallas, Texas, Thomas Logan joined Company K, 19th Confederate Texas Cavalry Regiment. During a skirmish near Jackson, Missouri on April 27, 1863 he was shot in the right arm and taken prisoner. He however succeeded in making his escape on June 9, 1863. His wound, which was about two inches below the shoulder, so damaged his arm that on January 11, 1864 the Post Surgeon determined that he was not suited for field service and recommended that he be detailed in the Commissary Department. On April 10, 1864 he was assigned to the Commissary Department in Dallas, Texas where he served for the remainder of the war. Since he was now back in Dallas County he felt that he would be able to take care of his two sons so in May 1864 he went over to his father-in-law's home in Smith County and brought Arthur Leonard and Lois Davis back to Dallas leaving the three stepchildren to live with Dr. Randal. On June 9, 1864 in Dallas County, Texas Thomas Logan married his second wife Nancy Adalin Preston. This was an unsuccessful marriage resulting in their "separation" on June 12, 1869. They had no children. After the war Thomas Logan continued farming. He also went on several cattle drives on the Chisholm Trail to Kansas and lived in Kansas from 1869 to 1873. Returning to Dallas County, he and his two sons worked as hired hands on his brother's farm and pursued a somewhat profitable sideline business of selling fruit trees throughout north Texas. Thomas Logan, height 5'-10" with blue eyes and light hair, died March 1, 1876 in Dallas County, Texas and is buried in the Five Mile Cemetery in the 3800 block of W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, Texas.


by Donald G. Hervey

(In response to a request by Roger D. Hervey to your publisher to write "about yourself and explain how you prepare the newsletter.")

Donald Gable Hervey was born on January 11, 1941 in Dallas, Texas to Lois Elizabeth Gable and Hubert Calvin Hervey. He was the second of their three sons (1. Hubert Calvin Hervey, Jr. & 4. Richard Lee Hervey) and third child following a sister (2. Sylvia Jean Hervey). While he was an infant the family moved first to Little Rock, Arkansas and then to Cincinnati, Ohio during World War II. After the war the family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana for a year and then to a dairy farm south of Shreveport just outside the small community of Stonewall, Louisiana. It was on this farm that Don grew up. He learned to love to hunt, fish, gig frogs, grow vegetables and fruits, and tend to the animals.

Hubert, Jr. had been the reason for the purchase of the dairy since he wanted to farm for his livelihood and Don set his sights on being in the business world like his father who was Insurance Manager for Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., the outgrowth of War Emergency Pipelines. Don graduated at the head of a class of thirteen at Stonewall and won a tuition scholarship to Illinois Institute of Technology, which he accepted, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He worked his way through graduate school by teaching mathematics and received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A & M University.

During the summer when Don was completing his master's thesis, he met Joyce Helen Parker who typed it for him. She had just graduated with honors from Louisiana Technological University and was awaiting a teaching job at Houma, Louisiana in the fall. She taught only half a year and they were married on a cold winter day on January 30, 1966 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

They both attended graduate school at Cornell University but neither received degrees. Don went to work for Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania and Joyce bore him three children, all born in Pittsburgh.

The family then moved to Houston, Texas, about one mile from Don's parents. Don worked for Brown & Root, Inc., a major engineering and construction company. First he worked in the power division designing boiler structures, foundations for heavy equipment, and solving unusual problems that arose. Then he moved into the marine division where he designed offshore structures, managed software development projects, wrote manuals and brochures, and became the engineer responsible for marketing the talents of the marine division to the federal government. The writing of the manuals, brochures, many proposals, and project reports helped to develop Don's ideas about writing styles.

It was during this period that family history became a major activity. Don has been prone to giving large gifts since he was a boy. For example, he bought the first television set anyone in the immediate family owned and gave it to his father. He decided to write a family history centered around his parents for their golden wedding anniversary. Joyce pitched in enthusiastically getting old letters and corresponding with anyone she could locate to increase the available data which was largely the 29-page family history by Rev. James W. Hervey written in June 1962. Getting drafts of material contributed by aunts, uncles, and siblings, the couple developed a 685-page book with the manuscript available as a surprise for Don's parents when their golden wedding anniversary was celebrated in June of 1980. The first copy of Mayflower to the Moon - Herveys & Gables was given to them that Christmas.

Three years later Joyce had recovered enough to undertake the writing of the genealogy of her maternal grandparents in a 378-page book, Just Folk - The Crowell Family.

After a little over ten years with Brown & Root, Don left for a consulting engineering company in aerospace where he was Marketing Manager for a little over one year.

As a result of Joyce's research, she found out about and joined the Pace Society of America which publishes a quarterly newsletter for the Pace family and their descendants. She urged Don to begin one for the Hervey family since they had continued to collect Hervey information and were getting deeper into research. Thus, began the Hervey Families of America Bulletin because they already had so much information that they thought others would enjoy having. Since the material collected related to a variety of Hervey lines and since some of them will probably be connected, it was decided to write the Bulletin for all American Herveys and not just for his Col. Thomas Hervey/Harvey line.

In the last couple of months (late 1985) Don and Joyce have begun their own firm doing word processing, writing, and consulting engineering. (A more detailed account of the life of Donald G. Hervey appears in his book, Mayflower to the Moon -Herveys & Gables.)

Preparation of Hervey Families of America Bulletin

Taking a cue from the Pace Society newsletter and the Houston Genealogical Forum quarterly bulletin, Don originally established a number of regular items for publication: deaths, membership, letters, and queries. When enough data are known about the originator of any new family line, Don will include an article about its first known family. The intent is to bring down the family lines with later generations as enough information is known about them. Original source data such as the Census information will be published in chronological order. Original source data such as old newspaper articles are used as filler to complete the pages. Births will be cited as the information about them is provided. When major family events such as Hervey reunions are known to be taking place, they will be covered. In short, whatever Don judges to be of sufficient interest will be printed, space permitting (although its length has varied considerably, eight pages is considered to be the standard length of the Bulletin).

Articles may be contributed by anyone. The selected articles are keyboarded on one of the two Osborne computers Don and Joyce use, employing the Word Star word processing software. All of the articles are subject to being edited by Don. The spelling (in the more recent issues) is then checked with a computerized spell check program. The separate articles are strung together to see how long they combine to be and to ensure that the page breaks are acceptable. Each issue of the Bulletin is then printed on the NEC Spinwriter 3510 as camera- ready copy and delivered to a print shop which uses offset printing and returns collated bulletins. These are addressed with labels generated from the DBase II software package on the Osborne computers and mailed to subscribers.




(Based on information provided by George Eells Hervey, Jr. which was compiled by his grandmother, Mary E. (Reeder) Hervey)

With the restoration of the British monarchy after Oliver Cromwell, Charles II allowed the Episcopalian system to be re-imposed and maintained in Scotland. This was enforced despite the armed protests of Presbyterian extremists at Rullion Green, in the Pentland Hills in 1666 and at Drumclog in 1679. A common punishment was to be transported to the colonies. After the death of Charles II in 1685 the Scottish Parliament became a sovereign lawmaking body in 1690 when it established the Church of Scotland as a Presbyterian national organization. William Hervey-1 is believed to have emigrated circa 1675 from Scotland to Ireland in the face of the Scot's Persecution during the reign of Charles II. He settled in the north of Ireland in the County of Monaghan near Lough Brickland (where bricks were made).

William had a son named John Hervey-2. John moved to the "Townland of Crossin in the Parish of Drmbo, County Down." John Hervey had four sons: William Hervey-3; James Hervey- 3; David Hervey-3; & Robert Hervey-3.

William Hervey-3 married Jane Jameson and they had children: John Hervey-4; Henry Hervey-4; William Hervey-4; and Mary Hervey-4. William married second to Sarah Mine and had children: Samuel Hervey-4; James Hervey-4; David Hervey-4; and Robert Hervey-4.

Robert Hervey-3 had three sons.

James Hervey-3 had a son Henry Hervey-4 who was born in 1740. Henry son of James came to America with his cousin William Hervey on the ship East of Donegal and landed in Philadelphia in April 1770. Henry Hervey-4 son of James Hervey-3 married Margaret Hutcheson in 1776.

Editor's Note: For further information see the article on Henry Hervey-4 son of James Hervey-3 presented in an article on "first known" generations in Vol. 1 No. 1 of this publication on page 3.



by Robert Arthur Hervey

[The following information which was provided by Robert A. Hervey, of Catskill, New York, clarifies and adds to what was previously published about the family of JAMES HERVEY of Vermont in a previous issue of the Bulletin, Vol. 1 No. 2, page 9.] {Go to previous article}

"The Hervey line stops at James (who may actually have been a Harvey) [with records of those further back referring to the family name as Harvey]. We know nothing about him except that he deserted his family after my grandfather, VIRGIL TEMPLE HERVEY (VTH), was born in 1835. Stories had him working the Champlain Barge Canal in the Fort Ann, New York area, but I checked pay vouchers for 1834, 35 and 36 in the State Archives and his name appears nowhere. The place and date of his birth as Worcester, Massachusetts in 1780 were recited in records dated 1924 of my late cousin, STURTEVANT OVERIN, but I have not been able to verify this data. I must assume that Overin had some documentation in his possession which no longer exists. His mother could have been told this information by her grandmother, James' spouse. Records of his death or burial in the Fort Ann, New York area do not exist either.

"John Montague Smith's History of the Town of Sunderland, Mass. (1899), interestingly, shows a JAMES HARVEY being born in 1776 just a stone's throw from where my great grandmother and James' future spouse, AMELIA CLARY, was born. What gives rise to my suspicion that this James Harvey could be our great grandfather is that he had a cousin named Ruel, and Ruel also happens to be the name of one of the first born sons of this marriage. [This is] too unusual a coincidence to go unnoticed. Plus - half the children spelled their name HARVEY and the others HERVEY.

"Anyway, James and Amelia had seven children known to us and we suspect others: RUEL S. HARVEY, born about 1821; LAURA HARVEY, born between 1822 and 1826; ALFRED NELSON BENT HERVEY, born between 1822 and 1826; AURELIA AUGLIN HARVEY, born 1826; MILTON WILDER HARVEY, born October 23, 1828; JULIAN 'AUSTIN' FLINT HERVEY, born about 1823; VIRGIL TEMPLE HERVEY, my grandfather, born November 26, 1835. Others suspected are EMMET, FRANCIS, CAROLINE and ELIZABETH.

"Virgil and Milton were born in Brandon, Vermont, Alfred in Bennington, and Julian in Woodstock, New Hampshire. Laura had three daughters whose married names were MINNIE LEDGER, GERTRUDE DICK and FANNIE O'DELL. They lived in the Little Ferry, New Jersey and New York City area around 1900-1920. Aurelia lived in Philadelphia until her death in 1914. She may have been married twice - to a GEORGE PALMER and a CHARLES HARKNESS, the records are not yet clear which was first but her death certificate says Harkness. ALFRED and BETSY SAVAGE had at least one son, FRANK NELSON HERVEY, born 1855, died 1941 in Bennington. Milton had three children, CAROLINE, GEORGE and ELIZABETH. Caroline and Elizabeth married an uncle and nephew of a prominent New England family, HENRY CLAY OVERIN, SR. and HENRY CLAY OVERIN, I. Caroline had one child, Sturtevant Overin, a prominent New York City businessman for many years until his death in 1957. The Overin and Hervey families were very close until the death of my grandfather, Virgil Temple Hervey, in 1921, on the farm in New Paltz, New York, then gradually the cousins lost contact with each other. I have been very pleased with my 'discovery' of all these long-lost relatives only this year.

"Julian (JFH), a/k/a [also known as] may have been the first to travel to Texas. He married EMILY DAVIDSON in Burnet, Texas circa 1865 and had a number of children. The oldest is believed to be VIRGIL, named after my grandfather, VTH, who, in turn named his oldest, Julian! A son ALBERT was a violinist and a saloon entertainer, and may have been shot and killed during a performance. Either Albert or his brother Virgil is buried in Beaumont. (This may be the shooting which has given rise to the various family stories of the ambushes and gunfights of the Texas era. One version has Austin being killed in the shootout. Another has Austin stabbing and killing an attacker and tried for murder, but acquitted on the theory of self-defense. Still another has VTH sick in his hotel room with a fever and overhearing two would-be assassins in the next room plotting to rob and kill him. His two brothers arrived just in the nick of time, foiling the plot and killing the assassins. Maybe all the stories are true. JFH's son, JAMES MADISON HERVEY, said that when he was a boy and Julian was tending bar in saloons adjoining their ersatz living quarters, he had to dive for cover many times to avoid bullets flying past from barroom quarrels.)

"JFH had a daughter ELLA who lived in San Antonio and another who married a JENSEN, lived in Chicago and had two girls, OPAL and RUBY. A son, JAMES MADISON HERVEY, was born at Stephenville, Texas, July 4, 1874 and emigrated with his father to Lincoln and Roswell, New Mexico as a lad. Julian was a buffalo-hide trader and hunting-equipment supplier in the 1870's and 1880's at Fort Griffen and Fort Sumner and was a personal friend of the famous Sheriff Pat Garrett and Wyatt Earp. James Madison became a very prominent figure in the territory of New Mexico, serving as District Attorney in 1903 and Attorney General 1907-1909. He had three children: RUTH HERVEY LOMAX of Houston (now deceased), JAMES ANDREW, a Hollywood Motion Picture Studio Publicist, and VIRGINIA HERVEY McELHANEY of Kansas City, Missouri.

"The Hervey Brothers had some kind of a family circus. Julian is thought to have been a slack wire walker. James Madison hurt his back as a boy doing acrobatics with his father. Milton was a gambler - he may have run the games of chance. VTH was the advance man, at least in his youth. In the 1850's he went ahead of the others and distributed flyers along the Erie Canal. How he fit in the Texas scene we don't know, but he went there on two different occasions. He hitchhiked from Vermont, working for food and lodging in the cotton fields alongside slaves.

"The second trip was in August, 1861 when the Civil War broke out. He joined Hood's Brigade as a drummer at Livingston, Polk County, Texas. Stories had the Confederates confiscating the circus horses and conscripting the brothers, but Texas and National Archive records show only VTH as having served. On September 12, 1862, in his words, he 'went over to the other side' at Antietam, only two days before the bloodiest single day of the Civil War. Swearing allegiance to the Republic, he served three years at Fortress Monroe, Virginia and after the war, in the Dakota Territory fighting Indians. He was discharged at Sioux City, Iowa in November, 1865.

"VTH's life and that of his siblings is sketchy prior to the Civil War. Family stories had great- grandmother Amelia putting herself and the kids in Shaker communes after being deserted in 1835. Shaker records indicate that at least two, VTH and Ruel, lived with them. Ruel left the Union Village, Ohio commune in 1852 at age 31. The U.S. Census confirms that VTH was with them in New Lebanon, New York in 1850. Amelia apparently remarried, to a WOODWORTH, where or when unknown, but died in New York City February 12, 1880. VTH buried her with his two infant children in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn.

"VTH married MARY LANG in 1868 in New York City. She had a prior marriage to a HAMILTON. They had three children who lived to maturity. JULIAN C., born October 17, 1871, had one child, MABEL, who died childless around 1978. They lived in West New York, New Jersey. EDWIN never married. LYNETTE G., born March 24, 1875, married a MULLANEY and had three children, JAMES, VIRGIL and LYDIA. James married "MADGE," an Irish girl, had three children, one of whom was RICHARD. They lived in Union Hill, New Jersey in the 1930's.

"VTH married my grandmother MARGUERITE BORSIG, October 30, 1892 in New York City. But in between these marriages, VTH fathered at least two other children, BERT and a female. Bert was in the Navy around the time of the Spanish American War, and may have been working in the Philadelphia Navy Yard at the time of Aunt Aurelia's death in 1914. At any rate, he was back in the Hudson County, New Jersey area in the 1930's because he had a daughter named AURELIA who attended Dickinson High School at the time. In 1961 she was AURELIA FUNCK of Bowman, California. Bert's sister could have been an Aurelia also. She lived in the Delphic Towers on Hudson County Boulevard at State Street (now 86th St.) in North Bergen, New Jersey during the 30's.

"VIRGIL TEMPLE HERVEY, JR. was the oldest sibling of the union of VTH and Marguerite, born October 4, 1893. MARGUERITE (RITA), MILDRED and HAROLD followed. Of the three, only Rita had children, FRANK SHORTMAN, born 1925, now a retired New York City Fire Chief. VTH, Jr. and ROSE MCGEE had five boys: VIRGIL WALTER, 1920; JAMES ROBERT, 1923; JEAN and GERALD, 1927; and ROBERT ARTHUR [HERVEY], . . . 1938. We all grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey. Virgil is a retired lawyer living in Hollywood, Florida. James is a retired policeman in Farmingdale, New York. Gerald is a detective in the Fort Lee, New Jersey Police Department. Jean is a semi- retired gentleman farmer in Palenville, New York. Robert is a practicing lawyer in Catskill, New York.

"Great-Grandmother AMELIA CLARY HERVEY was descended from the GUNNS and CARVERS of Montague, Massachusetts. Her grandfather was MOSES GUNN, a soldier in the Revolution who served at Morristown, New Jersey in that bitter winter of 1776-1777 and at West Point in 1780 when BENEDICT ARNOLD went over to the enemy and General WASHINGTON took personal charge of that fortress to ensure its safety in anticipation of a British attack. Amelia's great grandfather was Captain JONATHAN CARVER, celebrated author and explorer of the Middle West and precursor of Lewis and Clark."

December 1, 1985

"I was one of the early workers in the Navarro Co. Historical Society  . . . Your May Bulletin [article on Navarro County History]  . . . caused me to reminisce. . . One of the founders of our Society was my dear friend Alva Taylor . . . He persuaded Dr. Hill's [builder of the Indian trading post at Spring Hill] heirs to donate the log post (the first structure built by white man between Trinity & Brazos Rivers in North Texas. We moved it to Pioneer Village. I was M. C. of [the] dedication ceremonies & got my friend (a later Geo. Hill) to be principal speaker. He was exec.-secretary of the Texas Hist. Commission in Austin.

"Next we dedicated the 1854 Cooksey log house in the park. Circulars about it say it was built by slaves. You will be interested in that angle. A young Dr. James K. Cooksey was on his way to California & stopped at Chatfield Point to rest. Having no doctor in the community, 'cousin Dink' (as our family called Robt. Hodge) & ggfather A. G. Hervey conferred, then called on the transient with this proposition, 'This is a prosperous, growing community. We need a permanent doctor, & if you will stay & practice here, we will build you a nice log house & give you a deed to it & the land.'

"The doctor accepted, Dink & A. G. took their slaves to a lot on Dink's land & built the double-pin log house that is now in Pioneer Village. Dink's grandson, my dear friend & cousin, Lewis P. Hodge, gave me this version, buttressed by a nursery friend of mine who was a grandson of Dr. Cooksey. . .

"Although it is possible that Capt. Hervey secured cypress from Galveston to use in his Hester house, I know that Squire Daniel got the cypress for his 1855 house downriver a few miles from Chatfield, by freight wagon from Shreveport, over an original Indian trail followed by his father (1786 Theophilus) in the early 1840's, & which later became Hwy. 80, then I20.

"And the cedar did not come from New Orleans. Capt. Hervey's previous house was on the east side of Chatfield. I visited the room my grandfather was b(or)n in. The 4 poster, spool bed he was born in is in San Benito in Mary's house. Mother gave it to her. Pappy (Charles Albert Hervey) told me that a huge stand of the tallest cedars he ever saw grew between Chatfield & the river. They were so thick they grew straight up looking for sun - thus had minimum taper to the logs. Down Rush Creek to the south of Chatfield, a kinsman named Persons moved to W. Tex. around the turn of the century. He cut logs from the Chatfield grove & fastened them to two railroad flatcars in some manner so the long logs would swivel as the train went around a curve. The grove was finally depleted, but smaller cedars still dot the rolling hills in that area. . .

"Sooo, the Capt. surely cut the cedars near his old doorstep."

Theo S. Daniel 3rd

January 1986
"During our (Texas') sesquicentennial year the Corsicana Daily Sun agreed to print up to two family stories a week. These are being coordinated thru the Historical and Genealogical Societies. . .

"(I) am in the process of writing the history of Chatfield and the Old Cemetery, trying to get Historical markers this year."

Liz Gillispie

Editor's Note: Liz wrote a detailed (five column) article on Albert Gallatin Hervey of Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas which appeared with a picture of Claude Hervey, Jr., his son Hank, and Hank's son Zeb Paul in the December 22, 1985 issue of the Corsicana Daily Sun.



Information contained on the federal census schedules includes: name of the head of the family and number of persons in 5 categories: free white males 16 and up, free white males under 16, free white females, all other free persons, and slaves.

Some names which could be alternate spellings or mis-spellings of the name Hervey are included.

DELAWARE_-_1790 - Reconstructed from Tax Lists, since all of the census for Delaware was lost.

Hervey - none found

New Castle Co.

James Harvey

Job Harvey

Mary Harvey, estate

Jonnat[ha]n Harvy

Solomon Hersey

Alexander Harvey

estate of Job Harvey

est. of Job Harvey

Sussex Co.

Thomas Harney, Jr.

MAINE_-_1790 - Census is extant for all counties

Hervey - none found

Lincoln Co.

Eben Hercy 1 1 3 - -

Eben Hersey 1 2 3 - -

Nathl Hersey 1 4 3 - -

Solomon Hersey 1 5 3 - -

James Hewey 1 - - - -

John Hewey 2 2 3 - -

John Hewey Jr. 1 - - - -

Robert Hewey 1 5 2 -

James Hewey 1 1 4 - -

John Hewey 2 1 2 - -

Cumberland Co.

David Harvey 1 4 4 - -

Enoch Harvey 1 2 3 - -

Willm Hersey 1 1 2 - -

Standish John Harvey 3 1 2 - -

York Co.

James Harvey 2 1 2 - -

John Harvey 1 1 1 - -

William Harvey 1 1 2 - -

Willm Harvey 1 1 2 - -

William Harvy 1 - 3 - -

Sarah Henney - 1 2 - -

Hancock Co.

John Harvey 1 - 2 - -

Washington Co.

Seth Harvey 1 - - - -

Thomas Harvey 1 1 1 - -

MARYLAND_-_1776_State_Census, (Information recorded by the census taker varied from county to county.)

Hervey - none listed

Frederick Co. (listed individual and age)

Herry - Andrew 9,

David 25,

Dorothea 27,

Jacob 19,

John 35,


Martin 20,

Martin 56,

Mary 3

Dorchester Co. (named head of H.H.; Males: <10, 10-16, 16-21, 21-30, 30- 40, 40-50, 50-60; Females: same age groups).

Harvey, David - 1 - - - / 2 - 1 1 - - -

Harvey, Salathal - 2 - - - - - - / 2 - 1 - 1 - -

Harvey, William - 3 - - 1 - - - / - - - 1 - - -

Harford Co.

Harvey, Richard, servant, age 25, in household of James Carol Jr.

Harvey, James 30,

Thomas Jr. 6,

George 3,

Mary 30,

Elizabeth 2

Harvey, Thomas 55,




Harvey, John 24, 12;

Elizabeth 35, 14, 4, 2


Hervey - none listed

Queen Anne Co.

John Harvey

James Harvey

Caroline Co.

Thomas Harvey (signed with an X)

Zadoe Harvey (single)

John Harvey

Thomas Harvey

Samuel Harvey

Thomas Harvey

Jeffery Horney

Jeffery Horney Jr.

Philomon Horney

James Horney

MARYLAND_-_1790 - Census is extant for all counties except Allegany, Calvert, and Somerset

Harford Co.

Hervey, Archd 1 2 4 - -

Hervey, Archd 1 3 4 - -

Hersey, Natl 1 2 1 - -

Cecil Co.

Hersey, Benjamin 1 2 3 - 1

Hersey, Isaac (N.Millford) 1 2 4 - 2

Hersey, Thomas(N.Sassafras)1 7 1 - -

Henny, Cecil - - - 1 -

Frederick Co.

Hensy, John 1 2 8 - -

Hersey, Christopher 1 1 1 - -

(Bohemia Manor Hundred)

Baltimore Co.

Hessey, Charles 2 3 4 - -

Hessey, William 1 2 4 - -

Hensey, Charles 1 - 1 - -

Henary, Isaac 1 2 4 - -

Henary, Nicholes 1 3 3 - -

Heiney, Nicholas 1 1 2 - -

Caroline Co.

Henny, Negro - - - 4 -

Other listings of the HARVEY name and their counties of residence are:

Ann-Arundel Co.

Harvey, Thomas

Baltimore Co.

Harvey, Thomas Junr.


Harvy, Thomas

Caroline Co.

Harvey, John Junr.,



Harvy, John

Cecil Co.

Harvey, Andrew,




William Junr.

Dorchester Co.

Harvey, David


Kent Co.

Harvey, Archibald

Montgomery Co.

Harvey, Allen




Prince George Co.

Harvey, Alexander


Groom William


Thomas Snr.

Queen Anns Co.

Harvey, Artridge

Washington Co.

Harvey, David




A case recorded in Halifax District in North Carolina in the Superior Court of Law & Equity Records, dated 1804:

James Hornsby & wife, plaintiff vs James Hervey, defendant. The case brought to the jury was whether there was any agreement between Hornsby and Hervey before or at the time of sale that the lands should be redeemable (i.e. could the seller regain the land by repurchase).

The jury found that the lands should be redeemable and ordered that the Master take an account of the principal sums due to the Defendant and the interest thereon, also the yearly value of that part of the land occupied by the Defendant during the time he had possession of them and of the damage and waste if any committed by him in clearing the land, and also the value of the improvements made thereon by the Defendant.

On November 2, 1805, the case came back to the court, which saw the Master's Report and ruled that the Defendant James Hervey convey the Lands in fee by a deed to be approved of by the Clerk and Master of the Court and give immediate possession to the Complainants and that the Defendant pay the Complainants the sum of Forty eight pounds eight shillings and the court costs.


John Hervey served in the American Revolution as a private in the North Carolina Militia. He resided in Clarke County, Alabama in 1833, where on Oct. 7 at age 74 he enrolled under an Act of Congress to receive an annual allowance of $35, payment to date from March 4, 1831. [Revolutionary Pension Roll, Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong. 1st sess. 1833-34, printed in Alabama History and Biography, Vol. III, by T. McAdory, 1921].



MAY 1986 VOL 2 NO 3


Albert Eugene "Buster" Hervey of Victoria, Texas died on September 28, 1985. Buster was born to Mary Jane (Hooten) and Albert Gallatin Hervey [son of Mary Elizabeth C. (Murphy) Hervey and Oney Scyprett Hervey, Jr. who was the son of Ann (Holt) Hervey and Oney Scyprett Hervey who was the son of Col. Thomas Hervey and Sarahann (Williams?) Hervey] on September 8, 1908 at Hughes Springs, Texas. He went to school through the eight grade.

Buster married Marguerite Elizabeth Truitt who was born on June 15, 1910 in Daingerfield, Texas. He entered the lumbering business. During World War II the couple lived in Hughes Springs.

The couple had a son, Albert Eugene "Bert" Hervey and a daughter Nancy Sue Hervey.

In the 1940's Buster owned one of the largest lumbering companies in the state in Kountze, Texas. Buster was a super salesman who could perform complicated arithmetic in his head.

Buster suffered business reverses and went bankrupt in the 1950's. He judged this to be a part of the cost of doing business and did not let it get him down. He paid off the debts which were left unsatisfied by the bankruptcy even though it was not required of him.

Later the couple moved to Victoria, Texas. Marguerite Elizabeth suffered a stroke in 1980 which left her an invalid. She now lives in Bryan, Texas.

Buster's son "Bert" remembers his father as an honest, thrifty man, a good provider who slept well without worries, and someone who was an independent business man who never had an 8 to 5 day.

Albert Eugene "Bert" Hervey married Janis Ann Blavert and had two children: Brian Truitt Hervey and Allison Lee Hervey.

Nancy Sue Hervey married Craig Davis Conlee and had two children: Aimee Elizabeth Conlee and Abbie Suzanne Conlee.



Additional information has been located on several of the descendants of Henry Hervey (gen. 1) of County Down and his wife, Margaret (Hutcheson). (See previous article Vol. 1. No. 1, page 3 ( GO TO) and for the Scotish ancestry of Henry Hervey, see Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 53-54. [GOTO])

Children of Henry and Margaret (Hutcheson) Hervey are:

I.  WILLIAM HERVEY (gen. 2) (d. 22 Nov. 1845, Ohio Co., W. Va.) married twice: 1st on 6 June 1799 to Margaret Glen (d. 26 Sept. 1824) and had eight children, 3 sons and 5 daughters. He married 2nd on 7 Apr. 1825 to Dorothy Yates (d. 9 Jan. 1851) and had five children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. He was a farmer and mechanical genius; lived in Jefferson and Wayne Counties, Ohio; moved to Ohio County, West Va. in 1831, where he died. (ref. 1)

Of the 13 children of William and his two wives, names of several were found in a family history of the Faris family of West Virginia and Ohio. Though the Faris book does not state the Hervey lineage of the Hervey men who married into the Faris/Yates family, or their relationship to each other, it can be determined who they were from other sources.

An unnamed Hervey, Henry Hervey, and David Glen Hervey married respectively three Yates sisters, Dorothy, Mary, and Jane, daughters of Mary (Faris) and Thomas Yates. (ref. 2)

Since ref. 1 says Dorothy Yates married William Hervey (gen. 2), it is clear enough that the unnamed Hervey, husband of Dorothy Yates (Faris book) is the same William Hervey in this sketch.

The other two Herveys, Henry and David Glen, husbands of Mary and Jane Yates (Faris book) are likely to be William's (gen. 2) sons by his first wife, Margaret (Glen). It is possible, though not likely, that the younger Yates sisters married nephews of William, but the family names seem to support their being sons of William and Margaret (Glen) Hervey, since David and a child of Henry bear the Glen family name.

Thus two of the eight children of William and Margaret (Glen) Hervey are probably:

The Faris book named 5 of the eight children of William Hervey (gen. 2) and his second wife, Dorothy Yates:

Henry Hervey (gen. 3) (b. 10 Sept. 1805, Harrison Co., Ohio, d. 7 Aug. 1874 Dunlap, Ill.) married Oct. 1829 in Ohio Co., W. Va. Mary Yates (b. 16 Apr. 1802, Ohio Co., W. Va., d. 9 Mar. 1889, Dunlap, Ill.) (ref. 2). Their offspring were:

The second probable son of William Hervey and Margaret (Glen) was David Glenn Hervey (gen. 3) (b. 25 Oct. 1807, d. 27 Oct. 1889 Dunlap, Ill.) md. 7 Apr. 1836 to Jane Yates (b. 27 Oct. 1806 Ohio Co., W. Va., d. 26 June 1854 Dunlap, Ill.) (ref. 2) Their children were:

* More information on offspring of these persons is given in the Faris Family History and may be published in the HFoA Bulletin at a later date.

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II. JANE HERVEY (b. 16 July 1778, d. 3 June 1862) md. by Rev. James Hughs 4 Feb. 1802 to Andrew Eagleson (b. 29 Oct. 1780). They settled in Ohio, living most of the time in Harrison County. They were buried at Beech Spring, Ohio.

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III. REV. JAMES HERVEY, D. D. (b. ca. 1781, d. 1858) md. Jane McKinley. He graduated from Jefferson College in 1810, was licensed in 1812 and installed pastor of Forks of Wheeling Church in Ohio County, West Va., where he preached until his death at age 77 years. He had 4 sons and 4 daughters (ref. 1).

From McKinney's The Presbyterian Valley is a discourse on the works of Rev. James Hervey: " ... the congregation worshiped in a three- sided shed called a tent. There the minister conducted the worship while the congregation were seated on log benches or stood in the open air, undisturbed by varying types of weather. But in 1807 the historic Old Stone Church was erected which remained as the distinguishing place of worship until it was replaced by a more modern structure in 1860. The church was richly blessed by the lifelong pastorate of Reverend James Hervey. His ministry at the Forks of Wheeling extended from his ordination by the Presbytery of Ohio in 1812 to his death in 1859."

" ... Population was only about two hundred when Reverend James Hervey became pastor of the Forks of Wheeling Church in 1812. Hervey was a zealous missionary pastor, an aggressive advocate of righteousness, and a preacher of power and persuasion. He was one of the great personalities of Presbyterianism, a man of cherished memory and permanent influence throughout a wide area. (History of Presbytery of Washington, 1889, p. 128f contains biographical sketch of Dr. Hervey.)"

"Soon he was preaching with some regularity at Wheeling and his Session was accepting responsibility for the spiritual oversight of the unorganized congregation. For his services he received some compensation, probably a specified amount. The minutes of Ohio Presbytery on April 22, 1818, contain this interesting evidence of contrasting promptness in payment; 'Mr. Hervey reported ye Forks of Wheeling clear until the first of November last and Wheeling Town in arrears about $400.' "

"Mr. Hervey's missionary zeal throughout his long ministry resulted in the organization of three other Presbyterian churches. He nurtured into life the First Presbyterian Church of Wheeling where he preached until it was strong enough to call a pastor in 1831. For several years he gathered together for worship a group of Presbyterian families at Wolf Run, about four miles northwest of Cameron. Patiently he labored with the ten or twelve people who attended his preaching services at Dallas and saw the congregation grow large enough to form the West Union Presbyterian Church on September 23, 1831. To his new church he gave one-half of his time for nine years, receiving as compensation an annual salary of one hundred and sixty dollars."

"Dr. Hervey was a strong character who made an indelible impression on the religious life of the entire area especially as a leader in the temperance movement. His forty-seven years of consecrated service laid the broad foundations upon which have been built one of the leading churches of West Virginia. This Forks of Wheeling Church at Elm Grove is often referred to as the 'mother' church of all the Presbyterian churches in the city of Wheeling."

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IV. MARY HERVEY died single at age 23, buried at Beech Spring, Ohio with her mother (ref. 1).

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V. JOHN HERVEY died single at age 24, buried at Beech Spring, Ohio with his mother (ref. 1).

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VI. ISABEL HERVEY, married James Black of Harrison County, Ohio. He was buried at Beech Spring Church (ref. 1).

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VII. REV. DAVID HERVEY (b. 29 Oct. 1794 Brooke Co., W. Va.; d. 19 June 1881 Sabbath; md. 27 May 1818 to Dorothy Faris). He graduated from Jefferson College in 1825 and was licensed in 1827. He was pastor of the Mount Prospect Church, Pa., Lower Buffalo, Pa., Wellsburg, W. Va., Mount Prospect, Peoria Co., Ill. (ref. 1).

A listing of the children of David and Dorothy (Faris) Hervey appeared in the Faris Family History (ref. 2) as well as in the write up on Henry Hervey submitted by John Hubbard (ref. 1). The two lists were not entirely consistent. The list in ref. 1, containing more names with more information about each offspring, is the list appearing here. Comments are made pointing out discrepancies between the two lists.

The children of David and Dorothy (Faris) Hervey were:

VIII. MARGARET HERVEY married James Allison of Jefferson Co., Ohio. She died early in life and was buried at Beech Spring Church.

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IX. REV. HENRY HERVEY, D. D. According to ref. 1 he was b. 1798, d. 1870's, graduated from Jefferson College in 1825, was licensed to preach in 1827, ordained and installed pastor of Church at Martinsburg, Ohio in 1830, and resigned in 1868. Ref. 5 named his wife as Julia Wade, daughter of Moses and Mary Wade.

From McKinney's The Presbyterian Valley (ref. 3): "Among the many other efforts for education that were being made throughout Ohio, was an academy at Martinsburg, Ohio. This school, or academy, was founded by the Reverend Henry Hervey. Hervey took his theological work under McMillan at Jefferson, and upon graduation, stayed on at the college and taught for five years. In 1830 he was ordained and became pastor of the Martinsburg Church. All of the young ministers of that day were urged to launch, if possible, an educational effort. Hence Hervey began at once to organize an academy as a part of his pastoral work. It was a very fine school for a generation or more, but was unable to survive the Civil War crisis. At least two pastors of the Martinsburg Free Presbyterian Church served as instructors there. It was a school that prepared young men for college or supplied them with the achievements of a classical education. Presbyterian names, such as Simeon and Moses Brown, Dwight and Henry Hervey, Alexander Scott, and others, are associated with this Academy (from 'Centennial History', Martinsburg Presbyterian Church, 1908)."

The only known offspring of Rev. Henry Hervey and his wife, Julia (Wade), is Dwight Hervey (b. 1834), who md. Mary E. Reeder, daughter of John A. and Martha (Eells) Reeder of Newark, Ohio. Their children were: Walter Hervey, Henry Hervey, and George Eells Hervey (who md. Dorothy Hart and is the father of George E. Hervey, subscriber to the HFoA Bulletin).


1. Write-up on the Descendants of Henry Hervey and Margaret (Hutcheson) sent by John Hubbard in Jan. 1984.

2. The_Faris_Family_History, compiled by Nellie Flack of Seaton, Ill., with excerpts copied and sent by Diane (Hervey) Harper Apr. 1986.

3. McKinney, William Wilson. The Presbyterian Valley. Pittsburgh: Davis & Warde, Inc., 1958. pp 179ff.

4. Dorsey. Christopher Gist of Md. Some of His Descendants 1679-1957, pp. 91-92

5. Hervey, George E. Correspondence 16 Aug. 1985, based on material compiled by his grandmother, Mary E. (Reeder) Hervey


During the summer of 1985 your editor's family toured Tennessee and North Carolina searching for documents relevant to Hervey families, primarily Col. Thomas Hervey (see articles in HFoA Vol. 1 No. 1 p. 2 and Vol. 1 No. 2 p. 10f). The following quotes and abstracts may provide new understanding and insight into the people and their times and into some of the relationships and names. The following deed dated October 10, 1765 and sealed and witnessed on October 1, 1767 was signed by Thomas Harvey and Sarah Ann Harvey. They are apparently the Col. Thomas and Sarahann Hervey cited in Vol. 1 No. 1 of this bulletin. In that issue it was concluded that they were married prior to June 25, 1772. The following document shows that they were married by October 10, 1765.

Real Estate Book 10

Indenture - 10 October 1765

"No. Carolina, This Indenture made this tenth day of October in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and sixty five and in the fifth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third King of Great Britain, France and Ireland defender of the faith &c. Between Thomas Harvey of the one part and John Heath of the colony of Virginia of the other part Witnesseth that the said Thomas Harvey for and in consideration of the sum of eighty one pounds five shillings current money of Virginia to him in hand paid before the unsealing and delivery of these presents the receipt hereof is hereby acknowledged and the said Harvey he the said Heath doth hereby acquit and discharge hath granted bargained and sold aleind released confirmed assigned and set over and by these presents doth fully and absolutely grant bargain sell alein release confirm assign and set over unto the said John Heath his heirs and assigns a tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and fifty acres more or less sold to the said Harvey by David Fluker who purchased it of Wm Lindsay lying and being in the county of Halifax in the province aforesaid on the east side of Rockey swamp . . . In Witness whereof the said Thos Harvey hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written."
Thomas Harvey <seal>
Sarah Ann Harvey <seal>
In presence of us Owen Fluker, Jesse Reid, Wm Heath.
Halifax County 1st October Court 1767. Then the aforegoing deed was in open court duly acknowledged by the parties thereto and on motion ordered to be registered.

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The following transfer jumps back and forth between spelling the surname Harvey and Hervey.
Book 15 - Page 99
Marginal note: "Thos Hervey to Betty Hervey"
Dec. 10, 1783
"Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Harvey of the county of Halifax No. Carolina for and in consideration of the sum of fifty pounds current money to me in hand paid by Betty Harvey have bargained sold and delivered and by these presents do bargain sell and deliver in plain & open market to her the said Betty Hervey one negro girl about 16 years old named Lucy and the said negroe girl Lucy unto her the said Betty Harvey her heirs and assigns will well and truly warrant and for ever defend witness my hand and seal ye 10th day of Decem'r 1783."
Thomas Hervey <seal>
"Signed seal'd and deliv'd in the presence of William Harvey senr. William Harvey, Halifax County dst. Feb'y Court 1784. Then this bill of sale was exht'd in open court ack'd by Thomas Hervey Esq. the party thereto and on mo'n ord'd to be rd. Registered" Wm Wooten C.Co. Registered Jno Geddy P Regr.

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The following document shows what Betty Hervey did with Lucy and raises a doubt about whether she bought the slave or had Lucy given to her.
Book 18 - Page 767
Betsey Hearvey of Halifax Co. gives a Negro girl Lucy given to her by her father T. Hearvey to a Negro girl Minny given to her by virtue of a bill of sale from her father aforementioned.

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The following transcript of the handwritten nuncupative will of William Hervey, Sr., son of Col. Thomas Hervey, was found in a vertical file in the Halifax Co. public library. Unlike another published account of this will, it is clear that his next to youngest child is Oney and not Amy.
"On Saturday 5th of Instant, I was at my son Wm. Harveys house he was very Sick but I believe in his Right mind after some conversation he told me his Businefs were not settled and farther said he wanted me to settle it for Him, it being late in the Day & I very farely, & as he did not appear to be dangerous, I would come in the morn'g but asking him few questions how he would make his will, he told me the Deed of Gift y't Wm. Sulvant Gave him was not Recorded, I promis'd to have it done he told me he did not want his Negroes sold, but he would lend all to his wife Nancy during Her Single Life, then it would Time Enough to Divide, to the best of my knowledge, I ask'd him who he would chose for his Executors. I told him I suppos'd Nancy, but who for the Other he reply'd he would leave it to her to Choose who She pleased, we also Talked of What he owed me, & further wanted me to Take some of his Papers & Collect his Money from the Wm. Daniels I told him if I could hear of their Comeing Home, I would come & let him know of it & would then if he requested it, try to Collect it, a True account of what was pafs'd between us to the best of Knowledge __"
N. B his Wife Nancy Choses Jefse Read & Wm. Burt

State of No. Carolina | Test.
Halifax County |
"This to Certify that Thomas Harvey Senr. dec'd Make Oath before us the above Contained a Just & True account of what William Harvy dec.d Delivered Him as his last Will & Testament. Given under our Hands & Seals this 12th day of March 1803 ____"
NB Wm.Harvy departed this life the 11th of March 1803
Starling Harwell J. P.
Jos. Jn. Williams J. P.

State No. Carolina |
Halifax County | "Eliz'a Sullivant Saith she was at the House of William Harvy Jr. dec'd the 5th day of this Instant (March) that he was very Sick & said to Her he had not made his will and said if he had he would be Better satisfyed and said he had spoke to his Father about it (who had but little before Gone from there) and said he wanted his wife Nancy Harvey to keep all he had as long as she lived his Widow, but should she Marry he wished his Estate Divided, & for her the said Nancy to take a Childs Part ____ March 18th 1803 ______"
Sworn to before us.
Starling Harwell J. P.
N. Gee J. P.
Halifax County Test.

"May Sefsions 1803 Then this nuncupative Will was exhibited in open court for probate, Nancy Harvey the Widow & relict of Said William admits notice & Wm. Sullevant is appointed Guardian Pro hac vice for James, Zack, Betty, Jefse, Rebecca, Oney & William Harvey his Orphans who are under the age of Twenty One Years, Whereupon Elizabeth Sullivant & Thomas Harvey the Witnefes thereto came in open court and proved the same in due form of law & on motion ordered to be Recorded" Witnefs
L. Long Cl ct.
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The following ad appeared in the Halifax, North Carolina Minerva newspaper, Dec. 17, 1829. Microfilm of the newspaper is available at the Public Library in Halifax.


MRS. HARVEY begs leave to inform her friends and the public in general, that her School for young Ladies will be resumed again at Hyde Park, on the 12th day of January next. The charges for the highest Branches &
Sciences, $10 per scs.
For the lower $ 7
Music on the Piano $15
Drawing & Painting $ 4 Board can be obtained at $30 per session. Those who may feel disposed to patronize the school will please address a line post paid to

Hyde Park, Halifax Ct., N. C.
December 10, 1829
The Edenton Gazette will give the above three insertions and forward the account to Mrs. Harvey for payment.



Col. Israel Shreve led a party of relatives and friends from the Township of Mansfield, Burlington County, New Jersey to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1788. In his party were 29 people, 5 horse-drawn wagons and several cows. Daniel Hervey, his wife Sarah and their child Job, with a mulatto boy named Thomas were among the travelers.

The party departed on Monday, July 7th and reached Philadelphia the next day. On Wednesday, Daniel Harvey and his wife were unwell so the party halted and breakfasted and boiled their first tea.

On Thursday they upset a wagon and suffered muddy bad roads. The women were tired from walking - Sarah Hervey walked 8 1/2 miles over the Hill (Stone Mountain) at one heat.

The next day they passed mildewed wheat that had been killed by severe weather.

On Saturday, July 11, Daniel went on to Elizabethtown in the night.

Over the next few days, lost a dog, shoed a horse, and passed over level roads full of bad mudholes. Near the mountains, the crops were free from mildew and rust. The group often stopped at taverns to dine, but they used their own provisions.

On Thursday, July 17th, the travelers tried to cross their first mountain. It proved so steep that teams were doubled to pull the wagons. Roads were stony.

On Friday, July 18th, going down one hill, Daniel Hervey left his stallion to follow a wagon, and the horse took a wrong path. Several hours were lost searching for the horse, and when it was found, it was stripped of its bridle and all gear except the collar.

Further delays were caused by a broken wagon wheel, women having difficulty walking, and shoeing horses. On a good day the group could travel 15 miles.

On Wednesday, July 23rd, they halted at a poor Dutch Hut where the landlady was angry with Daniel Hervey for pulling a radish. They had no feed at the tavern, only whiskey.

Joseph Beck's child, Ann, who had been sick for several days, died on Thursday, and was buried on Friday in a Spikers family burying ground. On Saturday they were on the way again.

Daniel Hervey almost lost the main part of his property on Sunday, but it was quickly found to have taken a wrong turn and was recovered intact. He raised a hue and cry expressing his great joy at finding it unhurt.

The steepest hill yet encountered was crossed on Monday the 28th. Six horses were required to pull the heaviest wagons. A hard rain caused the roads to be so miry that the wagon wheels sank to the hubs in many places. One of Daniel Hervey's wagons broke down and lagged behind the others. As he traveled in the dark trying to catch up he got off the road and could not find it again, so he spent the night in the Woods. Sara Harvey and Sarah Beck walked six miles over very bad roads that afternoon and were very weary.

On Tuesday July 29 they got a new axle-tree put in D. Harvey's broken wagon.

Along the route, the group met several travelers going to Kentucky or to Jersey. One brought the news that a house was ready for Col. Shreve's occupancy at his destination.

On Friday, August 1st, after a journey of 25 days, they reached Rostrover Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and the new house, which was 30 by 26 feet, two stories, built of hewed white oak logs, had a good stone chimney, a pasture and 14 acres of crop land.

[From Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas French Vol. I, by Howard Barclay French, privately printed, Philadelphia, 1909.]



Knoxville, Tennessee Jan. 28, 1953
"Former Teacher at UT Succumbs

Dr. Marshall C. Hervey, formerly a member of the University of Tennessee faculty, died in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, friends here have been informed. He was 39. Dr. Hervey was at UT from 1937 to 1949 doing research work. He left here to take charge of dairy breeding work at University of Minnesoto. The family resided on Rutledge Pike while here."


Born September 2, 1906

Who should know the authentic story better than H. C. H. himself?

There must be someone always looking over my shoulder, because I always feel a presence there. Isn't it consoling to have a gracious, unbiased, presence "riding herd" on my conscience, or my feeling of well- being, someone dependable, always there when needed. This is that One who comes up with answers in an unspoken but felt sense of faith or grace or spirit. Thank you God for undergirding this life now and forevermore.

Important background for this meditation:

1906_to_1913 - Hester, Texas, midway between Corsicana and Chatfield, Texas where Horace Lee Hervey and Frances Lenora McCants Hervey left their lifelong imprint on mind and spirit. Along came a sister Mar. 10, 1910 to add the dimension of sharing to family loving and competition.

1913_to_1923 - Chatfield, Texas, 10 years of growing up, getting in a basic education of arithmetic, reading and writing in a rural three teacher school; experiencing life in a village of one hundred plus souls, a village containing 2 cotton gins, 5 or 6 country general stores and a drug store, which was to me the most important because my dad owned it. Therefore I clerked there, jerked soda at the fountain, and answered the community's telephone switchboard, which "we" also owned and operated in our drug store business in the day and in our home where the telephone patron's needs (on party lines) were handled at night. What a wonderful background of experiences for impression years, especially when you throw in the spiritual guidance given by the Methodist Church which was next door to our home, where as long as I could remember my mother was a Sunday School teacher and stalwart pillar of the church. Part of my duty every Sunday was to ring the bell in the belfry, which called the faithful to S. S. every Sunday and to church on the Sundays when our pastor preached there. He lived in the Chatfield parsonage and had a circuit of 3 churches, including Roane and Tupelo. We had a village band, organized by Rev. Marvin Bell, who taught us music and how to play our instruments. I played first cornet when 12 years of age and enjoyed this honor immensely, especially when we got good enough to march and play "The National Emblem" march.

1923_to_1930_at_Dallas, Southern Methodist University (S. M. U.) and at Lubbock, Texas Technological College. These were my opportunistic (lucky) years of "higher education" going from Business College to male secretary (typist, short-hand, etc.) to Athletic Department and Ex-students Association at S. M. U. My office was in the gymnasium and my residence in the boy's dormitory across the street. I was granted time to take classes at S. M. U., when there was no conflict with my job. This job entailed selling and taking up tickets at athletic events. I managed to get a freshman year of credit at S. M. U. before moving in 1926 with Coach E. Y. Freeland to the new Texas Technological College at Lubbock, as his student manager of athletics. I held this job until graduating at Tech with B. A. in Economics and English in 1929 and M. A. in English and Literature in 1930.

When I was a Junior I met and fell in love with a freshman, Lois Elizabeth Gable, a charming brunette with a cute up-turned nose and a flare for writing poetry. On June 2, 1930 we were married and a new era began.

1930_to_1941 - At Dallas, Texas we weathered the depression and pre- World War II years. Knowledge of the rough and tumble of business life was gained:

In several years as ledger and plant and warehouse accountant for Southwest Dairies (Dairyland) as the firm decreased from over 40 to 10 plants during the depression

As Public Accountant for one year with Barrow, Wade, Guthrie

As chief accountant for American Liberty Pipeline Company, Dallas, and subsidiaries up until the 1941 beginning of World War II.

1941_to_1947 - World War II years were spent in Cincinnati, Ohio as an assistant treasurer under Lloyd D. Witter, Treasurer of War Emergency Pipelines, Inc., which built for the U. S. government, the "Big Inch" and "Little Big Inch" pipelines. These pipelines moved crude oil and refined products from East Texas to the East coast terminals in New Jersey to furnish fuel for the naval and aircraft war effort in England and the D-day invasion of the Normandy Coast of France. Hence, War Emergency Pipelines was instrumental in dislodging the Germans from their strongholds and in bringing about the eventual defeat of Germany by the Allies under General of the Armies, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The final chapter in this war was played in the Pacific theatre after Pearl Harbor (the day which shall live in infamy per F. D. R.) when the Japanese unexpectedly struck our fleet in harbor in Hawaii. A Herculean effort of American ingenuity and power and determination took us doggedly across the Pacific Ocean until the Japanese surrender in 1945. All this time I was still on my wartime job in Cincinnati.

1947_to_1972 - After the end of World War II, the pipelines of War Emergency Pipelines for which I was still working as assistant treasurer were put up for sale by the U. S. government and were bought for highest bid of over $143,000,000 by Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation. I was the final employee on the War Emergency Pipeline payroll when it was acquired.

I went directly to work for Texas Eastern, first in Shreveport, La., and later in Houston, Texas, where I worked as Insurance Manager until my retirement in January 1, 1972, after a long and satisfying career of 24 years in the headquarters offices of Texas Eastern.

1972_to_Aug._1986 -- After my retirement the purpose of my being has been to maintain the perfect married relationship with my Great Lady, Lois, who is the mother, grandmother, and great grandmother of off-spring who are the joy of our hearts and without exception fill us with pride in their accomplishments and intelligence.

At the time of our fiftieth wedding anniversary, June 2, 1980, we were royally honored by the dedication to us of a 669 page book treating principally with the Gable and Hervey lineage of Hubert Calvin Hervey and Lois Elizabeth Gable. I could never express our appreciation in a manner to equal that of Donald Gable Hervey in his presentation statement.

"You two and your lifelong commitment to each other are truly what inspired this book. I am fortunate to have been born to such loving, generous people whom I consider to be model parents. I can only hope to be as worthy of my children's love as you are. I love you for your many good traits and for your human-ness.

I am proud to be your son.

Donald Gable Hervey"

How could anyone argue with the success of parents who reared four children of equal repute in our eyes. We hope many of our friends and loved ones feel the family pride we hold self-evident and glory with us in it.

Another outstanding experience during retirement years was the "Hervey Family Reunion" at Holiday Inn in Corsicana, Texas for June 28, 29, 30, 1985. Attendees came from many states between Utah and North Carolina. It was the first Hervey reunion attended by the only great grandchild of Lois and Hubert Hervey, John Walker Adams. On talent night he was present as the descendants of Lois & Hubert Hervey performed the entire talent show. One day was spent on a trip to the Albert Gallatin Hervey house at Hester, Texas, the historic Chatfield school community center and the "old" Chatfield Cemetery in which are buried my parents and grandparents; my father Horace Lee Hervey and his parents Albert Gallatin Hervey and Griselda Elizabeth Kirby, and my mother Frances Leonora (McCants) Hervey and her parents Jeremiah Andrew McCants and Nellie Clay Edwards. On banquet night reminiscent speeches (humorous and serious) were made by senior representatives of the 3 branches of Hervey lineages. The 3 day Hervey Family Reunion was considered a huge success, thoroughly enjoyed by Hervey's and interested relatives.

These were two outstanding examples of dozens of Hervey Family activities in which we have been involved during retirement.

Summer_of_1986. Our only daughter Sylvia Jean Hervey Barham and husband Thomas "Jack" Barham who live in Vicenza, Italy came for a visit in U. S. A. in July 1986. They arrived in Houston for part of their visit July 14 and spent much of the remainder of July with us. Sylvia's presence brought about the most recent reunion occasion.

The weekend of July 18, 19, 20 was the period set aside by Lois for a Hervey reunion of Horace Hervey's descendants. Hubert Calvin Hervey, Jr., our oldest son came for a day and night, a difficult feat for him considering that he runs a large modern dairy in Louisiana. Richard Lee Hervey and his family visited in Houston from their home in Garland where he is employed by E Systems as a computer specialist. Donald Gable Hervey and his family live near us in Houston and are a continuous joy to us, with frequent family interaction, especially in St. Lukes Methodist Sunday School, and church activities in which we all participate, both adults and children.


By Joyce P. & Donald G. Hervey

The Hervey or Harvey family name has been continuous for some 350 years in New England, beginning with the arrival of two brothers, William and Thomas Harvey, who immigrated to Massachusetts in 1636 from Somersetshire, England. Although the spelling "Harvey" is most frequently encountered in the old records, both Harvey and Hervey were used interchangeably in many cases around 1800. Both forms of the name are found in England, and the coats of arms are nearly the same, indicating a probable relationship between the two families (Ref.1). Hervey is probably the more ancient spelling with the spelling later being changed to more nearly match the pronunciation of the British "e", according to Ref. 1.

A genealogy of the colonial Harvey/Hervey family was published in Ref. 3 in 1899 by Oscar Jewell Harvey, a descendant of the colonial Harveys of Massachusetts. The early generations of this genealogy are delineated on the upper part of the chart on the facing page, which contains the same numbering system as Ref. 3. The lower part of the chart, the genealogy of Elizabeth (Willis) Harvey, was taken primarily from Nahum Mitchell's History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater and from information compiled by Gladys (Hervey) Beggs.



An article in Vol 1 No. 2, page 13 [GOTO], of the February 1985 issue of the HFoA Bulletin showed that Elizabeth (Willis) Harvey was an ancestor of Willard Hervey of Indiana and thus is an ancestor of Gladys (Hervey) Beggs of Keosauqua, Iowa. This article reports results of an attempt to establish the complete lineage of Mrs. Beggs to Thomas Harvey-1 of Somersetshire, England and Taunton, Massachusetts. (See Vol. 2 No. 1, p. 45 for the English lineage of this Harvey family. [GOTO])

Elizabeth (Willis) Harvey was the daughter of Deacon John Willis and his wife Elizabeth (Hodgkins) Palmer (widow of William Palmer [Jr.?]) whom John married before 2 January 1637/8 (Ref. 3,11).

John Willis of Duxbury (Ref.4) was one of the appraisers of the estate of William Palmer, Sen., in 1637, in Plymouth Colony. John had a land grant in 1640. His will, dated 15 (4) 1692 and probated 20 Sept. 1693, named sons, Nathaniel, Jonathan, John, Joseph, and Comfort, and daughters Hannah Hayward, and Elizabeth Harvey.

Elizabeth and Thomas Harvey's children (Ref. 3) (as shown in the upper part of the chart) do not correspond to the names or birth years of Elizabeth's probable descendants according to Mitchell's (Ref. 2) list (as shown in the lower part of chart). Therefore, it seems that if Mitchell is correct and these are Elizabeth's descendants (note that he writes only that they are probably her children or grandchildren), then Mitchell's list must represent the grandchildren and not the children of Elizabeth (Willis) Harvey. The question then becomes which of Elizabeth's children were the parents of her grandchildren named by Mitchell.

A study of the genealogy outlined by O. J. Harvey (Ref. 3) and shown on the chart on the facing page brings into question whether the Harveys in question are grandchildren of Elizabeth Willis. Both (#14) William-4 and (#15) Thomas-4, though the right ages to be parents of the children in question, had children whose names do not correspond to those in Mitchell's list. The other three sons of Elizabeth, (#16) John-4, (#17) Jonathan-4, and (#18) Joseph-4 would have been 22, 20, and 18 years old when Nathaniel Harvey (b. 1705) was born. Although it is possible that one of them could have been the father of the Harveys in question, it seems unlikely, because men of that era typically married later, due in part to the shortage of marriageable women in the colonies. Additionally, John's marriage date to Mehetabel Leonard was 1710, and it is unlikely he had married previously or that some of the Harveys in the list were not born after 1710. So he is eliminated as a probable father of the Harveys listed. As for (#17) Jonathan-4, all that is known of him is "In 1710 he was a member of the 'First Foot Company' of Taunton. Prior to 1734 he was married to Mary___, and in 1737 they were living in Taunton" (Ref. 3). No mention was made of children. Of (#18) Joseph-4, no published records searched have shown any reference to his marriage, his whereabouts as an adult or his reaching adulthood.

Even though with the material researched thus far it is questioned whether Mitchell's list of children gives descendants of Elizabeth (Willis) and Thomas Harvey, there are considerations which support this relationship. Support can be based on the practice of colonial families to hand down family names. In Mitchell's list of children are the names Joseph, Nathaniel, and Elizabeth, all of which were names of some of Deacon John Willis's children (Ref. 4). This could be coincidence, however. The names Nathaniel and Joseph also appear frequently in the Harvey family, and Elizabeth was a common first name in many families.

A point to ponder in trying to piece together this genealogy is the possibility that Mitchell's list of Harveys actually might be descendants of Elizabeth (Willis) & Thomas Harvey's sister Experience Harvey, who married her cousin (11) Thomas Harvey- 3. Both families lived out their adult lives at Taunton and would be expected to be closely associated with each other. Experience and Thomas named two of their children Nathaniel and Mary, names which appear in the list of children named by Mitchell. Perhaps Nathaniel could be the father of Mitchell's list of Harveys.

No tie has been proved. Perhaps the data shown can tie with another bit of information to show where Mitchell's group of Harveys connect to the Harvey line from Somersetshire.


1. Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, Vol. II, J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1912, p. 911.

2. Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, 1970.

3. Harvey, Oscar Jewell, The Harvey Book, Wilkesbarre, PA, 1899.

4. Pope, Pioneers of Massachusetts

5. Family Group Sheets compiled by Gladys (Hervey) Beggs

6. Vital Records of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, New England Historic Geneal. Soc., Boston, 1911.

7. Latham, Williams, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, Mass., Bridgewater, 1882.

8. Vital Records of Bridgewater, Mass To the Year 1850, Vol. I, II

9. Vital Records of Taunton, Mass. to the Year 1850, Vol. I, II, III

10.Gladden, Sanford Charles, An Index to the Vital Records of Boston (1830-1699), 1969.

11.Shurtleff, Nathaniel B., M. D., Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Misc. Records 1633-1689, 12 volumes, Boston, 1857.

12.Vital Records of Norton, Mass. to the Year 1850


U. S. CENSUS - 1790

Information contained on the federal census schedules includes: name of the head of the family and number of persons in 5 categories: free white males 16 and up, free white males under 16, free white females, all other free persons, and slaves.

Some names which could be alternate spellings or misspellings of the name Hervey are included.

NEW_HAMPSHIRE_-_1790 - Census extant for all counties.

Cheshire Co.

Ebenezer Hervey 4 2 3 - -

Rufus Hervey 1 2 4 - -

Strafford Co.

Samuel Hervy 1 1 2 - -

Jacob Hersey 1 - - - -

James Hersey 1 - 6 - -

Josiah Hersey 1 1 2 - -

Peter Hersey 2 1 3 - -

William Hersey 1 - 1 - -

Other listings of the HARVEY name and their counties of residence are:

Hillsboro Co.






John Jr.




Rockingham Co.





Frances Jr.



James Jr.









Cheshire Co.










Strafford Co.




RHODE_ISLAND_-_1790 - Census extant for all counties

Newport Co.

Peter Hervey 2 2 5 - -

Ruth Hervey - - 2 - -

Washington Co.

Edward Harvey 2 2 1 - -

Thomas Harvey 1 1 4 - -

William Harvy 1 3 5 - -

Hanah Harvey - 1 1 - -

Wait Harvey 2 2 4 - -

James Harvey 2 - 2 - -

John Harvey 1 - 1 - -

Jsph Harvey 1 - 4 - -

Joseph Harvey Jr. 1 2 1 1 -

William Harvey 2 - 6 - -

Providence Co.

James Harvey 1 1 6 - -

Nathan Harvey 1 1 3 - -

SOUTH_CAROLINA_-_1790 - Census extant for all districts (sub divisions below are the counties)

Camden District

Simons Hervey 1 1 4 - -

Ninety-Sixth District

Francis Herby 2 - 2 - -

Setheniah Harvey 2 1 2 - 4

Elizabth Harvey - - 5 - -

Capt. Littleberry Harvey 1 2 3 - -

Philomen Harvey 1 5 5 - -

Orangeburgh District

Daniel Hessey 1 - 2 - -

George Hessey 1 - 1 - 7

Elzabth Harvey 1 - 3 - -

John Harvey

Charleston District

Elizabeth Harvey 1 - 3 - -

Thomas Harvey 1 - 2 - -

Benjamin Harvy 4 4 4 1 17

Sarah Harvey 1 - 1 - -

Henery Harvy 1 1 1 - 10

Thos Harvy 3 - 3 - 1

Georgetown District

Jacob William Harvey 1 3 2 - 14

Judith Harvey 1 3 3 - -

VIRGINIA_-_1782-87 - Since all the federal census for 1790 was lost, other lists have been published to take its place. The following is a list of Virginia Taxpayers 1782-87 (which includes Fayette & Lincoln Cos. presently in Kentucky, then in Virginia), other than those published by the U. S. Census Bureau (see page 21 of previous issue).


Daniel, Rockbridge Co.

Francis, CulpeperCo.

John, CarolineCo.

Jonathan, AccomacCo.


Thomas, BrunswickCo.

William,Spotsylvania Co

William, Culpeper Co.

William, Culpeper Co.


Elijah, CulpeperCo.

Ellison, BuckinghamCo.

Thomas Jr., Buckingham Co.

William, Buckingham Co.



This article continues the presentation of some of the papers collected during the 1985 summer vacation of your editor's family.

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The following gift record indicates that Polly Hervey (Pritchett) Williams daughter of Col. Thomas Hervey, died after December 22, 1802 when the instrument was signed by Col. Hervey (and she apparently died prior to February 12, 1806 when Col. Hervey wrote his will although the wording of the will does not make this certain).


Halifax County, North Carolina
Real Estate Book 19, Dec. 22, 1802
State of North Carolina
Halifax County
Be it known to all people to whom these presents may come that I Thomas Harvey Senr for divers good causes & reasons as well as the good will and respect I bear unto the children of Betty Pritchet decd, Gideon Harvey Pritchet, Payton Harvey Pritchet, Nancy, Betty, Judah Harvey Pritchet I freely & absolutely give unto them & their heirs lawfully begotten forever as follows.

Five negroes named thus Cary, Redick, Sampson, Nat & Jacob and all that tract of land that I hold by virtue of a deed that I hold from Willis Alston Esq. with three feather beds and a good riding horse apiece, all to be equally to be divided amongst them at my death to them and their heirs forever.

Likewise I lend to their sister Polly Williams during her natural life one negro named Isaac with proportionable part of above mentioned land and after her death to be equally divided amongst her children lawfully begotten of her body for them to be possessed with at the time as above mentioned to them & theirs forever. And if any of the above mentioned children should die before they have an heir lawfully begotten of their body then their part of the above mentioned legacy to be equally divided amongst the rest of the surviving children.
As witness my hand and seal this 22nd day of December anno domini 1802.
Thos. Harvey <seal>
Signed sealed and delivered
in presence of
Xpher Pritchet
Mourning Pritchet - X her mark

Halifax County sess | Then this
February Sessions 1803 | deed was
exhibited in open court and duly proved by the oath of Christopher Pritchet a witness thereto and on motion ordered to be registered.
Witness L. Long CCt.
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The next document is the first use of the surname Harvey/Hervey by (apparently) one of the children of Betty Pritchett, Peyton Hervey, who witnessed the document. It is interesting to note that it occurred nearly two years before the death of Col. Thomas Hervey and on a document with which he was a principal. Apparently Thomas Hervey, Sr. did not object to his children by Betty Pritchett using the Hervey name.

Halifax County, North Carolina
Real Estate Book 19 - page 360
This Indenture made this 9th day of April one thousand eight hundred & four - Between Thomas Harvey Senr. of the one part & Sterling Harwell of the County of Halifax of the other part --
Witnesseth that the sd Thomas Harvey for & in consideration of the sum of five hundred and fifty dollars to him in hand pd by the sd Sterling Harwell the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained & sold & by these presents do grant bargain & sell unto the sd Sterling Harwell his heirs & assigns all that tract of land on Bear Swamp in Halifax County - containing by estimation one hundred & eighty five acres be the same more or less -

Beginning at an ash on Bear Swamp the sd Harwell's corner thence running No 56 W 178 pole to the center of a black jack hickory & gum in Dr. Saml Thorne's line, the sd Harwell's corner then running So 53 W. along the sd Harvey's & Thorne's line 196 pole to a red oak Rhesa Read's corner in Dr. Saml Thorne's line, thence running So 60 E & along the sd Rhesa Read's line 228 pole to the mill pond & continuing the same course to the main stream of Bear Swamp thence running up the sd main stream of said swamp to the beginning - and all the rights privileges immunities & hereditaments to the same belonging to or in any wise appertaining - To have and to hold the sd tract of land & premises to the sd Sterling Harwell his heirs and assigns to the proper use & behoof of the Sterling Harwell his heirs & assigns forever -

And the sd Sterling Harwell his heirs & assigns forever the said tract of land against himself & his heirs & against all & every person or persons whatsoever shall and will warrant & by these presents forever defend all except any further damage which may ensue in consequence of raising of water by the mill now occupied by the sd Sterling Harwell & built by Peter Qualls decd in overflowing any of the above granted premises -

In witness whereof the sd Thomas Harvey have set his hand & fixed his seal the day and date above written
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of Peter Qualls|
_Peyton Harvey| Thos. Harvey <seal>

Halifax County Sess |
August Sessions 1804 |
Then this deed was exhibited in open court & duly proved by the oath of Peyton Harvey a witness thereto & on motion ordered to be registered.
Witness L. Long CCT.
Registered Edwin Turner P.R.
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In his will Col. Thomas Hervey refers to Sarahann Hervey as his wife; to the children of Betty Pritchett as having the double surname Hervey Pritchett; to Gideon Hervey Pritchett and Peyton Hervey Pritchett as children of Betty Pritchett; to Betty Pritchett as deceased; to Nanny Hervey as the daughter of Betty Pritchett and wife of Stephen Hervey; and leaves property to the children of Polly Williams daughter of Betty Pritchett apparently indicating that Polly is deceased. What he left to the children of his wife Sarahann he had already given to them. Col. Thomas Hervey wrote his will on February 12, 1806.)

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Hervey, Senior of the County of Halifax and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory blessed be god do this 12th day of February in the year of our Lord 1806 make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following

First Item I lend my wife Sarahann Hervey the plantation I now live on and three negroes namely Billy Jesse and one more negroe woman which my Exors is to purchase of equal value of my negroe woman Polla out of money raised out of my estate with a sufficiency of horses and stock and kitchen and Household furniture sufficient for her comfortable support during her life.

2nd Item I give and bequeath to my Seven children which I had by my wife Sarahann Hervey, Betty Sullivan (sic Sullivant), William Hervey, deceased (?), Caty Christie, Sally Smith, Thomas Hervey, Hanna Beele (sic Bull) and One Hervey, all that property of negroes land & that I have heretofore given, devised, and delivered to them & their heirs for ever.

Item 3rd I give and bequeath unto the five children of Betty Pritchett, deceased to wit Gideon Hervey Pritchett, Peyton Hervey Pritchett, Betty Hervey Pritchett, Judah (sic Judith) Hervey Pritchett, and Nanny Hervey the wife of Stephen Hervey also the children of Polly Williams the daughter of the said Betty Pritchett deceased all that tract of land I now hold by virtue of a deed from Walter Alston Esquire not including any land that I have sold to others out of said tract also the tract of land which I lately bought of William Pou (sic Pace) and another which I bought of Isaac Wright with seven negroes to witt Isaac, Jacob, Natt, Reddick, Cary, Sampson and Polly to be equally divided so as the children of Polly Williams the wife of John Williams have one Sixth part of the lands and negroes above mentioned, also the other five children of said Betty Pritchett deceased above mentioned to have share and share alike of the above mentioned land and negroes.

4th Item 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 Hervey to be equally divided between the two Gideon Hervey Pritchett & Peyton Hervey Pritchett to them and their heirs for ever.

5th Item I give and bequeath to the five children of Betty Pritchett deceased namely Gideon Hervey Pritchett, Peyton Hervey Pritchett, Betty Hervey Pritchett, Judah Hervey Pritchett and Nanny Hervy (sic) wife of Stephen Hervey also the children of Polly Williams the daughter of said Betty Pritchett deceased all the rest, remainder and residue of my estate not herein otherwise disposed of to be equally divided so as the children of Polly Williams the wife of John Williams have one sixth part of the same, and the residue to be divided between the other five children of said Betty Pritchett deceased share and share alike.

Item 6th After the death of my wife Sarahann the property herein lent to her during her life, I give and bequeath to the said five children of Betty Pritchett deceased namely Gideon Hervey Pritchett, Peyton Hervey Pritchett, Betty Hervey Pritchett, Judah Hervey Pritchett and Nanny Hervey the wife of Stephen Hervey also the children of Polly Williams wife of John Williams to be divided so as the children of Polly Williams to have one sixth part ant the five children above mentioned of Betty Pritchett deceased to divide the balance share and share alike and if any of said children aforementioned die without bein (sic) lawfully begotten then estate shall be equally divided among the surviving children of the said Betty Pritchett deceased to them and their heirs for ever.

I further will and desire that as some of the said children of said Betty Pritchett deceased has received thing, already that all be made equal alike as relates to every thing which they have received of my estate, except the land which I have herein given to Gideon Hervey Pritchett and Peyton Hervey Pritchett and if any of those children above mentioned will not settle and divide agreeable to this my last will and testament I do hereby cut them off with five shillings only and no more.

It is my desire my man Jesse after my wifes death may be freed as far as the law will admit

I hereby make and ordain and appoint my two sons Gideon Hervey Pritchett, and Peyton Hervey Pritchett two sons of the above named Betty Pritchett deceased with my friend Nevile Gee Executors to this my last will and testament hereby declaring this and no other to be the same and hereby disannulling and disallowing all wills legacees, and bequeaths, by me any will heretofore made In witness whereof I the said Thos Hervey Senior have to this my last will and testament set my hand & seal the day and year above written

Thos Hervey (SEAL)
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Thos Hervey Senior the Testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us who were present at the time of Sealing thereof
Samuel Porter
John Porter

Halifax County SS
February Sessions 1806 then this will was exhibited in open court and duly proved by the oath of John Porter one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion ordered to be recorded, whereupon Nevile Gee Peyton Hervy (sic) Pritchett and Gideon Hervey Pritchett Executors therein named came in & was duly qualified thereto.
(witness) L. Long CCT

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The next document shows that Col. Thomas Hervey, Senior had died by February 20, 1806. Note that although Gideon and Peyton are referred to in the document as "Hervey Pritchett" they both signed the document omitting the Pritchett name entirely.

State of North Carolina|
Halifax County |
Know all men by these presents that we Gideon Hervey Pritchett, Peyton Hervey Pritchett & Stephen Hervey all of the county and state aforesaid are held & firmly bound unto Sarahann Hervey of the same county in the just & full sum of two thousand dollars current money of the United States to be paid to the said Sarahann Hervey, her certain attorney, her heirs, exors., admrs. or assigns: to which payment will & truly be made we bind ourselves our Heirs Exors. & Adms. jointly & severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals & dated this 20th day of February 1806.

The condition of the above Obligation is such that whereas by the last will & testament of Thos. Hervey Senr. decd the said Thomas devised & bequeathed to his Wife the said Sarahann Hervey certain property in his said will specifyed during her life only & after her death to be equally divided as follows Viz. That the children of Polly Williams the Daughter of Betty Pritchett decd. have one sixth part of the same & the other five children of said Betty Pritchett decd. to divide the Balance share & share alike. Now therefore if the said five children of said Betty Pritchett decd. namely Gideon Harvey Pritchett, Peyton Hervey Pritchett, Betty Hervey Pritchett, Judith Hervey Pritchett & Stephen Hervey by right of his wife Nancy, shall for themselves their Heirs Exors. Admrs & Assigns release, relinquish & for ever quit claim unto the said Sarahann Hervey of all Right, Title, Interest & Claim to the property before mentioned & shall not henceforth ask demand nor Sue for the same but suffer the said Sarahann to possess & enjoy the same in peaceable & quiet possession as far as relates to the Rights of the said Gid. Hervey Pritchett, Payton Hervey Pritchett, Betty Hervey Pritchett, Judith Hervey Pritchett & Stephen Hervey his his Heirs & Assigns forever that then the above or within obligation to be void, else to remain in full force & Virtue.
Signed Sealed & acknowledged in the presence of
Josiah Brinkley ?r.
Thos. Hervey
Gideon Harvey (seal)
Paton Hervey (seal)
Stephen Hervey (seal)

Halifax County Aug. Session 1806
Then this Indemnifying Bond was exhibited in open Court & duly proven by the oath of Josiah Brinkley one of the subscribing witnesses thereto & on motion ordered to be Recorded.
witness Richard Eppes Clk

A similar Indemnifying Bond dated February 20, 1806 was executed by John Williams binding the children of his wife (Polly Williams).