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The following is an edited, shortened version of Sydenham Henry Augustus Hervey's preface of the DICTIONARY OF HERVEYS, Vol. 1. BEDFORD TO MIDDLESEX, SUFFOLK GREEN BOOKS, No. XX, Ipswich; by W. E. Harrison, The Ancient House, 1924. He writes from the point of view of an Englishman.

Consider Hervey "as a christian [or given] name. But I may point out. . . [some] information as may be gathered from the class of names to which Hervey belongs. As a surname it belongs to the class of surnames which are patronymics, i.e. derived from the christian name of a father. Jones is one such, Robinson is another, but Smith is quite different. When we see Hervey in French records on the other side of the Channel for a century or two before the Norman Conquest of England, it is always as the christian or personal name of someone, often a Breton. And when we see it on this [the English] side of the Channel during the century or two immediately after the Norman Conquest, we still see it only as a christian name, a name given to an individual baby at the font. It first came into this country [England] at the time of the Norman Conquest. Before that, it was unknown here. The Anglo-Saxons no more had it than we have the names of Sennacherib or Nebuchadnezzar. But when the Normans came they brought it with them. Domesday book mentions a few Normans or so-called Normans who had the name and who were settled in England. They were alive and of full age in 1086 and may have fought at Hastings in 1066. . . The name continued here as a christian name till about 1300. . . All the Herveys down to about 1200 and a good many down to about 1300, bore the name as their christian name and not as a surname or family name. Sometimes a sort of surname is tacked on to it to distinguish one of the name from another, as Herveus Apothecarius from his calling, or Herveus de Luda from his birthplace, or Herveus fil Pagani from his father's name. But often they are just Herveus and nothing more. . .

About 1300 . . . Hervey as a personal name was going out and Hervey as a surname was coming in. It was passing from the one stage to the other. Hervey as a christian name was not bound to go out when Hervey as a surname came in. Both might have gone on together. John did not go out when Jones came in. . . But for some hidden reason Hervey the christian name did go out when Hervey the surname came in. . . Perhaps also because the Bretons were hated. . . It follows then that after (say) 1250 we have to consider Hervey as a surname. The class of surnames to which it belongs is the class containing patronymics. It may be as well to note the exact process whereby a christian name became a surname and more than a surname, for it became a family name. . .

The process of changing [a given name into a surname] . . . is the process as shown by ancient records that contain men's names as they were then written. Suppose [there was] a man named Hervey living in 1100 or 1200 . . . [who] has a wife Alice. In a Latin document she will be Alicia uxor Hervei. If she survives him she will be called Alicia quae fuit uxor Hervei; which means that she is alive and he is dead; sometimes she seems as it were to keep her maiden name and to be called, not uxor of her husband, but filia of her father, say filia Robert. Suppose that Hervey and Alice have a son John; he may be called John fitz Hervey in Norman-French, or John filius Hervei in Latin. In time that John may have a son John, and that second John may also be called fitz or filius Hervei, though really he is a grandson of Hervey. Sooner or later, gradually rather than suddenly or abruptly, the custom is to leave out fitz or filius, and then you have a John Hervey. Hervey is his fixed unalterable surname, and not merely is it his surname but it is his family name. His wife will be Alice Hervey, not merely somebody's uxor. His children and their children and their children's children will all be Herveys as a matter of course. The christian name has become a man's surname, and the man's surname becomes a family name. And the family may run on through many centuries, generation after generation, carrying with them and upon them the name of a far away ancestor, Hervey of 1100 or 1200. . .

Every family of this name that is still running today, whether they spell it in one way or in another, whether they are housed in a palace or in a hovel, whether their writing paper has crest upon it or whether they have no writing paper because they have not learned to write, every family of the name may be certain of these two things: __

(1) That their ancestor (for they must all alike have had ancestors) in the male line at or near the time of the Norman Conquest must then have crossed the channel and settled down on this side of it. So that they belong to the Norman part of the people of this land. . .

(2) That amongst their ancestors, between the time of the Norman Conquest and 1300, there must have been one or more than one who at the font received the christian name of Hervey (with an e). And it is his christian name which they are bearing today as their surname and family name. . .

I hope I have not made it seem as if there was something special or peculiar about this name. There was nothing of the kind. It followed the usual course. It was coming in as a surname at about the same time as other surnames were coming in in England, and the process was the same as in other surnames of the same class, patronymics. The other surnames would come from places, offices, occupations and nicknames. Those races which favour patronymics would seem to pay more regard to their fathers than others do. The Jews of old loved patronymics. Every one in the Bible, from Joshua son of Nun at one end to Simon Barjonas at the other, is called the son of So and So. The Welsh likewise. A man is ap A, ap B, ap C, ad infinitum. Do the patronymics amongst us point to the presence or influence of some such race?. . .

Various forms of Hervey [are evident by their spelling]. The early bearers of the name mostly come to us with their name in a Latin dress: Herveus, Hervicus, Hervisius and so on, sometimes with, sometimes without the aspirate. I have more than once pointed out. . . how often Herveus and Hervicus may be lost to us, because transcribers will read them as Herneus, Hernicus, Henricus. . . I have also pointed out that Hervisium is very unsatisfactory, because one cannot feel certain whether he represents a Hervey or an Ernes. That is a consequence of having three letters that can be so written that you cannot tell which of the three is meant. . .

But one word as to the forms [of Hervey] in modern English. They are practically not more than three. Hervey, Harvey, Harvet. Harvie, which I think is mostly among the Scotch, need not be considered as a different form.

(1) Hervey (I am only now concerned with the first syllable) is the name as the Normans brought it across the Channel. And so it continued till well after 1300, say 1350. One occasionally meets with Urvoi, which seems to show the pronunciation. But in most cases it is Hervey from the Conquest till well after 1300.

(2) Harvey . . . is never met with till after 1350. The Victoria History of Devon gave Harvei uxor in its translation of Domesday. I felt perfectly certain that that was a slip on its part. On looking into the facsimile edition of Domesday I found that it was Hervei uxor. Harvey in Domesday, or for two hundred years afterwards would be as impossible as a cuckoo on Christmas day. But somewhere in the direction of 1400 a change in the fashion of pronouncing and writing Hervey began to show itself in records. Harvey then first appeared, and from then till about 1600 it was growing and growing till Hervey was almost snuffed out. Since then most families have gone on with the spelling Harvey. But a few stood out against it, or have rebelled and gone back to the original Hervey as brought over by the Norman ships in 1066. This change of fashion affected all words and names of a like kind. Derby, Berkshire, serve, sergeant, merchant, person, and scores of others they all felt it. Sometimes men's tongues, sometimes their pens, sometimes both, turned their e into a.

(3) Hervet or Harvet. This form is, I think, almost extinct in England, though it still flourishes in France. I have met with it now and then in quite early records. For instance, in the writ ordering an inquisition after the death of William Hervey of Boxstead in 1256, he is called William Hervy alias Hervit. I have seen it in the registers of a Somersetshire parish during the eighteenth century, when they were written by the parish clerk. . .

There is one sort of Harvey whom I do not knowingly admit into the [list of Herveys] . . . viz. those whose name was only a form, a variation, a corruption, of Harford and Harvard. Many years ago I noticed in the parish registers of Wedmore co. Somerset, a struggle between two forms of the same name. From 1560 to 1610 a certain family was always called Harford or Harvard. Then the form Harvey came in, and after a struggle Harford went down and was seen no more. Harvey remained crowing. The same struggle could be seen in the rate books from 1701 to 1800, and the same result. Harford went down and Harvey remained crowing. And it is perfectly clear that in this case Harford is the original form. Harvey is a corrected form of it. Harford is the real name, derived from Hertford or some other ford so named, and Harvey is only a lazy way of saying Harford. To finish a word with a short syllable ending in ey is less trouble than to finish it with a long syllable like ford. I will give another example. . . The ly in our adverbs, badly, beautifully and so on, is a lazy form of like. That is enough to show that the Harveys, alias Harfords are not Harveys at all. They have got the same letters and the same sound, but the name is another name altogether. The founder of Harvard College in America is often called John Harvey, but in truth his name was Harvard or Harford. I therefore do not admit them.

East Sheen. November, 1924.
S. H. A. H.

by Donald G. Hervey

An article in the last issue of the Bulletin (Vol. 2 No. 4, p. 79) was based on a typed transcription of the will of Col. Thomas Hervey of Halifax County, North Carolina. Since that article was written a microfilm copy of the handwritten "HALIFAX, Record of Wills, 1758-1824, Vols. 1, 2, 3" has been obtained and examined with several interesting results. ( VIEW WILL )

The last word in the introductory paragraph was omitted: "viz".

In the "First Item" of the will: the first Negroe's name mentioned could be Betty as well as Billy (as shown) but Billy is judged to be more likely.

In 2nd Item of the will: the married name of the second child Thomas had by his wife appears to be Sullivant (as indicated by the sic in the article), so her name was Betty Sullivant; William Hervey is shown as deceased; and the sixth child is Hannah Bull (the last name was indicated as Bull in the article by sic). <Ed note: Descendnts of Hannah Bull have been looking for proof that the Hanna Beele of Thomas Hervey's will was in fact Hannah (Hervey) Bull. The surname was legally changed to Randal from Bull. This confirms their expectations. See articles in the Bulletin Vol. 1 No. 2 ( GO ) , Vol. 1 No. 1 ( GO ), and Vol. 2 No. 1 ( GO ).>

In Item 3rd of the will: the fourth child of Thomas Hervey by Betty Pritchett is written "Judah" (not bearing out the "sic Judith" of the article); Thomas had bought land from William Pace (as indicated by sic in the article); and the Negro referred to as "Natt" could as well have been "Nat'l" or "Matt".

In Item 6th of the will: a typo in the 13th line of that item in the article, "ant" should be "and" to read "sixth part and the five children above"; and in the 17th line the word "bein" should be "heir" (as was indicated by sic without providing a correction).

In the last paragraph of the will before Thomas Hervey's signature and seal a word was omitted: the 11th line should read "me in any will heretofore made. In".

There are places in the handwritten copy where the last "e" in Hervey is not evident and others where it had been omitted where it appears. However, the first "e" consistently appears to be an "e" and not an "a" showing the spelling to be Hervey and not Harvey.

By Joyce P. Hervey

This article tells about the "Great Raft" of the Red River in Louisiana and about the involvement of Col. Calvin Monroe Hervey (of the Col. Thomas Hervey line) in trying to ensure the navigability of the river.

For at least 400 years before the purchase of the Louisiana Territory by the United States, a tremendous log jam was forming in the upper part of the Red River in Louisiana, between Natchitoches and Texarkana, completely closing large sections of the main channel of the river to navigation, and forcing river traffic into adjacent bayous and streams to reach their destinations.

The "Great Raft" was actually a series of "rafts" of varying sizes, some as deep as 15-20 feet and completely covering the surface of the river. Like dams, they pooled the water of the river into lakes or ponds. Some of the rafts were solid enough for a man on horseback to cross.

The raft was formed by the erosion of the loamy soil along the river banks, dislodging trees from the banks. The timber then snagged on sand bars and sharp bends in the river and trapped other debris as it floated down river. Natural decay was not rapid enough to handle the large volume of timber and debris that piled up, so the raft continued to grow in size finally clogging the main channel of the river for 160 miles.

Settlement of Northwestern Louisiana and the Arkansas Territory, which actually had begun before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, became more intensive about 1836, the year Texas won it's independence from Mexico. Travel through and to Louisiana became more important to development of the west. Settlers used the Red River to transport their goods to market in New Orleans by loading it aboard pirogues, rafts, flatboats, or keelboats, usually having to take side routes through bayous and streams to bypass the clogged main river. At times, they had to transport their produce overland when the bypass routes were closed.

Primarily through efforts of several Arkansas planters, the U.S. Congress became committed to removal of the Great Raft. A young steamboat captain and inventor, Henry Miller Shreve, was given the task of designing his own equipment and cutting through the raft.

After several years of difficult work and even more difficult haggling with Congress over money to work with, Shreve completely cut through the last and most difficult 15-20 miles of the Raft, as the first steamboat headed upstream.

Considering that the river was navigable for 1000 miles above the raft, Shreve's venture would cause major shifts in westward migration and settlement. The one and a half million acres of agricultural land newly opened up was likened to that along the Nile River in Egypt. A new town, named Shreve's Port, became a center for river traffic and a "jumping off" place for migration into Texas.

Unfortunately, the raft began re-forming with the onslaught of heavy June rains just three months after Shreve's snagboat cut through the last part of the jam. The U.S., in a Depression following the collapse of the banking industry in 1837, had no money to keep the river clear. Shreve, with the backing of some Arkansas planters, received a loan to continue his work, expecting that the U.S. would repay the loan eventually.

With a change in administration in the nation's capitol, Capt. Shreve lost his position as Superintendent of Western Rivers Improvement in 1841. The War Department, whose interest in the river was as a route for transportation of supplies to forts and reservations in Oklahoma, decided that work on the raft would be done by contract. One approach tried by a contractor was to dig cut-offs in river bends, bypassing bad jams and shortening river flow, but this plan was abandoned when downriver planters objected on the grounds that their plantations would be flooded. The contract work was abandoned, but army engineers continued to supervise a limited amount of work until 1854.

Since the raft formed primarily within the state of Louisiana, it fell to the state to assume increased responsibility for upkeep of the river. The state kept snagboats patrolling the river to clear obstructions, but there were never enough boats or manpower to keep all the jams removed. Labor had to be supplied by local persons, often slaves, and work progressed slowly, because laborers were busy most of the year working on the nearby plantations.

One interesting attempt to keep the river clear was made by settlers of the raft region. The Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas Navigation Company, a private company, was incorporated and raised money by selling shares in the company. A toll would be charged to meet expenses and to return a profit for the investors. An interstate agreement was necessary, which meant that the company could not operate legally without the consent of Congress.

An article about this company appeared in the Northern Standard, a newspaper published at Clarksville, Texas, on Nov. 6, 1858, page 2, col. 1. The article was picked up by the Standard from the Washington (Hempstead County, AR) Telegraph:

"We learned that a company was organized at Shreveport, last week, under the provision of a charter granted by the Louisiana Legislature in 1854, to open a navigable pass-way around the raft, whenever the present route, through Red Bayou, should become obstructed.

"The capital stock of the company, amounting to twenty-five thousand dollars, was taken immediately, and the officers of the company elected. Col. C. M. HERVEY, of this county, was elected president of the Board of Directors, and the work will be commenced as soon as the contingency provided for in the charter -- the closing of the mouth of the Red Bayou by the accumulation of drift, the raft being already within a few hundred yards of the mouth of the bayou -- occurs.

"This organization, we believe, is only regarded as a temporary one intended to open a passway from Red Bayou into Red River above the present entrance, should it be closed by the accumulating drift, so that planters above may be able to get their crops to market with as little delay as possible.

"It is the intention, we understand, of the parties engaged in this movement, to organize a company under the provisions of an act of the last legislature of Louisiana, granting a charter to a company with a capital of $200,000 to remove the raft from the main channel of the river, so soon as they can obtain the consent of Texas and Arkansas through their respective Legislatures, and have some of the objectionable features of the charter granted by Louisiana removed, for which they contemplate making application at the next session of the Legislatures of the States interested. The tolls which the charter referred to rates by the tonnage of the boats, it is proposed to rate by the barrel and bale, for up and down freights, thus rendering it less objectionable -- the price settled upon being fifty cents per bale for cotton, and twenty-five cents per barrel for up freights.

"Under a temporary arrangement to open a passway into Red Bayou, it is proposed to charge 12 1/2 cents per barrel on up freight, and fifty cents per bale toll on cotton. We can see no objection to this arrangement, if carried out so as to prevent unnecessary delay, and doubt not those interested will cheerfully comply with the conditions."

Col. Hervey's company was not without competition. He wrote a letter to the Telegraph, which was picked up several weeks later (Oct. 27, 1860, page 1, Col. 5) by the Clarksville paper:

"Mr. Editor: I have noticed Capt. Moore's report of his completed navigation round the Raft, containing many allusions to an article of mine in the columns of your paper, which contained facts unanswerable in relation to the operations, charges, &C, of his company. I have just returned from the Raft, and think that a few remarks, through your paper, will be read with interest by the shipping community in reference to the respective routes for steamboat navigation round the Raft. The crop is fast being made ready for shipment, and great anxiety is felt on this subject. I am gratified to say that the work [by] L.L.&B.N. Company is progressing finely and will be completed by the 20th of this month. The high water has not yet interfered with the cutting of the canal which is about two-thirds completed. Owing to the late rise, we are cutting off the stumps rather high through the lake, which is the greatest obstacle we have to contend with; nevertheless, we shall have sufficient water when the lakes fill below. From this last examination, I am satisfied that the entire responsibility of making reliable navigations rests with our company, beyond a doubt. Should we have a bank-rise from the rain that is now falling, our canal will wash out to a sufficient depth, owing to the shortness of the route, the consequent fall and great reservoir for deposit in Simpson's Lake. Were it not for the connection Capt. Moore makes with us at the outlet of this lake, with a small expenditure, we could greatly increase the water on the falls in Red Bayou, by stopping Stumpdam Bayou below the outlet of the lake. This would also protect a large amount of valuable lands from inundation, which will inevitably be submerged to considerable depth by the increased amount of water thrown out by Moore's canal. Landed interests of Caddo Prairie and _[illegible]_ will be greatly depreciated. [At this point a paragraph of the letter is illegible.] The Captain's report states at a certain hour the water was let in --- 'how gracefully old Red turned down his canal' five feet large. Not right in the morning, Captain. As old Red glided swiftly by, to plunge that cavern of logs, the Raft, she shed one tear in pity though the Captain's canal, which trickled down her swampy cheek, as much as to say, 'Here is that------ism', a delusive attempt to arrest her from the original channel that nature's God has marked out. I found, on applying the rule, that Capt. Moore had two feet, three inches, large in his canal, and below, in Scott's slough, I was creditably informed there were ten inches 'large,' the highest water, and there is scarce time there. I make this statement out of no prejudice to the Captain. He thought 'twould be all right in the morning.' If he can make better navigation than we, let the country have it. My opinion is, if we succeed no better the country will be in a deplorable condition. He seems to have abandoned a permanent change of the river, also the insurance project, and there is to be no extortion on the people. Why? Because we have him bridled. I learn a number of enterprising, disinterested steamboat captains contemplate an examination of both routes, at which time we shall hear a(n) impartial report, and soon a practical demonstration of facts. Yours respectfully, C. M. HERVEY."

Col. Hervey wrote a P.S. on Sept. 28, 1860, which was published in the same issue of the Clarksville Telegraph:

"P.S. Since writing the above I see stated in the Old Live Democrat that the ERA NO. 2 did pass down heavy leaded, and that millions of acres of land will immediately come into market. This is foolerism, well calculated to mislead the public mind, to suppose this dead fall [or full] navigation can be of any lasting good to the country. We have the same duty to pay with none of the advantages, as if the Raft was removed under the proper charter, which has now only to be acted on by the U.S. Senate to become law. Will that body refuse a moment to pass the bill under these circumstances. I think not. C.M.H."

Col. Hervey's prediction did not come to pass, however. Congress delayed giving it's consent for the charter until the eve of the Civil War, so the company's plans were never implemented. Moreover, river navigability was further hindered during the war, because soldiers from both Union and Confederate armies built obstructions in the clear parts of the river so as to hamper travel by the enemy.

Economic and political turmoil of the early part of the Reconstruction Era following the war prevented any progress being made on river development. Finally, in 1873, complete removal of the Great Raft was accomplished.

1. Background and history of the Great Raft was found in the essay, "The 'Great Raft' of the Red River", by Hubert Davis Humphreys, professor of history at Louisiana State University Shreveport, and published in North Louisiana Volume One: To 1865, edited by B. H. Gilley, McGinty Trust Fund Publications, Ruston, La., 1984.

2. Early Texas newspapers, preserved on microfilm, available at the Texas State Archives in Austin, and at the Texas Room of the Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas.



by Donald G. and Joyce P. Hervey

The key to tracing the line of Col. Thomas Hervey of North Carolina may well turn out to be the family's use of the name Oney Scyprett. There have been at least 8 persons named Oney Scyprett among Col. Hervey's descendants. The name has been spelled One, Ony, Oney S., Onisiphrus, Oniphrus, Onespherus, Ornsophorus, and Onesipherus in various legal documents, all of which appear to be variant spellings of the biblical name Onesiphorus, which appears twice in the New Testament in II Timothy 1:16 and II Timothy: 4:19.

The same name, Onesepherus Harvey, has been documented in a Harvey Family of Maen, County Cornwall, England, by Lieut. Col. G. H. Harvey, D.S.O., who traced that line back to the Herveys of Ickworth, the Hervey family of English nobility.

Since Onesiphorus is such an unusual name, the fact that it appeared on both sides of the Atlantic at about the same time in Harvey/ Hervey families creates a suspicion that a relationship between the English and American Onesiphorus Harvey/ Herveys exists. The author puts forward the conjecture that the first Onesiphorus Harvey known to have been in Virginia by 1702 may have been the same Onesipherous who lived in Maen, County Cornwall, and was born by about 1680. The name has not been found earlier than this time period in either America or England, but it does appear in later generations of the Harvey/Hervey family both in Virginia and in Maen.

It seems unreasonable to suppose that two different or at least two unrelated Onesiphorus Harvey's would have appeared in the same time frame, one in England ca. 1680, having no known predecessors who had that name, and another one in Northumberland Co., Virginia who was an adult in 1702, with no predecessors of that name among the Virginia Harveys.

Further, since Onesiphorus is such an unusual name, it may well be that the Hervey/Harvey line of Halifax, North Carolina, which used that Christian name, was related to the Harvey family of Northumberland County, Virginia, and that the Harvey/ Herveys of Virginia moved to North Carolina about the same time (1760's) that Spencer Hurst, a first cousin of the Virginia Harveys, moved to Halifax Co. from Northumberland Co., Virginia. At least the information which follows seems consistent with these premises.

Onesiphorus Harvey/Hervey of Maen

[Go to Article on Ancestors of John Harvey of Maen]

The first known record of the use of Onesiphorus as a Christian name in a Hervey/Harvey line is a variant spelling, Onesipherous. In The Harvey Families of Inishowen, Co. Donegal and Maen, Co. Cornwall by Lieut.-Col. G. H. Harvey, D.S.O.,1 two different Onesipherous Harveys are listed. (County Cornwall is in southwest England and County Donegal is in Northern Ireland.)

The first Onesipherous is related to John Harvey of Maen who was the great-great-grandson of William Hervey of Ickworth and his wife Joan daughter of John Cocket.

Quoting from Lt.-Col. Harvey's book: "John Harvey of Maen was the only son of Thomas Harvey of Maen and Alice James. The date of his birth is conjectural only, and probably was about 1643. He married Alice (?Davies) at St. Buryan on 28th June 1673, as recorded in the Church Register. Alice, no doubt, was the daughter of Christopher Davies, a gentleman of some status in Buryan parish. John Harvey had a son whom he named Christopher after his father-in-law, and the name has continued as a Christian name in the family ever since. . . The following three children of this marriage are named in the Sennen Parish Registers: James, Grace, Christopher; other children are recorded elsewhere, viz.: Katherine, married in 1705 at St. Just to Henry Penberthy; . . . Elizabeth, married at St. Levan in 1709 to William Davies of Buryan, evidently a cousin; Thomas of Trevore, who was a well-known member of the family, and occupied a position of some importance. . . "

"Another son of John Harvey of Maen, called John, appears in the Marriage Registers of Sennen Parish on two occasions: firstly, 'John Harvey of Sennen to Alice Jone Mills 28 Dec. 1706' . . . An eighth child, named Onesipherous, is attributed to John Harvey of Maen. My authority for him is Mr. Wm. Phillips Harvey, the postmaster at Mousehole, who claimed to be the head of the Maen Harveys today. He describes Onesipherous as an uncle or brother to Christopher, the son of John Harvey of Maen. Onesipherous is only of interest because he placed on record the story that he had sent a box of jewelry for some unknown reason to the Tower of London. . ."

"No will or inventory of the lands or property of John Harvey of Maen can be traced . . . That a will was executed by John Harvey of Maen is evident by the manner in which his property became distributed among his sons. The eldest living son was Christopher, who succeeded to Maen and Tolcarne. A second son, John Harvey of Penzance as he was called, obtained, I believe, Treveor in Sennen parish, and probably some other property not known. Of Onesipherous (? a third son) I can find no evidence beyond that already given. . . The fourth son, Thomas, inherited Trevore, Rospanel, Boscarne, and Boscarne Veau, and his family enjoyed these estates for several generations, and then rapidly declined, for, after the fourth generation from John Harvey of Maen, estate after estate was sold, so that by the middle of the nineteenth century his descendants had degenerated into mere labouring men or had migrated."1

It appears that the children of John Harvey of Maen were marrying in the 170_'s so most were probably born in the 1670's and 1680's after their parents marriage in 1673.

The second Onesipherous Harvey of this line appears three (or four) generations later. The fifth child of William Harvey by his second wife, Thomasin Ford: "Onesipherous Vigurs Harvey, who was born at Penzance in 1800, and died there in 1870, was married in Scilly to M. Percival. By trade he was a draper, and much respected. Of his three sons, two were drowned and one died abroad, while a daughter died of fever. Onesipherous Harvey was plaintiff in the Chancery suit, yet to be detailed, in 1831."1

Harveys of Virginia

A varient of the name Onesiphorus appeared in the British Colony of Virginia in America. The earliest reference to Onecephorus was found in Northumberland County, Virginia on 4 Dec. 1702, when he witnessed the will of Patrick Pollick, which was re- recorded 16 Jan 1716/17.8 On 16 July 1705, Onecephorus Harvey witnessed a deed of Mahane to Childton.8 Then, on February 23, 1709/10 Onesph. Harvey witnessed the signing of the will of John Harris in Northumberland Co. Virginia.3a Probably this same Onecephorus Harvey is the one who is mentioned in this court record: "The Grand jury having presented Dorothy Gaskins for having a bastard child and Onecephorus Harvey coming into Court affirmed that the said Dorothy is and for some time before the child was borne (for which she was presented) was his wife, and that they were marryed according to the Rule of the Quakers whose Religion they profess And having here in Court proved such their marryage the said Presentment is therefore dismissed the said Harvie paying Costs. 18 Nov. 1713."8 Dorothy Gaskins was the daughter of Josias Gaskins and his wife, Dorothy Dameron9. Later, Onecepherus Harvie/ Harvey was "Presented for not going to Church in Wicco par. 18 Nov. 1714" and it happened again on 15 May 1717.8 An Onesepherus Harvey died testate (no issue) in Lancaster County, Virginia (county adjacent to Northumberland) in 1732.9

There were other Onesiphorus Harveys of later generations than the one previously mentioned, as records show. In 1744 John Harvey died testate in Northumberland County and left wife, Mary (Williams), and children: Onesiphorus, John, and Sarah. William Harvey, who died testate in Northumberland County in 1746, whose wife was the daughter of Robert Robuck, had issue: Onesiphorus, Thomas, Judith, and Elizabeth. In 1780 John Harvey died testate in Northumberland; his will named his brother Onesephorus; wife Frances (Hudnall), wife's brother, Richard Hudnall; and issue: Onesiphorus, John, Richard, Rebecca, and Polly, all children minors in 1779.9

The Harvey family of Northumberland County was closely connected with the Hurst family, through marriage. On January 16, 1758 Onisephorus Harvey witnessed the will of Thomas Hurst.5a,6 Thomas Harvey was an executor of the estate of this Thomas Hurst.5a This Thomas Hurst was the son of John Hurst and his wife Mary (Harvey) Hurst5b, daughter of William Harvey.5b Thomas Hurst was the father of Spencer Hurst5c who moved from Northumberland County, Virginia to Halifax County, North Carolina between December 8, 1766 and 1772.5a (Halifax Co., North Carolina is where Col. Thomas Hervey, progenitor of many of our subscribers, lived. In fact Thomas Hervey wittnessed the will of this Spencer Hurst in Halifax, N. C. on December 16, 1780.7)

On December 12, 1762 Ones. Harvey and James Waddy were granted a letter of Administration of the estate of David Lattimore in Northumberland County, Virginia.5d

Onisephorus Harvey married Elizabeth Gouge. They had children: Onisephorus Harvey who as a widower on August 1, 1785 married the widow Susannah (Taylor) Hurst5e; Jane Harvey who was the second wife of John Hurst5f; and Winnifred Harvey, b. 1772 d. March 29, 1817 m. Thomas Hurst June 28, 1792.5g It is suspected that they had other children which may well be provable with further research.

Onesephorus Harvey was an undersheriff of Northumberland County, Virginia in 17762. On February 17, 1777 Onesiphorus Harvey was among the examiners of the list of 1773 Tax of Vehicles of Northumberland and a D. S. appeared with his name (?for deputy sheriff).3b

Onesephilus Harvey, of Northumberland Co. was named as an executor of the estate of David Boyd in 1781.2b

On May 12, 1784 Onesiphorus Harvey and Hopkins Harding were given power of attorney by Charles Lattimore to sue for recovery of money due him from Northumberland and Lancaster Co.5h

On July 17, 1784 Onisephorus Harvey was deeded land by Thomas Hurst.5i

In 1789 Joseph Hurst willed his son John Hurst the bond of Ones. Harvey "or what he can recover of it."5j This could mean that Ones. Harvey had died or left the vicinity by that time. However, an Onesipherus Harvey, whose wife was Elizabeth (clearly the same Oney mentioned above, who married Elizabeth Gouge), died testate in Northumberland Co. in 1798 with issue: Judah (sometimes written Judith) who md. Charles Yearby; Thomas (died testate, 1814) md. Elizabeth Hudnall; Winifred, md. Thomas Hurst; Jane; Onisepherus, md. Emily Nutt; and Alice, md. _____ Smith.9

No records have been found in Virginia of an Onesiphorus Harvey after this time.

Clearly there were at least five people named Onesiphorus Harvey in Virginia in the 1700's and possibly there were more.

Herveys of North Carolina

As given in Vol. 2 No. 3 of this Bulletin, Col. Thomas Hervey and his wife Sarahann were in Halifax County, North Carolina by October 10, 1765. They had a son named One, Onesiphorus, Oney S., or Oney Scyprett Hervey (the last is probably a later corruption of the spelling, as it is not found in original documents relating to the son of Col. Thomas Hervey). There are at least 8 offspring of this line known to be named Oney Scyprett or some variant similar spelling.


The name Onesipherus is unusual. No Harvey offspring of any other colony except Virginia in colonial America has been found with a variant of this name.10

The Maen, Virginia, and North Carolina Harvey/Hervey families have other Christian names in common besides Onesipherus.

In Maen, Thomas Harvey, grandson of William Hervey, was the father of John who fathered Onesipherous Harvey.1

In Virginia are found a Wm. Harvy in 1687, a William Harvey in 1769,5k a Thomas Harvie marrying widow Hendrick in Elizabeth City County on 2 Oct. 1696,2c 1689, Thomas Harvey in 1699, and John Harvey in 1728,5_ John Harvie in 1745,5_ John Harvey in 1739.5_

In North Carolina are found Thomas with sons One Hervey and William Hervey, and grandsons John, Oney Scyprett, and William.4

Author's note: More research needs to be done to prove the conjectures of this article but it should provide good guidance on where and in what era to look for more clues.


1. Harvey, D.S.O., Lieut.-Col. G. H., The Harvey Families of Inishowen, Co. Donegal and Maen, Co. Cornwall, London and Edinburg: Morrison and Gibb Ltd., 1927

2. William and Mary College Quarterly, Series 1, Richmond, Va., Whittet & Shepperson, p. 127 & 129
(b) Vol. 7, p. 126 (1899)
(c) Vol. 2 #3, p. 211 (Jan. 1894)

3. The Virginia Magazine History Biography
(a) Vol. XXIII, p. 419
(b) Vol. XXVI, p. 153

4. Hervey Families of America Bulletin, Vol. 2 No. 1, Dec. 1984.

5. Genealogies of Virginia Families, From Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vols. I, II, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1981
(a) Vol. II pg. 394
(b) Vol. II pg. 392
(c) Vol. II pg. 393
(d) Vol. II pg. 419
(e) Vol. II pg. 396
(f) Vol. II pg. 400
(g) Vol. II pg. 402
(h) Vol. II pg. 420
(i) Vol. II pg. 398
(j) Vol. II pg. 395
(k) Vol. II pg. 405

6.Lewis, James F. & J. Motley Booker, M. D. Wills & Administrations, Northumberland Co., VA 1750-1770, 1964.

7.Hofmann, Margaret M., Genealogical Abstracts of Wills 1758-1824, Halifax Co. NC; Weldon, NC: Roanoke News Co., 1970, p. 129.

8.Fleet, Beverly, "VA Colonial Abstracts"; Northumbria Collectanea, Vol. 19, 1645-1720 (Court Records); Richmond, VA, 1943, pp 70-71.

9. Unverified information submitted to the editor by Thelma Freet from research of a paid genealogist.

10.A.I.S. Search 1, Early Colonial & U. S. 1600-1819 (1983) edition; microfiche available at L.D.S. Library, Salt Lake City, Utah


(Born Sept. 24, 1830)

The following information, written in John Hervey's own handwriting, was a letter to his son, Brooks Hervey. The letter is now in possession of L. W. Hervey of Marlow, Okla.

December 20, 1911
A short biography of my life. I was born in Halifax County, North Carolina. My father and mother in the same county. My father's name was Peyton Pritchett Hervey, born 2nd of August 1785, died 28th of March 1865. My mother's name was June Johnson, born in 1778, died the 8th of November 1863.

My father's father's name was Thomas Hervey, born in Paris, France. [Editor's note: This Thomas Hervey is the same as Col. Thomas Hervey of Halifax County, NC, previously documented in this Bulletin. Other family records state that Thomas Hervey was reared in Paris, France, but not that he was born in Paris.]

My mother's name, June Johnson; her father named Ben Johnson was born in Ireland.

There were seven children born to them, 4 boys and 3 girls, their names were Eliza, Margaret, Gideon, Henry, Ridin (Redding), Peyton, Rebeca and myself, John Hervey, all born in Halifax, N. C.

My sister Eliza married David Moore; she died in Water Valley, Miss. Margaret married J. J. Judge, she died in Hamvill, Ala. G. T. Hervey died in Water Valley, Miss. Henry died in Halifax, N. C. Riden (Redding) died in Calhoun County, Miss. Peyton in Raleigh, N. C. Rebecca married W. R. Avent; died in Water Valley, Miss.

I am the only survivor of the seven children. I was born 24th of Sept. 1830. Married A. V. Wilcox the 10th of Nov. 1865. Her father's name Thomas Willcox, a Baptist minister; his wife name Martha Alston. I was raised on a farm, my father owned 800 acres of land, owned a number of slaves. I supervised the farm for years before his death, as his health had failed. My father had two bros. Olney [Ed. note: should be Oney] & Gideon. Olney moved to Tenn. before I could remember; both older than my father. Gideon lived and died in Halifax, N. C. owned a large farm and a good many slaves. Willed all his estate to my father. He was never married.

When John Brown raided Harper's Ferry in 1859, Virginia organized a company as was done in primary parts of Virginia and the border counties of North Carolina as rebellion was anticipated. When North Carolina seceded we tendered our services to Gov. Zeblon B. Vance for six months. He ordered us to report to Brigader General Magnuda in Fox Town, Va. Col. D. H. Hill in command. The first N. C. regiment belonged to his brigade. My company joined Hills Regiment. My Co. was Co. 2 D-14 Hills Regiment. We remained in at York Town until the six months expired. My Co. was then reorganized. New officers elected. War was not as easy a thing as I expected. I got a transfer to the quarter master's department and remained in it for one year and half. I then got a transfer to the Navy and remained in the service until Jan. before the surrender.

Following is a letter written by John Hervey to his niece (a daughter of his brother Redding Hervey) which was typed from the original by Helen Hervey and sent to the editors:

Hillsbore (Hillsboro), Texas
Oct. 9, 1906
My dear Niece:

I received your most interesting letter some time since, and I will now try and answer it. I assure you that I more then appreciate your most interesting missive. I hardly knew that I had a relative of your name, but hope now since you have made your self known, that we may become more intimately acquainted. I suppose that I am the only uncle that you have living of the Hervey & Kimbell name. They have all long since died & I too must soon follow. I have just entered my seventy-seven year & still blessed with good health. I sprained my knee about month ago which I am afraid will make me a criple for life, I trust it won't get worse. I can still get around, it gives my very little pain only in trying to walk. My children are scattered, have two boys in Oklahoma, one daughter in Fannin County, Texas, and the four others in Hill. I have been with them all this year, except my daughter in Fannin, and I hope to visit her soon. I spent two months in Oklahoma this summer; both boys are married. Brooks my youngest son, married last Feb., he was twenty-one in January. They all have good homes, but the two youngest boys, they have saved up some money and I hope will soon get homes, land is so high here. It almost impossible for one to pay out land here farming. Land selling here from $50 to $100 per acre. I am renting my farm to my son, Peyton, he has a good crop, will make 3/4 of bail cotton & 40 bu. corn per acre. The boys are good workers and strictly temperate. I make my home with Ora, my youngest daughter, she has nice little home a mile & half from Hillsboro, has married two year have no children. Eulah is living in Hillsboro, been married 11 years, has no children, Marion Clyett, her husband is cashier in The Farmers National Bank. They own several houses and lots in town. I spend a good deal of my time with them, but don't like the noise and excitment of a city.

I am sorry I can give you little information about our ancesters, My grandfather, Thomas Hervey, died several years before I was born. He was raised in Paris, France, was in the Revolutionary War - don't know what position he held in the Army. He had three sons, Olney, Gideon and Peyton. Olney, the oldest, imigrated from North Carolina to Tenn. about 1826. Gideon died in North Carolina about 1858. My father, Peyton, the youngest, died in March 1865. The Kimbell & Avent family - I knew very little of their origin, John Kimbell, your uncle, died when I was quite young. Pricillia Avent, his wife, was living in Halifax Co., NC, when I left there in 1865. Die a few years afterward. I can refer you to no one I knew in NC that can give you any information in acquaintance and relatives have died since I left there. There is quite a number of the Hervey family living in Texas. I have met two of my cousins, a Olny, a son of Old Olney, visited me when I lived in Fannin Co., in 1878, he lived in Norris (Ed.: should be Morris) Co., Tx. He left two sons and a daughter. Jas. lived in Navana (should be Navarro) Co., he left large family. I met one of his sons, Harry, who is a merchant in Corsicanna. Calvin left 2 sons in Hope, Ark. one a farmer and the other a lawyer. The two I have met seemed to know as little about the family as myself. I have received two letters from the Herveys asking for the same information as you desire. This is all I know of the history of The Herveys. Nothing would aford me more pleasure then to accept your kind invitation to visit you and all my dear relatives in Mississippi. I trust that I may be spared yet to do so.

I saw Ed Woodall often - he always inquires and speaks kindly of you and your ma. He is nice man, he has given me many pressing invertations to visit his family. Think I will do so soon. My warmest affection for your ma, tell her I would like for her to visit us, why can't you pay us visit. My kindest wishes for all my relatives. Tell them I would like to hear from them.
(Signed) John Hervey


MAY 1987, VOL 3 NO 3


The following two articles are reprinted from J. A. Caldwell's, History of Belmont and Jefferson Counties [Ohio], published in 1880.

They demonstrate the connection of John Hervey, husband of Sarah Ann Parkhill and his brother Robert C. Hervey (p 37 V. 1 No. 4 [GO TO] ) to the line of Henry Hervey of Co. Down, Ireland (p 3, V. 1 No. 1 [ GO TO ] ). These Irish Herveys are apparently of the line of William Hervey of Scotland (p 54, V. 2 No. 2 [GO TO] ).

The Hervey Family

The genealogy of the Hervey family, or at least one branch of it, is as follows: Taking it as a basis, Robert Hervey, of Ireland, father of William Hervey, Sr., who was born in County Down, Ireland, in the year 1740, near Lisburn. In 1770, he took passage in the ship, ''East of Donegal,'' from Belfast to America, as per certificate of passage dated May 17, and landed at Philadelphia, July 24, of the same year. After his arrival he lived with his uncle McCormic in Chester county, Pa. In 1773 he was married to Sarah Hudson, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Hudson. She was born the 14th of May, 1753. Date of death not recorded. William and Sarah Hervey had a family of nine children, six boys and three girls.

Elinor, the oldest, was born January 15, 1774, and died in her infancy.

William, the second child, was born October 9, 1775, and at this date his father came from Chester County, Pa., over the mountains to Washington county, Pa., and located and moved his family in the fall of the same year. William married Susannah Hawthorne, near Taylorsville, Washington county, and moved out to Jefferson county, Ohio, in the year 1807, and located on section 27 in Wayne township, where he encountered all the trials and hardships and dangers of a pioneer settler.

There was born to him nine children -- five boys and four girls: James, Joseph, William, Sarah, Hannah, Mary, Robert, John, and Susannah. James has long been a resident of Kansas, and has a family of five boys and two girls. Joseph lives on the old homestead and has a family of five boys and three girls. William H. lives in Unionport, Wayne township, where he purchased a farm and mill property in 1838. About 1852 a survey for a railroad was made through this property. He then erected a store building, and in association with his brother John, laid out and surveyed the town plot of Unionport; William is still a resident here, and resides on the old farm; he married Mary McNary, daughter of Judge Samuel McNary, in the year 1838, and had a family of two boys and one girl; the oldest son, Samuel A., was a soldier in the late war, was taken prisoner and confined in Libby prison, and has never been heard of since, but is supposed to have died from prison cruelty. George W., the other son, married Laura J. Campbell, of Harrison county, Ohio, September, 1878. Mary, the daughter, married J. Ross Reed, and lives in Unionport. Sarah married Hugh Hervey, of Pittsburgh, and moved to Logan county, Ohio, where they reared a family of four girls and two boys; she died May 12, 1878. Hannah died at the age of nineteen, unmarried. Mary married Daniel McKee, of Harrison county, Ohio. Robert C., died at the age of twenty-six, unmarried. John married Ann Parkhill, and had a family of two boys and seven girls, and now resides in eastern Virginia.

David, Sr., another son of William, Sr., was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1794; he married Elizabeth Archer, of Washington county, and came to Jefferson county, Ohio, in 1817, and located on section 15, in Wayne township, near the town of Bloomfield; he lived on this farm for fifty-four years, and then removed to Bloomfield, where he lived a retired life until his death, May 12, 1879. He was an active and zealous worker in the church, and held the office of elder in the United Presbyterian church, of Piney Fork, for forty years, and was in the same official position in the United Presbyterian church, of Bloomfield, from its organization until his death. His careful and mature judgment marked his course through life, and established him a prudent and safe council.

The issue of his marriage was seven boys [only six boys are named] and four girls: Ebenezer, John, David, Robert, Joseph, James, Susannah, Esther, Nancy and Mary. Of these, Ebenezer, John, David, James, Esther and Mary, reside in Jefferson county, and have families. Ebenezer married Margaret McNary, and had a family of two girls and one boy; the son was a soldier in the 126th O.V.I., and was killed at the battle of the Wilderness. John resides in Wayne township, and owns the old homestead; he has a family of eight children. David and James own property adjoining the old homestead, and have large families, of whom none are married. Mary resides in Bloomfield, and has one child. Esther resides in Harrison county; she married John Leech, and has a family of five girls and one boy -- one daughter married Mr. H. Braden, of Missouri. Susannah married N. M. McCoy, died and left one child.

There is now of these two pioneers, William and David Hervey, of the third generation -- as traced in family history -- a representation of more than fifty children and grandchildren, all residents of the same township, where they first settled. The following account of the reunion of the Hervey family, held at Bloomfield, November 19, 1878, was taken from the Steubenville papers:

Family Reunion

On the 19th inst. [1878], at Joseph Hervey's, near Bloomfield, was held the second annual reunion of that branch of the Hervey family known to be descendants from Robert Hervey, of Scotland.

The occasion was one of unusual interest, combining with it all the requisites of an enjoyable season, both for old and young. At a very early hour began the arrival of friends and invited guests, and so continued until the assemblage numbered nearly one hundred persons. At ten o'clock the meeting was called to order by appointing John B. Hervey chairman, and G. W. Hervey, secretary. According to the arranged programme, Rev. David Hervey, of West Va., conducted the devotional exercises, after which the president, Mr. John B. Hervey, delivered the opening address -- ''A Welcome'' -- which was calculated to make all feel that they were for the present, at least, one nation, one kindred, one family.

David Hervey, Sr., of Bloomfield, was assigned family history, and spoke, at some length, giving a pretty concise and full history of his ancestors as learned from his father, which carried us back to near the close of the sixteenth century, when Robert Hervey, the progenitor used as the basis of this family, is supposed to have emigrated from Scotland to the North of Ireland during some of the Scotch persecutions. A number of ancient papers were produced, among these church certificates and his father's certificate of passage on the ship ''East of Donnegal'' from Belfast, Ireland, to Philadelphia, in the United States, dated April 17, 1770, and signed by Captain James Blair. He also related many incidents of pioneer life of the tomahawk and scalping knife, so familiar to those of the earlier settlements of Pennsylvania and Ohio. This, the youngest of a large family, and the only living representative of the third generation can stand but a short time at the head of this family. His mind is sound, and reasoning power good, though far advanced in years and frail in body.

Rev. David Hervey, of West Virginia, the oldest representative of another branch of the Hervey family, and second cousin of David, of Jefferson county, Ohio, was by invitation present, accompanied by one of his daughters. He read quite a lengthy history of the family and state, which he had prepared for publication in a work soon to be gotten up in the interest of West Virginia. His extempore speech on the war history of Virginia and his association with it while amusing, was at the same time calculated to arouse a spirit of patriotism in the breast of every loyal citizen.

At this juncture of the proceedings the chairman of a committee that had been in session in another part of the house was introduced, and announced dinner.

The afternoon meeting was opened by an address from William H. Hervey, Superintendent of the City Hospital in Cincinnati, showing what would become of the honest and industrious youth thrown upon the cold charities of the world.

Joseph Hervey, of Bloomfield, was the next speaker and gave a brief rehearsal of modern history. Communications from the following persons were read by the Secretary: William Hervey, of Chicago; John Hervey of Virginia; James O. Hervey of Lexington, Kentucky and W. R. Hervey, of Louisville, Kentucky. The latter being an extended history, introducing a link which had for many year been lost sight of.

W. R. Hervey commenced the practice of law in 1836; at a later date, through the solicitations of a number of leading Whigs, Mr. Clay among the number, he assumed the editorial management of the Lexington Intelligencer. He enjoyed the entire confidence of Mr. Clay, and was honored with his warmest friendship to the close of that illustrious statesman's life. He is now in the possession of the most valuable relic of that great man -- the original manuscript of a speech delivered by him, and the only speech which Mr. Clay ever wrote out in full, and which Mr. Clay presented to him a short time before his death as a mark of his personal friendship and esteem. In 1848 when General Taylor received the nomination for the Presidency over Mr. Clay, he withdrew from the press and accepted the tellership in the Northern Bank of Kentucky. In 1856 he was elected Clerk of the Louisville Chancery Court; at the breaking out of the rebellion he was appointed a member of the board of enrollment for the 5th Congressional District of Kentucky, at the close of the war he was tendered the position of cashier of the United States Depository at Louisville, which he accepted and held for ten years, when he was appointed Special Agent of the Treasury Department for the examination of all the SubTreasuries and Depositories in the United States.

Rev. Jamison, of Hopedale, was called upon and made some very appropriate remarks, touching his relationship as minister with the majority of those present.

Following this was a cane presentation by the little boys to their grandfather, David Hervey, Sr., William Hervey of Cincinnati represented the boys in a neat and well-timed speech. ''Build on your own foundation a charge to the youth,'' by David A. Hervey. This hewed the corners off the eulogies on name.

The Valedictory by Miss Nannie Leech, was well received and spoke highly of her literary culture. The Bloomfield U. P. Choir conducted by N. M. McCoy, furnished some very appropriate and well rendered selections of music. There were other exercises meritorious and worthy of mention, but time and space forbids.
Unionport, November 29th, 1878


by Donald G. Hervey

This article traces the lineage of the Onesiphorus Harvey of Maen, Sennen Parish, England who was conjectured in an article in the last issue of the Bulletin [ GO TO ] to have been an ancestor of Col. Thomas Hervey of Halifax, North Carolina. John Harvey-10 of Maen was the father or brother of the Onesipherous Harvey-11 who may have been the one who lived in Virginia by 1702.(1) (See article in Vol. 3 No. 2.{GO TO})

John Harvey-10 of Maen, England, who is conjectured to have been born about 1643, was the only son of Thomas Harvey-9 of Maen and Alice James. John was married at St. Buryan (on the southwestern tip of England) on June 28, 1673 to Alice Davies, daughter of Christopher Davies. Children of John and Alice Harvey were:(2)

Christopher Harvey-11 of Maen who was married in 1706 in Sennen Church to Honor Roberts of St. Levan, succeeded his father to Maen and Tolcarne, Madron par. and died in 1748(2)

Thomas Harvey-9(2) (or Hervey(4)) of Maen(2,4) born ca. 1600 and died ca. 1665(4) was the son of Francis Hervey-8 of St. Breage and his wife Marie or Mary Yorke.(2,4) Thomas ''was the first of the family to own Maen and to reside there. Maen is the old Cornish word for stone; the famous Merlin Stone is actually at the back of Maen House, the residence of members of the family for some two hundred years. The inventory on Thomas Harvey's property shows that he owned five separate estates, and that the total inventory, including everything, amounts to an annual income of'' slightly over 244 pounds.(2)

Thomas married first a Miss Noye,(2,4) the daughter of William Noye of Buryan, with whom he received the Tolcarne estate one mile west of Penzance. They had no children.(2) He married second to Alice James who bore him two children, John Harvey-10 and Joan Harvey-10.(2,4)

Thomas died in 1665 and was survived by his wife and their two children.(2)

Rev. Francis Hervey-8 of St. Breage, Cornwall, England(4) was born 2 March 1562(2,4) to Sir Anthony Hervey-7, Knight, and Lucy Lisle or Lisley of Swarland, Felton, Northumberland. Both Francis and Anthony had contemporaries with the same name. Francis attended Cambridge University, being a member of Corpus Christi (or Benedict) College from 1581 until receiving a B. A. in 1585 and was admitted a member of Emmanuel College as a Pensioner in 1589 when he became M.A., apparently coming from the county of Cambridgeshire.(2)

Francis Hervey married Marie or Mary Yorke(2,4) of Wellington, Sommerset(4) about 1591 in the Parish Church of Phillack, near Hayle.(2) She was born ca. 1569,(4) the daughter of Thomas Yorke(2,4) the son of Roger Yorke, member of a considerable Somersetshire family who claim descent from Edward I.(2) She died and was buried at Phillock, Cornwall. They were the first Harvey/Hervey family of this line to settle in Cornwall.(2)

''The parish of St. Breage joined part of the manor of Godolphin. The living was in the gift of the Queen, and the influence of Sir William Godolphin, Francis Hervey's old College friend, was doubtless sufficient to secure the incumbency to him when it fell vacant.'' Thus, Francis Hervey was ordained Deacon of Breage (3) May 1591-2, instituted to Breage 17 March 1595, and retained the living until he died in 1607 being succeeded by his cousin William Cotton 11 April 1607. He was also Vicar of the parish of St. Erth in Cornwall. He died intestate at the age of 44 and letters of administration were given to his widow 18 May 1607.(2) He was buried at Phillock, Cornwall.(4) Francis kept the registers of the parish well and in excellent Latin.(2)

Children of Francis Hervey-8 and Marie (Yorke) Hervey were: Marye Hervey-9 baptized 2 July 1592(2,4) at Phillock,4 settled in the parish of Manaccan where she died2 before 1665;(2,4) Anne(2,4) Hervey-9 of Maen, Cornwall was born ca. 1594 and died in 1669;(4) Elizabeth(2,4) Hervey-9 of Maen was born in 1596;(4) John Harvey-9(2) of Maen,(4) was a thriving farmer(2) who died in 1664(4) and whose will was proved in 1673;(2)

Thomas Harvey-9 of Maen (described above); Deborah(2,4) Hervey-9 of Maen was born ca. 1603;(4) and Francis Hervey-9 of St. Breage born ca. 1605,4 settled and died in Manaccan, married first Christian Bolytho in 1638 and second Alice Blanke in 1649,(2) had his will dated 21 December 1664(4).

Sir Anthony Hervey-7 was the fifth son of William Hervey-6 of Ickworth and Joan Cocket his wife,(2) born ca. 1504.(4) In 1531 he was appointed to collect the receipts from the Feast of Annunciation of the Convent of Babwell in Suffolk. In 1541 the King granted this convent to Sir Anthony. He married, apparently in 1542, to Lucy Lisley(2) or Lisle.(4) She was the widow of Lancelot Heselrigg from Swarland, county Northumberland and the daughter of Sir William Lisle(4) and the granddaughter of Sir Humphrey Lisley. In 1543 Anthony, in conjunction with his wife, sold the convent. In 1545 Anthony Hervey held the position of man-at-arms during the war with France. In 1553 he attended the funeral of Edward VI as one of the ''Menne at Arms''. In 1554 Anthony Hervey's name appears in deeds in Swarland, from whence his wife's grandmother came. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth he was made a gentleman pensioner.(2) Sir Anthony Hervey-7 apparently died by 1578-9.(2,4) The children of Sir Anthony Hervey-7 of Sworland, Northumberland and Lucy Lisle were: Anne Hervey-8 of Ickworth, Suffolk, born ca. 1557; John Hervey-7 of Ickworth, born ca. 1559; and Rev. Francis Hervey-7 of St. Breage, Cornwall (previously described).(4)

Rev. William Hervey-6 of Ickworth, Suffolk was born in 14642/5,(4) the first son and heir of Thomas Hervey-5 and his wife Jane Drury. He married in 1484-54 to Joan(2)/Jane(4), born ca. 1463(4), the daughter of John Cockett of Ampton, Suffolk. He seems to have died on 1 August 1538 and he and Joan were buried in St. Mary's Church, St. Edmundsbury.(2,4)

William Hervey-6 of Ickworth and his wife Joan had five sons and three daughters: John Hervey-7 of Ickworth, who was born 1487, died 11 July 1556, married in February 1511(4) to Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Pope of Mildenhall,(2,3) and a Miss Lee(4) and from whom the present Marquess of Bristol is descended;(2,3) Elizabeth-7 of Ickworth who was born ca. 14884 married Gybon2/Gibbon4 of Sudbury, county Suffolk; Sir Nicholas Hervey-7 of Ickworth(4) who was born circa 1490,(2,4) died 5 August 1532(2) (or 25 August 1538 and is buried at Ampthill, Bedford(4)), had a brief but brilliant career as a courtier, as an athlete, and as a diplomat, married first Elizabeth FitzWilliam(2,4) of Aldwork, Yorkshire (born ca. 1494 and died before 1526(4)) and second Bridget Wiltshire(2)/Willshire(4) of Stone Castle, Kent, in 1526 who was born ca. 1496, died 1536, the daughter of Sir John Wiltshire and his wife Margaret;(4) Edmund(2)/Edmond(4) Hervey-7 of Elstow,(2,4) Bedford(4), who was born ca. 1492,(4) married Margaret, daughter of Sir Giles Wentworth; Jane-7 of Ickworth, who was born in 1494 and married Vynnes;(2) Francis Hervey-7 of Witham(2) or Witkem,(4) county Essex, who was born ca. 1497, died in 1587,(4) married Jane(2)/Joan(4), daughter of William Downer(2)/Downes;(4) Margaret-7 of Ickworth, born ca. 1500(4) who married Pratt;(2,4) and Sir Anthony Hervey-7, Kt (previously described herein).

Ickworth was mentioned in the will of Theodred, Bishop of Hoxne who left it to the monks of St. Edmundsbury in 995. It was granted to a tenant, William Drury, in the reign of Henry VI.(3)

Thomas Hervey-5 of Thurleigh in Bedfordshire(2) and originally of Ickworth, Suffolk(4) was born circa 1440(2) or ca. 1431(4), the second son of John Hervey-4 of Thurleigh and his wife Joan Paston.(2) [Ref. 4 presents another case described later.] Thomas married in 1457 to Jane of Hawstead, born ca. 1435(4), daughter and heir of Henry(2,4) or William(3) Drury. She ''being the heir to her father, brought Thomas Hervey, or rather his heirs, the Ickworth property and the right to quarter the Drury arms, Argent, on a chief vert, a tau between two mullets pierced or.'' After Thomas Hervey died about 1467(2) or 1477,(4) he was buried at Ickworth Church, Suffolk.(4) Jane married second William Carewe who became Sir William Carewe.2,4 Jane died before her mother, Elizabeth Eton, whose will dated 14 March 1475 was proved in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury where both women were buried(2) in St. Mary's (Church) in St. Edmundsbury.(4)

Thomas Hervey-5 and his wife Jane Drury had the following children: Mary Hervey-6(2,4) of Kempsey, Worchester, born 1458 and still living in 1475;(4) Anne Hervey-6 of Kempsey, Worchester born ca. 1460 and never married, being a nun;(4) John Hervey-6(2) of Ickworth, Suffolk born ca. 1462 and died before 1475;(4) William Hervey-6 previously described; Simon(2)/Symond(4) Hervey-6 of Ickworth born ca. 1467;(4) Thomas Hervey-6 of Ickworth who was born ca. 1469 and married Constance Herbert;(4) and Elizabeth Hervey-6(2) of Ickworth born ca. 1472, married Sir John Crofts, and died 9 May 1496.(4)

[John Hervey-4 is omitted from reference 4. Ref. 2 p. 21 explains: ''About this time there are several John Herveys and also several Thomas Herveys, all belonging to this one family, and, naturally enough, the various compilers of pedigrees have confused one with another. Nor do the various pedigrees agree, and it is not easy to weigh the evidence, because little or none is produced; it is merelly a series of contrary statements. I have taken the Dictionary of Herveys as probably the most correct . . . The bulk of the evidence is against the order of succession which follows, but, after all, bulk is not necessarily weight, and I am inclined to think that the bulk of the evidence is based on one or more erroneous statements.'']

John Hervey-4 was born about 1405-10 as the eldest son of John Hervey-3 and his wife Joan Niernuyt.(2) He married about 1430 to Joan, the daughter of Sir William Paston of county Norfolk. He died before 1458 and was survived by his wife who died ca. 1471-2 and at least four children: John Hervey-5; Thomas Hervey-5 (previously described); Richard Hervey-5; and Elizabeth Hervey-5.(2)

John Hervey-3 of Thurleigh was born about 1380 as the eldest son of John Hervey-2 of Thurleigh and Margery Parles.(2) John married Joan, a daughter and co-heir of Sir John Niernuyt of Burnham, county Buckinghamshire, and ''so acquired the right to pass on to their descendants the right to quarter the Niernuyt arms, a privilege which they exercised. These arms were, Sable, a lion rampant argent within a bordure gobonne. Sir John Niernuyt was the son of Nicholas Niernuyt, from whom the name Nicholas probably came into the Hervey family.''(2) Joan Niernuyt was born ca. 1408.(4) John Hervey-3 died about 1425. On 28 October 1445 his widow Joan had the sentence of outlawry remitted, which sentence was imposed for not having appeared to answer a summons for a debt of 40 shillings. (After this time the phonetic spelling of Harvey instead of Hervey had occasional use.)(2)

[According to reference 2] John Hervey-3 ''and Joan Niernuyt his wife had at least four sons - John'' Hervey-4, Thomas Hervey-4, Richard Hervey-4, and Nicholas Hervey-4.(2)

[According to reference (4), which omits the fourth generation of John Hervey-3 and wife Joan (Paston):] The children of Joan (Niernuyt) of Burnham, Buckingham and John Hervey-3 were: Thomas Hervey-5 of Ickworth, Suffolk who was born ca. 1431 (previously described); Anne Hervey of Campsey, Suffolk, born 1433 and never married; Margaret Hervey of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire born ca. 1435; Edmund Hervey of Thurleigh born ca. 1437; Sir Nicholas Hervey of Thurleigh, born ca. 1439 and died 4 May 1471; Richard Hervey of Thurleigh, born ca. 1441; John Hervey of Thurleigh who was born circa 1443, died 23 September 1474, and married Agnes Morley, daughter of Nicolas Morley; Florence Hervey of Thurleigh, born 1445; and Elizabeth or Isabel Hervey of Elstow, born 1448 and died unmarried, a nun, before 11 July 1524.(4)

John Hervey-2(2,4) of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire(4) was born circa 1352(2)/1353(4) to John Hervey-1 and Joan D'Engayne.(2) He died in 1409(2) or 1410(4) and was buried at Thurleigh(4). John married in 1396(4) to Margery(2)/Margaret, born ca. 1368(4) daughter of Ralph Parles and Joan, daughter of John Talbot. The will of Margaret Parles Hervey was dated 26 April 1427 and probated 26 October 1427. John Hervey-2 and Margery had the following children: Richard Hervey-3(2,4) of Thurleigh who was born ca. 1397;(4) Thomas Hervey-3(2,4) born in 1399(4); Joan Hervey-3(2,4) of Thurleigh,(4) born ca. 1402(4) who married Guy Cobert(2)/Corbet(4) of Assington, county Suffolk(2); John Hervey-3 of Thurleigh who was previously described; and Thomas Hervey-3(4), of Thurleigh, born ca 1408, who married first Jane Paston and second Christian Chicheley(4).

John Hervey-1 of Thurleigh was born about 1320. He was a lawyer, apparently educated at Lincoln's Inn. He proved the will of his uncle, Thomas Hervey in 1383. In October 1386 he was chosen to represent county Bedford in Parliament.(2) John was married in 1353 to Joan Engaine/D'Engayne, daughter of John Engayne, both of Blatherwike, Northampton(4).

Reference 2 goes into considerable depth about possible ancestors of John Hervey-1 and concludes that there is insufficient evidence to be sure that his father was William Hervey. Reference 4 gives the parents of John Hervey-1 as being William Hervey-0 and his wife Mary Folliott.(4)

It is also purported that William Hervey-6 of Ickworth was descended from John Hervey who was born circa 1290 and married Joan, the daughter and co-heir of John de la Leye, of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire.(3)

''There is abundant evidence to suggest that he [John Hervey of Thurleigh, the lawyer] was descended in one or more of several lines from Herveus Bituricensis.'' In 1086 Herveus Bituricensis owned a considerable amount of land scattered about East Suffolk.''(2)

1. Hervey_Families_of_America_Bulletin, Vol. 3 No. 2, p. 97f, February 1987

2. Harvey, D.S.O., Lieut.-Col. G. H., The_Harvey_Families_of_Inishowen, Co. Donegal and Maen, Co. Cornwall, London and Edinburgh: Morrison and Gibb Ltd., 1927

3. Jackson-Stops, Gervase, Ickworth Suffolk, The National Trust, The Curwen Press, Plaistow, 1978

4. Gardner, A. D., Research submitted ca. 1969 to LDS Genealogical Library in the Archives - Family Group Sheet section



By Joyce P. Hervey

William Hervey/Harvey was born to Col. Thomas Hervey and his wife Sarahann, probably in Halifax County, North Carolina.(1a) The date of his birth is not known, but it is likely that he was the second child of his parents, his name having been listed second in his father's will.(1b) Since the children named in a will are usually listed in approximate birth order, a guess as to the birth date of William would be about 1767 (his parents were married by Oct. 1765(1c). William married Nancy Sullivant in 1788 in Halifax County(2), which would make him 21 at the time of his marriage if the alleged birth date is correct.

William died as a young man, about age 36, on March 11, 1803 in Halifax County, North Carolina. Since he had not written a will, his father swore an oath for William's nuncupative will.(1d) Elizabeth Sullivant (William's sister) corroborated this oath saying that when she saw William on March 5, 1803 (six days before his death), that he was very sick and expressed his desire that his wife Nancy should have his whole estate. All of the children of William and Nancy Harvey were ''orphans who are under the age of 21'', at the time of his death. William Sullivant was appointed their guardian.

Children of William Harvey and his wife Nancy (from nuncupative will) were: (1) James Harvey, (2) Zack Harvey, b. ca 1797, (3) Betty Harvey, (4) Jesse Harvey, b. ca 1795, (5) Rebecca Harvey, (6) Oney Harvey, b. ca 1798/1800, (7) William Harvey.

The descendants of this family are difficult to trace, as they all seem to have left Halifax County and several moved to Tennessee. Also, since they consistently spelled their names Harvey instead of the more unusual spelling of Hervey, locating them becomes more difficult.

(1) James Harvey - No proven records have been located; however, a James Hervy married Ollive Bryson on Aug. 5, 1814 in Surry Co., NC (bondsman was John Bryson), and a James Harvey married Mary Ann Fountain on Nov. 3, 1817 in Guilford Co., NC (bondsmen were Isaac Harvy and A. Hanner).(7)

(2) Zachariah/Zechariah Harvey - Shown in Knox Co., TN tax roles by 1826(3). He was apparently the same person as the Zachary Harvey who appeared on the 1850 census in Knox County as a laborer, age 53, born in North Carolina (born about 1797).(4) His wife, Sarah, also 53, was born in Virginia. There was an assortment of people in his household, relationships unclear: Ipha N., 22, born VA; James, 11, att. school, born TN; Edna, 25, born VA; Mary, 13, att. school, born TN; Austin A., 9, att. school, born TN. [Editors Note: Another Harvey family, descendants of Thomas Harvey, Baptist minister, from Surry Co., NC, settled in Knox Co. and is probably distantly related to the Halifax Co. NC Harveys, as the Surry descendants also carry the name Oney Sypress.]

(3) Betty Harvey - No records located

(4) Jesse Harvey - On March 3, 1826, Jesse Harvey was issued Cert. Nos. 1656, 1657, 1658 by the land commissioner of TN for 3 parcels (75 acres) of land in Hardeman Co., TN, along waters of Pleasant Run, a branch of big Hatchee River in Range 3 Section 3. His land was adjacent to 25 acres issued on the same day bearing Cert. No. 1655 to Stephen Harvey.(8) Apparently Jesse Harvey moved to Dickson Co., also in Western Tenn., for, on Dec. 19, 1829, he appointed his ''brother Oney Harvey'', also of Dickson Co., as his lawful attorney to sell some of his Hardeman Co. land. Stephen Harvey and Samuel Rogers signed the power of attorney as witnesses.(8) Jesse was listed in Fayette Co., TN in the 1850 census, age 55 (born ca. 1795 in NC). In the household with him were Milla Harvey, age 69, born VA, and Franklin Wallace, age 21.(5)

(5) Oney Harvey - Oney moved early in his life to Dickson County, Tennessee. By 1829, Oney and his brother Jesse were established there.(8) According to censuses, Oney and his family were still in Dickson Co. in 1850 and 18605,(6). Oney Harvey of Dickson Co. was born in North Carolina ca. 1798/1800 and was still alive in 1860. His wife was Clothilda/Matilda/ Clotilely born ca. 1808/10(5,6) in TN and was still alive in 1880, living with her son Jesse Harvey.(9) Their children were: Zachariah, b. 1825, TN; Gideon, b. 1830, TN; Thomas T., b. 1832, TN; Jackson, b. 1834, TN; Martha A., b. 1838, TN; Oney S., b. 1840, TN; James, b. 1842/43, TN; Jesse, b. 1850, TN; Eliza R., b. 1852, TN. The families of many of these children can be found in the later Dickson Co. censuses and may be published at a later date.

(6) Rebecca Harvey - No records located

(7) William Harvey - Since there were so many William Hervey/Harveys in NC and TN at the same time, no positive identification of this William's migration or descendants has been made. There were at least three Williams living in Halifax Co. ca 1800-1810. A William Hervey married Harriett Wreen on October 3, 1821 in Halifax County, North Carolina. His bondsmen were Daniel Coleman and S. M. Johnson. A William Harvey married Matilda Hawkins on Nov. 19, 1833 in Halifax Co. and had bondsman James L. Zolli.(7)


1. Hervey Families of America Bulletin
a) Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 3.
(b) Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 79+
(c) Vol. 2, No. 3, p. 66
(d) Vol. 2, No. 3, p. 67

2. List of Marriage Licenses 1786-1789, NC State Archives: Halifax Co. Misc. 1761-1927.

3. Knox Co. Tax Lists 1806-1828, located in archives at Knox Co., TN

4. 1850 Printed Census of Knox Co., TN

5. 1850 Census of Tennessee, Vol. 3, Transcribed & indexed by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Evanston, IL, 1975.

6. 1860 Census of Tennessee, Vol 2, transcribed & indexed by Byron & Barbara Sistler, 1981.

7. State Index to Marriage Bonds - 1741 - 1868, microfische at the NC State Archives

8. Hardeman & Dickson Co., TN Courthouse records (sent by Mrs. Nadine Dodd, of DeQueen, AR, Sept 1985.)

9. 1880 Census Soundex, Dickson Co., TN



March 1, 1987

I was going through some of my genealogy papers and came across this history [See article in this newsletter ( GO TO )] of a William Hervey Sr. Born 1740 near Lisburn, Ireland that came to U.S. on the ship ''East of Donegal'' 1770. As you read it you will note the information on a James Hervey in Vol. 1 No. 4 [ GO TO ] and this are about the same family. This article was written 1880 so the facts may be more correct.

This article also shows the connection between [the] Henry Hervey family, James of Belfast & the William of Co. Down are all from the same family. I feel that my husband's line, James Hervey of Banbridge Co. Down, probably connects to one of 4 brothers that were grandsons of William of Scotland that emigrated to Ireland in the Loughbrickland area.

The Henry Hervey [Vol 1 No. 1, p. 3 [ GO TO ] and Vol 2 No. 3, p. 62 ( GO TO )], James Hervey of Lisburn [Belfast], [Vol 1 No. 4, p. 35 ( GO TO )], and William Hervey of Crossan Co. Down [Vol 2 No. 2, p. 53 ( GO TO )], and our line James of Banbridge [Vol. 1 No. 2, p. 10 ( GO TO )] all used the same family names over and over down through the generations - John, William, James, Joseph, Robert, David, and Mary. If I could get back 1 or 2 generations I am sure they connect.

When I first started looking up family history, I was told that the original Hervey was from Scotland and came to Ireland and married a Hervey and that the family was full of Presbyterian ministers and one relative was a Bishop in Ireland.

Banbridge, Lisburn, Crossan, and Loughbrickland are all very close to each other. So they could conceivably connect.

... William & Sarah Hudson, not James & Cathena Highlsinger, were parents of William who married Susannah Hawthorn and the other 8 children named [in the article].

... Might be nice to have the next reunion in Pennsylvania as so many Herveys originated there.

Marianne Hervey


AUGUST 1987, VOL 3 NO 4 


Since publication of Mayflower to the Moon: Herveys & Gables by your editor in 1980, many more names have been added to the family tree of descendants of Col. Thomas Hervey of Halifax Co., NC. One group of Hervey kin whose history was omitted from the book simply because the author did not have any information on them at the time the book was being compiled was the Colorado branch. This article therefore is included in the Bulletin to update the published family history.

The widow [second wife Griselda E. (Kirby) Hervey] and three sons of Capt. Albert Gallatin Hervey3 (Oney Scyprett2, Col. Thomas1) of Navarro Co. TX, left Texas in the early 1900's and homesteaded near Fort Morgan, Morgan Co., Colorado2,7 The sons were Edgar Shepherd Hervey4 James Walton Hervey4 and Wilbur Eugene Hervey4

Oral tradition states that the three brothers, Wilbur, Walton and Edgar, and their mother went to Colorado together.(2,7) The year of the departure from Texas was said to be 1905,(3) which was the year after the death of husband and father, Albert Gallatin Hervey3, who died May 13, 1904 (1).

Shortly after their arrival in Colorado, young Walton, then about 19 years old, (born Sept. 3, 1885, Chatfield, TX) was killed in an accident. There was not an official cause of death recorded; however, the general belief is that he was struck by lightning.(1,7)

The homesteaders made several trips back and forth between Texas and Colorado, perhaps staying in Colorado long enough to satisfy the requirements for obtaining the land by the homestead act, which required them to live on the land a certain number of months per year and to make improvements.

On one of Griselda's trips back to Texas she arrived in Chatfield at her old home, which was occupied by her eldest son's family, ill with smallpox. (Eldest son was Ernest Kirby Hervey4, b. May 1, 18771.) Her young granddaughter, Cora, remembers how grandmother was shut away from the rest of the family in one of the rooms in the house, so as not to infect the others with the pox. The entire family got their vaccinations, but to be safe, Griselda's daughter-in-law, Willie, took food to Griselda on a tray and left it at the door so that she could eat in her room.(8) Griselda died in Texas on Dec. 15, 1914 and was buried at Chatfield Old Cemetery.(5)


Edgar Shepherd Hervey, second son of Capt. Albert Gallatin Hervey and his second wife Griselda Elizabeth (Kirby) Hervey, was born 7 Oct. 1878 at Chatfield, Navarro Co., TX.(1)

Edgar's first wife, Sarah Blanche (Oliphant)(4) (born 30 Oct. 18815) died on Aug. 8, 1905 and was buried at Chatfield. Just eight months later, on April 8, 1906, Edgar was married by Rev. R. T. Pardie, Minister of the Gospel, in Navarro Co., TX, to Lizzie Conner.(6) This second marriage was not known about by any of the descendants of this family. It was apparently of brief duration and was perhaps an unsuccessful one.

On Dec. 1, 1909, Edgar was married a third time at Longmont, Colorado to Edna Slee, who was born 25 Dec. 1884 in Warren, MN, daughter of Lydia Ann (Greer) and Edward Slee.(4)

Of this marriage to Edna Slee, Edgar's daughter Irene Hervey Rollman wrote: "Edgar and Irene [Edgar's daughter by first wife, Sarah Blanche] lived next door to the Slee family in Longmont, Colorado. Edgar and his family were going to move to Fort Morgan, Colorado, and Edna decided to have a farewell party for them. They played a game and Edna threw a pillow to Edgar and said, 'I admire you'. This started a courtship, and after a year of correspondence and visits they were married December 1, 1909."(4)

Edgar and Edna lived North of Longmont, CO near Fort Morgan in their early married years. Three of their children, Russell, Maurine, and Roy were born there.(4)

Roy told of their early years:7 "When we were growing up North of Longmont, we were very close to my uncle Wilbur and Aunt Gladys and my cousins Albert and Wilbur (we called him Bud) and also Wilma and Virginia and the younger girls. Their family was a little larger than ours but we were comparable in age. We played together a lot and had some wonderful times. We moved into Longmont when my father had an accident and was paralyzed from the waist down. He had a plow seat break and fling him to the ground and his back deteriorated after he had the flu about 1921. He spent the last 30 years of his life in a wheelchair, but he managed to raise 4 children at home and did it by barbering in his own home, cutting hair for 25 cents a head. So he didn't let it get him down, and we all remembered him with a great deal of pride. He was well liked by all of his neighbors. In fact there was a radio show one time which they called the Good Neighbor Show and the neighbors in that neighborhood voted him a good neighbor and he won the award for that on the show."(7)

Edgar died Nov. 6, 1949 at Longmont, CO. His wife, Edna (Slee) Hervey died June 10, 1945 at Longmont. Both were buried at the Mountain View Cemetery at Longmont.

Their children were(4):

By first wife, Sarah B. (Oliphant):

By third wife, Edna (Slee):


Born the 19th of Feb. 1887, at Chatfield, TX(1), Wilbur "Bill" was the youngest son of Capt. Albert Gallatin Hervey and his second wife Griselda (Kirby) Hervey. He was about 17 years old when he homesteaded with his mother and brothers near Fort Morgan, CO.

In 1908 Bill met and married Gladys A. Creel.(3) They met at Longmont(2). The Creel family had moved from Iowa to Longmont about the same time that Bill moved there(3).

Bill's son Albert described these early years(2): "... they homesteaded out there [Fort Morgan] and somehow the government let them earn rights on the farm for a year until Dad and Mother moved down here [to Texas]. My brother was born down here [Texas]  ...  they improved upon their places, and times were hard ...  so bad I guess they sold their place [at Fort Morgan] and they moved into town. Dad went to work in grocery stores ... then he moved back to Longmont and worked there in a grocery store.  ... He moved to Boulder and worked in a grocery store and delivered groceries up in the mountains  ... then he went back to Fort Morgan to more grocery business."(2)

"My mother's father got kicked in the face by a horse and so we had to go out and help them until the war started and they farmed by themselves."(2)

"Bill farmed in the St. Vrain valley from 1919 until 1923, then moved two miles up the North St. Vrain Canyon to a place he named 'The Cottonwoods'. He was noted for raising a large crop of pumpkins for the Kuner Empson Canning Co. and also for raising raspberries and for selling them to the public from a roadside stand. His was the first roadside stand ever seen in that part of the country selling fruits and vegetables and berries. He also shipped them to Estes Park. Later many road side stands were in operation in the area."(3)

"After giving up farming he moved into Lyons and was employed as Town Clerk in 1937 and 1938. He also was the Deputy Town Marshal operating with Town Marshal Floyd Dickerson. One evening, accompanied by George Blubaugh, they approached the Filling Station operated by George at the east edge of town. After stopping the car they were approached by a man with a pistol pointed at them. He told them to get out of the car and put their hands up, this was a hold up. Getting out of the car Bill pulled his firearm and shot the hold-up man in the leg. The man ran a short distance before being overtaken and put under arrest. One or two other men also were apprehended, jailed and later prosecuted." (3)

"Bill later moved to Littleton, CO, where he was employed in a Defense plant during World War II. He later became a shift foreman for the Heckathorn Manufacturing Co." (3)

"After the War was over he moved to Calico Rock, Arkansas, where he had a farm and raised some Black Angus cattle. He remained in Arkansas for about ten years, sold out, retired, and moved to Tucson, Arizona for some time. Later, he moved back to Longmont and passed away there in November 1964. Gladys passed away in 1966, and they both were buried in the Longmont Cemetery, north of Longmont." (3)

Their children were: (3)


1. Hervey, Donald G. Mayflower to the Moon: Herveys & Gables, 1980, p. 451-452, 469.

2. Hervey, Albert Creel, Address given to Hervey Families Reunion, June 1985, Corsicana, TX

3. Hervey, Albert Creel, Typed memoires of the Wilber E. "Bill" Hervey family, dated June 1984.

4. Hervey, Erma, Descendants of Edgar Shepherd Hervey & Edna Frances Slee, compiled 1971, Denver, CO

5. Chatfield, Navarro, TX Old Cemetery, Tombstone

6. Navarro Co. Marriages, Book 16, Page 102

7. Hervey, Roy, Address given to Hervey Families Reunion, June 1985, Corsicana, TX

8. Bowden, Cora Griselda (Hervey), Address given to Hervey Families Reunion, June 1985, Corsicana, TX



[Editor: The following item may be of interest to descendants of the family of JAMES HERVEY of VERMONT; (see Vol. 2 No. 2 of the Bulletin. GOTO) The JAMES HERVEY of this article is suspiciously close in time and location to the JAMES HERVEY of VT who deserted his family ca. 1835 and was believed to have worked around the Fort Ann, NY area.]

Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of the town of Florida, in Montgomery Co., New York show that a JAMES HERVEY and KEZIAH CORL had three children baptised in the church: son WILLIAM HENRY HARVEY, born July 7, 1831 and daughter SARAH ANN HARVEY, born Dec. 28, 1834 were both baptised Aug. 2, 1836, and their daughter (unnamed in the church record) was baptised March 4, 1838.1 On Nov. 18, 1857, a marriage took place "at the house of JAMES HARVEY in Duanesburg: JOHN CHISHOLM, aged 29 yrs., a farmer, to SARAH ANN HARVEY, aged 23 yrs. house-keeper. Witnesses: JAMES HARVEY, GEORGE TURNBULL, farmers, all of Duanesburg.(1)

JAMES HERVEY and KEZIAH CORL HERVEY were dismissed from the church at Florida to the Presbyterian church at Mariaville. The date stated in the reference as the date of dismissal was Aug. 15, 1860; however, an explanation of the list of names in which these two appear reads: "a corrected roll of members of the Reformed Dutch Church of Florida, made out by the assistance of Rev. James Stevenson in the year 1857; from the list on page 414 & 425 &c. of this book; and stating, as far as his recollections enabled him to do it, the dismissions, removals, deaths, and the cases unknown."(1)

A WILLIAM HOVEY of Glen, Montgomery Co., New York, was married on Nov. 25, 1860 to HANNAH VONK, also of Glen. This marriage occurred at the Dutch Reformed Church of Glen. (2)

Other early HERVEY/HARVEY residents of Montgomery Co. were: EUGENE C. HARVEY, who md. ELLA E. CLINE on Aug. 6, 1874 at St. Johnsville Dutch Reformed Church and HENRY HARVEY, who md. JANE VAN ALSTYNE on 14 Sept. 1848 at Fonda, NY in the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Caugenawaga. (3)

1. Record of Reformed Protestant Church in the village of Minaville, town of Florida, Montgomery Co. NY, transcribed by NY Genealogical & Biographical Society of New York, ed. Royden Woodward Vosburgh, NYC, Jan. 1919, book at NY State Library at Albany, NY, Microfilmed by LDS Church, film no. 0534217, item 3, pp 55, 115, 153, 151

2. First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Glen [Montgomery Co. NY] 1805-1882, transcribed by NY Geneal. & Biogr. Soc., Ed. Royden Woodward Vosburgh, NYC, Sept. 1918, microfilmed by LDS Church, Film no. 0534217, items 1 & 2, p 76.

3. I. G. I. Index, as of Apr. 1984, for New York State, L.D.S. Library, Salt Lake City, UT



Of interest to descendants of Elizabeth (Willis) and Thomas Harvey of Taunton, Massachusetts ca the early 1700's is the following information on this Thomas Harvey, reprinted from Oscar Jewell Harvey's The Harvey Book, published at Wilkesbarre, PA in 1899, beginning on page 37.

For descent of this family, the reader is referred to the Bulletin, Vol. 1 No. 2, p. 13 (Feb. 1985) [ GO TO ], Vol. 2 No. 1, p. 45 (Nov. 1985) [ GO TO ], and Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 74+ (Aug. 1986) [ GO TO ]

The following is reprinted from O. J. Harvey's, The Harvey Book, published Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1899:

"(7) THOMAS HARVEY3 (WILLIAM2, THOMAS1). Born in Boston 18 Dec., 1641, he came to Taunton with his parents in 1646. In March, 1667, he became the owner of a right of land in Taunton by purchase from Richard Stacey. In 1678 he was described as a 'husbandman,' and was the owner of land in the 'South Purchase.' His name appears in the list of 'the four squadrons ordered to bring theire armes to meeting on the Lord's day, in 1682. [See original among records in City Hall, Taunton.] In 1689 he was one of the grantees named in the Bradford deed. [See page 32 ante.]

"Described as a 'husbandman, and an heir of William Harvey, dec'd,' and also as an heir of his 'brother Jonathan, dec'd,' Thomas deeded in September, 1693, certain lands to Nathaniel Thayer, Sr., for the benefit of the children of the said Nathaniel and his deceased wife Abigail, who was the sister of Thomas Harvey. In 1700 he was a member of the 'First Military Company or Train-band' of Taunton. [See original papers of Capt. Thos. Leonard, City Hall, Taunton.] In 1708 and '9 he was one of the selectmen of the town, and probably held the office for several years.

"In 1708 many of the inhabitants of the 'North Purchase' of Taunton desired to be formed into a 'separate precinct for the maintenance of a minister,' whom they pledged them selves to support. But the inhabi tants of Taunton 'old town' were not willing to assent to this division, and at a town meeting held 1 June, 1709, Thomas Harvey and four others were appointed to oppose the scheme. They promptly acted by addressing a vigorous protest to Governor Dudley; but the General Court saw fit to esta blish the North Precinct, which in 1711 became a new town under the name of Norton.

"In 1714 Thomas Harvey granted to Captain Hodges, Ensign James Leonard and others the right to dig a trench or dyke upon his land 'whereon he now dwells--at a flat rock below the dam whereon Crossman's mill* now stands-- for the free passage of alewives up and down Mill River.'#

"20 April, 1715, in consideration of L-8 Thomas Harvey (being then seventy-four years of age) granted to his son John the use and occupancy of 100 acres of land in Taunton, on condition (1) that at his (Thomas') death the land should pass into the hands of his executor to be equally divided among his daughters Hannah, Elizabeth and Abigail; and (2) that Thomas and his wife should be supplied during their lifetime with sufficient firewood, etc., by John. At the same time Elizabeth, the wife, relinquished her right of dower in the land. 10 Feby., 1716, 'in consideration of the love and good-will' which he bore his son William, Thomas conveyed to him 150 acres of land 'where said William now lives'; also another piece of land which, after the death of Thomas and his wife, was to pass into the possession of William, who was to be charged with the payment to his sisters Hannah, Elizabeth and Abigail of the sum of L-12.

"Thomas Harvey was married 10 Dec., 1679, to Elizabeth, daughter of 'Deacon' John and Elizabeth (Hodgkins) Willis*^ of Bridgewater, Mass. [See New England. Hist. & Gen. Reg., XVII.: 233.]. Thomas died at Taunton in 1728, in the eighty-seventh year of his age, having survived his wife about nine years.


+14. i. William, b. 2 Jany., 1680-1; d. 1733.

+15. ii. Thomas, b. 17 Sept., 1682; d. __.

+16. iii. John, b. 4 Feby., 1683-4; d. --.

+17. iv. Jonathan, b. 30 April, 1685; d. --.

18. v. Joseph, b. 14 Jany., 1687-8; d. --.

19. vi. Hannah, b. 1690; living in Taunton in 1716, unmd.

20. vii. Elizabeth, b. 1692; living in Taunton in 1716, unmd.

21. viii.Abigail, b. 1694; md. in 1739 James Latham of Bridgewater, Mass.

* "On the site of the old Lincoln grist-mill mentioned on page 36 ante.

# "At a very early date the Colony of Plymouth enacted laws to prevent the destruction of alewives, or herring, and to regulate the taking of them; and everything possible was done to facilitate the migration of the fish from the sea up the rivers. As early as 1665 several men in Taunton were fined 20 shillings for breaking down the sawmill dam so that the alewives might go up the stream; whereupon the owners of the mill were ordered by the General Court to make 'a free, full and sufficient passage for the fish before the next season.'

"In a petition presented by certain citizens of Taunton to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts in 1774, relative to the herring fisheries, the following statement was made; 'That the alewives, in their course from the Ocean to the pond to cast their spawn, are obliged to come up Taunton Great River through the centre of the town; that there is a small river called Mill River in said town which empties into the Great River in said town; that the alewives used formerely to go up said Mill River in much greater quantities than they have done for many years past, and were used to be taken with scoop-nets in considerable quantities; but for a number of years past they have in great measure left said Mill River, and keep their course up the Great River to Middleboro, Bridgewater and other towns, by means whereof very few are taken in said Mill River-- not sufficient to pay the expense of taking them--and there is no other place in said Taunton where the alewives can be taken with scoop- nets.'

*^"John Willis came from England to America, and was at Duxbury, Mass., as early as 1637. He was an origi- nal proprietor and one of the first settlers of Bridgewater (see page 28 ante), where he was the first deacon in the Church. He sold his estate in Duxbury to Wm. Paybody in 1657. He held many town offices both in Duxbury and Bridgewater, and was the first Representative ever sent (1657) by Bridgewater to the old Colony Court. He represented the town for twenty-five years at the Court. His wife Elizabeth, to whom he was married before 1637, was the widow of Wm. Palmer, Jr. Her maiden name was Hodgkins. John Willis died at Bridgewater in 1693, and was survived by six or seven children -- five of whom were sons.

Page 32 ante: "In 1689 Maj. Wm. Bradford having made some claim to all the territory comprehended within the limits of Taunton, the town paid him L-20 for his alleged rights, and he gave a deed of release and confirmation to John Poole, William Harvey, Thomas Harvey, Sr., Thomas Harvey, Jr., and others, 'proprietors.' [See original deed in possession of the Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton.]

Page 36 ante: "... Thomas Linkon, or Lincoln, the Taunton miller, whose grist-mill (built in 1652 or '3) stood on the west side of Mill River, between the present Cohannet and Winthrop streets

Page 28 ante: "'In the summer of 1838,' says Winthrop, 'there came over [from England] twenty ships and at least 3000 persons, so as they were forced to look out new plantations.' Thereupon the proprietors of Cohannet removed from Dorchester to their new plantation. As a number of these proprietors had come to America from the ancient town of Taunton, and its neighborhood, in Somersetshire, they gave to their new purchase on the 3 March, 1639, the name of Taunton-- 'in honor and love to our dear native country, * * and owning it a great mercy of God to bring us to this place, and settling of us, on lands of our own bought with our money in peace, in the midst of the heathen, for a possession for ourselves and for our posterity after us,' as they afterwards declared.+^

+^ "At a later date, when the Colony of Massachusetts was divided into counties, another Somersetshire name-- Bristol--was selected for the county of which Taunton was to be, and is, the shire-town.

"In the southwestern part of this county is the town of Somerset.

"The ancient town of Bridgewater (another Somersetshire name with an 'e' inserted in the middle of it) was the first interior settlement in the county of Plymouth, Mass. It adjoined Taunton, was incorporated in 1656, and embraced within its limits the four towns now known as Bridgewater, North, East, and West Bridgewater."



The following article appeared in the March 1987, Preservation_News, publ. by National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization, 1785 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

"Vandalized and overgrown, the Hervey Cemetery in Hope, Ark., has recently undergone a major transformation -- courtesy of a small group of volunteers, all descendants of the family buried there. Battling ticks, chiggers, ants and underbrush, members of the Fowlkes family have been working for the last three years to restore the old family burial ground. The restoration has included clearing brush and righting overturned stones, then cleaning them with a mild solution of bleach and soap. The last stone to be hoisted back in place was that of patriarch Edward B. Fowlkes who was born March 7, 1785 and died October 5, 1853."

[Editor's note: The Hervey family connection with this cemetery is through Col. Calvin M. Hervey, born June 13, 1823, who married Eliza Folkes. See Vol. 3 No. 1, p. 92 [GreatRaft] and Vol. 1 No. 2, p. 12 [ GO TO ] of the Bulletin.]



Will Book 5, pg. 89
Nov. term 1860
IN THE MATTER OF G. P. HERVEYS WILL| A transcript of the record in the matter of the probate of the will of GIDEON P. HERVEY from the Superior Court of the county of WARREN is exhibited to this court together with the paper propounded as said will and it appearing thereby that the paper and every part thereof had been duly proved and declared to be the last will and testament of the said GIDEON P. HERVEY and the said entire record had been ordered to be certified to this court to the end that this court should direct as well the said will as the said record concerning the same to be recorded by this court. - It is therefore ordered that said transcript and said will be recorded and that said will be filed away with the probated wills of this court - The said transcript and will are in the following words and figures to wit:

Be it remembered that at a Superior Court of Law begun and held for the County of WARREN at the courthouse in WARRENTON on the third Monday after the fourth Monday of September A. D. 1860 the Honorable R. R. HEATH Judge presiding, JAS. N. BRIZZARD esqr. Clerk of the Superior Court of Law for the County of HALIFAX brings into said Court the transcript of a record from said Superior Court of Law for the County of HALIFAX, which said transcript is in the words and figures following to wit:

Be it remembered that a Superior Court of law begun and held for the County of HALIFAX at the court house in HALIFAX town on the fourth Monday after the fourth Monday of March A. D. 1860 The Hon. R. N. SAUNDERS Judge presiding, the following proceedings are had to wit.

A transcript of the record from the Court of Pleas and quarter sessions for HALIFAX County is transmitted to this court and is in the following words and figures to wit:

Be it remembered that at a Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions begun and held for the County of Halifax at the court house in HALIFAX town on the third Monday of May A. D. 1859 the following justices of said present and presiding to wit: T. P. DEVEREUX, K. H. SMITH, L. H. B. WHITAKER and R. B. PARKER, the following proceedings were had to wit:

A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of GIDEON P. HERVEY deceased, and which is in words and with propounded figures following to wit:

In the name of God Amen the 12th day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty nine, I GIDEON P. HERVEY of the County of HALIFAX and State of North Carolina being in sound state of mind and memory but calling to mind the frail tenure of life, and that it is appointed to all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all. I recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it, and the disposal of my body I leave to the entire discretion of my friends, with respect to my worldly estate, I give bequeath and dispose of it in the manner and proportions here following.

Item 1. I give and bequeath all my BEAR SWAMP land to my three sisters equally, POLLY WILLIAMS, BETSY CARSTARPHEN and JUDITH DANIELS.

ITEM 2ND. I give and bequeath that my man Middlesex and his wife Rachael also my man Sam and Charles be set free according to law, or be as free as the law will allow.

Item 3rd. I give and bequeath unto my brother P. P. HERVEY all the balance of my estate consisting of negroes -- land -- stock of all kinds -- meat -- money -- bonds -- notes and accounts, household and kitchen furniture and every other species of property not herein enumerated.

Item 4th. I hereby appoint HENRY J. HERVEY, PEYTON E. HERVEY and JOHN HERVEY my executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal the day and date above written --

Is propounded for probate by H. J. HERVEY, P. E. HERVEY, and JOHN HERVEY the executors therein named,

Whereupon JUDITH DANIEL one of the heirs at law and next of kin of the said GIDEON P. HERVEY comes into court and enters a caveat to the probate thereof, and says that the same is not the last will and testament of the said GIDEON P. HERVEY, or any part thereof, and thereupon the court directs the following issues to be made up and submitted to a jury to wit:

Is the said paper writing or any part thereof and if so what part, the last will and testament of the said GIDEON P. HERVEY or not;

And on motion it is ordered that a citation be issued to POLLY WILLIAMS one of the heirs at law and next of kin of said GIDEON P. HERVEY who resides in the limits of this state to appear at the next term of this court to see proceedings in this cause and make herself a party to said issue if she shall think proper.

And it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that BETSY CARSTARPHEN one of the heirs at law and next of kin of the said GIDEON P. HERVEY resides beyond the limits of this state, it is ordered that publication be made in the WELDON PATRIOT for six weeks notifying her to appear at the next term of this Court, then and there to see proceedings in the cause and make herself a party to said issue if she shall think proper so to do, And afterwards at the Term of said Court begun and held for said County on the third Monday of August 1859 at the Court House in HALIFAX, R. H. SMITH, L. W. BATCHELOR and L. H. B. WHITAKER Justices present and presiding it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that publication has been made in the WELDON PATRIOT for six successive weeks for BETSY CARSTARPHEN

And it further appearing that NANCY HERVEY one of the next of kin and heirs at law of said GIDEON P. HERVEY resides beyond the limits of this State it is ordered that publication be made in the WELDON PATRIOT for six weeks notifying her to appear at the next term of this Court then and there to see proceedings in this cause and to make herself a party to said issue if she shall think proper so to do, and afterwards to wit, the third Monday of November 1859 before T. P. DEVEREUX, L. H. B. WHITAKER, RICHARD H. SMITH, R. B. PARKER and L. W. BATCHELOR Justices of said Court it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that publication has been duly made in the WELDON PATRIOT for six successive weeks, and thereupon further day is given to the parties to wit; the third Monday of February 1860,

At which last mentioned day at the court house in HALIFAX before T. P. DEVEREUX, L. W. BATCHELOR, RICHARD H. SMITH, L. H. B. WHITAKER and L. L. SAVAGE justices of said Court, this concerning on to be heard the following jury to wit T. M. CARLISLE, D. CLARK, JOHN TILLERY, P. R. HINES, J. E. MOORECOCK, H. A. SLEDGE, E. A. THORNE, R. BRITT, N. LEWIS, L. H. MORRIS, A. M. BUTTS and E. WILEY being chosen tried and sworn to try the issues joined between the parties say that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of the said G. P. HERVEY.

It is therefore considered by the Court that the said paper writing be duly filed and recorded as the last will and testament of the said G. P. HERVEY. It is further considered that the said H. J. HERVEY, P. E. HERVEY and JOHN HERVEY do recover against the said JUDITH DANIEL their costs of suit from which judgment the defendent prays an appeal to the Superior Court of law of HALIFAX County and it is allowed upon her giving bond according to law with W. W. DANIEL a surety. Bond executed and herewith sent.










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I JAS. H. WHITAKER Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sesions of the County and State aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing contains a full true and perfect transcript of the record in the matter of the last will and testament of GIDEON P. HERVEY decd lately pending in said Court between H. J. HERVEY, P. E. HERVEY and JOHN HERVEY Exrs & Plaintiffs and JUDITH DANIEL defendant. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at office this 23rd day of April A. D. 1860. JAMES H. WHITTAKER CLK

And upon affidavit of the defendant it is ordered by the Court that the case be removed to the Superior Court of WARREN County for trial










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I JAS. M. GRIZZARD Clerk of the Superior Court of Law of HALIFAX County State aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing is a full true and perfect transcript of the record in the matter of the last will and testament of GIDEON P. HERVEY decd lately pending in said Court between H. J. HERVEY, P. E. HERVEY and JOHN HERVEY Exrs Plaintiffs and JUDITH DANIEL Defendant. In testimony whereof hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of said Court at Office in HALIFAX Town this 25th day of September A. D. 1860.

Executors &c. vs JUDITH DANIEL |
Is entered on the Docket of the said Superior Court and an order is thereupon made in these words to wit, "cause to be taken up on Tuesday of the next Term" And thereupon further time is given to the parties to wit: the third Monday after the fourth Monday of March A. D. 1861, at which last mentioned day at the Court House in WARRENTON before the Hon. JOHN L. BAILEY Judge the parties aforesaid by their attorneys came, and thereupon the following jurors to wit, SAMUEL N. MILLS, JAMES P. HARRIS, ALBERT G. DUKE, JOHN P. LANGFORD, W. A. K. FALKNER, SIMON G. DUKE, JOHN L. NEAL, KINCHEN BOBBITT, R. G. MOORE, JOHN S. DAVIS, JOHN S. CHEEK and WILLIAM B. WILLIAMS are chosen tried and sworn to speak the truth concerning the issue joined between the parties upon their oath say that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of the said GIDEON P. HERVEY. And thereupon it is considered by the Court that the Plaintiffs recover against the defendant JUDITH DANIEL the cost of the case. Wherefore it is declared by the Court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of the said GIDEON P. HERVEY decd and it is ordered that the same be recorded as such in the County of HALIFAX, and to this end it is ordered that the entire record in this Court concerning the said will and the caveat thereof be certified to the Court of Pleas or Quarter Sessions of the County of HALIFAX in order that the said Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions may direct as it is hereby commanded, that as well said will as the records of this Court concerning the same be recorded by the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of the County of HALIFAX aforesaid. It is further ordered that the original will of the said GIDEON P. HERVEY be transmitted to the said Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of the County of HALIFAX to the end that it may be filed among the wills probated and admitted of record in the said County of HALIFAX.

I BENJAMIN E. COOK Clerk of the Superior Court of law for the County of WARREN aforesaid, hereby certify that the foregoing contains a full true and perfect transcript of the entire record in said Court concerning the last will and testament of GIDEON P. HERVEY and the caveat thereof lately pending in said Court between H. J. HERVEY, P. E. HERVEY and JOHN HERVEY Executors, Plaintiffs and JUDITH DANIEL Defendant. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at Office in WARRENTON this 13th day of May A.D. 1861. BENJ. E. COOK CLK

In the name of God Amen, the 12th day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty nine, I GIDEON P. HERVEY of the County of HALIFAX and State of North Carolina being through the blessing of God in sound state of mind and memory, but calling to mind the frail tenure of life and that it is appointed to all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say, principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of Almight God who gave it me and the disposal of my body I leave to the entire discretion of my friends. With respect to my worldly estate I give bequeath and dispose of it in the manner and proportions here following. Item 1st I give and bequeath all my BEAR SWAMP land to my three sisters (equally) POLLY WILLIAMS, BETSY CARSTARPHEN and JUDITH DANIEL. Item 2nd I give and that my man Middlesex and his wife Rachel (also my men Sam and Charles to be set free according to Law, or be as free as the law will allow. Item 3rd. I give and bequeath unto my brother P. P. HERVEY all the balance of my estate consisting of negroes, land, stock of all kind, crop of corn & fodder, meat, money, bonds, notes and accounts, household and kitchen furniture and every other species of property not herein enumerated.
Item 4th I hereby appoint HENRY J. HERVEY, PEYTON E. HERVEY, and JOHN HERVEY my executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal the day and date above written.
Signed GIDEON P. HERVEY <seal>

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Will Book 5 Pg. 125
In the name of God Amen, I PEYTON P. HERVEY of the County of HALIFAX and State of North Carolina being weak of body but sound in mind and memory Thanks be to God for the same and knowing that all men must die do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following in order to dispose of my worldly estate which it has pleased God to bestow on me.

Item 1st I give to my son JOHN HERVEY my slaves BERRY HARRISON CHAINY and her children named WYATT, CHARITY, WILEY, CANDIS, & WELDEN, the two first named I have already given him a deed of gift for. I also give to my son JOHN HERVEY my land on little FISHING CREEK whereon I now live together with all my growing crop, or crop on hand, stock, waggons, carts, and farming utensils of every description on the said land.

Item 2nd. I give to my daughter ELIZA G. MOORE Five hundred dollars.

Item 3rd. I give to my grand daughter REBECCA C. RICE Two hundred dollars.

Item 4th. I give to my four sons GIDEON T. HERVEY, HENRY J. HERVEY, PEYTON E. HERVEY, JOHN HERVEY and my grandchildren the children of REDDING A. HERVEY all the slaves given me in will by my brother GIDEON P. HERVEY, to wit CHARITY, JOE, NANDY, RINIE, BET, NANCY little CHARLES, ALBERT, ABRAHAM, LAVENIA, SIMON, and children SUSAN, TOM, BECKY and ZIBA to equally divided between my four sons & my grand children the children of REDDING A. HERVEY, the said grand children to receive one share only and my four sons share and share alike, but should either of my sons named above die leaving no living child then my will is that all the slaves named in this item be equally divided between those of my sons that may be living.

Item 5th. I give to my son PEYTON E. HERVEY my land on ROCKY SWAMP being the plantation and land given me by my brother GIDEON P. HERVEY.

Item 6th. I give to the Trustees of FARNWELL CHURCH Fifty dollars to be expended in repairs on the house as they may direct.

Item 7th. I give and bequeath all my slaves, judgments, money, notes, accounts, stock and property of every description not before given away in this will with the exception of girl Sue & her children now in possession of WM. AVENT to be equally divided between my four sons GIDEON T. HERVEY, HENRY J. HERVEY, PEYTON E. HERVEY, JOHN HERVEY and my grandchildren the children of my son REDDING A. HERVEY & my grand children the children of my daughter REBECCA AVENT, my sons to receive one share each and my grand children of REDDING A. HERVEY to receive one share only and my grandchildren the children of REBECCA AVENT to receive one share only.

Item 8th. I give to my grandchildren, the children of my daughter REBECCA AVENT and her children now in possession of their father WM. AVENT.

Item 9th. I give to my son GIDEON T. HERVEY in trust for my grand children the children of my daughter REBECCA AVENT, all the property I have given and devised to them in this will to be managed for their use and benefit as my son GIDEON T. HERVEY may think best.

Item 10th. I constitute and appoint my sons HENRY J. HERVEY, PEYTON E. HERVEY and JOHN HERVEY Executors to this my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 5th day of May 1863. Signed PEYTON P. HERVEY <seal>

Interlined before signing with the words of my sons Witnesses M. L. WIGGINS, WM. T. WILLIAMS


Aug. 19, 1989

From the family records of Gordon Fisher: Jemima Hervey was born in Taunton, MA (date & parents unknown) and married Ephraim Fisher 28 Feb. 1769. They had 9 children born in Bristol and Hampshire Counties, MA (including Betsy 1774, Eleazer 1775 and Anna 1790.

From "Vital Records of Taunton, MA to 1850" Vol. I pg 202 - a gravestone record, Oakland Cemetery - Jemima Hervey 23 May 1789. This could not be the right Jemima since there is a record of a child born in 1790. Page 183 shows "Jemima Hervey, of Taunton married Ephriam Fisher of Norton, Feb. 28, 1769. (record of J.P.)

The 1790 Census lists the family of Ephriam Fisher in Wilbraham Town, Hampshire Co., MA with 1 male over 16, 3 males under 16 & 6 females.

There has been a question as to whether the name was Hervey or Harvey, but it seems likely that it was "Hervey". The name appeared in the Fisher family as the given name of "Herve'".

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