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Asa Maxson Harvey Rensselaer County New York/Lois Maxson b. 1778
Posted by: Joan Johnson (ID *****9062) Date: February 24, 2007 at 17:17:30
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I am searching for the parents of my g-g-g-grandfather, Asa Maxson Harvey who married Elizabeth "Betsy" Lamb (b. about 1797 in Albany, N.Y. Asa m. Elizabeth 22 Sep 1821 in Petersburg, N.Y. They had 6 children: Henry b. 1825; Stewart b. 1823; John A. b. 1824; Elilzabeth b. 1827; Hulburt Joshua Lamb b. 1830 and Harriet Sophronia b. 1835.

I believe that Asa Maxson Harvey's parents were Thomas S. Harvey and Lois Maxson Harvey. When searching at the Family History Center in SLC I found cemetery transcriptions from Rensselaer County. Among the cemeteries was The Stillman Village Cemetery also known as the "Pukertute Cemetery." The microfilm transcriptions of the typed transcriptions (made by Ralph David Phillips) were made in 1939. These transcriptions are available on line by going to the Rensselaer County Website.

In these transcriptions, are found the burial of Lois Harvey wife of Thomas S. who died July 20,1819 at age 41y.
Thomas is the only Harvey in Petersburg in the 1800 and 1810 census. Interestingly, the next listing in the census is for Asa Maxson (Lois' brother). Asa Maxson Sr is
on the same page.

However, when searching other sites for the husband of Lois Maxson (d/o Capt Asa Maxson b. 1752 in Westerly, R.I.
m. Lois Stillman b. 18 April 1756) there is usually no information about Lois or the husband is shown as Giles Harvey with no marriage date, no birthdate for Giles and no location for anything. Because of the tombstone transcription I feel that the Giles attribution is incorrect or his name was Thomas Giles Harvey or Giles Thomas Harvey or someone just pulled the name out of the ether.

I am currently trying to find where Thomas Harvey came from and have found a Thomas Harvey in the 1790 R.I. census.

Incidentally, Lois Stillman Maxson b. April 1756 (my Lois' mother) is also buried in the Stillman Village Cemetery in 1820 and this can be found in the transcriptions. Also a 3 month old baby, Lorenzo Harvey to Lois and Thomas Harvey in 1816 is found in this cemetery. Three months later a son was born to Lois' brother David and his wife Esther Peckham and they named him Lorenzo Harvey Maxson. This definitely seems to be a connection.

If anyone can help me sort this out, I'd be so appreciative.

In a random act of genealogical kindness, Dawn Sherman saw my posting on the Rensselaer site and drove 2 hours to take pictures at the Stillman Village Cemetery. I intend to send these to the Maxson Family Association for posting on their website.

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