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Re: Harvey Family of Washington County RI
Posted by: Bill Wright (ID *****2440) Date: June 27, 2003 at 09:39:38
In Reply to: Harvey Family of Washington County RI by Juanita Goin of 397

I have a few references to Harveys in my database. Probably won't help much.

John Harvey died in Charlestown ca 1747 when his estate inventory was filed 6 Apr 1747. Inventory taken by John Kenyon and John Ladd. John Harvey had a son William. John-3 Kenyon (d 1774), s/o James-2, m Alice or Abigail Ladd. John-3 Kenyon, d bef 1 Jun 1747, s/o "old" John-2 who d in 1732. John-4 Kenyon (s/o John-3, "old John-2), d Mary 1747. My best guess is that the John Kenyon who took John Harvey's inventory with John Ladd was the s/o James-2. Were John Kenyon and John Ladd, brothers-in-law? Was John Harvey also related?

In Charlestown, 5 Apr 1747, John Kenyon and Peter Hall were accepted as bondsmen for William Harvey, administrator of the estate of his father, John Harvey, dec.

In Charlestown, 10 June 1805, Isaah Green and Robert Green agreed to keep Priscilla Harvey and David Harvey. Isaah and Robert, again, could have been brothers-in-law. Men with these two names married Tefft girls. But there is no evidence that their wives were sisters and the two wives are usually listed as having different parents.

11 Sep 1803, Jemima Harvey was received in covenant and watchcare at the Second Baptist Church of Richmond. I copied this from the original church book and don't know if it was published in Arnold or elsewhere.

Again in Charlestown, Peleg Cross Jr. was paid for bedding and provision furnished to Jos Harvey Jr. in the year 1791.

Stephen Perry, previously a resident of Charlestown, d in 1796 in Hopkinton. His estate was settled in Hopkinton. His son-in-law, Solomon Collins was administrator. I found three receipts filed in Hopkinton in settlement of the estate. Azel Ensworth of Stonington. Sylvestor R. Perry of Newport. The receipt did not say so, but Sylvester was a son of Stephen. A third receipt was from James Harvey of Stonington. An A. B. Perry is also mentioned in the records of the estate settlement. Stephen had a son, Abraham Borden Perry. I show only two daughters for Stephen, Sarah who m Solomon Collins, and Martha, who d unmarried in 1789. I don't know where Azel Ensworth or James Harvey fit in, unless they were simply creditors of Stephen.

Another entry that is later, but shows why the Harveys are difficult to research. Waity Harvey was determined by the Charlestown Town Council to be incapable of managing her secular affairs. Perry Healy was appointed guardian in 1834 and Arnold Hiscox in 1832 (Joseph Wilcox and George Thurston were bondsmen).

Here is an interesting note on Waity Harvey from the Charlestown records. "7 Jan 1822, Simeon Adams Jr came before the court and requested that the estate in this town given to him and Waity Harvey by James Peckham late dec might be divided between them according to the will of the deceased." My guess is that Waity was a widow. She may have been either the daughter of James Peckham or granddaughter.

Whoops. I shouldn't speculate. Here is another reference to Waity from the Charlestown records: "26 May 1825 Whereas Stephen Burdick (son of Benjamin) of this town having heretofore been convicted of begeting Waity Harvey of this town with child; and as doubts have since arisen respecting the colour of her said child; and said Benjamin his father having appeared before this court in behalf of said Stephen and requested that some relief be granted his said son in the premises." Maybe Waity was not a widow. Looks like she pointed to Stephen as the father of her child and then the child looked like an Indian or Negro.

Is this the same Waity? Stanton H. Perry m Wa(i)ty Harvey, both of Charlestown, RI, 31 Mar 1842, in North Stonington, CT. I don't know why the variant spelling unless one came from the actual entry in the North Stonington records and the other from Arnold's transcriptions, both of which I abstracted for my database.

Here is another entry from the Richmond records that may be helpful: "2 Sep 1754. James Harvey a Scotch man now residing in this town be cited to appear at this council in order to settle and pay the cost this town has been put to for airing his goods suspected to be infected with the small pox and supporting him and his family with provision the mneanwhile.

"The above said James Harvey appeared in this council this present day and
promised to pay all the cost . . ."

So James Harvey would appear to be the immigrant, arriving from Scotland, perhaps in the first half of the 18th century.

In Riverside Cemetery in South Kingstown is the graves of Nancy Harvey (1817-1887) and her husband George M. Whaley, 1812-1895.

That is all the pertinent references I found to "Harvey" in my database. I was not searching the Harvey family as such, but only abstracted the information when the Harveys interacted with people of the surnames I was researching.

It looks like John Harvey (d 1747) and James Harvey (Schotchman) may be the two earliest Harveys in that part of RI. Were they brothers?

The 1791 reference to Jos Harvey Jr implies that there is another Joseph Harvey around, probably (but not certain) father and son. Jr. was indigent.

Was Jemima in 1803 a wife or a single woman?

In 1805 Priscilla and David Harvey could be orphans.

I don't believe the Harveys were particularly prominent families in "south county." Most of the records I abstracted imply that they were indigent. As such, they may not have been listed as "heads of household" in the pre-1850 census records, i.e., they may have been living with other families.

Have you searched Arnold, "Vital Records of Rhode Island"? Also check the Beaman books. Then you can do what I did, order microfilms of the early records for these south county towns and read them page by page. Also some of them crossed the river into Connecticut.

This website has a list of libraries that have a copy of my genealogy of RI families:

Bill Wright

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