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Elizabeth Harvey (Cleeve)

Also Known As: "Elizabeth (Cleeve) Mitton"
Birthplace: Shropshire , England
Death: Died in Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine
Place of Burial: Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Deputy Pres. George Cleeve; Proposed 1st wife of George Cleeve and Joanna Price
Wife of Michael Mitton and Peter Harvey
Mother of Mary Brackett; Ann Brackett; Elizabeth Clark; Nathaniel Mitton and Martha Graves
Half sister of Cleombrotus Cleeve and Anne Cleeve

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About Elizabeth Harvey

Elizabeth and her husband Michael Mitton settled on an island within sight of Portland. It became known as Mitton's Island and is now called Peaks Island.

  • Born: perhaps between 1605/1610, England
  • Parents: George Cleeve
  • Marriage: (1): Michael Mitton about 1637. (Michael Mitton was born about 1610 in England and died in 1660-1661 in Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine.)
  • Marriage: (2): Peter Harvey by 26 July 1666
  • Died: 1681, Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine about age 62
  • Buried: Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine

6 Children born at Falmouth

  1. Mary b abt 1638. Married Thomas Brackett. captured by Indians 11 Aug 1676 and supposedly died in her first year of captivity. 
  2. Sarah Dorcas b abt 1640. Married James Andrews.
  3. Anne b abt 1642. abt Married Capt. Anthony Brackett.
  4. Martha b abt 1642. Married John Graves.
  5. Elizabeth b abt 1644/5. Married Lt. Thaddeus Clarke.
  6. Nathaniel Mitton b abt 1646.


  • Residence: Falmouth, Cumberland, ME U. S. A. 3
  • Residence: Casco Bay, Cumberland, ME U. S. A. 3
  • Residence: Salisbury, Essex, MA U. S. A. 3
  • Residence: Framingham, Middlesex, MA U. S. A. 3

i ELIZABETH, b. say 1619; m. (1) probably say 1639 Michael Mitton (on 24 February 1650 "George Cleve of Casco" gave to "my son-in-law Michael Mitton ... that tract of land lying in Casco Bay granted unto me by Colonel Allexander Rigby Esq." [YLR 8:245]; not a happy match, as her father wrote on 1 May 1647 that "there are also some adulteries committed and yet unpunished whereof ... that of Mr. Michell Mitton and John Seares committed with Mary Martin" [WP 5:152]); m. (2) by 26 July 1666 Peter Harvey (when she administered the estate of Thomas Morris as "Elizabeth Harvey" [MPCR 1:312]).

Source: Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol. 1-3, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995..

Referred to as Michael Mitton, Gent. in Maine records, he arrived in Maine in 1637, accompanying his future father-in-law, George Cleeve on one of the latter's several trips to and from England, and shortly thereafter married his daughter, Elizabeth Cleeve. He was said to be an "excellent fowler and a teller of tall tales", often providing geese, wild ducks, etc. for the Trelawney colony. A clue as to his origins may come from his father-in-law's association with Maine immigrant Thomas Lewis. Both appear, taxed together as vintners in the 1616/17 Shrewsbury tax roll, and were probably, at least initially, friends in Maine. Thomas Lewis' wife, Elizabeth Marshall was the daughter of Roger Marshall and Katherine Mitton, she of the Mittons and Harpesfields of Weston, Shropshire, England. So, it is compelling to consider that Michael Mitton was likely a member of Katherine Mitton's extended family.

GM gives a marriage date of about 1639 in Falmouth, ME, and notes that the marriage was "not a happy match, as [Elizabeth Cleeve's father George] wrote on 1 May 1647 that 'there are also some adulteries committed and yet unpunished thereof . . . that of Mr. Michell Mitton and John Seares committed with Mary Martin.'"

From Collections of the Maine Historical Society, Volume 1 (Google eBook) Maine Historical Society The Society, 1865 - Local history.  Page 260.  "Death of Mrs. Harvey"

"In 1682, died Elizabeth Harvey, the only daughter of George Cleeves. She came from England with her father probably in 1637, and was either then or soon after married to Michael Mitton. She was the last survivor of the first settler, and had been through scenes of great suffering and sorrow. She had buried two husbands and three adult children, one of whom, her only son, was killed by the Indians, and the lives of two of her daughters, the wives of the Bracketts, were probably shortened by their captivity. Two daughters only survived her, Elizabeth, the wife of Thaddeus Clark, and Martha, the wife of John Graves,* neither of whom, that we are aware of, has posterity now residing here. The descendants of her daughter Mary, the wife of Thomas Brackett, are numerous among us. Mrs. Harvey had seen the town which on her first visit was an entangled forest, inhabited by wild beasts and savages, become the seat of civilization and prosperity, and holding forth the promises of future greatness."

  • "Graves was living in Kittery in 1712, aged about sixty-seven. He moved to Little Compton, R. I., where he died, leaving one son and two daughters."


  1. GL: Maine and New Hampshire Settlers, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, pp 59,61,485, ibid, Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623-1660, p 140.



  1. from TORREY: MITTON, Michael (-1660, bef 1662/3) & Elizabeth [CLEEVE] (-1671), m/2 Peter HARVEY ca 1663? bef 1666; ca 1637, by 1637; ?Falmouth, ME/Casco Bay, ME/Salisbury/Framingham {Sv. 1:409; Salisbury 821; Framingham Hist. 208; Andrews (1890) 29; Brackett 2, 44; Moseley Anc. 18, 19; Mitchell (#1) 1308; Small 1308; Kittery 298; Tingley-Meyers 69, 79, 243; Tracy (1936) 167, 186; GDMNH 282, 315, 485; Blake-Glidden 77, 180; Coltman Anc. 37, 138}


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Elizabeth Harvey's Timeline

Shropshire , England
Age 31
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Age 33
Casco, Cumberland, Maine
Age 39
Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Age 41
Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine
Age 45
Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine
Age 77
Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine