William Harvey, of the Plymouth Colony

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William Harvey

Birthplace: Ashill, Somerset, England
Death: after June 12, 1691
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), Colonial America
Place of Burial: Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Harvey, of Ashill and Joan Harvey
Husband of Joane Harvey
Father of Abigail Thayer; Thomas Harvey, of Taunton; Experience (Harvey) Harvey; Joseph Harvey; Jonathan Harvey and 1 other
Brother of Thomas Harvey, of the Plymouth Colony and James Harvey, of Ashill

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About William Harvey, of the Plymouth Colony

William Harvey

  • Birth: 1614 - Ashill, Somersetshire, England
  • Death: Will written 12 June 1691 at Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts t
  • Parents: Thomas Harvey (died before 1647 in Somersetshire) & Joan Collier
  • Wife: Joane Hucker

Children of William and Joanna (Hucker) Harvey:

  • + 6. i. ABIGAIL, b. 25 April 1640; d. 20 Aug., 1691.
  • + 7. ii. THOMAS, b. 18 Dec., 1641; d. 172S.
  • 8. iii. EXPERIENCE, b. 4 March 1654; married (II) Thomas. q. v.
  • + 9. iv. JOSEPH, b. 8 Dec., 1645; d. 1691.
  • + 10. v. JONATHAN, b. 1647; d. 1691.


From "The Harvey Book" by Oscar Jewett Harvey, 1899:

In 1648 William was one of the heirs named in the “will of Agnes Clark of Ayshill [Ashill], Somerset, widow.” The will was executed 20 Oct., 1647, and proved 10 May, 1648, and from it the following paragraphs have been taken:

  • “I give and bequeath unto William Harvey the son of Thomas Harvey deceased, my kinsman now in New England, eighteen pounds, being parcel of thirtyfive pounds which is owing unto me by Richard Parker of Ayshill upon his bond, which sum is to be paid as soon as it can be recovered, if he shall come to demand it at any time within four years; but if he come not then my will is that William Harvey the son of James Harvey shall have the said money at such time as he shall be of lawful age to give a discharge.
  • “I give to the said William, son of James Harvey, fifteen pounds parcel of the said thirtyfive pounds, when of age. * “I give and bequeath unto William Harvey in New England all my household stuff during his life, if he come to claim it; and after his decease to remain in the house to the use of James Harvey his brother, and the said James to make use of it until William his brother shall come to claim it.” * * * (See “ Genealogical Gleanings in England,” New Engl. Hist. & Gen. Rvg., XLVI.: 453.1

From http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/m/y/e/Ron-C-Myers/GENE30-0051.html

"I think it is very clearly proved by the public records herein referred to, and by other records, that there was no William Harvey residing at Plymouth in 1639, and that the two Williams "then in New England" were: (1) William of Taunton, whose wife was Joanna Hucker, and (2) William of Boston, who married Martha Copp." ---End of the section about the two William Harveys.

From http://members.cox.net/spartanshope/Tree/famf179.html

Children of William and Joanne Harvey:

  • 01 (F): Abigail Harvey Born: 25 Apr 1640 Died: 20 Aug 1691
  • 02 (M): Thomas Harvey Born: 18 Dec 1641 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Died: 1728 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA Spouses: Elizabeth Willis
  • 03 (F): Experience Harvey Born: 04 Mar 1643/44 Died: 1719
  • 04 (M): Joseph Harvey Born: 08 Dec 1645 Died: 1691
  • 05 (M): Jonathan Harvey Born: 1647 Died: before Nov 1691

from http://www.gulbangi.com/5families-o/p448.htm#i11180

  1. [S858] Harvey Book, online.
  2. [S358] Ryan Herbert, "Family of Ryan L. Herbert", Nov. 19, 2002, unverified.
  3. [S659] Early VR Plymouth CO MA (published), Vital Records of Plymouth.
  4. [S1140] Merideth B. Colkert, Founders of Early American Families.
  5. [S35] "The Simeon M. Fox Papers," Simeon Moses Fox, 1880-1935 Collection of A. Gulbransen.
  6. [S839] Early VR Suffolk Co. MA (published), Vital records of Boston.

Member Charles Howell contributes, Dec 2017:

from NEHGS research database, Vol 125 page 88 Sons of John Briggs of Taunton. (William 2, john 1) Thomas Briggs3 b. 1669 d bef.1JUL 1746 m. oct 1689 in Taunton Abigail [Harvey] Thayer (wdo.) ...Her grandfather William Harvey of one of original settlers of Taunton. Sourced from: Ruth (Thayer) Ravenscroft's in published genealogy of Nathaniel Thayer in Society's Library.

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William Harvey, of the Plymouth Colony's Timeline

January 15, 1595
Sheriff Hales, Shropshire, England
Ashill, Somerset, England
April 25, 1640
Age 26
Boston, (Present Suffolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 18, 1641
Age 27
Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
April 1, 1644
Age 30
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
December 8, 1645
Age 31
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Age 33
Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
June 12, 1691
Age 77
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), Colonial America
June 12, 1691
Age 77
Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States