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Descendants of John Harvey

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN2 HARVEY (ROBERT1) was born Abt. 1687 in (Prob) Londonderry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and died Bet. 1749 - 1750 in Nottingham, Rockingham, New Hampshire. He married ELIZABETH.

Notes for J
Nottingham, New Hampshire, was incorporated in 1722, and the Harveys were among its earliest settlers. Coggswell says on page 76 of his "History of Nottingham, Deerfield and Northwood" that the Dearborns, Gilleys, Williams', McLearys and Harveys are names never to be forgotten or effaced from the pages of New Hampshire or American History; and from the "Revolutionary Rolls" published in volumes 14, 15, 16 and 17 of the "New Hampshire State Papers" we learn there were twenty-one Harveys in the Revolutionary war from that state.

There were two branches of the family in Nottingham. One branch was the descendants of JAMES, JOHN and FRANCIS HARVEY, and this was the "Scotch-Irish" branch. (This term is in recognition that originally many Northern Ireland Harveys lived in Scotland.) These three men settled in Nottingham about 1727. They came over from the North of Ireland during the "Scotch Irish" emigration from that country early in the eighteenth century, and after tarrying a short time in Londonderry, NH, pushed on into the wilderness and settled in the new town of Nottingham where they became prominent citizens as did many of their descendants. (See Coggsewell's History and also the book, "Notes on Early Harvey Families of New Hampshire" prepared by George Harvey of Sacramento, California.)

The other branch of the Harvey family in Nottingham were the descendants of JONATHAN HARVEY, who settled in the town in 1754. He was descended from WILLIAM HARVEY of Plymouth and Boston, Mass., and became the progenitor of the Harveys of Sutton and Northwood, NH. WILLIAM and THOMAS HARVEY came to this country at some time prior to 1640 and first settled in Plymouth, Mass., where WILLIAM married Joan Hucker, about 1639.

John Harvey had a brother, James Harvey [not totally confirmed], who came from Ireland on the same ship in 1726. His descendency is shown in the same George Harvey book and is scheduled in this present Family Tree Maker file.

George Harvey reports that, "Thomas, Jr., Francis, only ones [children of John Harvey] known to us and we are not certain which was the older." [In some references James is listed before John, suggesting that James is the older.] "Deeds: Francis & Thomas Harvey, Jr., Nottingham, yeomen, L100 [pounds] from Thomas Harvey, husbandman, 9 ac[res]...on land of Wm. Morrison and plot of land lately belonging to our honoured father, John Harvey, of Nottingham, deceased. 7 Feb 1750." [Date appears to be for the document, rather than John's death date. "There are indications of a son John, but we have not identified one."\

Administration of John's estate was given to Elizabeth (his wife) and Thomas Harvey (his first son) February 22, 1748/1749 according to New Hampshire Wills [&] Probate Records 12/328.

Much of the above information and that for some of John Harvey's descendents came from the privately published (25 copies) publication, "Notes on Early Harvey Families of New Hampshire," prepared by George Harvey of Sacramento, CA, dated December, 1979. (See book Reference 929.273, H262hg in the LDS Family History Library.)

Londonderry, No. Ireland per Encyclopedia Britannica:

"St. Columba established a monastery on the site in the middle of the 6th century, but the settlement was destroyed by Norse invaders, who reportedly burned it down seven times before 1200. Later the town served as a strategic point in the Tudor wars against the native Irish. In 1600 an English force seized Derry, demolishing Irish churches and the monastery. Shortly thereafter (in 1613), James I of England granted Derry to the citizens of London who laid out the new city, built stout walls, and brought in Protestant (both English and Scots) settlers. The place was thereafter officially known as Londonderry. The new city was unsuccessfully besieged several times in the 17th century, particularly by the forces of James II in 1688-89. Londonderry served as a naval base during World Wars I and II; its contemporary port facilities, however, are of minor importance. A civil rights campaign seeking equal rights for Roman Catholics was inaugurated in Ulster in 1968, and in 1969 street violence occurred in Londonderry. Intermittent disturbances into the 1980s were characterized by the ongoing use of firearms and bombs."

Children of J
2. i.   THOMAS3 HARVEY JR, b. Nottingham, Rockingham, New Hampshire; d. Bet. 1773 - 1777.
3. ii.   FRANCIS HARVEY, SR., d. 1793.
  iii.   JOHN HARVEY, JR..
  Notes for JOHN HARVEY, JR.:
There is only limited, speculative information concerning this possible son.

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