Thomas Harvey

Male, #10018, (circa 1730 - 1799)
Father*(?) Harvey (s 1724 - ); 
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Birth*circa 1730 Thomas was born at Virginia circa 1730.1 
Marriage*circa 1748 He married Rachel Jones circa 1748. 
American Revolution*between 1775 and 1783 He provided service in the American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783.1 
Death of Spouse1793 His wife Rachel Jones died in 1793. 
Death*1799 He died at Hancock Co., Georgia, in 1799. 
Biography* The records of Thomas Harvey are few, but there is reason to believe that he was associated with the best element of people who came into Georgia just prior to the Revolution. Indications point to the fact that the Harveys and Kendricks and Talbots composed a group or part of a group who migrated from "Southside" Virginia and the Roanoke River section of North Carolina, entering Georgia by way of Wilkes and Columbia counties, moving gradually across Georgia in a southeasterly direction through Hancock and Washington into Baldwin and Jones and Putnam and Clarke Counties, then across the Okmulgee River after 1820 to the counties of Houston, Sumter and Stewart, some of them finally entering Alabama and West Florida, others passing on to Louisiana and eventually to Texas.
     The records of Lunenburg County, Va., contain the names of several Harveys whose Christian names coincide with those who settled in Georgia in later generations; likewise the records of Bute County, N.C., mention several Kendricks of similar name to the Middle Georgia Kendricks shown by the 1820 census. In "Sunlight on the Southside," Professor Landon Bell lists the name of John Harvey and of Michael Harvey on the tax roll of 1749, and the names of John Harvey, William Harvey, Thomas Harvey and Thomas Harvey Jr. on the tax list of 1764.
     Thomas Harvey of Hancock County, Ga., is said to have been born in Virginia about 1730, and it is possible he could have been one of those of the name mentioned in the preceding paragraph. The Harvey family appears to have lived somewhere in the territory of the Upper Roanoke River, Cub Creek and Falling River in Lunenburg County. They are not listed in that county after 1764 but in Charlotte County, which was formed from Lunenburg in 1765. There is found the will of Thomas Harvey who died in 1782 leaving "lands in Georgia" to his sons John, William, Thomas and Blasingame Harvey and his daughters Sarah Howell, Frances Harvey, Elizabeth Paulett and Drucilla Harvey. Blasingame Harvey and the Howells and Pauletts came with the younger Thomas Harvey to Georgia and settled in Jefferson County and Hancock County.
     Thomas... John, Michael, Evan and James Harvey were soldiers in the Revolution under General Elijah Clark. History records the almost complete subjugation of Georgia by the British during the early years of the struggle, the upper country being laid waste to such an extent that "the women and children were taken over the mountains to the Holston Country as farming was impossible, the cattle driven off, and starvation threatened," between 1779 and 1781. Many refugeed to South Carolina but returned when the fortunes of the American Cause were revived and a goodly portion of the state regained.
     Knight's Roster of Georgia Soldiers of the Revolution contains the name of Thomas Harvey.
     The Minutes of the Executive Council of Georgia show grants of land to Thomas Harvey and his sons, 300 acres being allotted to Thomas Harvey, November 18, 1783, and 287 1/2 acres November 17, 1784.
     Thomas Harvey resided near Powellton in Hancock County prior to his death which occurred about 1799. His four sons (sic)(actually brothers), John, Michael, Evan and James, signed a deed as administrators of his estate in December, 1802. Tradition gives the name of his wife in one instance as Rachael and in another as Mary Manna - there is no certain record on this point so far discovered, and both given names are found in the list of the children of his son (actually, brother), John Harvey.1 
Research note* The research of Jack Marler (see: www.crosswinds.net/~marlerjc/)
and of Alton L. Harvey (e-mail address), author of The Thomas P. Harvey, Sr., Family, and The John Harvey (1720-1772) of the Edgefield District, SC, suggests that Thomas Harvey is not, as some have reported, the father of James, Michael, John and Evan Harvey, but their brother:
     "The elder Thomas Harvey, in 1785, was residing in Wilkes County, Georgia. He was a soldier in the army of Col. Elijah Clarke, from Georgia, during the Revolutionary War. There is record, dated 2 October 1784, of his authorization to receive pay for service in the regiment of Colonel Samuel Hammond. Previous to the War, in 1765, he had obtained grants of land in South Carolina. For the terminus ad quem of his date of death (29 February 1792), see (1) Court of Greene County, Georgia, 3 April 1792, Letters of Administration for the Estate of Thomas Harvey, in the DAR Library, Washington, D. C. and (2) Bienville Parish Historical Society, History of Bienville Parish, p. 134, in the Jackson Parish Library, Jonesboro, Louisiana. A terminus a quo often suggested for his date of death (1779) is to be found in Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Texas Daughters Revolutionary Ancestors (1976), p. 978, in the Abilene Public Library, Abilene, Texas. Certainly, at the beginning of 1779, he was residing in Hancock County, Georgia.
     "Greene County, Georgia: Harvey, Thomas, deceased: John Harvey of Washington County, Georgia, Michael Harvey, Evan Harvey and James Harvey of Greene County, Georgia applied for letters of administration on 3 April 1792 in Greene County, Georgia [Source: Georgia Intestate Records, by Jeanette Holland Austin, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1996, p. 139]
     "Because Thomas HARVEY died intestate, his estate was administered by his brothers John, Michael, Evan, and James. Casual investigators have jumped to the conclusion that the John, Michael, Evan, and James HARVEY by whom Thomas's estate was administered must have been his sons. But, at the time of his death, Thomas HARVEY had no adult (21 years of age or older) male children by whom his estate could have been legally administered. Thus, by fathering Thomas HARVEY onto his own brothers, careless reporters of this line have wreaked considerable havoc. Chief among these have been Mr. and Mrs. John Bennett Boddie in Historical Southern Families, vol. 1 (1957)." 

Family

Rachel Jones (say 1729 - 1793)
Marriage*circa 1748 He married Rachel Jones circa 1748. 
Last Edited30 Apr 2012

Citations

  1. Elizabeth Wiley Smith, History of Hancock Co., GA, Volume II, Washington, GA: Wilkes Publishing, 1974.
    pp 88-89.