William Harvey of Taunton

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William Harvey of Taunton
Born about in Ashill, Somersetshire, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Boston, Suffolk Co MAmap
Died in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusettsmap
Last profile change on 8 April 2014
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration.



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There were two men by the name William Harvey in early Massachusetts:

  1. William Harvey of Taunton m. Joanna Hucker; had Abigail, Thomas, Experience, Joseph, Jonathan. He died in the summer of 1691, his will naming sons Thomas, Jonathan and (deceased) Joseph.
  2. William Harvey of Boston (d 1658) m. 1650 Martha Copp; had children William, Thomas, John and Mary[1]

Theories for their parents:

  • son of Thomas and Joan (Coller) Harvey
  • Thomas and Agnes (Clarke) Harvey.

But it is not known which set of parents goes with which William Harvey-- if either.

Proof that William of Taunton had a sister who married Anthony Slocum:

"Anthony [Slocum] was one of the forty-three 'first and ancient purchases' in 1637, of the territory incorporated in 1639, as Taunton, in New Plymouth, now Massachusetts... Anthony's wife was probably a sister of William Harvey, who was also one of the first purchasers of Taunton. [no reason or evidence given]."[2]


1636: Came to America with his brother Thomas and settled initially at Dorchester.(Template:Citation needed)

1638: One of the first proprietors of Taunton (first part of Plymouth colony; later Bristol county) Massachusetts.(Template:Citation needed)

William Harvey married Joane Hucker of Cohannet 2 April 1639.[3]

The 1647 will of Agnes Clark in Ashill, Somerset, made a bequest to William Harvey, the son of Thomas Harvey, deceased, "my kinsman now in New England..." The same will also identifies a brother of William, namely, James, who apparently remained in England.(Template:Citation needed)

(But which William Harvey is this referring to? William of Taunton or William of Boston?


  1. Abigail, "daughtr of William Harvie & Joane, his wife was borne the 15th (2 [May]) 1650[4]
  2. Thomas "the sonne of William Harvie & Joane, his wife borne the 19 (10 [Dec]) 1651[5]
  3. Experience, b 4 (1 [April]) 1644, "daughtr of William & Joane Harvie"[6]
  4. Joseph, "sonn of Wm & Joan [Barvie] borne 8 (10 [Dec]) 1645."[7]


  1. Harvey Book, citing NEHGR XLVII:459
  2. Charles E. Slocum, "The Slocum Genealogy," in NEHGR, 34(1880):391
  3. "Plymouth Colony Records," in The Mayflower Descendant, 13(1911):85, citing p. 198 in the originals
  4. "Records of Boston," in NEHGR, 2(1848):189
  5. "Records of Boston," in NEHGR, 2(1848):189
  6. "Early Records of Boston," in NEHGR, 8(1854):38
  7. "Early Records of Boston," in NEHGR, 8(1854):350

See also:

  • Oscar Jewell Harvey, The Harvey book : giving the genealogies of certain branches of the American families of Harvey, Nesbitt, Dixon, and Jameson, and notes on many other families, together with numerous biographical sketches, Wilkesbarre, Pa.: E.B. Yordy, 1899.

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On January 24, 2014 William Harvey wrote:

under sub-title : CHILDREN

1. Abigail, "daughtr of William Harvie & Joane, his wife was borne the 15th (2 [May]) 1650[4] -- this is correct day and month but should be 1640 for year.

2. Thomas "the sonne of William Harvie & Joane, his wife borne the 19 (10 [Dec]) 1651[5] -- this is correct day and month but should be 1641 for year.

It appears these entries are typos.

Entries 3 and 4 are correct for Experience Harvey and Joseph Harvey

On November 29, 2013 Jillaine Smith wrote:

what is the proof of his parentage?

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