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William Harvey of Taunton (1614 - 1691)

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William Harvey of Taunton
Born in Ashill, Somersetshire, Englandmap
Son of [uncertain] and
Brother of
Husband of — married in Boston, Suffolk Co MAmap
Died in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusettsmap
23 June 2016
12:16: Ellen Smith removed a match of Harvey-189 and Harvey-243. [Thank Ellen for this]
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Merge Warning

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]

Y-DNA Question has Arisen

As noted below, this William Harvey is believed to have arrived in America in 1636 with a purported brother, Thomas. William settled initially at Dorchester, Massachusetts. The question that has recently surfaced is that the Y-DNA carried by living descendants of these two men does not closely match as that of true full brothers always would. In fact they do not even belong to the same major haplogroup designation. The causative reason for this discrepancy is not conclusive at this point. Further Y-DNA testing and intensive genealogical investigation is needed on two fronts. Namely :

1. Four living direct line male descendants of William Harvey b. 1614 have been confirmed as all belonging to haplogroup E-M84 from four separately researched genealogical lines back in time to 1711 when Zachariah Harvey was born. Zachariah is purportedly a gr-grandson of William Harvey of Taunton. Additional Y-DNA tests need to be taken by living direct line male descendants of Thomas Harvey b. 1641 and Thomas Harvey b. 1682 who are the two direct male line links between Zachariah Harvey and William of Taunton.

2. Seven direct line male descendants of Thomas Harvey b. 1617 (brother of William Harvey of Taunton) have been Y-DNA tested and have been confirmed as all belonging to haplogroup R-M269. Thus it appears that further Y-DNA confirmation or refutation of the paternal parentage of this Thomas Harvey b. 1617 will probably be coming from tested descendants living in England with long term ancestral roots there.

Until the question of finding conflicting test results between two brothers is resolved researchers must be on the lookout for unannounced adoptions or any of the several ways an NPE can occur. The fact remains that the long-held full brother-hood between William Harvey b. 1614 and Thomas Harvey b. 1617 must remain in doubt.


1636: Came to America with his brother Thomas and settled initially at Dorchester.[citation needed]

1638: One of the first proprietors of Taunton (first part of Plymouth colony; later Bristol county) Massachusetts.[3]

William Harvey married Joane Hucker of Cohannet 2 April 1639.[4]

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.[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]) 1640[5]
  2. Thomas "the sonne of William Harvie & Joane, his wife borne the 19 (10 [Dec]) 1641[6]
  3. Experience, b 4 (1 [April]) 1644, "daughtr of William & Joane Harvie"[7]
  4. Joseph, "sonn of Wm & Joan [Harvie] borne 8 (10 [Dec]) 1645."[8]


  1. Harvey Book, citing NEHGR XLVII:459
  2. Charles E. Slocum, "The Slocum Genealogy," in NEHGR, 34(1880):391
  3. Emery, Samuel Hopkins. "History of Taunton Massachusetts", Syracuse, NY, D. Mason & Co., 1893.
  4. "Plymouth Colony Records," in The Mayflower Descendant, 13(1911):85, citing p. 198 in the originals
  5. "Records of Boston," in NEHGR, 2(1848):189
  6. "Records of Boston," in NEHGR, 2(1848):189
  7. "Early Records of Boston," in NEHGR, 8(1854):38
  8. "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.
  • Source: S14845 Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: Ancestral File (TM) Publication: June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998; Repository: #R14 Ancestral File Number:<AFN> K3WH-5H
  • Repository: R14 Family History Library 35 N West Temple Street Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA

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On May 20, 2015 at 15:22GMT William Harvey wrote:

The proposed merge of Harvey-243 and Harvey-5351 should not be accepted until definite proof of birth is established for a son named Peter for William Harvey of Taunton and his wife Joanna Hucker. Two inconsistencies standout :

1st) : Peter is b. nearly one year before William and Joanna Hucker were married and in an entirely different locale from the Boston area where William of Taunton is known to have resided before moving permanently to Taunton.

2nd) : A different birth year and location is given for William of Taunton (1606 in Horsington, Somerset, England vs. 1614 in Ashill, Somersetshire, England)

The best solution is probably to remove Peter Harvey as a son of William and Joanna and then complete the merge.

On April 9, 2015 at 14:30GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Good point, William. One thing to note, because I've seen you comment on it before: Note that her birth field says "Of Kittery..." This was likely a GEDCOM upload of someone's work (clearly unsourced), where the person used "Of..." a place name that the person lived at some point in their life. I see this frequently used not only on wikitree or elsewhere. It's to provide a clue.

On April 9, 2015 at 14:25GMT William Harvey wrote:

There is absolutely no evidence that William Harvey/Joane Hucker of Taunton ever had a daughter named Elizabeth - particularly one born in Kittery, ME during the year 1645 which is when their son Joseph Harvey was born in Boston. Joseph was the fourth child born in Boston - their last child was Jonathan who was born in Taunton in 1647 following the families' permanent move from Boston to Taunton.

The WikiTree Gedcom entry for Elizabeth states that no surname was found for her - so evidently William Harvey of Taunton was randomly selected!

On January 23, 2015 at 04:30GMT April Dauenhauer wrote:

Harvey-4006 and Harvey-243 appear to represent the same person because: they have the same birth date/location, death location, and wife. The death date is not the same and needs to be resolved with sources.

On November 29, 2013 at 21:15GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

what is the proof of his parentage?

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