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William Harvey Sr (abt. 1724 - 1794)

William Harvey Sr
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married May 1743 in Lancaster, Pennsylvaniamap
Husband of — married about 1758 in Frederick, Marylandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 70 in Montgomery, Maryland, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Mar 2012
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Contents

Biography

William Harvey was born in 1724 in England. In May 1743 he married Anastatia Kindelsperger of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania and subsequently fathered four children in Prince George’s Co., Maryland. Upon her death he may have married Margaret "Peggy" Wheeler, relocated to Frederick Co. and fathered additional children. He is believed to have died about 1794.

Facts

The Harvey Family Bible[1]if valid[2]contains information[3]not available in any other source.[4]Any genealogy that ignores that information must discount the work of Marshall Brown.[5]Moreover, William Harvey is specifically identified as an immigrant from England. Any genealogy that ignores this fact must discount the two earliest works on the subject.[6][7]

Controversy

There is no consensus as to whether the William who married Anastatia Kindelsperger and the William who married Margaret "Peggy" Wheeler are the same man.[8][9][10][11]The two earliest genealogies have very little information on William.[7][12][6][13]In opposition to a common identity, researchers cite the definitive genealogies[7][5][6]each of which refers to a single wife with no mention of the other.[14][15][16][17][18][19]The totality of the circumstances, however, suggest one man with two different wives over the course of his life.[20]

Early Years

Nothing is known about William’s parents.[21] He was born in 1724[1] in England[5][6][7]but it is unclear when or how he immigrated to America.[22] He met Anastatia Kindelsperger, likely in 1742-1743 in western Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania in the area that is now Stonycreek Township in Somerset Co.[23] The original source for Statia’s surname is unknown,[24] but her descendants share DNA with descendants of Ulrich Gindelsperger so there is little reason to doubt the designation. See "DNA" listed above. They married in May 1743.[25]They settled in Prince George’s Co., Maryland[26] and had four children: William Harvey, Jr.,[27][1] Anna Catherine Harvey,[28]Elizabeth Harvey[29]and Sarah Harvey.[30][1] The only records during this time period show William to be a creditor to several estates from 1750-1752.[31][32][33][34] Anastatia Kindelsperger is believed to have died sometime between 1752-1758.[35][36]

Mid-Life

William likely remarried in 1758[37]to Margaret "Peggy" Wheeler[6]and had at least six more children: Allen Harvey and Basil Harvey, Nancy Harvey, Mary Harvey, Dorcus Harvey and Peggy Harvey.[6]

By 1764 he had moved his family to Frederick Co. near what is now Browningsville, purchasing a parcel of 50 acres of land on Bennett Creek called Hazard[7][38]for 2 shillings.[7]Later that year he purchased another 60 acres on Bennett Creek called Cecil's Chance, paying six thousand pounds of tobacco.[7]In 1766 he paid two shillings on "Hazard and 2/5 on Cecil's Chance.[7]. In 1768 he purchased 51 acres on Bennett Creek called Long Looked for Resurveyed; the seller of the property was Alexander Beall, his future son-in-law.[7]Between 1769-1772 he is recorded as having paid tax on these properties.[7].

Later Years

In 1778, William took the Oath of Fidelity to the fledgling state of Maryland.[18] In 1781 he provided wheat to the Continental Army.[18]In 1783 Maryland made a Tax List of all property holders in Maryland, in which he appears in the Linganore and Sugar Mountain District as owner of two horses and 7 black cattle valued at £19 and was taxed on Chissels Chance.[7]In 1789 he traded Cecil's Chance for part of the tract called Trouble Enough, signing his name with his mark (W).[7]Trouble Enough was a large tract of two thousand four hundred ninety-two acres granted to Thomas Whitten in 1761. It was located between Damascus and Clarksburg. In 1792 he had that part of his property called Long Looked for Resurveyed and Trouble Enough surveyed and consolidated into one entire tract called Mount Prospect, for which he received a patent.[7]

In 1794 William sold all his land to his son, William Harvey, Jr.. This is his last appearance in the historical record, and it is likely he died between 1794 and his descendants’ migration to West Virginia in 1802.[7]

Research Notes

Somerset Co., Pennsylvania

If Anastatia Kindelsperger was indeed William's first wife, it is a clue as to his origins. There are very few settlers in America with the Kindelsperger/Gindelsperger name at this time, and those that have immigrated are of Amish/Mennonite extraction. That community was concentrated in Berks Co. and Somerset Co. The latter is contiguous to Garrett Co., Maryland - traditional home of some of William's descendants - and constitutes at the time the very edge of the western frontier. This is not a place where young William would just "happen by." His marriage to Statia suggests he was either a resident, a neighbor, or a passenger on the same ship that carried his wife to America.[39][40]

Prince George's Co.

By 1744 the family seems to have resided somewhere south of Fort Washington.[1][41][42][43][44]Some unsourced genealogies identify their home as at Accokeek. Records suggest a merchant who is working in and around the center of western Maryland prior to Statia's death.[31][32][33][34]

Frederick Co.

The event that prompted William to relocate from Prince George’s Co. to Frederick Co.[44][45]appears to have been the death of Anastatia Kindelsperger and/or the death William Beall. One theory is that Elizabeth, Beall’s wife, was the sister of Thomas Harvey of Baltimore Co. and perhaps of William as well. William Jr.'s descendants of shares DNA with one their descendants; thus far there is only one sample.[46]

Other William Harveys

Because travel was a major undertaking - and a move one did only once or twice in a lifetime - references to William Harveys in other counties likely refer to other men.

In 1744 and 1745 in Dorchester Co., a William Harvey rented a tract called "Kanedy Branch Land" and witnessed the will of Charles Standford.[47]The 1776 Maryland Census lists a William Harvey as head of household, 2 adults 21-30 and 3 kids under 10, living in Dorchester Co. Separated as it is by the Chesapeake Bay and some 185 miles from where he met Statia, there is no reason to believe this is the same man as the subject of this profile.[48]

In 1747, a William Harvey witnessed the will of John Cockey of Baltimore Co.[49]. If he was related to Thomas Harvey then his presence there may not be altogether unusual. Nevertheless the assumption is that this is not the same man as the subject of this profile.

Finally, the LDS IGI also shows a William Harvey who died at Mount Prospect, Harford Co MD. Its location north of Baltimore suggests this man too has no relation to our William Harvey.

DNA

Descendants of Ulrich Gindelsperger share DNA[50] with descendants of William Harvey, Jr. and Margaret Beall.[51][52][53]This tends to confirm that they are related to Anastatia Kindelsperger; the most likely explanation is that she was Ulrich's brother.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "William Harvey Family Bible." Rev. Wilson Ward Harvey, July 1955, transcribed entries from the Harvey family Bible printed in Philadelphia by M. Carey, No 121 Chestnut Street, 1813.
  2. That document is only available via second-hand reports. The Rev. Harvey notes that entries of earlier material were entered in the Bible no earlier than 1813, stating that "we can be sure that much of it was copied from older records." A descendant states that the Bible is now in the DAR library. If so, it has yet to be digitized and is not listed on the DAR website.
  3. It identifies William's year of birth, his marriage to a woman named Statia, her date of birth and their issue William Harvey, Jr. and Sarah Harvey, along with the dates and locations of their christenings.
  4. It appears to have been passed down via William Harvey, Jr.'s descendants, which may account for Bigler's relative lack of knowledge of his first family; all of William's daughters from his marriage with Statia would have been "married off."
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 ”Genealogy of the Harvey family of Garrett County, Maryland,” Marshall G. Brown, Self-Published (1975)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 ”Autobiography (1815-1846),” Henry William Bigler (1815-1900), Acquired 1937 from St. George, Utah Public Library (missing pages). http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/HBigler.html
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 "Pioneer Families of Garett County,” Charles E. Hoye, Oakland, Maryland: Garrett County Historical Society, P. O. Box 28, Oakland, Maryland 21550.
  8. In William Harvey, Jr,'s Bible, there is not a word about a Step Mother ( Margaret "Peggy" Wheeler ) or Step Brothers or Step Sisters (nor for that matter any of his siblings).Therefore all of this talk about William, Jr.'s father, William, Sr. been married to Peggy Wheeler is guesswork at best. Two great Harvey researchers, Captain Charles E. Hoye and Cousin Marshall Brown in all of their research didn't find that William Harvey, Sr. was married to anybody but "Statia" as in the William Harvey, Jr. Bible. As a 5th Great Grandson of William, Sr. and Statia I don't agree with this other so called facts that William Sr. was married to Peggy Wheeler. I refer to the Bible pages on this web site. My Harvey file on William Harvey,Sr. and Statia their children's offspring is now over 1600 pages long. Charles William Harvey</li>
  9. On November 7, 2014, Jack Day attempted to divide factual data between William Harvey-1715 and William Harvey-2085. He essentially found that if they were one man (and he does not appear to have concluded that they were), 1760 represents the likely marker between the two narratives. This corresponds roughly with the birth of Allen Harvey in 1759.</li>
  10. One genealogy identifies the subject of this profile as the son of Henry Harvey and Grace Mills. See Family Tree. However, the date of birth - 14 Jul 1717 in Cornwall, England ("England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch : 11 February 2018, William Harvy, 14 Jul 1717); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 254,214 England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 - is 7 years earlier than the birth date given in the Harvey Family Bible. Other identifications designating Cambridge, England as place of birth/christening cite to no primary sources that can be confirmed.</li>
  11. The same source identifies the William Harvey who married Margaret Peggy Wheeler as the son of John Harvey of Albemarle, North Carolina. See Family Tree. Again, there is no documentation that supports the claim. His presence in Charlotte, Virginia and descent from Thomas Harvey would seem to contradict the assertions by Hoye and Bigler that William was born in England.</li>
  12. Hoye merely confirms that William immigrated from England, married Statia, fathered William Harvey, Jr. and Sarah Harvey, and moved the family from Prince George’s Co. to Frederick Co.</li>
  13. Bigler simply states: ”My great grandfather Harvey came from England, his name was William. He married Peggy Wheeler. Her parents came from Wales, they had six or seven children, three sons, and three or four daughters. Their names were William Harvey, Jr., Allen Harvey and Basil Harvey, Nancy Harvey, Mary Harvey and Dorcus Harvey. And my Uncle Basil Harvey thinks they had one by the name of Peggy Harvey…”</li>
  14. Hoye's interest in the family's descent did not begin until 1898; none of his sources would have had any direct knowledge of William Harvey. The same can be said for Brown, who published his work in 1984. Bigler's earliest source seems to be Basil Harvey, who was born shortly after William Harvey died. Very likely we are dealing with two separate lines of descent - one unknown by the other - with the exception of William Harvey, Jr. who is conflated by Bigler as a member of his line.</li>
  15. It should be noted that there is no documentation that supports the existence of two William Harvey, Jrs. in Frederick/Montgomery Co. at this time.and the presence of multiple “William Harveys” in the area seem spurious.</li>
  16. In fact there appear to have been four men of the name in the area at the time: William Harvey, Sr., William Harvey, Jr. and two others.</li>
  17. There is a "William Groom Harvey" in Prince William Co. at this time, always distinguished in the records by his middle name. Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1759-1763; Liber RR {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 52 and 1772-1774; Liber BB 3 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 349.</li>
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 “Revolutionary Patriots of Montgomery County, Maryland 1776-1783,” Henry C. Peden, Jr.. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1996.</li>
  19. There is a “William Hervie” who took the Oath of Fidelity in 1780 - having neglected to do so previously "due to ignorance of the duty owed the country.” The use of different spelling as a convention and the lack of knowledge of duty imply a newcomer to Montgomery Co., distinguishable from the family already present in the area and probably someone from the Scottish line of “Harvies” unrelated to the subject of this profile.</li>
  20. The three definitive biographies all agree that William Harvey was born in England, that he resided in Frederick/Montgomery Co. and that he fathered a son named William.</li>
  21. The LDS International Genealogical Index show William as having been born in Swanvesey, Cambridge, England and christened in Alfriston, Sussex, England, though there are no primary sources and no reason to believe this is the subject of this profile.</li>
  22. Having married Statia, it is likely they met in what is now Somerset, Pennsylvania. If he immigrated to America with his family, then William likely entered the region as a child via the port of Baltimore; indeed his descendants share DNA with the descendants of Thomas Harvey/Cassandra Gott of that county. If he migrated as a young adult, he likely followed the same path as Statia via the port of Philadelphia, overland through Berks Co. and further westward to what is now Somerset. </li>
  23. This conclusion is based upon the subsequent migration pattern of her presumed brother Ulrich Gindlesperger.</li>
  24. Harvey Family Genforum #5758, November 27, 2009, defunct link. Dixon also notes, "I've seen many trees on Ancestry and other places that give Statia's maiden name as Kindelsperger. No idea where that came from and I've tried to find out."</li>
  25. This conclusion is based upon the date of her landing in Philadelphia, the subsequent migration pattern of her presumed brother, Ulrich Gindelsperger and the date of birth of their first-born son.</li>
  26. Modern-day Garrett Co., was part of Prince George's Co. until 1776 and is contiguous to Somerset Co., Pennsylvania. "History of Allegany County, Maryland," James W. and Thomas Williams, Baltimore, Md.: Regional Publishing Co., 1969, p. 289. Nevertheless, it is clear the family was closer to Fort Washington by 1744.</li>
  27. Christened 22 Mar 1744, St. John's Church, Piscataway Parish, Prince George's County. </li>
  28. Presumed to be a daughter based upon her marriage in Frederick Co.</li>
  29. Presumed to be a daughter based upon the names of her children and the proximity of Alexander Beall</li>
  30. Christened 10 Dec 1752 in King Georges Parish.</li>
  31. 31.0 31.1 The Will of Benjamin Allen, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, 11 Oct 1751; Wills, 31.98 A AA £624.0.7 £96.11.7</li>
  32. 32.0 32.1 The Will of Joseph Newton, Prince George’s Co., Maryland, 26 May 1750; Wills, 28.156 A PG £901.4.0 £138.7.5; 27 May 1751; Wills, 30.109 A PG £49.0.11</li>
  33. 33.0 33.1 The Will of John Palmer, Prince George’s Co., Maryland, 26 May 1750; Wills, 28.156 A PG £901.4.0 £138.7.5</li>
  34. 34.0 34.1 The Will of John Magruder, Prince George’s Co., Maryland, Dec 13 1752; Wills, 33.228 A PG £1073.4.9 £30.16.0</li>
  35. Entered by C. Harvey, Mar 6, 2012 C. Harvey, firsthand knowledge.</li>
  36. http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=5864248&pid=-743157142</li>
  37. Based upon the presumed birth date of their first-born son.</li>
  38. The seller was Thomas Edmonson, or more likely, a relation of the same name. The 1747 tithable for Rock Creek Parish in Prince George’s Co. lists his name, as well as that of John Harvey and James Harvey. "Calendar of Maryland State Papers No. 1: The Black Books," Wildside Press LLC, Mar 1, 2009 Google Books.</li>
  39. The ship Francis and Elizabeth - which left Rotterdam in the summer of 1742 - did make a brief stop in London before landing at Philadelphia on 21 Sept 1742. No Englishmen, however, are listed on the ship's passenger manifest. Harvspot: A 1742 Journey On The "Francis and Elizabeth"</li>
  40. His descendants' migration to modern-day West Virginia in the early 1800s make more sense in this regard, as a return to the lands of their parents.</li>
  41. William Harvey, Jr., was christened 22 Mar 1744, St. John's Church, King George's (formerly Piscataway) Parish, Prince George's County.</li>
  42. Sarah Harvey was christened 10 Dec 1752 in King Georges Parish.</li>
  43. In 1726 the Provincial Assembly of Maryland carved Prince George's Parish from part of Piscataway Parish, and re-designated the latter as "King George's Parish," colloquially known as "St. John's." The new parish was based in what had been the Chapel of Ease at Rock Creek. St. John's Church was located at Fort Washington.</li>
  44. 44.0 44.1 "Parishes of the Province of Maryland,” Percy Granger Skirvin, The Norman Remington Co., Baltimore (1923), pp 135-136 Archive.org.</li>
  45. In 1742 All Saints Parish was carved from King George's (formerly Piscataway) Parish, with the parish church at Frederick.</li>
  46. See "DNA" listed above.</li>
  47. Maryland Will Book #24: p. 42.</li>
  48. Indeed, the Harvey Family Bible would place him some 50 miles across the Chesapeake during this time, and Bigler makes no reference to any connections with Dorchester County.</li>
  49. Maryland Will Book #29, p. 354</li>
  50. All matches are under 7.0 cMs.</li>
  51. April Vandervest w/ Jana Moorhead (Chr 21), Jack Day (Chr 15), Lynette Letcher (Chr 1, 3, 4, 9 and 14), Robert Mitchell (Chr 21 and 22)</li>
  52. Kirk Fair w/ Vickie Crawford (Chr 22), Lynette Letcher (15) and Robert Mitchell (Chr 15 and 16)</li>
  53. Linda Kendrick w/ Jana Moorhead (Chr 2, 5 and 20), Jack Day (Chr 1), Vickie Crawford (Chr 1 and 17) and Robert Mitchell (Chr 14).</li></ol>

Acknowledgments

S-C1] Gary R. Cooper (coachcoop@verizon.net) My Genealogy Home Page (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/o/Gary-R-Cooper-VA/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-1681.html) 401 Quail Ridge Drive, Forest, VA 24551. Last updated April 11, 2005. Accessed Nov 6, 2014.

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If anyone is befuddled by his or her inability to find the FamilySearch profile referred to in footnote ten, I have deleted from that profile the part that identifies William Harvey of the Browningsville, Maryland area (as well as earlier of Piscataway) as the son of Henry and Grace Harvey of Cornwall. Henry and Grace did have a son William, but there is zero basis for believing that he was the same person as the subject of this wikitree profile. Imho the William Harvey chr. in 1717 in Perranuthnoe, Cornwall, was the man who grew up to marry Grace Bettie in that same village 31 January 1739/40. While I was at it, I deleted the middle name "Richard" that someone had pasted onto William Harvey of Browningsville; there seems to be zero documentation to support that other than a sketchy Geni profile. I hate the way people are always trying to foist middle names on our English ancestors of the 16th through 18th centuries. Perhaps we have trouble imagining a time in which it was illegal for the common people to have multiple given names, but that is how it was until the days of the Hanoverian Kings.
posted by Barry Wood
I added the enhancement of clicking on the little button that indicates that he had no middle name. People in this time frame simply did not have middle names, unless you can prove it with a contemporaneous document.
posted by Jack Day
Charles: You're right. The Murtishaw DNA is not from Basil Harvey; it seems to be from his wife's Lewis line. That eliminates the DNA link between the Murtishaw/Lewis samples and William Harvey. I'm going to update the profile to reflect this.
posted by John Byrd
edited by John Byrd
Hi, John -- WikiTree does not allow naming of living persons who are not members of WikiTree. This is to comply with the European GDPR privacy laws, which WikiTree must follow in order to be a global site. So in your discussions it is OK to name those like myself who are WikiTree members, but be careful not to name any who are not members and/or have profiles which are unlisted. This is a nuisance, but part of the challenges of having a site that is used all over the world!
posted by Jack Day
John , I just was looking at my files and I found something that I forgot about. Joseph X. Buffington married Chole Harvey, daughter of William Harvey , Jr. . Joseph X. Buffington brother, Abraham Buffington married Margaret Ward. Margaret Ward parents are my 4th Great Grandparents on my mother side of the family. Margaret Buffington, daughter of Abraham Buffington and Margaret Ward marriage guess who, Lewis Harvey, son of Basil Harvey and Mary Hall. So both Harvey families has too know each other. Margaret Buffington Lewis is a 1st cousin, 4 times removed.
posted by Charles Harvey
Thanks. I've added her to his profile: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Harvey-2087
posted by John Byrd
edited by John Byrd
Not to be a pest, but I have to take issue with footnote 46, which states: "His three known land holdings - Linganore, Bennett's Creek and Brownsville/Damascus" - roughly form a triangle with the town of Frederick at its center. This likely represents his effective range from 1764 onwards." We should not assume that the old "LInganore Hundred" of Frederick County, at least part of which fell in Montgomery County upon the creation of Montgomery County in 1776, was limited to the modern development of "Linganore" on the Creek of that name. The Linganore Creek watershed lies mainly north of I-70 (New Market). If William Harvey actually owned land on Linganore Crrek, I haven't seen any such record. Instead, it would seem that Linganore Hundred extended over a substantial part of northern Montgomery County. (Notably, per McKinsey's History of Frederick County, vol. 1, p. 86, John Beall was one of the men designated to collect money in LInganore Hundred with which to buy arms and ammunition for the defense of Maryland (total of 1333 pounds from Frederick County). William Harvey's presence on the 1783 tax list for District 3 of Montgomery County (consisting of Sugar Loaf and Linganore Hundreds) merely means that he was living within the bounds of District 3 - which included the Browningsville at the time. (Later on, Browningville became part of the rearranged District 2 - the Clarksburg District. See the 1865 Martinet & Bond map, easy to enlarge, at https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3843m.la000299/?r=0.222,0.286,0.376,0.238,0.) Bennett Creek originates on the west side of Damascus and flows right through Browningsville on its way westerly to the Monocacy River. Finally, to say that the tract "Trouble Enough" was between Clarksburg and Damascus doesn't help, because the midpoint between Clarksburg and Damascus falls in the watershed of Little Bennett's Creek. My sense (in order to place the farm in the Bennett's Creek watershed) is that "Trouble Enough") lay substantially to the northwest of that point. Jack Day knows the local geography much better than l, and will correct me if I'm off base. My main point is that all of the tracts referenced in the biography appear to have been very close to Browningsville, and that the City of Frederick is NOT at the center of a "triangle" comprised of William Harvey's three properties. Rather, Frederick is far outside any such triangle.
posted by Barry Wood
Barry, I lived in Montgomery County for over 25 years. I have been to Sugar Loaf lots of times as well as Bennett Creek, Damascus, Browningsville, Clarksburg many, many times. I retired from the School Bus Deport in Clarksburg. A bus driver by the name of William Beall ask me one time if I was Related the Harvey's that use to live in Browningsville and I said no, that my Harvey's were from Mineral County, West Virginia and Garrett County Maryland. That was in the 1970's. Little did I know. To make a long story short, From my land in Sulphur, Mineral County, I can look down and as the crow fly's, one mile I can see William Harvey, Jr. and Margaret place where they moved to then Hampshire County, Virginia.

I have walked that land many time when I was young. So things that go around comes around as they say. I now live in Washington County, Maryland, about 30 miles from Damascus. So Barry, if you would like to put your note in this file, go ahead. Your research look good to me.

posted by Charles Harvey
edited by Charles Harvey
Regarding footnote 19, wherein it is alleged that the IGI shows William Harvey as having been born in "Swanvesey," Cambridgeshire, and christened in Alfriston, Sussex, this is absurd. English law at the time required that a child be christened in the parish of its parents' residence. There was a William Harvey son of Thomas and Elizabeth chr. 5 Dec 1724 at Alfriston, per the parish register.

I can't find the source for the "Swanvesey" birth, and not merely because "Swanvesey" doesn't exist -- it's really "Swavesey." A William Harvey was BURIED at St. Andrew, Swavesey, 30 Dec 1724, but that is of no help. Perhaps this was the William Harvey who had married Mary Binge at St. Andrew's church in 1708, but I can't be certain.

posted by Barry Wood
Barry, when you're researching you assemble any clues you can. I certainly agree that because of the way the IGI is put together, any material in it has very little credibility unless confirmed elsewhere -- but given that this footnote was added to the statement, "Nothing is known about William's parents", it serves as an instigation to further research-- as you have justifiably attempted to do.

All profiles on WikiTree are dynamic, constantly being improved as more data are found. In this case, you have found more data on who COULD be William's parents, and that could be added to the discussion itself, replacing or supplementing the IGI reference. One of the reasons for keeping the IGI reference in, and adding the discussion you have provided of it, is to keep others from wasting their time on the same search.

posted by Jack Day
I'm not aware of any connection to "Brownsville", Maryland. The Bennetts Creek sites mentioned in the narrative are in Browningsville, near Damascus, Montgomery County, Maryland.
posted by Jack Day
How do we know his date and place of birth?
posted by Jack Day
The only source for his place of birth is the Harvey Family Bible and the works that allegedly relied upon them.
posted by John Byrd
Harvey-1715 and Harvey-1972 are not ready to be merged because: Harvey 1972 is unsourced but contains a different wife. Please add sources to the information on Harvey 1972 so that we can tell if it is the same person.
posted by Jack Day

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