||William Harvey of Taunton migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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There were two men by the name William Harvey in early Massachusetts:
Theories for their parents:
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:
1636: Came to America, purportedly, (with a brother (Thomas?) and settled initially at Dorchester.
1638: One of the first proprietors of Taunton (first part of Plymouth colony; later Bristol county) Massachusetts.
William Harvey married Joane Hucker of Cohannet 2 April 1639.
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. (But which William Harvey is this referring to? William of Taunton or William of Boston?
DNA Confirmation. Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. James Donald Harvey, FTDNA kit #953247, (Y700 Terminal SNP E-FT208196) and his 7th cousin once removed, William Leonard Harvey, FTDNA kit #19310, (Y700 Terminal SNP E-FT86986) match at a Genetic Distance of 5 on 111 markers thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to MRCA Thomas Harvey b. 1641 as also corroborated by separately developed genealogies.
Y-DNA Confirmation, Background and Discussion.
William Harvey of Taunton Discuttion. Six closely related Y-DNA tested men, supported by individually researched genealogical paper trails leading back to the oldest son of William Harvey of Taunton, b. ~ 1614. have all been confirmed, via Y-STR & Y-700 SNP testing, as belonging to haplogroup' E'. (E-M84 >.......E-FT86835 > E-FT208196 > E-BY36884/FT86498 > E-FT86986) As of Nov, 2021, their most recent common ancestor (MRCA) is Thomas Harvey b. 1641, purported first born son of William Harvey of Taunton and his wife Joanna Hucker. HOWEVER this does not confirm or "prove" that William Harvey of Taunton is the true paternal ancestor of his thought-to-be first son Thomas Harvey b. 1641 - it is only another clue to be included in analysis of this specific Harvey line. Further research and Y-DNA testing may provide the answer to this question in the future. This specific "E" haplogroup/haplotype has been found to be very much a rare outlier amidst the E haplogroup universe. All Y-111/67/37 STR match results agree with the above indicated Y-700 SNP relationships. (review further discussion below)
' Thomas Harvey Jr. discussion :' Eight direct line Harvey males, all with individually developed genealogical paper trails, exhibit a very strong "R" haplogroup/haplotype pattern with a Y-DNA matching connection back to Thomas Harvey Jr. b. 1617 (Thomas has long been a purported brother of William Harvey of Taunton). These eight surname matches (of the total of 12 matching males,of whom four have other surnames) have been Y-DNA tested and have been confirmed as all belonging to haplogroup R-M269. One Harvey surname and one "other" surname of the total 12 matches have also been further Y-SNP tested downstream and currently match at R-BY62546. R--BY62546 is very broadly estimated to be about 2300 years of age. (SNP Tracker). At this time it is not known when, where, or how the Harvey/other surname connections came to be - quite possibly before surname usage. Deeper SNP testing will be required to flesh this out.
'Summation discussion' Nothing found through Y-DNA testing thus far has presented any errors, differences, or changes to the facts to be found in the Massachusetts/Taunton vital records or in the well-known Harvey Book published in 1899 by Oscar Jewell Harvey - except that these two Harvey men do not appear to be full brothers from a genetic perspective.
Apparently further Y-DNA confirmation/refutation of the paternal parentage of William Harvey b. ~1614 and Thomas Harvey b. 1617 will need to come from living, tested, direct line male descendants of William of Taunton b. ~1614 and Thomas Harvey Jr. b. 1617 currently living in England or environs with long term ancestral roots there.
The long-held full brother-hood relationship between William Harvey b. ~1614 and Thomas Harvey b. 1617 as expressed in hundreds of genealogies remains completely in doubt.
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