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Family of Henderson Harvey (born circa 1755)

This is a combined effort of several family members.
Wm. S. Harvey
We hope you find something here that helps you with your own research.

The image is one my parents had of my great grandfather. I believe it was taken about 1948. Please visit our photo gallery to see some of the older photos of the Harvey clan. Some were found in the Wells County, IN Historical Society, while others were provided by family members.

A glimpse of the clan's history

We do not know where our branch of Harvey's came from, but we believe they were Scots-Irish background. They may have come into the U.S. with some of the first Quakers, or they may have settled in the same areas by coincidence. We know they married Quakers. The first fairly-well documented information we find is in Cumberland County, PA. Henderson was in the Revolutionary war in 1777-1781 in Cumberland Co., married in 1779 and moved with his family through PA & OH into Indiana where he died.

His children spread out into IN and then into the western territories. My ancestors were some of the first settlers in Wells County, IN. They fought for the Union in the Civil War, but future generations married into lines from Rebel soldiers.

Our research is ongoing and much of it has been done by Edna Harvey Joseph. She worked on this line for 50+ years while doing research on other lines and influencing and collaborating with some very well known authors. Her papers were acquired by these men (Willard Heiss of Indianapolis and William Perry Johnson of Raleigh, NC). Originals of Johnson's papers and many of Edna's are at Guilford College, Hege Library, Friends Historical Collection. The Harvey notebooks, letters and research papers are in good condition and may be viewed there. Allen Co. Library at Ft. Wayne, IN has a very BAD copy of them and there is another set in the Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Please use the site index to browse through other pages that pertain either to this group, or to other Harvey researchers. Enjoy! And remember to always check sources and verify everything you find.

Found in the DeFuniak Herald, Wednesday, November 25, 1896

The only inheritance many receive from their ancestors is impure blood.  Fortunately, it is in everyone's power to transmit a cleaner heritage to  their posterity by the simple use of Ayer's Sarsaparilla, the only
blood-purifier admitted at the Chicago World's Fair.