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Re: Esther Harvell, Manchester, NH
Posted by: Roger Harvell (ID *****3833) Date: September 25, 2006 at 19:14:31
In Reply to: Esther Harvell, Manchester, NH by Roland Brown of 1013

Don't know about the 'Harvey' connection, Roland.
Here is what I have on these Harvells, most of it from the work of others...

Ancestors of Esther Harvell

Generation No. 1

1. Esther Harvell, born Jun 14, 1768 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Amherst); died Jul 1851. She was the daughter of 2. John Harvell and 3. Rebekah Parham. She married (1) Peter Emerson. He was born Dec 24, 1758, and died Feb 16, 1843.

Notes for Esther Harvell:

Search Terms: HARVELL (1)

Database: Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books (152 Vols.)

Combined Matches: 1

The National Society of the Daughters of the American

Revolution Volume 47 page 152

Mrs. Emma J. Archibald. DAR ID Number: 46340

Born in Windham, N. H., Wife of Everett H. Archibald.

Descendant of Peter Emerson.

Daughter of Robert Armstrong and Mary B. Emerson, his wife.

Granddaughter of Peter Emerson and Esther Harvell, his wife.

Peter Emerson (1758-1843) enlisted 1778 in Capt. Daniel Reynold's company, Col. Stephen Peabody's regiment for service in Rhode Island. He died in Manchester, N. H.

Generation No. 2

2. John Harvell, born Apr 24, 1736 in NH - Hillsboro County ( Litchfield - moved to Amherst); died Apr 6, 1821. He was the son of 4. John Harvell and 5. Esther Proctor. He married 3. Rebekah Parham May 3, 1763 in NH - Hillsboro Co. her second.

3. Rebekah Parham, born 1739 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Derryfield); died Sep 8, 1804 in NH.

Notes for John Harvell:

From a 1999 manuscript by Dr. Paul C. Dow:

JOHN HARVELL (son of John, grandson of James) was born at Chelmsford Mass., 24 April 1736. (Chelmsford VR). He died 6 April 1821. He married on 3 May 1763 REBEKAH (PARHAM) WALTON who was born in Derryfield, now Manchester, in 1739 and died 8 September 1804. As an infant he accompanied his parents to Litchfield, N.H. He was an enlisted soldier in the Hampshire Regiment in 1759, under the special command of Capt. Nehemiah Lovewell (Early Town Papers, New Boston, N.H.). After his marriage, he and his wife settled on Chestnut Hill in Amherst, N.H. in 1763.

John Harvell was a grantee of land in Plymouth, N.H., in 1763, and received land in the second division in 1788; he was also a Proprietor of Plymouth (History of Plymouth, NH, vol. 1, Ezra S. Stearns, 1906). Although his brother James moved to Plymouth (see below), I have found no record that John Harvell lived in Plymouth, married or had children there. It is possible to receive land and be a proprietor without actually living at that location.

John Harvell signed a petition in Amherst in 1780; according to the census of 1790 he was still at Amherst, with a family of six.

More About John Harvell and Rebekah Parham:

Marriage: May 3, 1763, NH - Hillsboro Co. her second

Children of John Harvell and Rebekah Parham are:

i. John Harvell, born Mar 4, 1764 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Amherst); died in ME - Washingtron County in the 1840s??; married Lydia Perham.

ii. Rebekah Harvell, born Jan 19, 1766 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Amherst); married James McLaughlin Nov 28, 1793 in NH.

More About James McLaughlin and Rebekah Harvell:

Marriage: Nov 28, 1793, NH

1 iii. Esther Harvell, born Jun 14, 1768 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Amherst); died Jul 1851; married Peter Emerson.

iv. William Harvell, born May 17, 1771 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Amherst); died May 18, 1831 in ME - Somerset County (East Madison); married Sally Davis Feb 13, 1794 in NH; born circa 1775; died Bet. 1820 and 1830 in ME (died between the 1820 and 1830 censuses).

More About William Harvell and Sally Davis:

Marriage: Feb 13, 1794, NH

v. Joseph Harvell, Captain, born Mar 5, 1774 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Amherst?); died Mar 5, 1853 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Amherst); married Agnes "Nancy" McKenny; born circa 1783 in NH; died Aft. 1850.

Notes for Joseph Harvell, Captain:

From a 1999 manuscript by Dr. Paul C. Dow:

(Capt.) JOSEPH HARVELL (son of John, grandson of John, greatgrandson of James) was born 5 March 1774, probably at Amherst, N.H., and he died 5 March 1853. He married AGNES _____; she was born about 1783 in N.H. according to the 1850 census, and was still living at the time of his death. (The will of Joseph Harvell of Amherst, recorded 1853, Hillsborough Co. Probate, 57:347, names his wife Agnes, as does the 1850 census. This contradicts History of Amherst which names the same children as the will, but gives Nancy McKenney as his wife.)

Joseph Harvell was a farmer and resided on the farm later occupied by his son Thomas on Chestnut Hill. The 1810 census shows him at Amherst with a male resident over 45 years of age. This could have been his father still living with him. In the 1820 census Joseph was still shown in Amherst. {MHF Note: so do the 1830 and 1840 censuses)

vi. Gershom Harvell, born circa 1778; died 1858 in moved to East Madison, ME; married (1) Fanny [ ] Harvell.; born circa 1782 in MA; died Aft. 1860; married (2) Mercy Harding Bef. 1810 in 1st wife; born circa 1785 in see notes; died Bet. 1830 and 1840 in ME - Somerset County (East Madison).

Notes for Gershom Harvell:

Source of information for this branch of the family is attributed to Doris Emily Harvell

Notes for Mercy Harding:

Estimation of year of birth:

1810 Census - age 26-45 (born 1765-1784)

1820 Census - age 26-45 (born 1775-1794)

1830 Census - age 26-45 (born 1785-1804)

1840 Census - not opn census, presumed to have died in the 1830s

1784-85 is the only year that fits all three of these

More About Gershom Harvell and Mercy Harding:

Marriage: Bef. 1810, 1st wife

vii. Susannah Harvell, born Jun 14, 1780 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Amherst); died Apr 9, 1822 in ME - Somerset Co. (Madison); married William Dennis; born Bet. 1775 and 1794 in per 1820 census.

Notes for William Dennis:

1820 Federal Census, Madison County, ME

William Dennis Males: 1 0 0-1 1 0 Females: 0 0 0 1 0 1 in agriculture

Generation No. 3

4. John Harvell, born May 25, 1711 in MA - Middlesex (Malden); died 1787 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Litchfield). He was the son of 8. James Harvell and 9. Mary Waite. He married 5. Esther Proctor Jul 18, 1734 in MA - Middlesex County (Concord).

5. Esther Proctor, born Oct 25, 1710 in MA - Middlesex (Chelmsford); died Aft. 1787 in NH? Adminstrix of John's estate in HIllsboro CO., NH. She was the daughter of 10. Gershom Proctor and 11. Sarah Wittaws.

Notes for John Harvell:

From a 1999 manuscript by Dr. Paul C. Dow:

JOHN HARVELL was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on 25 May 1711, and he died in 1787 in Litchfield, New Hampshire (Hillsborough Co. Probate, 3:579). His father died when he was an infant; when he was in his fifteenth year, on 18 April 1726, Joel Jenkins of Reading was appointed as his guardian (Middlesex Co. Probate, 10618). Joel Jenkins' daughter Sarah later married John Harvell's brother James.

John later moved to Chelmsford, Massachusetts, about 15 miles from Malden. On 18 July 1734, at Concord, Massachusetts - which like Malden and Chelmsford, is also in Middlesex County - he and ESTHER PROCTOR, of Chelmsford, were married by Justice Flint (Concord & Chelmsford VR; intentions were recorded in Chelmsford on 25 April 1734). Her name is variously spelled Ester, Hester, Easter, and Esther in the records of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She may have been the daughter born 25 Octo-ber 1710, in Chelmsford, of GERSHOM PROCTOR and SARAH WHITTAWS who were mar-ried 4 July 1690 in Chelmsford.

At this time the population of the English colonies was increasing at an amazing rate, not only due to the immigration from Europe, but also because of the local birth rate. Settlers were under increasing pressure to move inland in search of suitable farmland to sustain themselves and their families. Beginning in 1720, families from Chelmsford and Billerica were making settlements in a section of northern Massachusetts lying east of the Merrimack River, attracted by the fertile riverfront soil. This area was a portion of the old Dunstable grant, made by the government of Massachusetts Bay in 1673. At that time the Naticook Indians occupied the locality now known as Thornton's Ferry.

The boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire in this area was in dispute, and Massachusetts was encouraging emigration to the Merrimack Valley in order to strengthen her claim to the territory. This section was incorporated in 1734 with the name of Litchfield, but when the boundary was finally settled in 1741, it was decided that Litchfield was to be in New Hampshire (Litchfield Early Town Records).

John Harvell was one of the Chelmsford residents to settle there. While still in Chelmsford, on 4 March 1735, John Harvell, housewright, and Nathan Kendal, tailor, of Chelmsford purchased land from Martha Church, widow, which consisted of lots on both the east and west sides of the Merrimack River in the town of Litchfield (Middlesex Co. Deeds 37:703a). He was a resident of Litchfield in 1736, the year his first son was born in Chelmsford. He posted the warrant for the first town meeting, held 3 July 1749, after Litchfield was incorporated in New Hampshire, and was a selectman or town treasurer for almost every year from 1745 to 1781. In 1767, the population of Litchfield was 229; by 1800, it was 372.

In 1752, John purchased land in Litchfield from William Lund. He was on the Committee of Safety for 1775 and 1776, formed in Litchfield as in every other town, to organize the militia and to insure adequate support to the Continental Congress in the Revolutionary War. On 25 February 1778, he sold 150 acres of land on the Merrimack River in Litchfield to his son Gershom Harvell of Litchfield, Husbandman. At the same time, he also sold 40 acres in Amherst, on the Bedford town line, to Gershom (Hillsborough Co. Deeds, 10:211). John Harvell signed petitions in Litchfield in 1780 and 1781 (Litchfield Town Records). He died in 1787, leaving his widow Esther, who was named administratrix of his estate (Hillsborough Co. Probate, 3:582).

The first of John and Esther Harvell's children was born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, the others probably in Litchfield; the order of birth of the last five is not known:

i. JOHN3, b. 24 Apr 1736; m. REBEKAH (PARHAM) WALTON.

ii. ________, a son, b. abt. 1745; d. 23 Aug. 1750 in Litchfield.

iii. MARY, b. abt 1750; m. 2 Apr. 1776, DAVID MCQUIEG.

Children, born at Litchfield, surname McQuieg (Litchfield Town Records): 1.Esther, b. 1779; 2. David, b. 1782; 3. John, b. 1783; 4. David, b. 1788; 5. Polly, b. 1791.

iv. JAMES, b. bfr. 1755; m. (1) MARY SNOW, (2) ANNA FLAGG, (3) MARY MOREY.

v. JOSEPH, b. abt 1753; m. SUSANNAH ______.

vi. GERSHOM, b. bfr. 1755; m. int. 20 Nov. 1787, PHEBE KENDALL.

More About John Harvell and Esther Proctor:

Marriage: Jul 18, 1734, MA - Middlesex County (Concord)

Children of John Harvell and Esther Proctor are:

2 i. John Harvell, born Apr 24, 1736 in NH - Hillsboro County ( Litchfield - moved to Amherst); died Apr 6, 1821; married Rebekah Parham May 3, 1763 in NH - Hillsboro Co. her second.

ii. James Harvell, born Bef. 1750 in NH - Hillsboro County ( Litchfield); died Dec 13, 1819 in NH - Grafton County (Plymouth); married (1) Mary Snow May 10, 1770 in NH his 1st of 3; died Bef. Dec 1784 in NH; married (2) Anna Flagg Dec 23, 1784 in NH - Grafton (Rumney) his 2nd of 3; born in NH - (Grafton County) Rumney; died Bef. Nov 1794 in NH; married (3) Mary Morey Nov 26, 1794.

Notes for James Harvell:

From a 1999 manuscript by Dr. Paul C. Dow:

JAMES HARVELL (son of John, grandson of James) was born before 1755, probably in Litchfield. He died on 13 December 1819. He married first, on 10 May 1770, MARY SNOW, daughter of Joseph Snow of Plymouth, N. H. He married second, on 23 December 1784, ANNA FLAGG; he married third, in Rumney, N. H., on 26 November 1794, MARY MOREY of Rumney.

He moved from Litchfield to Plymouth , N.H., in 1767, and then to Campton, N.H. where he was selectman in 1772. He returned to Plymouth in 1773 and was still living there as late as 1783, was listed there in the 1800 Census and the 1810 Census, and probably died there. He was selectman there in 1774-1776, county coroner in 1776 and 1788, and was a grand juror in 1806. Families of James Harvell and James Harvell, Jr. were resident in Plymouth in 1799 (History of Plymouth, NH, vols. 1 & 2, Ezra S. Stearns, 1906).



of the


(Vol. III, Page 1010, Published 1908)


The early history of this noted New Hampshire family is not easily discovered from existing records and genealogical references to the surname are very few. The history of Amherst, New Hampshire, gives the name of JOHN HARVELL, who was born in 1736 and died in 1821, and furnishes a reasonably complete record of his children and some other of his descendants, but nothing of his parentage and the earlier generations of the family in New England. The descendants of JOHN HARVELL are quite numerous in Hillsborough county, and others of them are scattered throughout the east.

JAMES HARVELL was a brother of JOHN HARVELL, but whether older or younger is not known. The "History of Plymouth" mentions JAMES HARVELL as one of a family prominent in the early annals of Litchfield, in Hillsborough county, and the year of his removal to Plymouth is given in 1767. He (James) was an intelligent and honored man, selectman of Plymouth in 1774-75-76; coroner of Grafton county by appointment dated January 9, 1789; one of the committee of safety in 1775; and grand juror from Plymouth in 1805.

JAMES HARVELL, of Plymouth, died December 13, 1819. He married (first) MARY SNOW May 10, 1770, daughter of JOSEPH SNOW. Married (second) December 23, 1784, ANNA FLAGG. Married (third) in Rumney, New Hampshire, November 26, 1794, MARY MOREY of Rumney. In the written papers used in conjunction with the settlement of his estate appear the names of four children: MARY (or POLLY), who married (first) JAMES KEYES, and (second) ___ JOHNSON. BETSEY, married ___ JOHNSON. GERSHOM (in Madison, Somerset county, Maine by 1810 with WILLIAM and JOSEPH, joined by JOHN in 1820) and ESTHER. The mention of only these names is not conclusive evidence that JAMES HARVELL had no other children and there is good reason for the belief that he had a son JAMES, who is known to have lived in Plymouth at a time contemporary with that of the children whose names have been mentioned, although the scene of his life was chiefly laid in the province of Quebec in Canada.

More About James Harvell and Mary Snow:

Marriage: May 10, 1770, NH his 1st of 3

iii. Joseph Harvell, born circa 1753 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Litchfield?); died 1816 in NH - probably in Hillsboro County (Bedford); married Susannah [ ] Harvell.; died 1818.

Notes for Joseph Harvell:

From a 1999 manuscript by Dr. Paul C. Dow:

JOSEPH HARVELL (son of John, grandson of James) was born about 1753, probably at Litchfield. He died, probably at Bedford, in 1816. He married SUSANNAH _____. She died after 1818. He enlisted on 8 July 1775 in "Captain Parker's Company in Col. Timothy Bedel's Regiment of Rangers raised by the Colony of New Hampshire in defence of the Liberties of America -- Joined the Northern division of the Continental Army under General Montgomery, 1775." He was age 22 when he signed a muster roll in August 1775 (Revolutionary War Rolls). Capt. Parker was also of Litchfield; his Lieutenant was Asa Pattee, whose sister Hannah Pattee married Job Dow. (Asa Pattee married Hannah Dow, Job Dow's sister.)

Joseph Harvell signed a petition in Merrimack in 1784 regarding the ferry between Merrimack and Litchfield on the Merrimack River. (A similar petition was signed by his brother Gershom Harvell in Litchfield on the same date.) Joseph Harvell moved to Bedford, N.H., and on 4 December 1789, purchased land in Bedford from William Moor. (Hillsborough Co. Deeds, 26:71) This land of about 100 acres, which became his farm, is located between River Road and the Merrimack River. The 1790 census shows Joseph Harvell in Bedford with a family of eight, four boys under age of 16. He signed a petition in Bedford in 1797. Although not listed in the 1800 federal census, he was shown in the Bedford Town census in 1801 as the owner of a farm of 50 arable acres, one house, one horse, two oxen, and six cows. (That same census listed Joseph Jr. and Gershom Harvell in Bedford, with no property. If they were adult children of Joseph, it is hard to understand why they were not mentioned in any of his deeds or probate files, which do name the four sons identified below. But who else can they be?)

In 1807, a landing was laid out on riverside land owned by Joseph Harvell, near the present Manchester-Bedford boundary line. Harvell was awarded forty dollars by the selectmen for laying out this landing. This area, once called Piscataquog Village, is now West Manchester (Bedford Town Records, and History of Bedford, NH, 1737-1971, Bedford Historical Society, 1972).

In a deed dated 20 February 1813, Joseph Harvell sold one half of his farm to his son Ephraim for $1000 (Hillsborough Co. Deeds, 97:446). On the same date, Ephraim Harvell signed a lease which granted to Joseph Harvell and his wife Susanna, in return for a payment of $1000, the right to live on and farm the land for the "rest of his natural life." At the same time Joseph prepared and signed another deed transferring the second half of his farm to Ephraim, but this deed was not recorded until after the death of Joseph Harvell in 1816 (ibid, 113:559). Just before his death, Joseph Harvell granted Lot #120 in the 3rd Division of Bedford to his sons James Harvell, John Harvell and William Harvell of Bedford (ibid, 109:226).

On 28 March 1816, Joseph Harvell's son, James Harvell, was appointed administrator for Joseph Harvell who died intestate at Bedford, Joseph's widow declining to be appointed (Hillsborough Co. Probate, 19:397). On 5 April 1816, Susannah Harvell was granted assets from the estate of her late husband Joseph Harvell (ibid, 18:529).

iv. Gershom Harvell, born Bef. 1755 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Litchfield); died 1803 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Amherst); married Phebe Kendall Nov 20, 1787 in NH - Hillsborough Co. (Litchfield); born Bef. 1755; died Aft. 1820.

Notes for Gershom Harvell:

From a 1999 manuscript by Dr. Paul C. Dow:

GERSHOM HARVELL (son of John, grandson of James) was born, probably in Litchfield, N. H., before 1755. (1800 Census) He died in 1803. He married PHEBE ______. He signed the same petition as John Harvell (his father?) in Litchfield in 1780, and he signed other petitions there in 1784 and in 1794 (Litchfield Town Records) and was shown there in the 1800 census with a family of five. On 25 November 1803, his widow Phebe Harvell petitioned to administer his estate (Hillsborough Co. Probate, 10:353) and in 1807 she sold land from the estate (Hillsborough Co. Deeds, 80:372). In 1812 Phebe received one-third of his farm as her dowry dower entitlement (Hillsborough Co. Probate, 21:186). In the 1820 census, Phebe was in Litchfield with a family of five. On 8 December 1804, guardians were named for Gershom's children under age 14; namely: Joseph, John, Sarah, Esther, Gershom, Phebe and Simeon (ibid, 12:385). In 1820, the children and heirs of Gershom Harvell, Gentleman, namely David McDole, Sally McDole, Esther, Phebe, and Simeon Harvell, sold land in Litchfield to Joseph Harvell (their brother?) of Litchfield, Gentleman. (Hillsborough Co. Deeds, 129:458).

More About Gershom Harvell and Phebe Kendall:

Marriage: Nov 20, 1787, NH - Hillsborough Co. (Litchfield)

Generation No. 4

8. James Harvell, died circa 1711 in MA - Middlesex (Malden). He married 9. Mary Waite in MA - Boston.

9. Mary Waite She was the daughter of 18. Samuel Wayte.

Notes for James Harvell:


Paul C. Dow, Jr.*

The early records of the Harvells in Massachusetts are limited to the first half of the 18th century in a few towns north of Boston, all of which are within just a very few miles of each other in Middlesex County. The name does not appear again in Massachusetts until the mid-1800s, and its disappearance from Massachusetts coincides with the appearance of the Harvells in New Hampshire, where the family grew and prospered. However, the genealogical references available in New Hampshire do not connect the family lines that have been identified, nor do they definitively connect them with the Massachusetts Harvells. The purpose of this article is to suggest a connection from James Harvell of Malden, Massachusetts, through his son John to the Harvells who settled in Litchfield, New Hampshire, near what is now Manchester, and to account for many of the Harvells in that region.

Information sources included the vital records (hereafter denoted as "VR") of Massachusetts towns, the early records of New Hampshire towns, the Federal census records, the microfilmed records of deeds and the probate court records from Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, which were viewed at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. The published genealogies consulted were History of Plymouth, N. H., vols. 1 & 2, Ezra S. Stearns, 1906; History of the Town of Amherst, Daniel F. Secomb, 1883; Genealogical & Family History of the State of New Hampshire, v. III, p. 1010, 1908; and The Harwell Researcher, v. 8, n. 1, p. 559, 1999. Gravestones were visited at the Piscataquog Cemetery and the Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire.

The facts needed to establish the family relationships below were found in the sources just cited. But in some cases assumptions were made. The most significant assumption concerns James1 Harvell's son, John2. The record clearly establishes that John Harvell was born in 1711 in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; that John Harvell was married in 1734 in nearby Chelmsford, which is also in Middlesex County; that he had a son John born there in 1736; that, at that same time, residents of Chelmsford settled in Litchfield, New Hampshire, which was less than 25 miles away; and that John Harvell was in Litchfield, beginning in 1736. Although there is no direct proof that all of these John Harvells were one and the same person, the assumption is made here that they were. In addition, relationships shown in the published sources cited are accepted without further verification.

JAMES HARVELL first appears in the records of New England when he came from the town of Boston, Massachusetts, to the town of Lynn, Massachusetts, on or about 10 November 1704, with his wife, MARY WAITE. Because James and Mary "Came into ye towne of Lyn & Came from the towne of Boston where they properly belong, therefore at a meeting of ye selectmen of Lyn December ye 8th 1704 ? James Harvell & Mary his wife [were warned] to Depart out of our town fourthwith or they shall be proceeded with as the Law Directs" (Records of ye Towne Meetings of Lyn, 1701-1717). {Footnote: The practice of "warning out" was common in colonial New England. If a person was unable to provide for himself or his family in a town, it became the duty of the town to take care of him. But if he arrived from another town without visible means of support and was told to return, or "warned out" by the new town, the responsibility for his welfare reverted to the government of the Colony, and the town was relieved of the burden.}

They apparently received a more hospitable reception in nearby Malden, Massachu-setts, because in 1706, in Malden, William Matthews sold to James Harvell a dwelling house with half an acre of land, bounded west on the highway and north by the brook called Stone Brook (Middlesex Co. Deeds, 25:697). This land was the site of a mill pre-viously owned and operated by Matthews. The brook became known as Harvell's Brook, and the road as Harvell's Brook Lane. In 1710, James Harvell appears on a list of the families with school-age children.

James must have died about 1711, not long after the birth of his son John, because on "7 March 1711/12, Wido. Harvell's rates in the constable's hands [were] forgiven her." That is, she was excused from paying the taxes that would normally have been due (Malden Town Records). Mary's maiden name appears in History of Malden, Mass., 1633-1785, D. P. Corey, 1899. She may have been a descendant of JOHN WAITE, an early settler of Malden who came to New England about 1640, from Wethersfield, Essex, England, but no proof of it has been found.

Children of James and Mary Harvell, born in Malden (Malden VR):

i. JAMES, b. 16 Feb. 1705/6; m. SARAH JENKINS.

ii. MARY, b. 3 Jan. 1707/8.

iii. JOHN, b. 25 May 1711; m. ESTHER PROCTOR.

* The author is a retired aeronautical engineer. He traces his descent from James1 Harvell through John2, Joseph3, Ephraim4, Louisa5 m. Andrew Jackson Dow. He resides at 19 Strawberry Hill Road, Andover, MA 01810. This manuscript was drafted in 1999, and edited in Jan 2000.


Posted on GenForum 4/06/2000 by Kelly Harvell kitturahnh@yahoo,com

He's a difficult one isn't he. What I have on him is basically that he went to Malden from Lyn. He was "warned out" of Lyn circa Dec 8, 1704. He and Mary came to Lyn from Boston. I have been trying to track him down for years. He is as far back as I can get on the Harvell name. I was wondering if he came up from the Virginia area. I thought I read somewhere that one of the Waite's was a Coaster captain who ran between the colonies. I haven't found out yet which of the brothers. Mary is the daughter of but one was in Boston. Mary and James were married in Boston so I think that is probably the family she belonged to. Do you have any more on her? By the way....My lineage is as follows....

James Harvell & Mary Waite

Son John b. 25 May 1711 Malden married Esther Proctor

Son John b. 07 May 1736 Chelmsford married Rebecca Parham/Perham

Son John b. 11 Mar 1764 Amherst NH married Lydia Perham

Son Almon b. 12 Jul 1795 Derryfield NH married Delena Cleland

Son John Cleland b. 12 Feb 1847 Robbinston ME married Annie Gertrude Byrne

Son John Perham b. 22 Sep 1886 Robbinston ME married Flora Gilley

Son John Cleland b. 04 Jan 1912 Portland ME married Dora Elizabeth Freeman

Son John Freeman (my Dad...) married Barbara Carol Knight

I would love to exchange information with you if I have anything that will help. I currently live in NH so if you don't and there's anything I can track down I'll try it. I'm rather busy so it might take a while but I can try.


More About James Harvell and Mary Waite:

Marriage: MA - Boston

Children of James Harvell and Mary Waite are:

i. James Harvell, born Feb 16, 1705/06 in MA - Middlesex (Malden); died Bef. 1754 in MA; married Sarah Jenkins 1732 in MA - Boston; born Oct 31, 1714.

Notes for James Harvell:

From a manuscript by Dr. Paul Dow, Feb 2000:

JAMES HARVELL was born on 16 February 1705/6, in Malden, Massachusetts. He was in Boston in 1732 where he recorded marriage intentions on 23 July 1732, with SARAH JENKENS, of Wilmington, Massachusetts (Boston VR). She was baptized 31 October 1714, the daughter of JOEL JENKINS and MARY CHADWICK of Wilmington (Wakefield VR).

James died in Reading, Massachusetts, before 8 March 1754, leaving "one acre of meadowland, two acres and a half of land at Woburn with half a house thereon" (Middlesex Co. Probate, 10617). He was survived by his widow Sarah, who later married SAMUEL KILLAM of Wilmington.

Children of James and Sarah Harvell, the first two born in Malden, the last two in Woburn (Malden, Stoneham & Woburn VR):

i. JAMES3, b. 7 Sep. 1733; d. 1 Mar. 1735/6 in Malden.

ii. JAMES, b. 23 Dec 1736.

iii. MARY, b. 3 Oct. 1740, bp. 5 Oct. 1740 at Stoneham.

iv. JOEL JENKINS, b. 8 Aug. 1745; bp. 18 Aug. 1745 at Stoneham.

More About James Harvell and Sarah Jenkins:

Marriage: 1732, MA - Boston

ii. Mary Harvell, born Jan 3, 1707/08 in MA - Middlesex (Malden).

4 iii. John Harvell, born May 25, 1711 in MA - Middlesex (Malden); died 1787 in NH - Hillsboro Co. (Litchfield); married Esther Proctor Jul 18, 1734 in MA - Middlesex County (Concord).

10. Gershom Proctor He married 11. Sarah Wittaws Jul 4, 1690 in MA - Middlesex County (Chelmsford).

11. Sarah Wittaws

More About Gershom Proctor and Sarah Wittaws:

Marriage: Jul 4, 1690, MA - Middlesex County (Chelmsford)

Child of Gershom Proctor and Sarah Wittaws is:

5 i. Esther Proctor, born Oct 25, 1710 in MA - Middlesex (Chelmsford); died Aft. 1787 in NH? Adminstrix of John's estate in HIllsboro CO., NH; married John Harvell Jul 18, 1734 in MA - Middlesex County (Concord).

Generation No. 5

18. Samuel Wayte, born in Wethersfield, Essex, England; died in MA - Middlesex (Chelmsford).

Child of Samuel Wayte is:

9 i. Mary Waite, married James Harvell in MA - Boston.

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