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William W. Harvey

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 370-371.

William W. Harvey, of Rockdale, Milam county, is a son of Samuel H. Harvey, who was a native of Alabama, born near the town of Bowling Green on a farm where he was reared, whence after his marriage he came about 1837 to Texas and settled in Burleson county. There he lived until his death, which occurred in 1850. He was a farmer by occupation, a fairly successful one for his day, an industrious, good citizen. He was in the ranging service in this State soon after coming here, but never filled any civil offices. He came of good antecedents, the Harveys being substantial, well-to-do planters of Alabama, originally of English descent, the early representatives of the name having settled in the Atlantic seacoast States in colonial times, whence they drifted west and south by way of Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. His father, Edmond Harvey, was a pioneer in Alabama.

Samuel H. Harvey was twice married, his first marriage occurring in 1840, when he wedded Catherine Prewitt, who was a native of Alabama and a daughter of James A. and Nancy (Wilder) Perwitt, early settlers of that state. Her parents moved to Texas about 1833, where they died. Her people were pioneers throughout, the Prewitts being of English extraction, and the Wilders of Scotch. Mrs. Harvey died in 1847, leaving three children: Martha who was married to James B. Gee and is now deceased; William W. of this sketch; and James who died in Burleson county, Texas about 1846, Samuel H. Harvey married the second time in 1848, Samantha Oldham, who was a native of Tennessee, but at the time of her marriage a resident of Burleson county, this State. By this marriage he had one child, Mary Samantha, who is now the wife of William Daniels, of Williamson county, Texas.

William W. Harvey, with whom this sketch is principally concerned was born in Burleson county, Texas, January 22, 1843. At his fatherís death seven years later, he was taken by his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Perwitt, who then lived in Hill county, and given a home in her family until the marriage of his older sister. He then went to live with her and formed of her household until her death five years later. He was then thrown at the age of fourteen on the world, when he began the battle of life for himself.

He worked for wages as a stock-herder and farm-hand until the opening of the late war, when, in May 1861, he entered the Confederate army, enlisting in Company A, Seventeenth Texas Regiment, with which he served during the war. His services were west of the Mississippi, and he was at Hempstead, this State, at the time of the surrender.

Returning to Burleson county at the time, he worked for a year as a farm-hand. Then in 1866, he married, and after a short residence in Tarrant county he moved to California, where he lived until 1870, engaged in the stock business and teaming. Returning to Texas in 1870, he bought a place in Milam county, on which he settled and engaged in farming. He farmed for twenty years on this place, when, in 1890, he moved to Rockdale, where he purchased a livery business, to which he has since given his attention. He still owns his farm, however, a good place consisting of 480 acres, and besides this and his livery stock owns other property, all of which represents his earnings since coming out of the war in 1865.

Mr. Harvey married, as stated, in 1866, the lady being Miss. Ellen Fletcher, of Milam county, whose parents, Thomas and Martha Fletcher, settled in this county about 1858. The father died here in 1879, and the mother in Comanche county in 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey are members of the Baptist Church, and he belongs to the Knights of Honor.

We must say a special thank you to Vanessa Deshazer of Menifee, CA, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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