Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Thomas Harvey, Revolutionary War Veteran, died 1837, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Old North Cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hamphsire.

a worthy
Soldier of the Revolution
Jan. 18, 1837
Aged 84 years. 

 Thomas Harvey was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire around 1752, and died in Portsmouth on 18 January 1837.  He served in the Continental Army for seven years during the Revolution.  He crossed the Delaware with Washington, and was at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777.   His wife was named Hannah, and they had several children Martha (baptized at the North Church 5 December 1784),  Samuel (baptized 3 September 1785), Nancy (baptized 17 May 1788),  and Hannah (baptized 4 September 1791).  Find A Grave also lists two more children - Lyman S. Harvey and Susan S. Harvey and a second wife "Mary".  Susan's little gravestone is next to her father's. 

In memory of
Susan S. Harvey,
daughter of
Tho. & Mary Harvey

There is an interesting sketch about Thomas Harvey in The Soldier's Memorial: Portsmouth, NH 1893- 1921, by Joseph Foster, see page 32 for an excerpt from the Portsmouth Journal, February 4, 1831:

"When Lafayette visited Portsmouth in 1824 an interesting scene occurred in the hall of audience. Harvey was introduced to the General as a soldier who had fought under him. 'Do you recollect, Marquis (said Harvey), who bore you on his back, after being wounded at the battle of Brandywine, to the surgeon's quarters?'  'He was called Tom Harvey', said the excellent Lafayette." 

Also from the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Volume 26, page 15:

"Sergeant Thomas Harvey, brother-in-law of Mark Green, whose gravestone will be found in the North cemetery, Portsmouth, near the entrance, "served over seven years in the Continental army", and "had a fine record".  He died in Portsmouth, January 18, 1837, aged eighty four years. "He was at the battle of Brandywine, where General Lafayette was wounded.  He was with the reception to Lafayette in Portsmouth on September 1, 1824, when they renewed the acquaintance." 

For the truly curious:

More stories about Thomas Harvey in the American Revolution:  https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMH9JG_Thomas_Harvey_Old_North_Cemetery_Portsmouth_NH   


To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Thomas Harvey, Revolutionary War Veteran, died 1837, Portsmouth, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 23, 2022, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2022/08/thomas-harvey-revolutionary-war-veteran.html: accessed [access date]). 

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