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John Harvey
of Beacham Well


Portrait of John Harvey of Norwich 1666-1742
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Born: 16 August 1666 in Beachamwell and died 28 September 1742, aged 76. Buried St Clement's, Norwich.
Son of: Robert Harvey (16??-1695).
Brother of:
1. Robert Harvey (????-1720).
John married:
1st, Ann Statham (1668?-1706?), 23 May 1693 in Heigham, Norfolk, daughter of William Statham.
2nd, Mary (1671?-1725).
John and Ann had issue:
1. William Harvey (1694-????).
2. Robert Harvey (1697-1773) who married Lydia Harvey nee Black (1699-1759).
3. Anne Kirkpatrick (nee Harvey, 1699-????) who married John Kirkpatrick (1686-1728). John was painted by Heins.
4. Elizabeth Kirkpatrick (nee Harvey, 1700?-1765) who married Thomas Kirkpatrick.
5. John Harvey (1699-1750).
6. William Harvey (1704-????).
7. Mary Smyth (nee Harvey, 1705-????) who married John Smythe.
John and Mary had issue:
8. Peter Harvey (1709-1751) who married Elizabeth Blyford (1718?-1741).
9. Thomas Harvey (1711-1772) who married Lydia Ives (1718-1805).
10. Samuel Harvey (1712-1772) who married 1st Mary (1711-1739) daughter of Dr Evans of King's Lynn. Samuel married 2nd Sarah Hepburn daughter of Dr Hepburn of King's Lynn.


John Harvey: An Overview

The information I have about John Harvey comes from the following sources:

1. Information supplied to me by Carla Woodworth Lynas and based on the 'Original Genealogical Collections, by the late Lieut. Col. Robert John Harvey of Thorpe'.  This is mentioned in a publication called 'Walter Rye, Memoir Bibliography and Catalogue of of his Norfolk Manuscripts in the Norwich Public Libraries' by Geo. A. Stephen published in 1929? by the Public Libraries Committee, Norwich.  Original documents in the Norfolk Archives.
2. Information from various websites on the internet including the website for the Norfolk Museums, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.
3. The Norwich Churches website
4. His portrait mentioned in the book 'Portraits in Norfolk Houses' by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Vol 2, undated but published around 1928.  Norwich, Holmwood, Thorpe, the property of Col J R Harvey, later moved to Windover, Burlesdon, Hants.  Page 104.  Also Page 170, Rainthorpe Hall, The Property of Sir Charles Harvey Bart, 6th August 1907.  Other family portraits on page 176.
5. The book 'Dutch and Flemish Painting in Norfolk' by Andrew Moore, 1988.


John was a worsted weaver and admitted as a Freeman of the city in 1695. In 1710 he was voted the ‘Merchant of St Clements’. He started the family tradition of being appointed to great office being Sheriff in 1720, an Alderman in 1722 and Mayor in 1727.

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