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John Harvey
of Coldecott [Caldecote, Caldecot] House, Beachamwell [Beechamwell]  Norfolk

Born: Not known but probably around 1689 as he died 30 Octobert 1742 aged 53.
Son of: Robert Harvey 1668? (1664?-1740).
Brother of: not known.
John married: Ellen  (1695?-1742).
John and Ellen had issue:
1. William 1729-?
2. Robert Harvey (1727-1754).

John Harvey: An Overview

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

1. His will in the Norfolk Record Office (NCC, will register, Woodrofe, 154).  I have not yet seen this.
2. Registers from the church of St Mary the Virgin, Beachamwell.  In particular his memorial on the outside wall of the church.

The inscription on the memorial reads:

Near this place are the remains of Robert Harvey Senior of Hilboro Gent [Hilborough, Norfolk] who died September 1740 aged 76 years. And John Harvey of Caldecot [Caldecote, Norfolk] Gent, Eldest Son of the above.  Who died October 30th 1742, Aged 53 years.  Also Ellen wife of the said John Harvey.  Who died November 14th  1742, aged 47 years.  And Robert youngest son of the Aforesaid John and Ellen Harvey.  Late of Stoke Ferry in Norfolk, Surgeon:  Who died February 28th 1754, Aged 28 years.

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Harvey family Memorial
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We have a gap of 40 years in the Parish records but from the memorial we know that there was a Robert Harvey (1664?-1740) who died in 1740 aged 76, of Hilboro Gent (Hilborough is a village in the same area, very close by).  Probably the same person as the Robert baptized 1 November 1668, in which case his parents were William and Susan.  This Robert Harvey (1664/8?-1740) had a son John Harvey around 1689 (died 1742 aged 53).

John Harvey (1689?-1742) married Ellen (1695?-1742) and they lived at Coldecott House and had at least two children: William 1729-? and Robert Harvey (1727-1754), the youngest son.  There is a Caldecott Farm 2/3 miles south of Beachamwell.

But, who was John Harvey Esq (1699-1750) of Ipswich son of J Harvey of Beecham Wells, Norfolk?  John married Margaret Hunt, daughter of John Hunt Esq of Worlington, Norfolk.  This information is recorded on his portrait (see the book Norfolk Portraits).

Other than the above we do not really know very much about John.


If anyone can add more information about Robert Harvey I would be very pleased to hear from you.

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