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William Erastus "Erastus" Harvey
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1754
East Haddam
Middlesex County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 1826
Lyndon
Caledonia County
Vermont, USA

The best known biography of William Harvey is his obituary, published in the Haverhill, Grafton County (New Hampshire) Intelligencer, bearing the date of Wednesday, October 4, 1826. "For the Intelligencer. "Mr. Editor: I send you the following which I wish you to insert in your paper: Died at Lyndon, Vermont, on the 20th of August, 1826, Mr. William Harvey, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, aged 72 years. Mr. Harvey was born in the year 1754, in East Haddam, Connecticut, and was uniformly throughout his life, a zealous advocate of republican principles; and has passed through the most perilous scenes and hardships, both by sea and by land, in the service of his country and his family. He engaged in the sea faring business in the fifteenth year of his age, and continued in that employment until the commencement of the Revolutionary War, when he enlisted in the service of his country on land and first went to Boston, and there stayed till the British left town; and then, after returning home to his family in East Haddam, immediately enlisted on board a tow-galley, under the command of Captain Tinker, for a term of six months, and was sent up the North River to oppose the enemy, and in which place he was called to action. But when the time of his enlistment was out, he returned home to his family, and entered on board a merchant ship fitted out by the State for St. Martins, West Indies, in quest of salt; but on his way home was overtaken and captured by a British ship of war and carried into Providence, Rhode Island, where, after suffering the loss of property and health, in consequence of ill-treatment, he was exchanged and set at liberty. In May, 1777, he enlisted in the land service in the Continental Army for the term of three years, in Captain Cattin's company, and General Huntington's brigade, where he discharged his duty with faithfulness and to the acceptness of his officers. During the time of his service he was in the Germantown battle, Pennsylvania, also in Monmouth, New Jersey, besides others of minor consequence; and in the year 1780, was honorably discharged. He then returned home, and entered on board a sloop for a trading voyage to the West Indies, and on his return was again taken prisoner and carried into the Isle of Bermuda, where he stayed eight months, and suffered very severely from the enemy, and was robbed of all he had on board, and even some of the clothes from his back. He remained a prisoner until peace took place, after which he was carried to North Carolina, and from there home to Connecticut. After this he followed the sea for a while, and suffered the loss of property and underwent many hardships. In 1792 he quit the sea and removed to Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and in 1793 he moved to Lyndon, Vermont, where he died. It may be observed that in the year 1796, he professed a hope in Christ, and attached himself to a Methodist church, of which he was a constant member until he died; but the place being new where he moved when he left Chesterfield, he labored very hard to support his family, which was large and was rendered still harder for him on account of his always being accustomed In the sea, and to add to his affliction, he was troubled with a bad breech, which he received in the war by lifting. By enlarging, it grew more troublesome, until combined with other infirmities which for years he had been troubled with, terminated his existence on the 20th of August last. It may be said of Mr. Harvey that he was a kind husband and an affectionate father, an honest man, a good neighbor, a real Christian, a zealous patriot, and a friend of liberty. He lived respected by his friends, and manifested great fortitude of mind in his last illness; and rejoiced in hope of a glorious crown of life which awaited him; and with the greatest composure bid his friends and companion adieu, and launched into the Eternal World. He left behind his aged companion in life, and children to mourn his loss." 
 
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 Parents:
  John Harvey (1721 - 1775)
  Sarah Emmons Harvey (1732 - 1762)
 
 Spouse:
  Jane Beebe Harvey (1757 - 1840)
 
 Children:
  Lucretia Harvey Stoddard (1787 - 1857)*
  Erastus C Harvey (1789 - 1872)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lyndon Center Cemetery
Lyndon
Caledonia County
Vermont, USA
 
Created by: M.T. Gibbs
Record added: Jan 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64515664
William Erastus Erastus Harvey
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William Erastus Harvey
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Dec. 12, 2015
to my 6th great grpa
- Alex Ballinger
 Added: Nov. 28, 2015
To my 4th Great-Grandfather. May your rest always be in peace and know that your spirit still lives on to this day. That all of your grandsons have served to preserve the freedom and liberty you so dearly fought for.
- James Harvey
 Added: Jun. 23, 2014
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