Miles Harvey

Perquimans County, North Carolina, USA
Death 12 Dec 1776 (aged 47)
Perquimans County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 92049854 View Source

On a wooded spot near the shore of the Albemarle Sound is the family burying ground, known as the Harvey Graveyard. In this cemetery said to be two and a half centuries old, are buried the two Harveys who served as early governors of North Carolina. Governor Thomas Harvey was the chief executive under the regime of the Lords Proprietors from 1604 until his death in 1699.

The oldest legible inscription in the cemetery, above which is carried the coat of arms of the Harvey family, is written on a mammoth blue slate slab which tradition says was imported from England and reads:

“Here lieth interred the body of Colonel Thomas Harvey eldest son of Thomas Harvey, Esq., formerly governor of this province by whose side he is lay’d. He was a gent universally beloved; who held several reputable offices in this government and his death was much lamented as a loss to his country; he died October 20, 1729.”

Two great-grandsons of Governor Thomas Harvey, Thomas and Miles, who were representatives in the Assembly of 1776, which declared for independence from Royal rule, are also buried here.

Excerpted from: “Harvey’s Point”, Harry Z. Tucker, The State: A Weekly Survey of North Carolina, Oct. 2, 1943, pp. 6; 34.

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