Hervey, Eliphalet Williams

Hervey, Eliphalet Williams

Male 1834 - 1925  (90 years)

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  • Name Hervey, Eliphalet Williams  [1
    Born 27 Jul 1834  Berkley, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1900  New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Ward 5; 
    Died 18 Apr 1925  New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried South Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
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    Person ID I28684  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2019 

    Father Hervey, Eliphalet W.,   b. 28 Apr 1800,   d. 1834  (Age 33 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Fearing, Dorcas,   b. 13 Sep 1797,   d. Abt 1838  (Age 40 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1833 
    Family ID F10720  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Homer, Emeline K.,   b. Jan 1836, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1917  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married 1862  [1
    Children 
     1. Hervey, Homer Winthrop,   b. 10 Feb 1866, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1930  (Age 64 years)  [natural]
     2. Hervey, Hetta M.,   b. Jan 1869, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Hervey, Emma F.,   b. Jun 1877, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F10719  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Jul 1834 - Berkley, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Ward 5; - 1900 - New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Apr 1925 - New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - South Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Documents
    Emmeline K Hervey - 1900 United States Federal Census
    Emmeline K Hervey - 1900 United States Federal Census
    E Williams Hervey - U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
    E Williams Hervey - U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925

  • Notes 
    • Source: Our county and its people, A descriptive and biographical history of Bristol County, Massachusetts
      Prepaired and published under the auspices of The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
      With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden, The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

      Biography of Eliphalet W. Harvey
      Bristol County, MA Biographies

      ELIPHALET WILLIAMS HERVEY, better known as E. Williams Hervey, which is his usual signature, was born in Berkley, Bristol county, Mass., July 27, 1834, a son of Eliphalet W. Hervey of Berkley, born April 28, 1800, and Dorcas (Fearing) Hervey of Wareham. His father received the degree of M.D. from Brown University in 1826 and practiced medicine successfully in Wareham and neighboring towns for several years. In 1827 he was commissioned surgeon of the 5th Regiment of Infantry in in the 1st Brigade, 5th Division of the militia by his Excellency, Gov. Levi Lincoln.

      Dr. Hervey was a son of James Hervey, born August 21, 1767, and Lucinda (Paull) Hervey, both of Berkley. James was an enterprising farmer, who in addition to agricultural pursuits was also engaged in ship building at the Weir on Taunton River, where he built sailing vessels, furnishing the timber and other materials and contracting for the labor. These vessels were freighted with lumber and both vessels and cargoes disposed of in Bristol and other Rhode Island ports.

      The parents of James Hervey were James Hervey and Rachel (Philips) Hervey, also of Berkley. The father of the last mentioned James Hervey, was James Hervey (or Harvey). whose remains lie in the family plot in the cemetery near Berkley Common. The inscription on the headstone is: "James Harvey, died December 28, 1793, in the 92d year of his age." Thus it would appear that he was born about 1700.

      He was a descendant of William, and of Thomas Harvey, and of both, as the families intermarried in the second generation. Both of these latter persons, who were brothers, were prominent citizens of what was then called Cohannet, including the present towns of Berkley, Raynham and Taunton. They were distinguished by the high public positions which they held in the early history of Plymouth colony. William Harvey married Joan Hucker of Cohannet, April 2, 1639; was proposed to take up his freedom in 1653; admitted as freeman at court in 1656; member of the Grand Inquest 1655-1660; constable 1661; surveyor of highways 1662; appointed to collect the excise 1661; deputy or representative to the General Court for fourteen years from 1664; selectman for twenty years from 1667; appointed "to looke after the minnester's rate" in 1670; appointed "to be of the Towne Councell of War" in 1675. A mortgage of land made over by Philip the Sachem to Constant Soutbworth was made over to William Harvey and John Richmond in 1672 and thus described: "Four miles square down Taunton River and next unto Taunton bounds." Among the first and ancient purchases of the township was eight shares by William Harvey. Also among the purchasers of an important addition to the town in 1668 called the North Purchase, now including Norton, Easton and Mansfield, were William Harvey, Thomas Harvey, the elder, and Thomas Harvey, jr. Assonet Neck, conquered from the Indians, was divided among six freemen, including William Harvey. Another purchase, made in 1672 by William Harvey and four others, afterwards constituted the town of Dighton. This deed was signed by King Philip or Metacomet. Thomas Harvey, brother of William, appears on the list "able to bear arms from sixteen to sixty years" in 1643; was a sergeant in the army 1673; constable 1678; surveyor of highways 1681; Thomas Harvey and Thomas Harvey, jr., admitted as freemen in 1689.

      E. Williams Hervey, the subject of this sketch, having lost his parents when four years of age, came to New Bedford and became a member of the family of Ebenezer Hervey, a younger brother of his father and for thirty years a grammar master in the New Bedford public schools. He was graduatect from the New Bedford High School with the class of 1849. After a clerkship of two years in the Marine Bank he became teller of the Mechanics' Bank and in 1857 was elected cashier, holding that responsible position for twenty five years. Upon his resignation he was elected a member of the board of directors and still serves as such, his official connection with this bank covering a period of nearly fifty years. In the year 1860, be published a "Catalogue of the Plants found in New Bedford and Vicinity, arranged according to the season of their flowering." This was a novel arrangement for a Flora, but it proved to be a very acceptable one to persons interested in botany. In 1891 a revision and enlargement of the catalogue appeared entitled "Flora of New Bedford and the Shores of Buzzard's Bay, with a Procession of the Flowers." He has written to a considerable extent on botanical subjects and is recognized as a reliable, authority. He has been for several years a member of the New England Botanical Club.

      Mr. Hervey served on the School Committee for six years, 1859-66; was representative to the General Court two years, 1885-87; secretary of the New Bedford Bible Society for several years and secretary of the original Young Men's Christian Association, which antedates the present organization by many years; a director of the American Tack Company; an original trustee of St. Luke's Hospital; and a. trustee of the Five Cents Savings Bank since 1865.

      He married, in 1862, Emeline K., daughter of Daniel Homer of New Bedford. Their children are Homer W., Hervey, A. B., LL.B., Harvard; Hetta M. and Emma F. The family name was written and pronounced indifferently formerly as Hervey or Harvey. Both forms exist in England, but the coats of arms are nearly the same, thus indicating a relationship in the families. Probably Hervey is the more ancient, as the tendency of English pronunciation is to give e the sound of a.

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      ...Eliphalet W. Hervey of Berkley, born April 28, 1800, and Dorcas (Fearing) Hervey of Wareham.....received the degree of M.D. from Brown University in 182(1 and practiced medicine successfully in Wareham and neighboring towns for several years. In 1827 he was commissioned surgeon of the 5th Regiment of Infantry in in the 1st Brigade, 5th Division of the militia by his Excellency, Gov. Levi Lincoln...

      E. Williams Hervey, the subject of this sketch, having lost his parents when four years of age, came to New Bedford and became a member of the family of Ebenezer Hervey, a younger brother of his father and for thirty years a grammar master in the New Bedford public schools. He was graduated from the New Bedford High School with the class of 1849. After a clerkship of two years in the Marine Bank he became teller of the Mechanics' Bank and in 1857 was elected cashier, holding that responsible position for twenty-five years. Upon his resignation he was elected a member of the board of directors and still serves as such, his official connection with this bank covering a period of nearly fifty years. In the year I800, he published a "Catalogue of the Plants found in New Bedford and Vicinity, arranged according to the season of their flowering." This was a novel arrangement for a Flora, but it proved to be a very acceptable one to persons interested in botany. In 1891 a revision and enlargement of the catalogue appeared entitled "Flora of New Bedford and the Shores of Buzzard's Bay, with a Procession of the Flowers." He has written to a considerable extent on botanical subjects and is recognized as a reliable authority. He has been for several years a member of the New England Botanical Club.

      Mr. Hervey served on the School Committee for six years, 1859-00; was representative to the General Court two years, 1885-87; secretary of the New Bedford Bible Society for several years and secretary of the original Young Men's Christian Association, which antedates the present organization by many years; a director of the American Tack Company; an original trustee of St. Luke's Hospital; and a trustee of the Five Cents Savings Bank since 1805.

      He married, in 1802, Emeline K., daughter of Daniel Homer of New Bedford. Their children are Homer W., Hervey, A. B., LL.B., Harvard; Hetta M. and Emma F. The family name was written and pronounced indifferently formerly as Hervey or Harvey. Both forms exist in England, but the coats of arms are nearly the same, thus indicating a relationship in the families. Probably Hervey is the more ancient, as the tendency of English pronunciation is to give e the sound of a.

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      Source: Zeph. W. (Zephaniah Walter) Pease.
      History of New Bedford (Volume 4)
      .
      ELIPHALET WILLIAMS HERVEY, JR.

      As business man, scientist, author and citizen, Mr. Hervey, during the active years of his life, was a prominent figure in New Bedford, and now walking amid the lengthened shadows is living in honored retirement in the citv of New Bedford.

      Berkeley, Bristol county, Massachusetts, has been the home of his people for more than two and one-half centuries, dating from 1653, when William Harvey was proposed as a candidate for the rights of a freeman of Plymouth Company, and from 1643, when Thomas Harvey's name appeared on a list of those "able to bear arms." The surname is written both Harvey and Hervey, the ancestor of the New Bedford family represented in the twentieth century by Eliphalet W. Hervey being William Harvey, a distinguished citizen of Cohasset, which then included Taunton, Berkeley and Raynham. Both William Harvey and his brother held positions in Plymouth county and owned much land. William Harvey was a deputy to the General Court for fourteen years, selectman for twenty years, and held about every important office in the town. A mortgage made by Philip the Sachem to Constant Southworth was made over to William Harvey and John Richmond in 1672, and described land
      "Four miles square down Taunton River and next unto Taunton bounds." William Harvey married, April 2, 1639, Joan Hucker, of Cohasset, and among their children was a daughter, Experience, born in 1644, who married Thomas Harvey, of Taunton, and they were the parents of William Harvey, of Berkeley, Massachusetts, who died January 7, 1745.

      James Hervey, as he spelled the name, son of William and Hopestill Harvey, was born June 13, 1701, and lived in the town of Berkeley, where a tombstone in the family plot in the cemetery near Berkeley Common asserts that he died December 28, 1795, in his ninety-fifth year. James (2) Hervey, a son of James (i) and Rebecca Hervey, married Rachel Phillips, and had James (3) Hervey, who was a substantial farmer and ship builder at the Weir on Taunton river, building sailing vessels which were loaded with lumber, and both vessels and cargoes disposed of at Bristol and other ports. He married Lucinda Paull, also
      born in Berkeley, and they were the parents of Dr. Eliphalet Williams Hervey. a graduate from the medical department of Brown University in 1826, and a successful practitioner in Wareham and neighboring towns. In 1827 he was a commissioned surgeon of the Fifth Regiment, First Brigade, Fifth Division, Massachusetts Militia, his commission signed by Governor Levi Lincoln. He married Dorcas Fearing, of Wareham, and among their children was a son, Eliphalet Williams (2) Hervey, who made New Bedford his home, and for half a century was closely identified with the Mechanics' Bank.

      Eliphalet Williams (2) Hervey was born in the town of Berkeley, Bristol county, Massachusetts, July 27, 1834, and now resides in New Bedford, at No. 191 Hawthorne street. His father died in 1834, and Ebenezer Hervey, uncle of the boy, and a teacher in New Bedford public schools, took him to his heart and home. He passed all grades of the New Bedford public schools, finishing with high school graduation in 1849. He began business life as a bank clerk, serving the Marine Bank two years before going to the Mechanics' Bank as teller. In 1857 he was elected cashier of the Mechanics' Bank, and for a quarter of a century held that responsible post. In 1882 he resigned, but was elected a director, a position he still holds. While Mr. Hervey, as the record shows, was an able business man, holding responsible positions, he is a botanist of note and wrote a large amount of interesting matter concerning local flora. He published in i860 a catalogue of the "Plants found in New Bedford and Vicinity," arranging the flowers according to the season of their flowering. In 1890 a revised and enlarged catalogue was
      published under the title "Flora of New Bedford and Shores of Buzzards Bay, with a Procession of the Flowers." For many years he was a member of the New England Botanical Club and of the "L'Academie Internationale de Geographie Botanique" of France. He contributed otherwise to the literature of botany, and is a recognized authority in his special study.

      Other interests served and public service rendered by Mr. Hervey were six years' membership on the school committee, 1859-1865 ; two years as representative in the State Legislature, 1885-87 ; secretary of the old Young Men's Christian Association for many years ; member of the present Young Men's Christian Association (sustaining member) ; director of the American Tack Company ; trustee of St. Luke's Hospital (original member) ; trustee of the Five Cents Savings Bank from 1885. He is a life member of the Old Colony Historical Society, the Dartmouth Historical Society, and a member of the North Congregational Church, and for many years secretary of the New Bedford Bible Society.

      Mr. Hervey married, in 1862, Emmeline K. Homer, daughter of Daniel Homer, of New Bedford. They were the parents of three children: Homer Winthrop, of further mention; Hetta M., married Pierre E. Richards ; Emma F., married Gilbert T. Thompson.

      Homer Winthrop Hervey was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, February 10, 1866. He completed preparatory study at Friends' Academy, then entered Harvard University, whence he was graduated Bachelor of Arts, class of "88." He completed legal study at Harvard Law School, receiving his degree of Bachelor of Laws with the class of "91." He at once began practice at the Bristol county bar, locating in New Bedford, where he has been in the continuous practice of his profession
      until the present (1917). He is a member of the County and State Bar associations, and in his profession has won high and honorable standing. His practice is satisfactory in volume, and the clientele he serves is representative of the best interests of the city.

      Mr. Hervey married, August 19, 1908, Helen Lucretia Shaw, daughter of Dr. John C. and Mary H. C. Shaw, of New Bedford. Mr. and Mrs. Hervey are the parents of two children : Homer Winthrop, Jr., born September 10, 1909; Mary E., born April 30, 191 1. Mr. Hervey has his law offices on Pleasant street, opposite Masonic building, the family home being at No. 189 Maple street, corner of Tremont street. New Bedford.

  • Sources 
    1. [S630] Our Country and Its People: A Descriptive and Biographical Record of Bristol County, Massachusetts, Alanson Borden, (Name: Boston History Company; Date: 1899;), Part 2, pages 733-735.

    2. [S446] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Database online. Year: 1900; Census Place: New Bedford Ward 5, Bristol, Massachusetts; Roll: T623_638; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 196.
      Record for Emmeline K Hervey
      Emmeline K Hervey - 1900 United States Federal Census
      Emmeline K Hervey - 1900 United States Federal Census


    3. [S631] History of New Bedford (Volume 4), Zeph. W. (Zephaniah Walter) Pease, (Name: The Lewis historical publishing company; Location: New York; Date: 1918;), pages 146-148.

    4. [S636] New Bedford Evening Star, (Location: New Bedford, MA;).

    5. [S637] Burials and Burial Places in the town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Judith Navas Lund, (Date: 1997;).