David Hervey Sr.


DAVID HERVEY SR., one of the prominent early residents of Jefferson county who was born in Washington county, Penn., May 12, 1794. He was the don of William Hervey, Sr. who was born near Lisburn, in county Down, Ireland, in 1740, and on May 17, 1770, sailed from Belfast in the ship "East, of Donegal", and landed at Philadelphia, July 24. By his marriage to Sarah Hudson, born May 14, 1753, William Sr. had nine children: Elinor, William, Robert (who died at Independence, Penn.), Joseph and James, who settled in Lexington, Ky., and John. William Jr. was born October 9, 1775, and at that date the father went from Chester county, where he first settled, to Washington county, Penn., and moved his family to the latter place in the fall of the same year. David Hervey was married in Washington county, to Elizabeth Archer, and in 1817, they moved and settled near Bloomfield, in Wayne township, on a farm which he occupied for fifty-four years. Then going to Bloomfield, he led a retired life until his death, May 12, 1879. He was an active church worker, and was elder of the United Presbyterian church, of Piney fork, for forty years, and held the same office in the Bloomfield church from its organization till his death. He was a man of careful and sound judgement and esteemed for his integrity and worthiness. He had eleven children: Nancy, Mrs. Susannah McCoy, Joseph, Elizabeth, Mrs. Mary McMillan, deceased, and ebenezer, of Unionport, Jefferson County, Ohio; Robert, of Danville, Ind.; Mrs. Esther Leach, of Hopedale, Harrison county, Ohio; John B., David A. and James R., living, of Bloomfield, Jefferson county, Ohio. Mrs. David Hervey, born at Archer Height, Hancock county, W. Va., in 1796 and died July 1860. She was the daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah Archer, natives of Brooke county, W. Va., who had eight children: Samuel, of Archer Height, W. Va.; David, of Cannonsburg, Penn.; Ebenezer, of Cedarsville, Ohio; Mrs. Elinor Freshwater, of New Paris, Penn.; Mrs. Esther Hervey, Mrs. Sarah Williamson, and Elizabeth, all deceased, and Mrs. Martha Creswell, of Morrow county, Ohio, living.

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