Thomas Harvey

Deputy Governor of Carolina Province 1694 to 1699

1694-1699 Thomas Harvey - Deputy Governor of the Carolina Province governed the region "north and east of the Cape Fear."

"Thomas Harvey, Esquire, son of John Harvey and Mary, his wife, Living at ye Heath in Snetterfield Parish in Warwick Sheare in Ould England and Joanah Jenkins ye rellick of ye Honorbl John Jenkins, Esq, were maried by ye Honoble Anthony Slookem, Esqu the 13 April 1682."

Thomas Harvey had come to the colony as the private secretary of Acting Governor John Jenkins, Mrs. Johannah Harvey the relict of Acting Governor John Jenkins, died in Perquimans Precinct on March 27, 1688.

The Thomas Harvey that became Deputy Governor of Carolina and died on July 3, 1699 was John Jenkins's cousin. This Thomas came to America from Warwickshire England directly to Perquimans Precinct to become the assistant to then President John Jenkins. When President John Jenkins died, Thomas married his widow Joanna. Thomas's parents stayed in England as stated in his marriage record.
After the death of President John Jenkins, Thomas married his widow Joanna in 1682. It was a short-lived marriage as Joanna died on March 27,1688. He married again to Sarah Laker and they had three children; John (who died young), Thomas, and Mary. He served on the Albemarle County Executive Council and had considerable experience as a political leader. He was appointed Deputy Governor in 1694 under Governor John Archdale in Charles Town, and he served until his own death in 1699.

From the will of Deputy Governor Thomas Harvey, we know he had two brothers; Robert and Richard. From reading his will we find he owned three large plantations which he divided between his loving wife, and two surviving children; Thomas and Mary; Sarah, his wife was given the land upon which he dwelt (probably meaning Harvey's Neck). To his daughter Mary he gave the plantation called Faulks Point, and his son Thomas received the plantation called Ye Quarter.

If his son or daughter (who are not yet 21 years of age) do not have heirs, then he names his nephew Thomas, son of his brother Richard.

In the Will of Deputy Governor Thomas Harvey (Will of Gov. Thos. Harvey North Carolina Wills and Inventories, pg 228, J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State) we find his wealth has increased to include three plantations:

". . . I give, devise and bequeath my land and plantation . . . called Faulks Point, containing in all five hundred acres . . . to my daughter, Mary . . . The plantation upon where I now live with five hundred acres. . . to my loving wife, Sarah. . . my plantation called Ye Quarter . . . to my son Thomas . . ."

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