Bookplate of S Harvey

 

Bookplate of S Harvey

Biography not known

If anyone out on the internet knows who this bookplate belonged to and you would be interested in sending me a biography, please contact me on jj@jjhc.info

This bookplate could possibly be for Sarah Harvey daughter of John Harvey.  She married her cousin Admiral Thomas Harvey.  She was baptised at St Peter's, Sandwich, Kent on February 17, 1784 and died on December 29, 1838 at her home, Sholden Lodge, near Upper Deal, Eastry, Kent.

The only other possibility is Samuel Harvey. He was brother of Captain Sir John Harvey.  He was a brewer in Sandwich, Kent who in 1796 established Harvey & Co, a private bank which eventually became part of RBS. He died in 1817.

 

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Dear JJ, if I might be so informal,

I've just started looking into family crests of some of my more illustrious ancestors and found your website when Googling for Harveys. Unfortunately, as the Harveys you list all seem to come from Norfolk I don't think S Harvey or Admiral Thomas are related to you, certainly not closely, though I reckon they are related to each other.

The 'shield' on S Harvey's bookplate matches the description in The General Armory of England... by Edmund Burke of the Harvey family of Eastry, Kent. Unfortunately he doesn't name any particular member of the family. Admiral Thomas was also from Kent and as you doubtless noticed had a similar coat of arms. I have a photograph of the arms of "Sir Thomas Harvey" [ie. Admiral Thomas Harvey] which shows two shields with their associated wreaths, mottoes, etc linked under a single crest, helmet, etc. The lefthand and foremost shield is all but identical to the one you have on Thomas's bookplate while the righthand one is divided vertically with the left half, though slightly obscured, apparently a repeat of Thomas's shield and the right half being the same as the one you have for S Harvey. [Shame I don't have a scanner!] I'm yet to fathom the intricacies of these things but I'm guessing the two shields are husband and wife, and the wife's is post marriage, bringing together the two Harvey families. Though why hers should be altered after marriage and his not I don't know. I could be talking nonsense, but it gives you a starting point.

 Admiral Thomas married his first cousin Sarah Harvey, daughter of the John Harvey you mention in your biography of Thomas. [Perhaps you know all this and I'm wasting your time.] Bearing in mind the shared arms I described I would think it possible that the S Harvey bookplate is that of Sarah Harvey; did women display coats of arms back then?? She was baptised at St Peter's, Sandwich, Kent on February 17, 1784 and died on December 29, 1838 at her home, Sholden Lodge, near Upper Deal, Eastry, Kent.

The only other possibility, at least amongst the people I have traced, is that it was Samuel Harvey's. He was brother to the aforementioned Captain Sir John Harvey so would have the same arms, I suppose. He was a brewer in Sandwich, Kent who in 1796 established Harvey & Co, a private bank which eventually became part of RBS. He died in 1817.

How fascinating that you have a Harvey, though probably not connected to mine, who lived at Stisted Hall as someone distantly related to my father lived there too. Thomas and Sarah Harvey are my maternal 3rd great-grandparents.

I hope that is of some interest.

Regards, James Bateman.