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Thomas Harvey

Male 1781 - 1842  (61 years)


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  • Name Thomas Harvey  [1
    Born 11 Mar 1781  Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 12 Mar 1781  Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation Schoolmaster  [5
    Died 4 Aug 1842  Albany, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Notes 
    • Listed as father of Elizabeth Harvey, schoolmaster, abode Spetisbury

      He was a schoolmaster, Oxford College man

      D234/B1
      Minute Book of Trustees of Hall & Sloper's Endowed School
      1807 New schoolhouse
      proposed that present house be exchanged for another on opposite side of road and that a bank and quickset hedge be planted and maintained by the Trust (This schoolhouse today is the Spetisbury [Hall & Sloper] CE VA First School Founded 1733, adjacent to the Spetisbury Church)

      Sept 1811
      Buildings and schoolroom to be put in good repair and insured with Phoenix Fire Insurance

      27 Sept 1811
      Appointment of Thomas Harvey
      "Thomas Harvey the younger of Iwerne Minster to be Master of the Free School in Spetisbury … and to instruct the Poor Children of both sexes of the said parish of Spetisbury and the adjoining parish of Charlton Marshall in reading and arithmetic from 6 years of age and upwards during the usual School Hours….with all the fees, emoluments and advantages which … are annexed to the office of Schoolmaster … for … so long a time as he shall faithfully an diligently discharge the conditions thereof"

      Undertaking signed by Thomas Harvey 27 Sept 1811
      "I voluntarily accept the office of Schoolmaster … I also agree to teach and instruct such poor children … as cannot attend to be instructed during the usual school hours , in the Evenings between the hours of six and eight o\clock …"

      D234/C1
      1 June 1828
      Correspondence regarding what to do in the event of misconduct by the schoolmaster …
      discussion as to how the moneys of the charitable trust were allocated … rents from a farm bought out of the bequest are to furnish the money to pay for the school and the salary of the master and for Bibles to be distributed in various places in the county ..

      " in the case of great misconduct by the Master he may be displaced by the Trustees or at least that they may withhold any further payments to him out of the rent of the Charity estate and if they should do so and the master should feel himself undeservedly punished his only remedy would be by Application to the Court of Chancery …

      D234/L2
      1834 Power of Trustees to Remove Schoolmaster
      There is a discussion of how the schoolhouse came to be in the possession of the Trust:

      " … the .. [present] schoolhouse was allotted and awarded to the trustees in .. 1800 … by Spetisbury Enclosure Act …in exchange for another house … the present trustees have no means of ascertaining how the old school house became originally vested in their predecessors …they presume it must have been purchased about the time the charity was established"

      " For several years past Thomas Harvey has co-habited with a married woman in Spettisbury living apart from her husband of the name of Plowman and a considerable time since he took a house for her in the parish at the month of October last notwithstanding it was a matter of notoriety that her husband was living Harvey went off with and got married to her in the neighbourhood of London and then returned with her to Spettisbury and continued to cohabit with her as his wife until very recently when she absconded in consequence of her first husband W Plowman coming to Spettisbury and taking a proportion of her goods and obtaining a Magistrate's Warrant for her apprehension for Bigamy by intermarrying with Harvey. The Trustees consider this immoral conduct on the part of Harvey renders him an unfit person to be continued in this office of Schoolmaster and that it is a duty incumbent on them to remove him but having doubts as to their power they wish to obtain your opinion on the subject. It should be observed also that for many years past there have been occasional complaints made by the parents of children … of Harvey; neglecting the school and about 2 years since he many days together left the management of it to a daughter whilst he employed himself with the farmers in the shearing of sheep. He has also for some time thought it proper to carry on the business of Baker at the Schoolhouse.
      Your opinion is therefore requested whether … the trustees would be authorized in removing Harvey from his office … and what legal measures can be pursued … for the purpose of turning him out of his office and out of the school house"

      "There could be no doubt … that the Trustees would be well justified in removing Mr Harvey from the school ……….. but if the offence has been known for some time to the Trustees they will be expected to explain why he was considered fit to continue in the office …It does not appear what steps the Trustees took when they were first apprised of Harvey's misconduct. …[there is a note that they had no meetings during this time]

      If Harvey should be able to explain … the Accusation, .. I do not think the carrying on of the business of Baker would be sufficient to sustain such a punishment ..having left the management of the school to his daughter … would have little effect at this distance in time"

      Dorset Archives Service
      D.234/B3
      To Mr. Thomas Harvey of Spettisbury in the County of Dorset-
      I am directed by the trustees of Bishop Hall and Dr. Sloper's Charities to give you Notice as the Master of Spettisbury and Charlton Marshall School part of the said charities that at the Meeting held by them at the Greyhound Inn in Blandford Foum in the said County of Dorset on Wednesday the twelfth day of March to take into consideration the alleged charge against you for recently intermarrying with Mrs. Plowman the wife of Samuel Plowman, the said trustees, after hearing what you had to allege in your defence and it appearing from your own statement that you knew that the said Samuel Plowman was living so recently as three years since and that you had never received any account of his death and had no reason to allege for believing him to be dead, unanimously resolved and determined that on account of the said offence and for other acts of misconduct you were an unfit person to be continued in the office of Master of the said School and that you should be removed therefrom. And I give you further notice that I was at the said Meeting further directed by the said Trustees to require and I do hereby accordingly require you to yield and deliver up to the said Trustees the School House at Spettisbury aforesaid with the Garden outhouses and Premises thereto belonging on or before the sixth day of April next. Witness my hand the thirteenth day of March 1834.

      Septimus Smith
      Steward of the said Charities

      Dorset Archives Service
      D/234/B3
      Mr. Thomas Harvey having this day given up to the Trustees of Bishop Hall and Dr. Sloper's Charities possession of the School House and Premises at Spettisbury I the undersigned do hereby undertake that the person who may be Elected Master of the Spettisbury and Charlton Marshall Charity School in the room of the said Thomas Harvey shall on or before the eleventh day of October next pay unto the said Thomas Harvey the sum of Ten Pounds as a consideration for the produce of the Garden belonging to the said School House and is a remuneration to the said Thomas Harvey on account of his having planted during his Mastership of the said School the apple and other Trees in the said Garden and in the Play Ground also belonging to the said School. And I do hereby also undertake that the said Person who may be so Elected Master as aforesaid shall on his taking possession of the said School House and Premises take the fixtures in and about the said School House and Premises - belonging to the said Thomas Harvey and hereunder enumerated at a Valuation to be made thereof by two Indifferent Persons one to be chosen by such Person who may be Elected Master as aforesaid and the other by the said Thomas Harvey and in case of their disagreement at the valuation of a third Person to be appointed by the two first chosen before they shall proceed upon their valuation and that the amount of such Valuation shall be paid to the said Thomas Harvey by the Person who may be so Elected Master as aforesaid immediately after the amount thereof shall be ascertained.

      Date the seventh day of April 1834
      George Joyce
      For Mr. Septimus Smith,
      Steward of the said Charities

      Schedule of fixtures referred to above-

      In the Kitchen
      Ironing stone
      half Hogshead Copper
      Dresser and Shelves
      Range or Grate
      Hat Pins

      In the Parlour
      Grate
      Two Cupboards with Glass Doors

      In the Garden
      Sun Dial

      Also the Locks and Bolts to all the Doors which the said Thomas Harvey took at a valuation when he took possession-

      In the Cellar
      Two Shelves

      Dorset Archives Service
      D/234/B3
      I the undersigned John Johnson, of Shillingstone in the county of Dorset having this day been Elected Master of the Spettisbury and Charlton Marshall Free School in the room of Mr. Thomas Harvey the late Master thereof I do hereby agree to pay unto the said Thomas Harvey the said sum of ten pounds mentioned in the before mentioned Undertaking at the time therein mentioned and I also agree to take the Fixtures in the said School House and Premises belonging to the said Thomas Harvey on the terms mentioned in the said understanding-
      Dated the seventh day of April 1834
      John Johnson

      April 29th 1834
      Gentlemen
      Will oblige me by signing the undermentioned order to enable me to receive at the same time when Mr. Smith pays me for my Salary being particularly desirable that I receive it together as it would be attended with a great inconvenience to me to wait in this neighbourhood for its payment.
      Being now at the Greyhound if you will Gentlemen give me an answer it will ever oblige
      Your very obedient and humble Servant,
      Thomas Harvey

      April 29th 1834
      Mr. Septimus Smith pay to Mr. Thos Harvey or his order the Sum of Ten Pounds as a remuneration allowed him for the Garden produce of Spettisbury School
      £ S D
      10-0- 0

      3rd May 1834 - I admit having this day received of The Trustees of Bishop Hall and Dr. Sloper's Charities by the hands of Mr. Septimus Smith, the ten pounds mentioned in the foregoing Understakings, for which I have given receipt-
      Thomas Harvey

      1834 May
      "The Trustees have since removed Harvey and he has acquiesced in his removal .."
      The document goes on to give details of the appointment of a new master.

      Died 4 Aug 1842 at Albany, America, aged 63, Mr. Thomas Harvey, late master of the Free School at Spetisbury, Dorset. Sherborne Mercury, 29 Oct 1842. [6, 7, 8, 9]
    Person ID I14849  Mindrum
    Last Modified 27 Mar 2013 

    Father Thomas Harvey,   b. 19 Mar 1752, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1819, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Betty Deal,   b. Abt 1761, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1841  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Married 6 Apr 1779  Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F13205  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth Betty Applin,   b. 3 Oct 1778, Sutton Waldron, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1819, Spetisbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 20 Oct 1801  Sutton Waldron, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Louisa Maria Harvey,   b. Abt 21 Aug 1802, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1873, North Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
     2. Thomas Harvey,   b. Abt 1804, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Caroline Harvey,   b. Abt 1805, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Jan 1828, Spetisbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years)
     4. Edward Deal Harvey,   b. Abt 1810,   d. Abt May 1837  (Age ~ 27 years)
     5. Harriet Sophia Harvey,   b. 1812, Spetisbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1888  (Age 76 years)
     6. Elizabeth Harvey,   b. Abt 1814, Spetisbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Mar 1828, Spetisbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 14 years)
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F10348  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Plowman,   b. Abt 1785, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1834  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F17509  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S222] Louisa Harvey death record.

    2. [S281] ca 1781.

    3. [S4657] 11 Mar 1781.

    4. [S281]

    5. [S237]

    6. [S7294]

    7. [S242]

    8. [S251] Letter from Alice Bradford Bolt to George K. Pratt, 12 Feb 1992.

    9. [S255]

    10. [S4657]