There is no record of James Harvey's birth, although the two places named, in two different versions, is Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and Butler County, Ohio (of course in 1803 there was no Butler County or Ohio as it was Hamilton County of the Northwest Territory).The only record of the dates of his birth and death are his grave marker in Old Pioneers Cemetery in Waynetown, Montgomery County, Indiana.It states that he died March 31, 1840 at the age of 38 years, 9 months and 17 days.That would make his date of birth June 14, 1801.
There is also no record of his marriage to Rhuamy French (Lot French's and Elizabeth Miller's daughter.It is obvious that people had a hard time spelling his wife's name in addition to her often going by her nickname "Amy."She is shown as Amy in the 1850 Federal Census, Rumy in the 1860 Federal Census and Rheuamy in the 1870 Federal Census.In the 1851 Petition to allow her daughter Elizabeth to marry Thomas Jefferson Bunnel, she is shown as Phenamy and in the Eldorado Cemetery records in Cedar, Monroe County, Iowa (where she is buried) she is shown as Rheuama.
Aaron Brown Applegate, Elizabeth Applegate Rynearson and Mary Applegate French are likely James Harvey's siblings, as the dates and locations of their birth and the naming patterns of their children fit together nicely. Even though they all left records of their lives, nothing in those records ever refers to their father or mother.As I previously mentioned, I have some problems with assigning Miller and Catherine and George Washington as James Harvey's siblings, without something more to tie them together.
Elizabeth, who married Ezekial Rynearson had an oral history of being raised by a family named Cockran, of which I can find no record.Since she was born June 11, 1805 in Kentucky, she had to be orphaned or abandoned after that date, which fits into James Harvey's oral history of being orphaned at age 9.However, neither oral history relates whether one or both parents died at that time or where James Harvey lived until his marriage and move to Montgomery County, Indiana.
As to when James Harvey and Rhuamy were married, once again there is no definitive record or statement.Since Lot French lived in Crawfordsville, Indiana at the time of his death in 1828, it's possible that they either were married in Ohio and then joined Lot in Indiana or accompanied him there, or they met and were married in Montgomery County, Indiana.
James Harvey never bought government land in Montgomery County according to the "Crawfordsville Indiana Land Entries 1820-1830," compiled by Janet C. Cowan, but Aaron Applegate purchased 80 acres in 1828.James Harvey could have purchased land from a speculator who got there before him.He could have been living on Aaron's land proving it up at the time of his death.He could have also been farming someone else's land, I suppose.We don't know exactly where they lived, but it was apparently in the Wayne Township of Montgomery County, Indiana.All we know for sure is that he and his family were living in Montgomery County, Indiana in 1830 (pursuant to the 1830 Census which lists no Township) and was dead by 1840.Rhuamy and family are still shown in Wayne Township of Montgomery County in the 1840 Census.
So, Steven, as you can see, we don't really know enough about James Harvey to assign him to any parents, and that is probably why John and Abigail ended up being sort of a catch-all for the extranious Applegates who were left over after everyone else had been assigned.
I have been hoping for more involvement by Applegate males in the DNA projects.I think that is the only way I can determine from which line I came from.Unfortunately, I have found no one any closer than 6 generations.I been told that at one site a contributor shared all 42 markers with me except one, but there was no contact information.I'm hoping to find a male Applegate heir that isn't descended from James Harvey or Aaron Black and who matches my DNA markers exactly.If they have a solid pedigree, it would show me better where to look.
Thanks for your input and if you come up sith any further suggestions or information, please let me know.
P.S.K. Appelget states:There is another lineage for the next James Harvey from the Records of Carolyn Sierer to Jannette to Voress, which is heavily in question, and is not agreed to by Voress, Howard, Cecily or myself. That lineage goes: Thomas, Thomas, Benjasmin, Daniel, Richard, William, John.—ED)I agree with K. in that this is not likely our John.