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Jacob Harvick, born in the Territory of Pennsylvania in 1752, was a resident of Surry County, North Carolina, during the Revolutionary War, served in the militia from that county, and received a pension for his service in the Revolutionary War shortly before his death in Johnson County, IL, on 22 November 1833. He was married to Catherine, maiden name unknown, but she was possibly a Martin. The date of Catherine's death is not known, but she was still alive in November 1834. They are both buried in the Johnson Cemetery near Vienna, Johnson County, IL. By 1790 the Harvick family was living in Moore County, N.C.; and in 1794 Jacob Harvick sold his land stating his intention to move to Georgia. On March 2, 1802 deed records of Smith County, Tennessee, show the sale of 640 acres on Dixon's Creek from Ammon Davis of Davidson County to Jacob Harvick, already a resident of Smith County. Jacob sold this land to Henry McWherter on 9 April 1806, and finally traveled by raft to Illinois. The family settled in Bloomfield Township near the present town of Vienna, Johnson County, IL, where they lived during the War of 1812.

A History of Johnson County, Illinois, written by Mrs. P. T. Chapman in 1925, gave a comprehensive history of Jacob Harvick's family. Other sources indicate Jacob was probably a grandson of Johannes Harwick/Herwich, who arrived with his family in Port of Philadelphia on board the Johnson Galley of London, 18 September 1732 (old style calendar). The ship's passengers were Palatines. The will of John Herwick of Springfield, Bucks County, PA, was proved 11 August 1761 in Philadelphia. John had sons Paulus, Jacob, and Nicollus, who were all under age 16 at the time of arrival; daughters Catherine, who married Michael Dieder; and Mary, who married a Mire. There was an Anna Maria mentioned on the ship passenger list. It is not known if she was John's wife, or his daughter Mary named in his will.

Jacob Harvick was on the 1790 census for Moore County, NC; 1810 census for Randolph County, IL, and after the formation of Johnson County from Randolph County, was on the 1818, 1820, and 1830 census for Johnson County. He received a land grant in Johnson County in 1818, and also owned land in Pope County. A family story said he died of measles at age 83.

The children of Jacob and Catherine Harvick were:
(1) Adam Harvick, born 1780-90 in North Carolina, married possibly a daughter of King Fisher, and died in Smith County, Texas in 1846 or 1847.
(2) Martin Harvick, born about 1792 in North Carolina, died 13 October 1853; married Mary (Nancy) Fisher, a daughter of King Fisher. Martin and Mary are buried in the Johnson Cemetery near Vienna, Johnson County, IL.
(3) Amanda Harvick married Joel Johnson, died about 1830, and is buried in Johnson Cemetery near Vienna. The cemetery is located on land owned by Joel Johnson at that time.
(4) Margaret Harvick married Sabert Choat. Her name was not given in the history, but a Johnson County deed dated 1838 was signed by Sabert Choat and wife, Margaret. It is believed the family moved to Texas.
(5) Susannah Ellen Harvick, born about 1795, married Jesse Canady. Information given by her descendants show the family moved to Arkansas with Adam Harvick, and later to Texas. The family settled in Cherokee County, Texas, where Susannah Ellen died on 29 March 1880. A later member of the family stated in court papers that the proper spelling was Kennedy, and not Canady.

Adam Harvick was a farmer and was possibly married to a daughter of King Fisher, but no record of the marriage has been found. Many of his descendants were named "King". He received a land grant in Johnson County in 1818, and lived in Bloomfield Township until he moved his family to Arkansas some time in the mid 1820's. The last record found in Johnson County Commissioners Records was in 1824. He received a land grant in Franklin County, Arkansas, in 1830, but the family was living in Washington County, Arkansas at the time of the 1830 census. The 1840 census shows the family living in Benton County. There is a grave in Benton County, Arkansas for a Minnie Harvick, possibly his wife or daughter, but the tombstone has no dates.

Census records indicate Adam Harvick could have had as many as 19 children. Known children were:
(1) Martin Harvick, born 6 October 1818 in IL, moved to Fannin County, TX, in 1839, married in 1842 to Malvina Yeary; and after her death married Mary Etta Daniel. Martin Harvick died in Parker County, TX, 25 October 1863.
(2) King F. Harvick, born 14 March 1822 in IL, moved to Texas in 1841; married 15 November 1845 in Rusk County, TX, to Eleanor Kenedy. King Harvick died 28 January 1873, in Bosque County, TX.
(3) Nancy (Mary) Harvick, born March 1827 in AR, was married 10 May 1848 in Smith County, TX, to Thomas C. Splawn. In 1904, she was living in Denton, TX.
(4) Nicholas Harvick, born about 1828 in AR, married 22 April 1849 in Smith County, TX, to Jemima Jane Splawn, and was last known of in 1869 in Bosque County, TX.
(5) Amanda Harvick, born about 1829, married probably Charles Kutch, and lived in Hays County, TX.
(6) Hampton J. Harvick, born 5 November 1832 in AR, was married about 1855 in Hill County, TX, to Mary Young, and died in Hill County on 1 December 1875.
(7) Converse Harvick, born about 1832 in AR, married Elizabeth. He lived in Erath County, Texas, and died between 1876-80.
(8) Peggy Harvick, born about 1834 in AR.
(9) Adam Stricklin Harvick, born 18 March 1837 in Washington County, AR, married 25 September 1861, probably in Erath County, Texas, to Mary Serene Beasley, and died 24 November 1884 in San Saba County, Texas. They lived at various times in Mills, McCulloch, Bell, and Coryell Counties in Texas; and lived for a while in Oklahoma. A daughter told that he was one quarter Cherokee Indian. Adam S., a stock raiser, before his marriage lived in Smith, Hill, and Bosque Counties in Texas.
(10) Louisa Harvick, born about 1838 in AR, probably the Rebecca L. Harvick who married Edward Francis in Bosque County, TX, on 11 March 1862, and died 24 February 1868 in Bosque County.
(11) Malvina Ernst Harvick, born about 1840 in AR, married Cyrus Wesley Kutch, and died in Parker County, TX, in 1916.
(12) Malissa (Melissa) Harvick, born about 1840 in AR, probably married P. W. Neely in Bosque County, TX, on 20 December 1866.
(13) Maleza (Eliza) Harvick, twin of Melissa, born about 1840 in Arkansas.

In the early 1840's the Adam Harvick family moved to Texas. Adam was on the Poll Tax list for 1846, which only included people who had been in Texas for a long as a year, including the time it was a Republic. Tax records in 1846 show Adam Harvick was living in Smith County, TX, where he died early in 1847. Census, land grant, tax, and other records show the children scattered all across Texas.

Submitted by: Frances Barkley Willess May 1999
(Great granddaughter of Adam Stricklin Harvick)

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