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Robert Harvey born ca.1853-1855
(Robert Harvie 1815 x Margaret Buchanan)
NOTE: Information about the parents of Bob Harvey 1892, the young man who headed for Canada by himself, was scarce. His birth certificate was found after the death of his daughter, Jean. It gave sparse details - his name, date, time and place of his birth. The certificate does NOT list his parents.
The visit of our Canadian relatives to Scotland gave us the information that Robert's father was Robert; and that the name Robert went back several generations.
Robert Harvey 1853-55 was identified as Bob Harvey's father through a search at www.ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk
The Birth Register for the District of Larkhall, County of Lanark gave us the name of Bob's parents. The name, place, date and time of birth matches perfectly with the certificate we already have. There is no doubt that the parents of Bob Harvey 1892 is Robert Harvey 1855 and Jane Mathie 1860 (also noted as Mathies and Matthews in various documents).
Identification of each prior generations is confirmed in the same manner and noted where applicable.
Robert Harvey, the father of our Robert (Bob) Harvey, was born about 1855 in Dalserf, Lanarkshire. He is the son of Robert Harvie (who could have guessed?) and Margaret Buchanan (daughter of Robert Buchanan and Anne Forrest).
Robert appears in the 1891 Scotland Census for the village of Dalserf in Lanarkshire. He is aged 36, unmarried, head of household, living at Overton Farm. Whether he owned the farm or was employed there isn't quite clear. His occupation is a dairyman.
Windows were counted in this census, and his house was noted as having 2 rooms with one or more windows.
In the household is his aged mother, Margaret. She is noted as age 73 and an Annuitant. Also in the household are two servants - Jane Isac, age 20, general servant and MOST interesting, Jeanie Mathies, age 25, dairymaid. She was born in Kilwinning, Ayrshire.
Jeanie Mathies is presumed to be Jane Mathie (Mathies, Mathews in various documents), the mother of all seven of Robert's children. In fact, Robert and Jane's first child, our Bob Harvey, is born a year later.
Robert and Jane had three children before their marriage. One more child was born almost exactly 9 months after their wedding on March 5, 1896.
Robert's birth and death dates have not been confirmed. The "about" 1855 date comes about from the census taken April 5, 1891 (age 36, depending on birth month, puts his birth in 1855) as does his age at the time of their marriage (age 41, married March 5, 1896).
The county registers for the birth and death of Jane, however, were found.
Jane Mathie was born on October 08, 1860 at 15 Bensley Square, Kilwinning, Ayrshire. Her parents were John Mathie, coal miner and Catharine Wylie Mathie.
Jane Harvey, widow of Robert Harvey, farmer, maiden name Mathie, died at Dalrymple, Ayrshire on June 13, 1943. She was 82 years old and died of cardiac failure and senility. The county death register again notes her father is John Mathie, coal miner, and her mother as Catharine Mathie maiden name Wyllie. The Wylie name is also seen in documents written as Wyllie. Jane and Robert's son John Harvey, was present when she died and signed the county register.
The children of Robert Harvey and Jane Mathie (all born in Scotland) are:
i. Robert Harvey, b. June 18, 1892 at Burnhead Farm, Larkhall, Lanarkshire. He married Eleanor Louise Day, daughter of Harry William Day and Gertrude Preater on October 21, 1918 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Robert died 03 June 1966 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
ii. Maggie Matthews Harvey, b. February 14, 1894 at Burnhead Farm, Larkhall, Lanarkshire
iii. Jeanie Harvey, b. July 1, 1895 at Burnhead Farm, Larkhall, Lanarkshire
iv. Charles Harvey, b. December 10, 1896 at Burnhead Farm, Larkhall, Lanarkshire
v. Janet Smith Harvey, b. August 21, 1898 at Burnhead Farm, Larkhall, Lanarkshire. She married Leslie William Ferguson Plested on 6 Aug 1927 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She died 07 Feb 1980 in Willingboro, Burlington, NJ. She was buried 12 Feb 1980 in the Zion Episcopal Churchyard, Douglaston, Long Island, NY
vi. Mary Harvey, b. October 27, 1900 at Burnhead Farm, Larkhall, Lanarkshire. She married James Russell Kirkwood, coalminer, on April 18, 1924 at Burnhead Farm, Larkhall, Lanarkshire. He was the son of John Kirkwood, coalminer, and Helen Russell. Mary Harvey Kirkwood died on November 29, 1945 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
vii. John James Buchanan Harvey, b. July 4, 1902 at Burnhead Farm, Larkhall, Lanarkshire. He died in 1976 at Cumbernauld, N. Lanarkshire
The names of each child were confirmed by the County Birth Registrations which identified Robert Harvey and Jane Matthews (Mathie, Mathies).