William Harvey was born 1749 in Orange County, Virginia, but his parents are unknown. He married Lenah Gentry either in Virginia or North Carolina (Surry, Rowan, Wilkes, etc.), had all of his children supposedly in Surry County, North Carolina, and then moved to Roane County, Tennessee in the early 1800s. He was 84 years old when he filed for his pension in Roane County, Tennessee, and his pension started on February 19, 1834. He died sometime in 1836 in Roane County, Tennessee.