Octavia Isabella Harvey

10 September 1855–13 August 1911 (Age 55)
Shelby, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Octavia Isabella

Octavia Isabella Harvey was born on 10 September 1855, in Shelby, Tennessee, United States. She married Walter Franklin Privett on 25 November 1880, in Shelby, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States in 1900. She died on 13 August 1911, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Walter Franklin Privett
Octavia Isabella Harvey
Marriage: 25 November 1880
Annette Lizette Privett
Walter Harvey Privett
Madora Privett

Spouse and Children

25 November 1880
Shelby, Tennessee, United States


    Annette Lizette Privett



    Madora Privett


World Events (8)


Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · Gas Street Lamps Installed

Age 12

The Los Angeles Gas Company installed 43 gas street lamps on Main Street. A lamplighter rode on horseback at dusk to light the streetlights. By 1873, 136 gas lamps had been installed in Los Angeles. 
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 15

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: from the Breton personal name Aeruiu or Haerviu, composed of the elements haer ‘battle’, ‘carnage’+ vy ‘worthy’, which was brought to England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, for the most part in the Gallicized form Hervé. (The change from -er- to -ar- was a normal development in Middle English and Old French.) Reaney believes that the surname is also occasionally from a Norman personal name, Old German Herewig, composed of the Germanic elements hari, heri ‘army’ + wīg ‘war’.2 Irish: mainly of English origin, in Ulster and County Wexford, but sometimes a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAirmheadhaigh ‘descendant of Airmheadhach’, a personal name probably meaning ‘esteemed’. It seems to be a derivative of Airmheadh, the name borne by a mythological physician.3 Irish (County Fermanagh): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchaidh ‘descendant of Earchadh’, a personal name of uncertain origin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Octavia J Privett in household of Ed G Howe, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Octavia Privette in household of Walter F Privette, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Octavia Harvey, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

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