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The Harveys were a prominent Quaker family in Leeds in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, related by marriage to the Fryer, Firth, Jowitt and Rowntree families. In 1873 William Harvey, a teacher and art collector, married Anna Maria Whiting and the couple settled at Roundhay, a Leeds suburb. The couple had at least eight children together: Thomas Edmund ‘Ted’ (1875-1955); Mary Katherine (1877-1962); Bernard (1878-1878); Margaret (1881-1917); Helen Grace (1882-1944); William Fryer (1885-1937); Philip (1887-?); and John Wilfred (1889-1967).
The Harvey daughters, including Margaret, also known as Marnie, and Helen Grace, also known as Nell or Nellie, were educated at The Mount School, a Quaker boarding school for girls in York. Their brothers were educated at Bootham School, York.
Mary Katherine went on to marry Arnold Stephenson Rowntree, MP for York, in 1906. Margaret trained as a nurse in the East End Settlement Hospital in London and married Rawlinson Charles Ford in 1909, while Helen Grace married Quaker tea merchant Hugh Theodore Crosfield in 1911. Of their brothers, Ted became MP for Leeds, John Wilfred became Professor of Philosophy at the University of Leeds between 1832 and 1854, and William Fryer was an author and prominent campaigner for adult education.
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A. S. Rowntree and M. K. Rowntree, ‘The Letters of Arnold Stephenson Rowntree to Mary Katherine Rowntree, 1910-1918’ (Cambridge, 2002).
University of Leeds, Special Collections, 'Papers relating to the Harvey family of Leeds' (https://library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections-explore/7818)