Joel  Harvey

          Joel Harvey  was born Oct. 18, 1821, in Prairie Township, Henry Co., Ind., Oct. 18, 1821, a son of  James and  Margaret (Cannaday) Harvey,  who were the first settlers of this section, coming from Wayne County in 1819.  His grandfather, William Harvey, moved from North Carolina to Wayne County, Ind., in 1808, when our subject's father was thirteen years of age.  The latter was married Oct. 12, 1820, to Margaret, daughter of  Charles and Sarah Cannaday, natives of Tennessee, who came to Indiana in an early day.  Joel Harvey  was reared on the farm and received a very limited education at the common schools.  He has followed farming through life, in which he has been very successful and now owns one of the best farms in this section, containing 280 acres of well-cultivated land.  He was married Nov. 2, 1843, to  Sarah Downs, born April 13, 1824, and a daughter of  Robert and Elizabeth Downs,  the former born in Pennsylvania, Jan. 2, 1790, and the latter Feb. 25, 1801, in New Jersey.  To Mr. Harvey and wife were born eight children -- Evan, born March 28, 1845, and died Jan. 16, 1862;  Elmer, born July 3, 1854, and died March 10, 1855;  Elizabeth, born Nov. 9, 1846, wife of  Eli F. Millikin,  of Henry County;  Matthew, born Jan. 8, 1850, living on the homestead in this Township;  Margaret, born Jan. 8, 1852, wife of  Perry Jeffries,  of Prairie Township;  Ida, born June 6, 1858, wife of  James R. Patterson,  of Henry County; and  Robert Harvey, born March 27, 1861, living with his parents.  Mr. Harvey was formerly a Whig in politics, but since the organization of the Republicans, he has affiliated with  that party.  He, wife and family belong to the Blue River Christian Church.  Mrs. Harvey's father Robert Downs, was married in New Jersey, to  Elizabeth Babbington,  daughter of  Thomas and  Elizabeth Babbington.  In 1829 they moved to Maryland, remaining eight years, and after living near Zanesville, Ohio, some time they came to Prairie Township, Henry Co., Ind., where Mrs. Downs died Feb. 25, 1861.  Mr. Downs's death occurred June 26, 1872, in his eighty-third year.  He served two years as a soldier in the war of 1812.  
History of Henry County, Indiana,  Chicago:  Inter-State Publishing Co., 1884, page 759.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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