was born June 6, 1830, in Prairie Township, Henry Co., Ind., a son of James
and Margaret (Cannaday) Harvey, the former born in North
Carolina, April 3, 1795, and the latter born Aug. 22, 1797, in Tennessee.
They came to Henry County from Wayne County, Ind., in 1819, and were the first
settlers in this township, where they remained till their death. James
Harvey died Jan. 13, 1871, aged seventy-seven years, and his wife died June 18,
1871, aged seventy-five years. They were the parents of seven children -- Joel,
Absalom, Nancy, wife of James Frazier; Mary Ann,
wife of Solomon Frazier, and Nathan, all
residing in this township, and Eliza Ellen, deceased. Our
subject has made farming his principal occupation through life. He owns
one of the best farms in the township, containing 443 acres of land. Oct.
11, 1855, he was married to Sarah A. Ridgway, born Jan. 28,
1836, a daughter of Lot Ridgway. To this union were born four
children -- Elmer E., born Sept. 20, 1856; James A.,
April 15, 1859; Levara N., Nov. 28, 1860, and George,
born April 24, 1866, and died when about twenty-one months old. Elmer is
married and lives in Blue River Township. Politically Mr. Harvey is a
Republican. He is a member of New Castle Lodge, No. 91, A.F.&
A.M. His wife and daughters are members of Hillsborough Christian church.
History of Henry County, Indiana, Chicago: Inter-State
Publishing Co., 1884, page 759-760.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming