Harvey,  George P.

Harvey, George P.

Male 1816 - 1900  (84 years)

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  • Name Harvey, George P.  [1, 2, 3
    Born 22 Dec 1816  Ontario Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Dec 1900  Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Elgin, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I29747  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2017 

    Father Harvey, Joel,   b. 06 Sep 1792, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1840, Saint Charles, Kane County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Bennett, Polly,   b. 1798, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1872, Geneva, Kane County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F11027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Burr, Mary L.,   b. 1817, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1895  (Age 78 years) 
    Children 
     1. Harvey, Cecel C.,   b. Jul 1845, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     2. Harvey, Mary E.,   b. Jan 1849, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     3. Harvey, Estelle E.,   b. 1857, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     4. Harvey, Illione,   b. Oct 1858, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     5. Harvey, Charles M.  []
     6. Harvey, Welford W.  []
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2017 21:29:03 
    Family ID F11030  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Dec 1816 - Ontario Co., NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Dec 1900 - Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elgin, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Geo P Harvey - 1900 United States Federal Census
    Geo P Harvey - 1900 United States Federal Census
    Mary L. Harvey - 1880 United States Federal Census
    Mary L. Harvey - 1880 United States Federal Census

    Histories
    George P Harvey Story
    George P Harvey Story

  • Notes 
    • "Biographical Record of Kane County, Illinois", S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, 1898

      GEORGE P. HARVEY.-The subject of this review is one whose history touches the pioneer epoch in the annals of Kane county and whose days were an integral part, of that indissoluble chain which linked the early, formative period with that of later-day progress and prosperity. He has borne an important part in the upbuilding of this section of the state and his name deserves an honored place among its prominent pioneers. He is now living at No. 208 Kimball street.

      Mr. Harvey was born December 22, 1816, in Ontario county, New York, a son of Joel and Polly (Bennett) Harvey. On the paternal side he is of English descent. His great-grandfather was Medad Harvey, while his grandfather was Joel Harvey, Sr., a farmer by occupation, who removed from New Hampshire to New York at an early day, locating near Utica, where he died at the age of seventy years. Our subject's maternal grandfather spent his last days in Herkimer county, New York.

      Joel Harvey, Jr., was a native of Massachusetts, but spent the greater part of his early life upon a farm twelve miles east of Utica, New York. He married Polly Bennett, a native of Connecticut, and they became the parents of six children, who grew to man and womanhood. Four are still living, namely: George P.; Emily, wife of Paul R. Wright, of Santa Barbara, California, Sarah, wife of Major W. M. Taylor, of Chicago, Illinois; and Joel D., of Geneva, Illinois. The father was a blacksmith by trade. In 1835 he came by team to Illinois,'accompanied by all the members of his family with the exception of our subject, who made the trip by water, as their goods were shipped in that way. They were followed by their faithful dog, who was very watchful of their possessions, not permitting a stranger to touch anything. The dog considered all Indians his enemies. The family arrived in Kane county in October, 1835, at which time there were only two log houses on the present site of Elgin, one on either side of the river. The father took up a claim of three hundred acres in the northern part of the town of St. Charles and improved and cultivated the place until his death, which occurred in 1840, at the age of forty-six. He took quite a prominent and influential part in public affairs, served as treasurer of Kane county for one term, was justice of the peace several years, and held various township offices. He was a soldier of the war of 1812, and was always a loyal and patriotic citizen. His estimable wife long survived him, dying June 10, 1872, at the age of seventy-four.

      Mr. Harvey, of this review, was reared eight miles west of Syracuse, in Onondaga county, New York, on a farm, and completed his education in the academy in Baldwinsville. He was nineteen years of age when he came to Illinois, and in 1837 he purchased a farm of his own in Kane county, containing three hundred and twenty acres, which he improved and cultivated until his removal to Elgin, in 1848. Here he has since made his home with the exception of two years spent upon a farm in Elgin township. He built a large warehouse on the east side of the river for the Northwestern railroad in 1850-51, and had charge of the same for a number of years, storing all kinds of goods and grain. Later, in partnership with George W. Renwick, he engaged in the manufacture of threshing machines.

      On the 13th of November, 1839, Mr. Harvey married Miss Mary L. Burr, a daughter of Atwell and Betsy (Wheeler) Burr, who came to Kane county from Pompey, Onondaga county, New York, in the spring of 1836, and first settled in St. Charles. Later they removed to Campton township, where they purchased land and continued to make their home until called from this life. They were of English descent, and Mrs. Burr was born and reared at the foot of the Hoosac mountains. Mr. Burr also aided in the war of 1812, and died about 1851.

      Of the ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey, four sons died in infancy. The others are as follows: Charles M. enlisted in the Seventh Illinois Infantry, under the first call for three-months' men, and after the expiration of his term re-enlisted in the Plato Cavalry, his company being first assigned to the Thirty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and later to the Fifteenth Illinois Cavalry, serving as first lieutenant of Company B. Re-enlisting again as a veteran, he served until the close of the war. He was with Sherman's army on the celebrated march from Atlanta to the sea, and was once slightly wounded while carrying dispatches. He married Clara E. Conger and lived in Waco, Texas, at which place he and his wife and daughter all died. Welford W. makes his home on a ranch near Buffalo, in Wyoming. He married Mrs. Mary E. Orr, by whom he has one son, Ray Phelps, and she has two daughters by her former marriage-Minnie and Nellis. Cecil C. was formerly a successful teacher for a number of years, but for the past fourteen years has been librarian of the city library of Elgin. Mary E. is also at home. Estelle E. is the wife of William Freck, a machinist and inventor living in Chicago, and they have three children-Florence, Howard B. and Margaret Loraine. Illione is a writer in an insurance office in Chicago. The wife and mother passed away September 19, 1895, when almost seventy-eight years of age. She was a member of the Universalist church, which her husband also attends.

      With Mr. Harvey resides his aunt, Mrs. Emily (Harvey) Ainsworth, who in 1843 came to McHenry county, Illinois, but later spent a short time in Missouri. On her return to this state she located in Richview and subsequently removed to St. Charles, where she had three sisters living, all now deceased. For the past twelve years she has made her home in Elgin, and is now eighty-eight years of age.

      Mr. Harvey has ever been one of the popular and prominent citizens of the county, and in early life took quite an active and influential part in public affairs. In-the fall of 1854 he was elected county treasurer, and two years later was made alderman of the third ward of Elgin, serving in that capacity for six years. Subsequently he filled the office of assessor of Elgin township for two terms. He also served as internal revenue assessor for Kane county two years. From 1860 until 1862, he lived on his farm, but in the latter year returned to Elgin, where he has since continued to reside. For sixty-two years he has been identified with the interests of the county, has seen almost its entire development, as on his arrival here the Indians were far more numerous than the white settlers and most of the land was still in its primitive condition. He is now the oldest member of Kane lodge, I. O. O. F., with which he has been connected since 1851. Although eighty-one years of age he is still well preserved. Nature deals kindly with the man who abuses not her laws, and although his business cares have been extensive age rests lightly upon him. It is safe to say that no man in Elgin has more or warmer friends than George P. Harvey.

  • Sources 
    1. [S797] Biographical Record of Kane County, Illinois, (Name: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company; Location: Chicago, Illinois; Date: 1898;).

    2. [S381] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Year: 1880; Census Place: Elgin, Kane, Illinois; Roll: 218; Family History Film: 1254218; Page: 355C; Enumeration District: 086; Image: 0511.
      Record for Mary L. Harvey

    3. [S446] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Database online. Year: 1900; Census Place: Elgin Ward 2, Kane, Illinois; Roll: T623_311; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 94; FHL microfilm: 1240311.
      Record for Geo P Harvey

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      Record for Polly Harvey