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.

Exerpt from Kane County Biographical Record, 1898, pg 34