No history of Marion county would be complete were there failure to make prominent reference to Edward Harvey,
who is one of the self made men and pioneer settlers of this part of the state. He was born in Fayette county,
Ohio, on the 18th of March, 1831, a son of Washington and Sidney (Hinkle) Harvey, the former a native of Kentucky
and the latter of Virginia. They became residents of Ohio at an early day and there the mother passed away in 1848.
The father afterward married again and later removed to the west, settling in Marion county, Iowa, where he resided
until his death, being accounted one of the leading and representative agriculturists of his community. He had
a family of nine children, of whom Edward is the eldest and the only one now living.
Edward Harvey left home at the age of eighteen years and was employed at farm labor up to the time of his marriage,
when he began farming on his own account in Ohio, there remaining for two years. In 1853 he arrived in Iowa and
took up his abode upon the farm in Marion county whereon he now resides. He entered the land from the government.
His first home was a log cabin covered with a clapboard roof, and there was a mud and stick chimney and a puncheon
floor. The door had its latchstring, which usually hung on the outside, an indication of the hospitality which
reigned among the pioneer settlers. After occupying that primitive home for a number of years Edward Harvey built
a frame residence and as time passed on he added many modern equipments and improvements to his farm. In tilling
his fields he followed progressive methods, with the result that in the course of years he gathered abundant harvests.
He also began raising stock and has long made it a special feature of his business, deriving therefrom a substantial
On the 9th of October, 1851, Mr. Harvey was united in marriage to Miss Sarah H. Chaney, a native of Ohio and a
daughter of Solomon and Margaret (Lane) Chaney, who spent their last days in the Buckeye state. To this marriage
were born four children: Thomas B.; Margaret A., now the widow of James Koon,s; Francis R. and Mary E., both now
deceased. The mother passed away in the early '6os and was laid to rest in the Brackenridge cemetery. About 1864
Mr. Harvey was again married, his second union being with Miss Martha J. Rich, a native of Indiana and a daughter
of Alexander and Rachel Rich, both of whom are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Harvey were born eight children: Eva
J., the wife of G. A. Perry; George W.; J. E.; Ida M., the wife of James Loynachan; F. A.; Nettie E., the wife
of William Loynachan; Henry W., deceased; and one other who has passed away. The mother of these children died
in 1902 and her grave was also made in Brackenridge cemetery.
Mr. Harvey is still the owner of one hundred and forty acres of land on section 16, Clay township, and has made
his farm one of the highly improved properties of the district. His fields have been brought to a high state of
cultivation and he has secured the latest improved farm machinery to facilitate the work of cultivating and caring
for the crops. When he took up his abode upon this farm he had but ten cents in his pocket. He worked until he
could secure a few bushels of corn and he had some meal for bread. He traded his clock for two shoats and since
that time he has always been able to.have meat. In a word, he has led a most busy life and his earnest, persistent
labor has been the means of bringing to him substantial prosperity. In his political views he is a republican but
has never sought nor desired political office. He has served, however, as school director and trustee. Fraternally
he is connected with Bellefontaine Lodge, No. 163, F. & A. M., in which he has filled some of the chairs, and
he is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. For more than sixty one years he has occupied the
farm which is still his home and throughout the entire period has been accounted one of the leading farmers of
Marion county. In all business affairs he has been thoroughly reliable and in matters of citizenship has been progressive,
and in the community where he has now remained for almost two thirds of a century he is held in the highest esteem.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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