Biography of Merritt Harvey
Allen County, OH Biographies

MERRITT HARVEY, retired, Spencerville, was born in Vermont, October 20, 1824, son of Apollos and Mary (Rockwood) Harvey, natives of Massachusetts and Vermont respectively, the former of whom was born in 1796, and died February 29, 1848; the latter was born in 1800, died in 1836. They were parents of seven children, of whom Merritt is the Third. While an infant our subject removed with his parents to Troy, N. Y., where he grew to maturity, spending his early life in attending school, preparatory to entering college, but instead of so doing, he moved to Ohio in 1843, and four years later to Spencerville. He engaged in boating on the canal for several years, and eventually turned his attention to merchandising, in which he continued at intervals for several years. He also taught school more or less for thirty years. He has within three years past retired from active life and labor. In his business career he has experienced the ups and downs incident to trade, but has retired with sufficient property to live comfortably to the end of his days. He was twice married; on first occasion, in 1852, to Rebecca Ann Wicks, who died in March. 1864, and he then married, in 1865, Mrs. Eliza Ann Wicks, who was born at Dayton. Ohio, July 6, 1835 (by her first marriage she had three children: Charles. John and Samuel). To this union were born five children: Frank, William S., Wallace. Martha and James M. Mr. Harvey was one of the first township clerks, and was mayor six years, and has also been a member of the town council. During the late war of the Rebellion, he enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Eightieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with Capt. C. Bice, and was in the service about nine months. Politically he is identified with. the Democratic party.

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