Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of Benjamin Franklin HARVEY


           Benjamin Franklin Harvey, one of the farming population in Carroll district, born in Perry county, Kentucky, May 6, 1837, is a son of Martin and Sarah (Hall) Harvey, the latter of whom is now 99 years of age, in good health, and resides with the subject of this sketch. B.F. Harvey has been twice wedded; Sarah Clemons became his wife, July 24, 1857; on February 24, 1863, she died, having been the mother of two children: Andrew, born April 29, 1858; William, born May 1, 1860, died in February 1863. In Lawrence County, Kentucky, on August 24, 1864, Mr. Harvey was again married, this time choosing for a help-meet, May, daughter of William and Nancy Reed. She was born in Madison county, Kentucky, May 8, 1843, and is now the mother of eight children, all residing at home: John, born April 22, 1865; Ellen, born April 28, 1868; Wesley, born February 2, 1871; Anderson, born December 24, 1873; William, born October 22, 1875; James, born February 9, 1877; Sarah, born April 22, 1879; Elijah, born September 23, 1881. Benjamin F. Harvey came to Lincoln county in 1877 from Kentucky. In that State he was a constable for four years, and justice of the peace 12 years. He enlisted in the Civil War, December 3, 1863, serving in the Federal army, in Company K, 14th Kentucky Cavalry. He was a participant in the battles at Quick Sand, Big Hill, Irvin and Danyule, and was discharged March 24, 1864. Mr. Harvey owns 115 acres of farming land on Big creek, Putnam county, West Virginia, 5 miles northeast of Hamlin, and 10 miles from the C&0 Railroad. The land is well watered, heavily timbered with pine, poplar, sugar, maple and walnut;has a large orchard; and coal and iron ore are in abundance. He receives his mail at Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.


      Extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Lincoln County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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