Biography of Harvey Park
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

HARVEY PARK, a wounded Union veteran soldier of the late civil war and a prosperous farmer of Brady's Bend township, is a son of James and Elizabeth (Duff) Park, and was born at Wilkinsburg, in Sterrett township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, April 1, 1825. The Park family is of Irish descent, and Mr. Park's paternal grandfather, William Park, emigrated from Ireland to America in 1793, and settled in the Chissococquallis valley, Pa., from whence he removed to Pittsburgh, in 1800. He was a stone mason by trade, but after he went to Pittsburgh he engaged in farming. He was a member of the Presbyrerian church and a Free Mason, and voted the democratic ticket. He married Mary McCune, and had seven children: John, born in 1794, was a stone mason in Allegheny city; David, born in 1798, was a wheelwright and farmer in Beaver county; William, born in 1800, was a farmer on Sandy Creek, in Allegheny county; Robert M., born in 1802, was a carpenter, and removed to St. Louis in 1833; Thomas, born in 1804, was a farmer in Allegheny county; and Jane, who was born in 1806. James Park (father of Harvey Park) was born in 1796, and was a blacksmith by trade. In 1839 he removed to Butler county, where he bought a farm which he cultivated uniii his death, March 4, 1860. In 1824 he married Elizabeth Duff, by whom he had five children: Harvey, Hettie J., born July 4, 1827, married Thomas Patterson, and died in 1854; William W., born in 1829, and died in 1832; an infant, born in 1836, and died in 1836; and Mary E., born in 1834, and wife of James Beswarick, a miner at Sandy Creek. After the death of his first wife, in 1842, James Park married Mrs. Jane Stewart, in 1848. To this union were born three children Mrs. Elizabeth (Duff) Park, the first wife, was a daughter of John Duff (maternal grandfather), of Allegheny county, who was a soldier during the Revolution, and was wounded while in the service He was a farmer and moved to Pittsburgh in 1790. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and a Free Mason. He had eleven children: James, John, William, George, David, Samuel, Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth, Hettie and Matilda.

Harvey Park attended the subscription schools of Wilkinsburg, from whence he removed to Sunbury, Pa., and afterwards, on September 4, 1853, to Brady's Bend, Armstrong county, where he engaged in wagon making. August 22, 1862, he enlisted in Co. C, 139th regiment, Pa, Vols., for three years. On July 1, 1863, he was promoted from corporal to sergeant, and on September 2, 1863, to first sergeant. He was transferred to the Vet. Res. corps on December 30, 1864, and was mustered out of the service August 31, 1865. He helped bury the Union dead at Bull's Run, and participated in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville (where his regiment was complimented by Gen. Wheaton for its gallant service), Gettysburg and all the hard fighting from the Rapidan to Appomattox Court house, He was wounded in the thigh at Cold Harbor, June 2, 1864, and still carries the ball which struck him. He was also wounded in one of the Wilderness fights and at Spottsylvania.

On May 15, 1849, he married Mary Cumberland. They had two children: Mina K, born January 22, 1850, and wife of Walter Moody; and Sylvester J., born May 17, 1853. Mrs. Park died January 31, 1854, and Novem ber 6, 1856, Mr. Park married Elizabeth Myers, daughter of Adam Myers, of Brady's Bend. To this second union were born four children: Hortensia, born September 1, 1857, and wife of Melville Rupert, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Costella, born August 31, 1859; Cassius M., born September 13, 1860, and died September 22, 1861; and Marion Anninta, born February 13, 1862 and died August 5, 1863. The second wife, Elizabeth (Myers) Park, died April 5, 1863, and on August 1, 1865, Mr. Park married, for his third wife, Annie E. Slyder, daughter of George Slyder, of York county, Penna.

Harvey Park is a member of T. M. Sedwick Post, No. 294, G. A. R., of East Brady. He is a republican in politics and has filled most of the various township offices.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891


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