John McDonald Harvey

23 February 1846–27 April 1900 (Age 54)
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of John McDonald

When John McDonald Harvey was born on 23 February 1846, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, John Harvey, was 29 and his mother, Eliza Averett, was 31. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States in 1850 and Provo, Utah, Utah Territory, United States in 1860. He died on 27 April 1900, in Joseph, Sevier, Utah, United States, at the age of 54.

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Family Time Line

John Harvey
Eliza Averett
Robert Francis Harvey
Alexander Murray Harvey
George Gill Harvey
John McDonald Harvey
Adelbert Harvey
Adelia Harvey
Henry Harvey
Margaret Ann Harvey
Enoch Harvey
James Murray Harvey

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World Events (8)

1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized
Age 2
Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
1848 · Fire Destroys the Temple
Age 2
On October 9, 1848, an arsonists fire claimed everything but the outer walls of the Nauvoo Temple since the structure was made out of limestone and wood. It was meant to discourage the Saints that had fled to never come back.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers
Age 15
Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: from the Breton personal name Aeruiu or Haerviu, composed of the elements haer ‘battle’, ‘carnage’+ vy ‘worthy’, which was brought to England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, for the most part in the Gallicized form Hervé. (The change from -er- to -ar- was a normal development in Middle English and Old French.) Reaney believes that the surname is also occasionally from a Norman personal name, Old German Herewig, composed of the Germanic elements hari, heri ‘army’ + wīg ‘war’.2 Irish: mainly of English origin, in Ulster and County Wexford, but sometimes a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAirmheadhaigh ‘descendant of Airmheadhach’, a personal name probably meaning ‘esteemed’. It seems to be a derivative of Airmheadh, the name borne by a mythological physician.3 Irish (County Fermanagh): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchaidh ‘descendant of Earchadh’, a personal name of uncertain origin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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John Harvey

John Harvey. Born Dec. 12, 1816. In the village of Balleston Lanarkshire, Scotland, 5 miles from the City of Glascow. John loved the sea and left his family one night for America. The family (John's …

Sources (12)

  • Jno Harvy in household of Jno Harvy, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Harvey in household of John Harvey, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John McDonald Harvey, "Illinois, Hancock County, Nauvoo Community Project, 1839-1846 (BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy)"

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