Family of John and Serena (Rice) Covell

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  • ID: I056
  • Name: John Harrison Covell 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 25 JAN 1832 in Warren Co., PA 2 3
  • Death: 11 DEC 1915 in Usk, Pend Oreille Co., WA 3
  • Burial: 13 DEC 1915 Newport Cemetery, Pend Oreille Co., WA, Sec-19, Lot-24-NW Corner 4
  • Residence: BET. 1843 - 1892 South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY 3
  • Residence: BET. 1892 - 1915 Calispell Valley, Pend Oreille Co., WA 3
  • Military Service: BET. 1862 - JUN 1865 1st Sgt Co H 154th NY Inf 5
  • Note:
    From An Illustrated History of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties State of Washington, by R. F. Steele and A. P. Rose, 1904, page 193. The title on the book spine is History of North Washington.

    About one mile south of Usk we come to the estate of Mr. Covell. It consists of two hundred and seventy-five acres, two hundred of which are excellent meadow land. The farm is well improved with fences, outbuildings, and so forth, and has been conducted in a very successful manner. In addition to general farming and stock raising, Mr. Covell devotes considerable attention to dairying and handles a score or more of cows. Politically, he is a strong Republican and a faithful expounder of the principles of that party. On various occasions he has been chosen for different offices and the same marked wisdom and stability characterized him in discharge of the duties incumbent upon him in those capacities as have been displayed by him in his private life. He is a member of the United Brethren church but the wife and daughter belong to the Methodist church.

    When the call came for patriots to defend the Stars and Stripes, Mr. Covell was one of the first to press to the front and offer his services for his native land. He enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth New York Volunteers under Colonel Jones, in 1862. For three years he served faithfully and endured the hardships and trials of the soldier's life. He participated in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Kenesaw Mountain, New Hope Church, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, and others. He marched with Sherman to the sea and in June, 1865, at Washington, he was mustered out as a veteran. At the battle of Gettysburg a portion of a shell struck Mr. Covell in the side and crushed his ribs, which caused him to languish in the hospital for six months.

    John H. Covell was born in Warren county, Pennsylvania on January 25, 1832, the son of John and Serena (Rice) Covell, natives of Vermont and Massachusetts, respectively. In a very early period they settled in Cattaraugus county New York, where they remained until their death, having been parents of the following children, Augusta, Louisa, John H., Louis, Emma, Washington, Edmund, Lucy, Frank, Seth and Charles M.. John H. Covell was educated in the common schools of Cattaraugus county until twenty, when he devoted his entire time to the assistance of his father, who died two years later. After that he was the main support of the widowed mother and her children until he was thirty years of age. Following the war, Mr. Covell gave his attention to carpentering for a period and then went to farming In 1892 he came west to the Calispell valley and bought a squatter's right to which he has added until he has the estate mentioned.

    In 1866, Mr. Covell married Miss Charlotte, daughter of Frederick and Sarah (Clark) Moore, natives of New York and Massachusetts, respectively. Mrs Covell has seven brothers and sisters. To Mr. and Mrs. Covell three children have been born, John J., Leslie L., and Berenice M.

    Note: John's father was born in New York, not Vermont.

    Obituary of John Harrison Covell in The Newport Miner, Pend Orielle Co., WA, Dec 16, 1915.

    Death of Pioneer
    James (sic) H. Covell died at his residence in Usk on Saturday last. Death resulted from an attack of catarrhal pneumonia from which he suffered but a few days.

    Mr. Covell was nearly 84 years of age having been born in Warren county, Penn., Jan. 5, 1832. He was married to Charlotte Moore in 1865 and came to the Calispell valley in 1892 where he has since resided. He took up a homestead near Davis junction. Enlisting in a New York regiment of volunteers he served honorably in the civil war participating in the battle of Gettysburg and was with Sherman on his march to the sea.

    Deceased is survived by a widow and three children who reside in the valley; they are Mrs. Bernice Danforth, Julian and Leslie Covell. The funeral services were held at the residence in Usk on Monday morning and the body brought to Newport for burial in the Odd Fellows' cemetery.

    Note: The Odd Fellows (IOOF) cemetery began in 1902, but at some point in time they were unable to continue managing it. It is now (2007) Newport Cemetery, owned and managed by Pend Orielle Cemetery District #1.

    John Harrison Covell's grave marker is one provided by the federal government upon proof of military service. The inscription is, "Harrison Covell, 1st Sgt Co H 154th NY Inf." The grave marker is proof of John Harrison Covell's service in the Civil War.

    Father: John Covell b: ABT. 1804 in Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., NY
    Mother: Serena Rice b: 12 AUG 1807 in Wendell, Franklin Co., MA

    Marriage 1 Charlotte Moore b: 22 JUL 1833 in Kiantone, Chautauqua Co., NY
    • Married: 1866 6
    1. Has No Children Julian J. Covell b: 25 OCT 1868 in South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY
    2. Has No Children Leslie L. Covell b: 25 DEC 1871 in South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY
    3. Has No Children Bernice Covell b: DEC 1872 in South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY

    1. Title: 1850 Census: South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY, Family #36, John Covill (sic)
    2. Title: 1855 Census: South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY, Family #52, Harrison Covill (sic)
    3. Title: Obituary: The Newport Miner, Pend Oreille Co., WA, Dec 16, 1915, "Death of a Pioneer," John Harrison Covell, misstated as James H Covell
    4. Title: Records of Newport Cemetery, Pend Oreille Co., WA, John Harrison Covell
    5. Title: Gravestone of "Harrison Covell" in Newport Cemetery states "1st Sgt Co H 154th NY Inf"
    6. Title: "An Illustrated History of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties State of Washington," by R.F. Steele and A.P. Rose, 1904, page 193
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