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Birth: Feb. 18, 1843
Fulton County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 18, 1884
Warren County
Iowa, USA

Private HARVEY W. HAND, Co. I, 86th Illinois

Harvey Hand was born on February 18, 1843 near Breeds, Illinois in Orion Township in Fulton County, the son of Stephen Hand and Mary (Long) Hand. STEPHEN HAND was born on October 17, 1816 in Butler Co., Ohio, the son of Aaron Hand. Stephen died on July 22, 1887 in Pomeroy, Garfield Co., Washington. He is buried in the Pataha Flats Cemetery, Garfield Co., Washington.

Stephen was married to MARY LONG on September 30, 1838 in Canton, Fulton Co., Illinois. Mary was born on April 12, 1819 in Lawrence County, Ohio or Charleston Virginia (now W. Virginia), the daughter of GABRIEL LONG and SARAH WHITTEN. Mary died on June 12, 1908 in Pomeroy, Garfield Co., Washington. In the 1880 census, Stephen and Mary are found in Linn Co., Potosi, Kansas.
Mary (Long) Hand obits found in "East Washingtonian" a weekly newspaper published at Pomeroy WA., 1882 to the present.
June 13, 1908
Died--Mrs. Mary Hand, Thursday, age 89 years, two months....born in Virginia, and came to this county with her husband twenty four years ago... children; Mrs. W.O. Long, Mrs. M. Hunt, Mrs. Mary Potter, and Mrs. J.S. Dennison, also John, Charles, and Michael Hand, all of Garfield county; Mrs. M.D. Spencer of Hume, MO., and Mrs. Elizabeth Milner of LaHarpe, Kansas....

July 18, 1908
Died...Miss Mary Long, born April 12, 1819 in West Virginia, near Charleston, and died June 12, 1908. She and Stephan Hand were married Sept. 30, 1838 near Canton, Illinois, where they resided until after seven sons and six daughters were born to them. Twelve reached the fall of 1865 they, with eleven children journeyed to Pleasanton, Linn County, Kansas...July 10, 1884, they, with six of their children, headed west, hoping to improve the health of the husband, who had been an invalid for more than ten years. Their son John had preceeded them west by three months....arrived at her brother's, Ransom Long, October 20, 1884. The husband died in July, 1887. Two sons, Harvey and James died in Illinois, and two sons, Cyrus and Stephen, died in 1899, at the present home. Three sons, John, Michael, and Charles of Pataha Flat, six daughters, Mrs. Martha Hunt, and Mrs. Rebecca Long of Pomeroy, WA., Mrs. Jennie Dennison of Pataha, Mrs. Mary Potter of Oklahoma, Mrs. Elizabeth Milner, and Mrs. Nancy Spencer of Kansas. Sixtyone grandchildren, fiftythree great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.."

(Note: Nancy Belle (Hand) Spencer was born on September 20, 1858 and died on Aug. 1, 1937. Her husband, Dudley J Spencer, was born on July 31, 1854 and died on August 8, 1942. Their mortal remains were laid in the Littell Cemetery in Pleasanton, Linn County, Kansas.)

On August 9, 1862, Harvey Hand volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in the Lancaster, Illinois/Timber-Hollis Township area of Peoria County by a well known business man and Lancaster area merchant, Allen L. Fahnestock.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Company I Unit 86 IL US INF
Personal Characteristics
Age 19 Height 5' 9 1/2
Complexion DARK
Marital Status SINGLE
Occupation FARMER
Service Record
Joined When AUG 9, 1862 Joined Where LANCASTER, IL
Joined By Whom A L FAHNESTOCK Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out JUN 6, 1865 Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC
Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS

When Fahnestock had about 100 volunteers he led his company into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. Fahnestock was elected Captain of the men of the Timber Township company and on August 27, 1862, Fahnestock, and 96 of the other Timber Township volunteers, including now Private Harvey Hand, were mustered in as Company I of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
The men of the 85th & 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon on September 7, 1862, with much fanfare, through the streets of Peoria down to the railroad depot, where they boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt in Jeffersonville, Indiana, across the river from Louisville. Three weeks later the men of the 85th & 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Colonel Daniel McCook's Brigade chasing Confederate troops. On October 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those Confederate troops during the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the next few years.
After the Battle of Perryville, the Confederate forces withdrew from Kentucky, while the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they went into winter camp. During the next three years, Private Harvey Hand would serve faithfully in Co. I as the men of McCook's Brigade served in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, Harvey was witness to and a participant in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chickamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia, Averysboro, North Carolina; and Bentonville, North Carolina, just to name a few. He also participated in General William Tecumseh Sherman's famous, or infamous, "March to the Sea".
After the war came to a close, the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Washington City (now D.C.) where they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on the 2nd day of the Grand Review in May of 1865. On June 6, 1865, Private Harvey Hand was mustered out of the service along with the rest of the surviving members of the 86th at Washington, D.C. Shortly after that, the surviving members of the 86th boarded trains bound for Chicago, Illinois, where they received their final pay and were discharged from the service. By the end of June of 1865, the surviving members of the 86th Illinois were back home with their families in Central Illinois.

Harvey Hand was married to Elizabeth Griggs GRIGGS on December 08, 1868 in Peoria, Illinois. Elizabeth was born on __________ __, 18__ (c. 1848/49) at ___________, Illinois, most likely the daughter of Franklin Griggs and Deborah (________) Griggs.
At the time of the 1860 census, the Griggs family is found residing in Timber Township in Peoria County;
2569 Griggs Franklin 34 farmer 2,000 450 NY
2569 Griggs Deborah 33 VA
2569 Griggs Elizabeth 11 IL
2569 Griggs Sarah 9 IL
2569 Griggs Wallace 8 IL
2569 Griggs Amanda 5 IL
2569 Griggs Rachel 2 IL

Five children are believed to have been born to Harvey Hand and Elizabeth (Griggs) Hand. They are;
1. Charles Ora Hand, born c. 1869 in Peoria County, Illinois; Residing in California in 1926; Charles is believed to be the Charles O. Hand who was born on February 14, 1870 and who died on September 26, 1934 and whose earthly remains were laid to rest in the Lower Lake Cemetery in Lower Lake, Lake County, California.
2. Clara Alice Hand, born c. 1862 in Kansas; Clara died on August 13, 1925 at Superior, Montana; Clara married Oren J. Shryock on January 03, 1889 in Glassford, Illinois; he was born on January 13, 1866 in Peoria County, Illinois; he died on January 14, 1936 in Superior, Montana.
3. Carrie Maud Hand, born on November __1875 in Canton, Fulton Co., Illinois; Carried died on December 21, 1956 in __________, __________.
4. James Frederick "Fred" Hand, born c. 1878/79 in Orion Township, Fulton County, Illinois; d. Aft. 1926, Pomeroy, Garfield Co., Washington.
5. Jesse E. Hand, born c. 188__; resided for some time in Peoria, Illinois.

At the time of the 1880 census, Harvey Hand is found back in Timber Township in Peoria County, Illinois.
Harvey Hand, born c. 1844 in Illinois; Self; martial status: Married; age 36 years; occupation: Farmer.
Elizabeth Hand, born c. 1850 in Illinois; father's birthplace: Indiana; mother's birthplace: Ohio.
Charles O. Hand, born c. 1869 in Illinois.
Clara A. Hand, born c. 1873 Kansas.
Carrie M. Hand, born c. 1875 Illinois.
James F. Hand, born c. 1879 in Illinois.

Private Harvey W. Hand died on May 18, 1884 in Osceola, Iowa and his earthly remains were laid to rest in the New Virginia Cemetery in New Virginia, Iowa in Warren County.
After his death, Elizabeth ______________ _______________ _______________ ________________ _________________. Elizabeth died on __________ __, 18__ and her mortal remains were laid to rest in the __________ Cemetery in __________, __________.

By Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Hand family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Harvey Hand and the Hand family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any photographs of Harvey Hand which may have survived the years, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the service, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

Family links: 
  Stephen Hand (1816 - 1887)
  Mary Long Hand (1819 - 1908)
  Clara Alice Hand Shryock (1872 - 1925)*
  Martha Hand Hunt (1838 - 1914)*
  Cyrenus Hand (1841 - 1899)*
  Harvey Hand (1843 - 1884)
  John Hand (1845 - 1914)*
  Charles Hand (1847 - 1926)*
  Frances Elizabeth Hand Milner (1848 - 1924)*
  Michael Alexander Hand (1853 - 1924)*
  Nancy Belle Hand Spencer (1858 - 1937)*
  Stephen R. Hand (1861 - 1899)*
*Calculated relationship
Co I 86th Ill Inf
New Virginia Cemetery
New Virginia
Warren County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: ZBonnie
Record added: Jan 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17638918
Pvt Harvey Hand
Added by: ZBonnie
Pvt Harvey Hand
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One of my 3rd Great Grandfathers.
- Krisna
 Added: Oct. 19, 2014
Can't believe more of my ancestors are turning up. Thanks to Baxter whom I need to contact. I have very history he could use but its great making this connection. I didn't know I had anyone by that hame living at that time and location.
- Helen Kohn
 Added: Apr. 16, 2012

- Camille Phelps
 Added: Apr. 14, 2012

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