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Pvt Harvey Hand

  • Birth 18 Feb 1843 Breeds, Fulton County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 18 May 1884 Warren County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial New Virginia, Warren County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 17638918

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

Harvey W. 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 County, Ohio, the son of Aaron Hand.
Stephen Hand 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.
At the time of the 1850 census, the Hand family is found in Orion, Fulton County, Illinois;
Stephen Hand M 24 Ohio
Mary Hand F 21 Ohio
Martha Hand F 11 Illinois
Cyrenus Hand F 9 Illinois
Harvey Hand M 7 Illinois
John Hand M 5 Illinois
Elizabeth Hand F 3 Illinois
Charles Hand M 1 Illinois

In the 1880 census, Stephen and Mary are found in Linn Co., Potosi, Kansas.

Stephen died on July 22, 1887 in Pomeroy, Garfield Co., Washington. He is buried in the Pataha Flats Cemetery, Garfield Co., Washington.
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 on December 8, 1868 in Peoria County, Illinois. Elizabeth was born on March 13, 1849 in Peoria County, Illinois, the daughter of Franklin Griggs and Deborah (Largent) 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

Seven children were born Harvey Hand and Elizabeth (Griggs) Hand, two, a boy and a girl, dying in childhood. They include;
1. Charles Ora Hand, born February 14, 1870 near Canton, Fulton County, Illinois. "In 1896, he, with his cousin, traveled overland with team and wagon, to the state of Washington, much as did the pioneers of early days. Charles was married to Mary E. Abby, May 31, 1900, at Asotin, Washington."
Five children were born to Charles and Mary, including;
A. Charles Donald Hand, born April 5, 1902 in Washington.

B. Harvey Eugene Hand, born Feb. 28, 1903 in Washington.

C. Lois Fern Hand, born Oct. 27, 1904 in Washington.

D. Bert Russell Hand, born May 2, 1906 in Washington.

E. Nellie Maud Hand, born Nov. 14, 1909 in Washington.

The Hand family home was near Pomeroy, Washington. At the time of the 1910 census, Charles and his family are found in East Pomeroy, Garfield County, Washington;
Charles O Hand Head M 40 Illinois
Mary E Hand Wife F 30 Illinois
Charles D Hand Son M 8 Washington
Harvey E Hand Son M 7 Washington
Lois F Hand Daughter F 5 Washington
Bert R Hand Son M 4 Washington
Nellie M Hand Daughter F 0 Washington

Around 1915, the family moved from Washington to California. At the time of the 1920 census, the family is found in Lower Lake, Lake County, California;
Charles O Hand Head M 49 Illinois
Mary Hand Wife F 40 Illinois
Charles D Hand Son M 17 Washington
Eugene Hand Son M 16 Washington
Fern Hand Daughter F 15 Washington
Bert Hand Son M 13 Washington
Maud Hand Daughter F 10 Washington

Charles Ora Hand died on September 26, 1934 and his earthly remains were laid to rest in the Lower Lake Cemetery in Lower Lake, Lake County, California. See his Find A Grave Memorial # 70814331.

2. Clara Alice Hand, born November 15, 1872 in Kansas. Clara was married to Oren J. Shryock (1866 - 1936) on January 3, 1889 in Glasford, Peoria County, Illinois. Their children include;
A. Opal Shryock, born January 17, 1895 in Iowa.

B. Ruth Mildred Shryock, born May 15, 1902 in Washington. Mildred died on ___________ __, 1973.

C. Harry Dean Shryock, born January 20, 1908 in Montana.

The Shryock family home was two miles from Superior, Montana.

Clara Alice (Hand) Shryock died on August 13, 1925 at Superior, Montana. Orin was born on January 13, 1866 in Peoria County, Illinois and died on January 14, 1936 in Superior, Montana. Their mortal remains were laid in the Superior Cemetery in Superior, Mineral County, Montana. See her Find A Grave Memorial# 41158731.

3. Carrie Maud Hand, born on November 29, 1875 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois. Carrie was married to Fred P. Saville on August 18, 1899 in Canton, Illinois. Their children include;
A. Frances Lisle Saville, born July 7, 1900, in Canton, Illinois.

B. Helen Clara Saville, born May 23, 1907, in Arkansas.

The Saville family lived near Delmar, Arkansas, until July, 1913, when they moved to Pomeroy, Washington. Carrie Maud (Hand) Saville died on December 21, 1956 in __________, __________. Her mortal remains were laid in the Sedro Woolley Cemetery in Skagit County, Washington.

4. James Frederick "Fred" Hand, born December 5, 1878 in Orion Township, Fulton County, Illinois. James and Annie lived near Pomeroy, Washington. James worked, for a time, as a farm hand for his sister, Clara, in Montana. He eventually moved to Pomeroy, Washington, where he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a “gandy dancer”, ie. track examiner. He married his second cousin, Annie Laurie Davenport, Michael A. Hand’s granddaughter and Harvey’s niece, on September 9, 1918. The only child born to James F. and Annie L. Hand was;
A. Jack Duane Hand, born September 9, 1919.

James died in Pomeroy on March 21, 1943 and his mortal remains were laid in the Pomeroy City Cemetery in Pomeroy, Garfield County, Washington. Elizabeth Griggs Hand, his mother, lived with him in Pomeroy from ca. 1910 until her death.

5. Jesse Ellsworth Hand, born Feb. 17, 1881 in Iowa. Jesse married Iva B. Lewis at Canton, Illinois on October 16, 1904. They had one child;
A. Dorothy Lewis Hand, born August 15, 1905.

Jesse and Iva resided in Peoria, Illinoia and in Canton, Illinois. Jesse Ellsworth Hand died on October 6, 1952, probably in Canton, Illinois and his mortal remains were laid in the Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 81173762.

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 ______________ _______________ _______________ ________________ _________________. At the time of the 1900 census, Elizabeth

At the time of the 1910 census, Elizabeth is found residing with her daughter and son-in-law in Cedar, Missoula County, Montana.
Oren Shyrock Head M 44 Illinois
Clara A Shyrock Wife F 37 Illinois
Opal Shyrock Daughter F 15 Iowa
Ruth Shyrock Daughter F 8 Washington
Harry Shyrock Son M 2 Montana
Elisebeth Hand Mother F 60 Illinois
Fred Hand Hired man M 31 Illinois

Elizabeth (Griggs) Hand died on September 29, 1930 in at the home of her son, Fred, in Pomeroy, Washington. Her mortal remains were laid to rest in the Pomeroy City Cemetery in Pomeroy, Washington.

By Baxter B. Fite III and Judy Hand Pitts, a great granddaughter of Harvey W. Hand, through his son James Fredrick Hand. Judy's email address is

(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.)

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  • Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
  • Originally Created by: ZBonnie
  • Added: 22 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17638918
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Harvey Hand (18 Feb 1843–18 May 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17638918, citing New Virginia Cemetery, New Virginia, Warren County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Baxter B. Fite III (contributor 47203738) .