Bio: Covey, Joseph (1862 - ?)



Surnames: Covey, Buriee, Pratt, Middleton


----Source: Biographical History of, Clark and Jackson Counties Wisconsin, Lewis Publishing Company., Chicago, 1891.


JOSEPH COVEY, of section 14, range 2 Weston Township, Clark County, Wisconsin was born in Clinton County, New York, January 7, 1862, the son of James F. and Cornelia (Buriee) Covey, of Warren County, New York. They were the parents of seven children: Albert, Laura, Melvina, Sarah, John, Joseph and Alvin, The mother died June 4, 1889. The father had been married prior to his union with our subject's mother, and by his first wife bad three children; Charles, Louis and William.

The subject of this sketch was reared to farm life and educated in the common schools. He remained with his parents in Warren County until twelve years of age, where he was engaged in the pineries and driving logs on the Hudson River. He came to this county in June, 1885, and has since followed logging on the Black and Poplar rivers, and also farming. Mr. Covey was married April 29, 1883, to Jennie Pratt, a daughter of Edward Pratt, of Greenwood, this county; she was born in Warrensburg, New York, July 21, 1865. Her mother was Betsey Ann Middleton. Mr. and Mrs. Covey have two children: Howard and Hattie. Mr. Pratt came to this county in December, 1884, remained in Eaton that winter, then came to Christie, where he lived two and a half years, and next moved to Greenwood, where he keeps a general store.


1870 Federal Census, Schroon, Essex, New York, 25 Aug., by W. E. Nelson, pg. 42


Joseph Covey, white, male laborer
Household Members
James Covey M 56y New York
Cornelia Covey F 47y New York
Sarah Covey F 15y New York
John Covey M 12y New York
Joseph Covey M 9y New York
Alvin Covey M 5y New York


1880 Federal Census, Thurman, Warren, New York, United States, Pg. 250


Joseph Covey, single, American male
occupation : Farm Laborer

Household Members
self James Covey M 66 New York, United States, farmer, parents b. Vermont
wife Cornelia Covey F 57 New York, United States, parents b. New York
son Joseph Covey M 20 New York, United States
son Alvin Covey M 16 New York, United States


1895 Wisconsin State Census, Greenwood City, Clark, Wisconsin


Joseph Covy
number of white males: 3
number of white females: 2
country of birth: United States: 5


1900 Federal Census, ED 1 Barron city Ward 1-4, Barron, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 12, family 234


Joseph Covey, white, married, male
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: New York
mother's birthplace: New York
years married: 8
estimated marriage year: 1892

Household Members
head Joseph Covey M 40 (Jan 1860 New York)
wife Anna J Covey F 26 (Jul 1874 New York), parents b. NY, 2 children, both living
son Frank Covey M 7 (Sep 1893 Wisconsin)
son Clayton Covey 5 (Jul 1895 Wisconsin)


Michigan Marriage Records


Wm. P. Mcmullen
groom's age: 24 years
groom's birth date: 1883
groom's birthplace: Harbor Springs M.
bride's name: Harriett E. Covey
bride's age: 19 years
bride's birth date: 1888
bride's birthplace: Christie, Wis.
marriage date: 15 Jun 1907
marriage place: Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan
groom's father: Samuel Mcmullen
groom's mother: Anna E. Stevens
bride's father: Joseph Covey
bride's mother: Hannah E. Pratt


Joseph R. H. Covey
groom's age: 21 years
groom's birth date: 1886
groom's birthplace: Wisconsin
bride's name: Mate Eikenhout
bride's age: 21 years
bride's birth date: 1886
bride's birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
marriage date: 13 Augl 1907
marriage place: Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan
groom's father: Joseph Covey
groom's mother: Jennie
bride's father: Henry Eikenhout


Wisconsin Birth Records


Babe Covey
gender: Male
baptism/christening date:
baptism/christening place:
birth date: 19 Augl 1895
father's name: Joseph Covey
mother's name: Hattie Pratt



Harry Covey, son of Joseph and Jenny Covey

buried in Weston Twp., "Chapel Hill" Cemetery



Clark Co., Wisconsin Marriage Records


Covey, Alice Lane, Nathan 5 Nov. 1891; Pg. 43, Vol. 2
Covey, Anna Grasser, John 24 Dec. 1892; Pg. 78, vol. 2




Bible Records

I searched and searched the Internet for a site that would list the names that I found handwritten in this Bible...and lo and behold, I came across your site!  I actually have in my possession the Covey Family Bible with the names and birthdates of these children!!!  It even has a clipping of baby hair between 2 of the pages! 

By any chance, do you have a way of contacting any surviving descendants of this family? 

Below is what is legible of handwritten names and dates on the blank leaves of the Bible, front and back. (Words in brackets are my own.).  Angela Arbogast 


[PARENTS]:  James Covey (b. 4-6-1814)              Mariah Covey (b.1817; d.12-24-1846).  


Charles M. Covey (b. 4-30-1838)

Amy Elizabeth Covey (b. 7-7-1841)

William James Covey (b. 9-25-1843)   *I think it says 25...but not positive about the "5".

Lois* Mariah Covey (b. 5-28-1845)

*The article says "Louis," but that was definitely wrong, because in lighter pencil, further down, the name "Lois M. Smith" is recorded with the same birthdate, so this was a female who married a man whose first name I can't read, but the last name is Smith and his birth date is 7-23-1833.

Also, the article at the above website is missing "Amy." Perhaps she died at a young age.

Then, with James's 2nd wife, Cornelia Covey (b. 11-9?-1822), he had these 7 children listed in the Bible:

 Albert Luther Covey (b. 2-14-1848)

Lory* Cornelia Covey (b. 10-14-1850)  *The article says "Laura".

Melviny* Covey (b. 12-30-1853)  *The article says "Melvina"

Saryan* Covey (b. 4-17-1855) *The article says "Sarah"

John M. Covey (b. 9-26-1857)

Joseph C. Covey (b. 1-7-1860*)  *The article says he was born in 1862, but it shows him being 4 years older than Alvin, so the Bible must be correct with the date of 1860.)

Alvin Covey (b. 1-11-1864)



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