History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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THEODORE P. HARVEY, for a quarter of a century an expert telegraph operator, was born in  Doylestown township, February 18, 1833, being a son of Joseph and Ann (Horner) Harvey.  Mr. Harvey was reared on the farm and received such education as could be attained at the public schools, and afterwards was a pupil of Rev. Silas M. Andrews in a private school at Doylestown.  He was an apt student and acquired a good education.  He studied telegraphy and learned the manipulation of the key under Thomas H. Walton, of Doylestown, when seventeen years of age, and soon became an expert operator.  After filling the position as operator at Doylestown he was called to Allentown , and from there to Norristown .  At the latter place he also conducted a drug store.  In 1858 he went to Cincinnati , where he filled a responsible position for one year, during which time he was called upon to transmit a presidential message, which he did accurately and expeditiously.  In 1859 he returned to Doylestown and assumed the management of th elocal telegraph business, and continued in that capacity until his death, on February 5, 1886.  He was interested in several local enterprises, and was at one time joint owner with the late James Kane of the Doylestown Gas Works.  He was a careful business man, a good accountant, and faithful and efficient in all trusts reposed in him.  He was a member of Doylestown Council, No. 166, Jr. O. U. A. M., and the treasurer of that institution for many years prior to his death.  In politics he was a stanch Democrat.  He was married in 1861 to Lydia A. Shearer, daughter of Jesse W. and Margaret (Kneedler) Shearer, of Doylestown township, who survives him, and is a resident of Doylestown.

    Jesse Shearer, father of Mrs. Harvey, was born in Montgomery county in 1808.  In early life he was a school teacher, and later was a clerk in Polk’s store at Whitehallville (now Chalfont), for some years, and then went into the mercantile business for himself at North Wales .  After successfully conducting the store there for several years, he removed to a farm in Warrington township.  Several years prior to his death he removed to Doylestown, where he died June 3, 1886 .  His wife, Margaret Kneedler, was born in Montgomery county in 1815, and died in Doylestown in 1882.  They, as well as their daughter, were members of the Presbyterian church.  Mrs. Harvey was their only child.

Text taken from pages 488-489 of:

Davis, William W.H., A.M. History of Bucks County , Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

Transcribed February 2004 by Thera Schwenk-Hammond; tsh@harborside.com; http:// www..rootsweb.com/~schwenk as part of the Bucks Co., Pa. , Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html

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