Captain Orindatus Simon Bolívar Wall ~ From North Carolina to Harveysburg to Oberlin to Washington D. C.

August 12th, 1825 ~ April 26th, 1891 Underground Railroad Conductor Shoe & Boot Manufacturer Recruiter for the Union Army Captain in the U.S. Army Provost Marshal of Charleston, S. C. Recipient of the Medal of Honor Graduate of Howard University Public Servant Police Magistrate A Justice of the Peace of Washington D.C. Republican Politician Lawyer In […]

Dr. Jesse Harvey ~ UGRR Conductor (November 26th, 1801 ~ May12th, 1848) ~ Difficulties Dealing with Slavery

The “Peaceable Kingdom” of Friends is not so “peaceable” due to controversies over  anti-slavery issues. Dr. Jesse Harvey was born November 26th, 1801 in Orange County, North Carolina. He was six when his parents, Caleb and Sarah Towel Harvey settled near Todd’s Fork in Clinton County, Ohio. On September 15, 1824 he married Elizabeth Burgess […]

Slide Show: An Introduction to the Harvey Family & a Tour of Harveysburg, Ohio

The link below takes you to  a PowerPoint presentation I created for the second Quaker Genealogy and History Conference in 2006.  The Quaker Harvey family were ministers to the Shawnee Native Americans and conductors on the Underground Railroad. http://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/ssplayer2.swf?doc=theharveysofharveysburg-12839806673401-phpapp02&stripped_title=the-harveys-of-harveysburg

Dr. Marie (Mariah) Romine ~ Quaker Physician

 Dr. Marie Downing Romine (b. 1848) was one of the five children of Jacob Downing (1807-1862) and Jane Underwood Downing (1813-1907). Towards the end of the Civil War, after Jacob Downing died in Pennsylvania, Jane Underwood Downing brought her family of five children to the Harveysburg area. Her sister was Matilda Downing Underwood, a respected Quaker minister of Grove Meeting in Harveysburg.             […]


(No longer extant, photographs below taken in 1982) The Zion Baptist Church was built using the materials from the old Harveysburg Academy, which had been founded by Dr. Jesse Harvey. This African-American Church was built on the same site as the old Academy. The cemetery of Zion Baptist Church is located outside of the village across Rte 73 in the Fifty Springs Picnic […]

Maps of Harveysburg ~ 1856, 1875, 1891, and 1903

Between Waynesville/Corwin andHarveysburg there is still a lot of rich farm land (see map below). In the past, as one traveled east from Waynesville, the land dropped down into a steep and wide valley, the valley of Caesar’s Creek. High on the eastern ridge overlooking the valley was Harveysburg located on the main road between Wilmington andWaynesville, Ohio. This road, which was once the […]


William Harvey, the founder of Harveysburg, Ohio was born on December 27th, 1797 in Orange County, North Carolina and died on December 15th, 1866 in Harveysburg, Ohio. He was the fifth child of Isaac and Lydia Dicks Harvey. William and Mary Crew Harvey and a number of their children are buried in Springfield Monthly Meeting of Friends graveyard (Clinton County, Ohio).  The area around the future Harveysburg was settled very […]