Family of John and Serena (Rice) Covell

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  • ID: I055
  • Name: Charles Melford Covell 1
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 7 JUN 1842 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., NY 2 3 4
  • Death: 5 AUG 1916 in Dover (now Stayman), Chelan Co., WA 3 5
  • Burial: 7 AUG 1916 Fraternal (IOOF) Cemetery, Chelan, Chelan Co., WA 3 6
  • Occupation: Farmer, in all censuses
  • Occupation: BET. 1914 - 1916 Postmaster, Dover, Chelan Co., WA 7 8
  • Note:
    Dover, WA, was a railroad stop, railroad siding and warehouse. Locally grown fruit was brought to Dover for shipment on the railroad. Dover no longer exists. There is now a hamlet called Stayman in the approximate location of Dover. Dover was and Stayman is (in 2007) alongside the old Burlington Northern Railroad running north from Wenatchee, WA, and several miles south of Chelan Falls. This is along the west bank of the Columbia River.

    Biographical sketch:

    Charles Melford Covell was born on June 7, 1842, in Carroll, Chautauqua County, New York. He died at age 74 on August 5, 1916, in Dover (now Stayman), Lakeside Precinct, Chelan County, Washington. He is buried next to his sister Augusta in Fraternal Cemetery (originally IOOF Cemetery), near the city of Chelan in Chelan County, Washington. Charles Melford Covell never married and had no children.

    Charles was a Civil War soldier in the Union army. His service record is shown briefly in "History of the Ninth Regiment, New York Volunteer Cavalry, War of 1861 to 1865," by Newel Cheney, Capain and Brevet Major, 1901, page 345, where he is shown as Charles M. Covill. On September 3, 1864, in Jamestown, New York, Charles enlisted in Company F, 9th New York Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. He saw action with General Sheridan's army in the Shenandoah Valley from mid-October of 1864 until the spring of 1865 when Confederate General Early's army was driven out of the valley. Charles went with his command to join General Grant at Petersburg, Virginia, from where they pursued General Lee's army until Lee surrendered. Charles was mustered out on June 30, 1865. After the war, Charles returned to South Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York, where he lived with his family for two years. Then he moved to the Town(ship) of Red Rock, near the city of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, where he lived for five years. In the 1870 census of the Town of Red Rock, Mower County, Minnesota, Charles is shown as Charles Cole, age 28, a farmer, born in New York, living in the household of John Snyder, age 26, a married man with a child, also a farmer, and also born in New York. Charles had real estate with a value of $600 and personal property with a value of $200. There are other individuals and couples nearby who were born in New York.

    Charles moved to Barron County, Wisconsin, about 1872, about the same time as Alonzo J. Barton and his wife, Lucy Jane Covell Barton, sister of Charles, moved to Barron County. Charles homesteaded 40 acres in Section 3 of Chetek Township, just south of 12th Avenue on Edgewood Road (about 1/4 miles from the homestead of his brother-in-law, Alonzo Barton). In about 1878, Charles homesteaded 160 acres in Section 27 of Sumner Township, at Route 8 and 28th Street. Charles lived in Barron County for about 30 years until 1902 when at the age of 60 he moved to Dover (now Stayman), Chelan County, Washington, on the west bank of the Columbia River, where he lived with his sisters Augusta and Emma until he died in 1916. Their home was on the south side of Chelan Butte, sometimes on the Dover flat near the Great Northern railroad and the Columbia River, and sometimes higher on the "Covil Bench" (Section 4, Twp. 26 North, Range 22 East) on the butte. Charles was a farmer, but there is also a reference to his having a "railroad grading camp" at the Dover flat. He served as Deputy Postmaster at Dover from 1914 until he died. He served as a member of the school Board of the Dover School District No. 30 for one-year terms in 1902, 1911, and 1913. "Georgia Bartram Peterson especially remembers Mr. Covil (sic) because he accused her of not being able to spell -- the year of 1912-13 when Georgia taught at the Dover school."




    Father: John Covell b: ABT. 1804 in Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., NY
    Mother: Serena Rice b: 12 AUG 1807 in Wendell, Franklin Co., MA

    Sources:
    1. Title: 1850 Census: South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY, Family #36, John Covill (sic)
    2. Title: 1855 Census: South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY, Family #52, Harrison Covill (sic)
    3. Title: Death record at Higgens Funeral Home, Chelan, Chelan Co., WA: Page 100, Charles M Covell, died Aug 5, 1916, aged 74-1-29, buried IOOF, Lot 7, Blk 30
    4. Title: Death Record: Dover, Chelan Co., WA, Record No. 105, Registered No. 50, Charles Melford Covell, b. Jun 7, 1842, d. Aug 5, 1916, Informant S.W. Covell
    5. Title: Augusta & Charles died at Dover, Lakeside Pct., Chelan Co., WA, "The Homesteaders of Chelan Butte," by F. Van Voorhis, pages 122-124
    6. Title: Gravestone of "Charle M Correll," plot N31 in Fraternal (IOOF) Cemetery, Chelan, Chelan Co., WA
    7. Title: "Postmarked Washington: Chelan, Douglas & Kittitas Counties," by G.R. Ramsey, Chelan County HIstorical Society, page 32
      Note: "Postmarked Washington: Chelan, Douglas & Kittitas Counties," by G.R. Ramsey, Chelan County Historical Society, page 32.
    8. Title: "The Homesteaders of Chelan Butte," by F. Van Voorhis, page 234
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