Harvel, Peter S.

Born: 1800-XX-XX

Flourished: 1830-1840 Menard County, Illinois

Alternate name: Harvell

Harvel lived in the area of New Salem, Illinois, while Abraham Lincoln was a resident of the village. In 1831, Harvel ran for one of two magistrate positions and lost; Lincoln voted instead for Bowling Green and Edmund Greer. By 1850, Harvel and his family lived in Fulton County, where he was a carpenter.

Election Returns for Clary’s Grove Precinct in Sangamon County, Illinois; Harrell v. Woldrige, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=139153; U.S. Census Office, Fifth Census of the United States (1830), Sangamon County, IL, 201; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Menard County, IL, 301; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Fulton County, IL, 150.