biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
H. P. COVEY is the owner of eighty acres of well-improved land on section 3, Des Moines Township. He was born in Broome County, N. Y., March 22, 1817, and is a son of Daniel and Phanella (Burget) Covey, both natives of the same State. His father was an intelligent man, a member of the Universalist Church, and died in 1855, aged seventy-two years; his mother died in 1851, at the age of sixty-nine years. The subject of our sketch was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools of his native State, where he remained until 1847, when he followed the advice of the lamented Greeley, to go West, and came to Mahaska County, and located on section 4, Des Moines Township, where he lived six years and improved a good farm. He then moved to section 10, where he lived seven years, and then purchased his present farm on section 3, where he has since resided. Mr. Covey was married, in 1845, to Helpy Eggleston, daughter of Orlander and Mary Eggleston. Three children were born to them, all of whom are now living: Charlotte, wife of A. T. Plum, of Des Moines Township; Daniel M. and Alice, who reside at home. While never learning the trade, Mr. Covey has followed carpentering to some extent. He has never been what might be termed an active politician, and, above all, has never been an officeseeker, though he has served two terms as Constable of his township. In his old age he is endeavoring to live a quiet and peaceful life, enjoying the respect and esteem of all who know him.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy