Grace C. Harvey was born January 17, 1881, in Lansing, Michigan, to Charles D. Harvey and Elizabeth Eisenbrey.

She married Charles Edward Leming on September 30, 1903, in Battle Creek, Michigan. They lived in Battle Creek where Edward was a baker. In 1905 they had a son they named Harvey Walter. A daughter, Evelyn Edwina Leming, was born April 18, 1907, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Sadly she died eight days later on April 26, 1907. In about 1909 they moved to Tennessee where Grace’s brother, Walter Albert Harvey, was superintendent for a Seventh-Day Adventist-owned publishing house called Southern Publishing Association. They were Seventh-Day Adventists. Edward contracted tuberculosis and went to Colorado to regain his health, but four months later he died on August 7, 1909, in Olathe, Montrose, Colorado. Grace remarried to Harold V. Pratt (b. November 28, 1880 in Ross, Kalamazoo, Michigan), who was divorced from Fannie Knearl.

In 1911, Grace and Harold are listed in the 1911 Battle Creek City Directory. The 1914 Battle Creek City Directory says that they “removed to Bedford, Michigan,” which was about five miles away. By 1918 they are back in Battle Creek. Grace had two children with Harold: Robert H. Pratt and Agatha M. Pratt. In the 1920 census they are living in Battle Creek City.

The family moved to California in 1920. In the 1930 Census they are living in Glendale, California.

Grace died on September 18, 1939, and Harold later remarried. Harold Pratt died December 3, 1966 in Riverside, California.


Charles D. Harvey was born in June of 1841 in Solebury, Bucks, Pennsylvania, to James Harvey and Esther Cooper. As a young man he served in the Pennsylvania State Militia.

He married Elizabeth Eisenbrey on July 2, 1863, in Oakland County, Michigan. They had known each other in Pennsylvania because both families are listed on the same page of the 1850 Census in Solebury, Bucks, Pennsylvania. Later that year Charles enlisted to serve in the Civil War on the Union side as a private on December 30, 1863, at the age of 21. He served with Company A, 5th Cavalry Regiment Michigan until June 12, 1865, when he was transferred to Company C, 7th Cavalry Regiment Michigan. He was a member of the famed “Michigan Brigade” under the command of General George A. Custer. On July 12, 1865 at Julesburgh, Nebraska, he received an accidental gunshot would in his right side caused by the explosion of a carbine, five balls entering his right side when he was cleaning his gun. He was in the hospital from July 31 to August 26, 1865. In November of 1865 he was transferred to Company B, 1st Cavalry Regiment Michigan and served duty in the district of Utah until he was mustered out on March 10, 1866, from Douglas Fort in Salt Lake City, territory of Utah.

Charles and Lizzie had at least six children: Spencer, Harry T, James A., John E., Walter Albert, and Grace C. Son Spencer died at age 10 of dropsy (congestive heart failure) in Ovid, Clinton, Michigan. They lived in Holly, Oakland, Michigan for eight years and then moved to Ovid, Clinton, Michigan where they lived another eight years. They lived 1 ½ years in Lansing, Michigan from 1880-1881. They moved to Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan from August 1881 to May 1882. Charles died May 8, 1882. His death was attributed to his war injury even though it was 15 years later. He was a moulder. He was about 5’10”, slender, with a fair complexion.

After he died, his widow remarried to John A. Walters on July 22, 1884, in Holly, Oakland, Michigan. The minister who married them was John S. Eisenbrey, Lizzie’s father. She received a widow’s pension commencing on July 19, 1882, of $8 per month plus $2 per child. She also received a widow’s pension “commencing July 12, 1884, the day after the date of the widow’s remarriage” of $8 per month plus $2 per child. In the 1900 census they were living in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, with her children, Walter A. Harvey and Grace. Another daughter, Sophie Rhea Walters, was also in the family and the census indicates that she was born in May of 1887 in Ohio.

Lizzie died in 1905 and is buried next to Charles and their son, Spencer, in the Holly Township Cemetery, Oakland County, Michigan.