Harley Ingersoll Colegrove (1838-1881)

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Harley Ingersoll Colegrove
Grandpa Harley
Born: 16 Nov 1838 Fairfax, Vermont
Died: 14 Oct 1881 Fillmore, Utah
Father: Clark Tracy Colegrove
Mother: Permilla Ingersoll
Siblings: Calvin Chauncey Colegrove
Lester Grover Colegrove
Lovias Colegrove
Caroline Janette Colegrove
Harley Ingersoll Colegrove
Hannah Colegrove
Olive Colegrove
Spouse: Helen Venera McBride
Married: 12 Dec 1869 Fillmore, Utah
Children: Lester Clark Colegrove
Minnie Colegrove
Harley Eugene Colegrove

Harley Ingersoll Colegrove was born November 16th, 1837 in Fairfax, Franklin County, Vermont, the youngest son of Clark Tracy Colegrove and Permilla Ingersoll. The family moved during the 1840's to Will County, Illinois. The Civil War broke out while Harley was living in Illinois.

Harley began his civil war service by mustering in as a private at Joliet, Illinois, June 13th, 1861 for a term of three years. His residence was listed as Champaign and his birth place as Penfield, Illinois. He joined Company A of the 20th Illinois Infantry. He was described at muster as a single, 24 year old butcher, 5 feet 11 inches tall, light complexioned, with gray eyes and light hair.

Company A, 20th Illinois Infantry moved from Joliet to Camp Pope, near Alton, Illinois then were transferred for training to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, via St. Louis. The company first engaged in battle at Fredericktown, Missouri on the 20th of October, 1861. Thereafter, they fought under the command of U. S. Grant and helped secure Fort Henry, on the 6th of February, 1862. They next engaged at Fort Donelson, between the 13th and 16th of February, 1862 as part of Wallace's Brigade of McClernand’s Division. The company occupied Fort Donelson after its defeat. Family tradition suggests that Harley whittled an intricate wooden piece outside the tent as General Grant negotiated a Confederate surrender.

The Company left Fort Donelson on the 5th of March, 1862 and proceeded south through Tennessee, eventually arriving at Pittsburgh Landing March 25th, 1862. They moved 3 miles out from the river and went into camp. On the 6th and 7th of April 1862 they engaged in the Battle of Shiloh in McClernand’s Division. They advanced on Corinth, Mississippi beginning April 8th, 1862, but here the history of Harley Colegrove begins to diverge from that of Company A, 20th Illinois Infantry.

On 13 May 1862 Harley was transferred to detached duty. He spent the rest of his term of service in Jackson, Tennessee, working with the Quarter Master’s Department. This, probably because of his pre-war experience as a butcher.

After the war Harley moved west. Sometime in the mid 1860’s he arrived in Utah. It was in Fillmore, Utah that he met and married Helen Venera McBride Brown. Helen was a widow with 2 young children. Her husband, Samuel Brown, had been killed by Indians in 1858. Harley and Helen settled down in Fillmore and Harley became a farmer. He helped raise his step-children, Samuel Reuben Brown and Florence Melissa Brown Greenwood. Harley and Helen also had three children of their own, Lester Clark, Minnie and Harley Eugene Colegrove.

Harley Ingersoll Colegrove died November 14th, 1881 in Fillmore, Millard County, Utah at the age of 43. He left his wife to raise their three children. His obituary appeared in the on page 4 of Deseret News Semi-weekly, Saturday, 18 Nov 1881:

In Fillmore, Oct. 14th, 1881, of pneumonia, dropsy and heart disease, HARLEY INGERSOLL COLEGROVE, being sick only ten days.
Deceased was born in November, 1837 in the town of Fairfax, Kendall County, State of Vermont. His father's name was Clark Colegrove, his mother's name Permilla Ingersoll Colgrove. He was baptized by Reuben McBride. He died as he had lived, a firm believer in the great work as revealed to these latter-days. Just before he died he said, "Welcome, welcome death," and passed away.--Com.

During his Civil War service Harley participated in General Grant’s struggle to hold western Tennessee and shut down the Confederate Army’s western campaign. His service with the Quarter Master’s Department also helped fortify soldiers throughout the west as he worked to keep the Army well supplied.