Harvey M. Gandy Sabine Parish, Louisiana
Harvey M. Gandy, a prominent farmer
and president of the Police Jury, was born in Bibb County,
Alabama, in 1847, and is a son of of Harvey M. and Mary Caroline
(Martin), whose deaths occurred in 1847 and 1854 respectively.
His grandfather was John Gandy, a
native of Georgia and his grandmother was the daughter of John
Martin, a planter, of North Carolina. He was reared by an uncle,
Wiley R. Gandy, but received only a limited education.
When 14 years of age he joined
Company B, Forty-fourth Alabama Infantry, which was assigned to
the Army of Virginia, participating in the greatest battles of
that famous army. He was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga
and incapacitated for duty for several months, and during his
service he was twice made a prisoner, but each time was paroled
and returned to his command and was a sergeant when General Lee
surrendered at Appomattox Court House.
After the war he returned to
Alabama, and in 1868 came to Sabine parish, being married in
1872 to Mary J., a daughter of Elijah Self, she being born in
this parish and dying eleven months after her marriage.
Mr. Gandy's second union took place
in 1874, his wife being Mary Caroline Sibley, a daughter of
William and Minerva Sibley, who were born in St. Helena Parish.
Six children were born to them.
Mr. Gandy's third marriage took place
in 1888 to Winnie, daughter of T. A. and Matilda Addison, the
former born in St. Helena and the later in Sabine parish. To Mr.
Gandy's last marriage a son and a daughter have been born. He
owns a fine farm near Negreet and is one of the most progressive
and substantial farmers of the parish.
For more than twenty years he has
served as a member of the Police Jury and a large portion of the
time as president of the body, and has rendered his parish most
valuable services. He is held in the highest esteem by his
fellow citizens for his conservative judgment and counsel,
unpeachable integrity and withal a most genial gentleman.
Despite his advanced age, he takes a
live interest in the affairs in his community and parish.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.