Title: History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men / edited by Franklin Ellis.
Author: Ellis, Franklin, 1828-1885
“BENJAMIN COVERT The progenitor of the Coverts in the United States was one ABRAHAM COVERT, who came from Holland to the colonies about 1707. Of his family nothing is now known except that he had a son Abraham Covert, who raised a family of eight children-four sons and four daughters. The sons were ABRAHAM, ISAACE, JOHN, and MORRIS. These four sons in time became widely separated. ABRAHAMremained in the East while the others sought their fortunes in the West. JOHN settled north of Pittsburgh. MORRIS first lived in New Jersey and there married a MISS MARY MANN. After his marriage he moved to Col Cresap's estate on the Potomac, in the state of Maryland, where he resided some years. About the year 1780 he moved to Fayette county, Penna, and located about three miles west of Beesontown, now Uniontown, where he purchased a farm of three hundred acres for eight hundred and fifty dollars, on the old Fort road leading to Redstone Old Fort. Here he lived and died and raised a family of eleven children, -six sons and five daughters. The oldest son, JOSEPH, married NANCY BORER of Harrison, Ohio, where he lived and died. The second son, ABRAHAM, married CATHARINE BLACK, and they removed to Harrison county, Ohio. The third son, JOHN, married AMY DONEY, and lived on the Monongahela River in Luzerne township, Fayette county, and died in his ninety third year. The fourth son, MORRIS Covert, was an itinerant Methodist preacher. He married NANCY PURCELL of Chesapeake Bay, and died near Clarksburg, West Virginia, aged about sixty years. JESSE, the youngest son, married HENRIETTA GIBSON, resided principally in Fayette County, Pa., and died at the age of fifty five. BENJAMIN COVERT was born on July 10, 1799, on the old homestead, where he grew to manhood. He married ABIGAIL RANDOLPH, and removing to Harrison county, Ohio, in 1820, settled on the Stillwater and there resided until 1830. To of his children, RICHARD and MARY, were born there. He next removed (pg. 653) to a farm on Short Creek in the same county. There he remained three years and there his youngest daughter, ELIZABETH, was born. He then moved to a farm in Luzerne township, Fayette county, Pa., which he purchased from George Custer. It contained two hundred and fourteen acres and cost him two thousand six hundred and fifty dollars. Here he has resided for forty eight years, doing good as the Lord prospered him, "by helping build churches in the Bend and at the Landing, and sustaining the ministers of his church, as well as contributing to the support of others." He has been an ardent Methodist for sixty four years. His father and mother were Methodists, as were also his brothers and sisters. They are all dead having lived and died meek and humble Christians. He alone of the family survives in his eighty- third year.
His children are: RICHARD, who resides on the old homestead; MARY, married to D H Wakefield of Jefferson township, Fayette county, Pa.; and ELIZABETH, married to JOSHUA SHRICKLETER of Luzerne township. With but little intermission he has held an office in the church during the entire time of his membership. His start in life was a strong constitution. He has always been noted for his sobriety, indomitable energy, frugality, and rectitude of purpose.”