Born: April 3, 1827, Iredell County, North Carolina.
Died: September 23, 1901, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
Son of John and Sarah Harkey, Sydney grew up on a farm. While he was still small boy, his family moved to Illinois. He attended the Hillsboro Academy, and (1844-47) Pennsylvania College. He studied theology under his brother, Dr. Simeon W. Harkey.
Sydney received his preaching license at , Maryland in 1848. During his ministry, he served many congregations and parishes: Cumberland, Maryland (1848); Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania (1849-52); Peoria and Pekin, Illinois (1852-54); Mendon, Illinois (1854-59); Decatur, Illinois (1859); Shelbyville (1860-62); Nokomis and Audubo… Go to person page >
Tune Title: [Why have we lips, if not to sing]First Line: Why have we lips, if not to singComposer: Sydney Levi HarkeyKey: C MajorSource: Augsburg Songs for Sunday school and Other Services (Philadelphia: Lutheran Publication Society, 1885)