Ithamer Covert was born in Lake Township, Ashland County, Ohio, in 1832, and received a common school education. In 1855 he married Sarah Burd. He is engaged in farming, is a deacon in the Reformed Church and contributes largely to its support. In politics he is a Republican. He is the father of eight children: Cyrus B, Ithamer E., Emma E., Enoch I., Harvey S., John C., Eliza A., and Dayton.