DR. LEWIS H. TENNANT
Pages 548-550, Biographical and
Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana (Chicago: Lewis
Publishing, 1887), paragraphing added for readability:
DR. LEWIS H. TENNANT, physician and
farmer, section 10, Monroe Township, came to Kosciusko County with
his father in 1854, and settled on the farm where he now lives.
His father, Lewis B. Tennant, was born
in Hartford, Connecticut, in the spring of 1800, and when eighteen
years of age went to New York State and engaged in the new method of
distilling liquors. He subsequently went to many places in the
South, where he followed the same business. He was married in 1824
to Miss Elizabeth Dewitt, who was a native of New Jersey and about five years his junior.
She was reared at her birthplace, but was married at Hamilton,
Canada (ed-Wentworth County, Ontario), where her parents settled a
few years before. She died in 1845, in Lake County, Indiana.
In 1854 Lewis H. and his father came
from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, to Kosciusko County, and settled at
Warsaw, and moved from there the same year to Monroe Township, and
settled on section 10, where about three acres had been cleared and
a log house built. Here in the wilderness they set up a still for
distilling the medical properties of shrubs, barks, roots and
berries, and the father resumed the practice of medicine, using the
His father was twice married, and had by
his first wife ten children, born as follows -- Louvicy, in 1825;
Earlyam (ed-Early Ann), in 1827; Rachel, in 1829; Eliza Jane, in
1831; Whitman, in 1833; Demerious, in 1835; Lewis H., in 1837;
Johnnie, in 1840; James D., in 1842; and Philip, in 1844. Seven were born in Canada, and
the three youngest in Lake County, Indiana.
James D. enlisted August 10, 1862 in
Company I, Tenth Minnesota Regiment, and died at Le Sueur,
Minnesota, April 23, 1863. Lewis H. enlisted August 11, 1862, at
Warsaw, in Company C, Fourth Indiana Cavalry, commanded by Captain
H. P. Leslie, and was discharged in July, 1865. His company was
detached for headquarters body-guard duty, and served as body-guard
for Generals Q. A. Gilmore, A. J. Smith and Granger. In 1863 our
subject was appointed detective, with his headquarters at
Indianapolis and La Fayette, and while in the detective service he
read and practiced medicine with Dr. P. Jamerson, of Indianapolis.
When discharged from the United States service he returned to the
His father died the 10th of the
following September, and he took up the forty acres he left, to
which he has added until he now owns 114 acres. In 1876 he built a
new house, at a cost of $1,100, and in 1885 built a barn, costing
$1,000. For the past twenty years he has carried on farming in connection with his practice,
confining his practice mostly to chronic cases, and making a
specialty of treating diseases of the eye.He was married at
Logansport, Indiana, while in the service of the United States, in
August, 1864, to Miss Elizabeth Barron, daughter of John and
Elizabeth (Hauman) Barron. Dr. and Mrs. Tennant have had eleven
-- John D., born June 19, 1865; Charlie
B. (ed-Charles P.), born December 11, 1867; Demerious M., November
8, 1869; Lewis W., August 2, 1871; Walter M., September 12, 1873;
Frank A., September 30, 1875; Frederick T., March 2, 1878; Elroy E.,
born June 2, 1880, died May 22, 1885; Alma L., born September 12,
1882; James E., April 17, 1884; Otis B., April 22, 1886.
Mrs. Tennant's father, John Barron, was
born in Germany April 9, 1809, and immigrated to America when a
young man, landing in Philadelphia. He settled in Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania, where he purchased a farm, although prior to coming to
America he learned the weaver's trade. He was married in Dauphin
County, in 1830, to Miss Elizabeth Hauman, a native of that county,
born July 24, 1813. They had a family of seven children--Susanna,
born December 8, 1832; John C., born December 28, 1834, died
February 18, 1873; Louisa, born October 26, 1837, died November 23,
1874; Jacob M., born June 17, 1840; Elizabeth, born June 16, 1844;
Sarah, born July 27, 1847; Catherine, born September 17, 1851.
In 1855 Mr. and Mrs. Barron sold their
farm in Dauphin and moved to Cass County, Indiana, near Logansport,
and in 1856 bought the farm where he died June 27, 1883. Mrs. Barron
still lives on the homestead with her daughter Sarah. The paternal
grandparents of Mrs. Tennant died in Germany, and her material
grandparents in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tennan's paternal grandparents,
Whitman and Demerious Tennant, were natives of Scotland, and died in
Connecticut, aged nearly one hundred years. His maternal
grandfather, John Dewitt, died in Cass County, Michigan, and his
grandmother in Canada.
In politics Dr. Tennant is a Republican.
ED Note: Hamilton, Canada is Hamilton,
Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada (near Buffalo, NY)
Tennant, Dewitt, Barron, Hauman, Babbitt
in 1887 Kosciusko Co, IN
History (lived prior & had children in
Lake Co, IN).
I'm not sure of the township but here's
LAPORTE GAZETTER, NOTICE OF BACK TAXES
(1849) FOR LAKE CO, INDIANA
Name No. Desc of Lands Sec Twn Range
TENANT, LEWIS B. #907 E 1⁄2 of n e qr 35
33 9 80
" " W 1⁄2 of n w qr 36 33 9 80
I recently transcribed this biographical
sketch and hope it helps someone.
Wish all my families left behind a
history as detailed as this one.
From my research, Hauman is Hannon &
Whitman is Wightman in some family
histories and records. Demerious is
sometimes Dimmis or Demaris.
Whitman Tennant's wife is believed to be
Demerious Babbitt (sometimes
seen as Bobbitt).
Submitted by Brenda Reeg Robison
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