From the "History of Steuben County, Indiana, 1885", pages 667-668.


Levi Bigler, one of the enterprising farmers of Pleasant Township, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, March 18, 1829, a son of Emanuel and Anna (Ewing) Bigler, natives of Pennsylvania, the father born Oct. 7, 1805, and the mother Sept. 7, 1809. His parents were married in Ohio in 1827. In 1832 they moved to Richland County, Ohio, and 1848 to Steuben County, Ind., and settled on section 33, Pleasant Township, buying a tract of land, only twenty-five acres of which was cleared. The mother died Feb. 6, 1882, and the father the 4th of the following June. They were for many years members of the Lutheran church. Levi Bigler was three years of age when his parents moved to Richland County, where he was reared and educated, and in 1848 came with them to Steuben County, where he has since lived. Imbued by nature with ambition he has overcome all obstacles, and has made a success of his ventures. He now has a good farm of 102 acres, seventy-four acres being under cultivation and valued at $75 an acre. In 1878 he built a fine residence, costing over $2,100. Mr. Bigler was married Oct. 15, 1854. to Catharine Staley, a native of Marion County, Ohio, born Aug 5, 1830, daughter of John Stanley. Mr. and Mrs. Bigler have a family of seven children Frank, Viola, Scott, Augusta, Vivian (wife of A. W. Lewis), Bartt B. and Nina Maude. In politics Mr. Bigler follows in the footsteps of his father and is a supporter of Democratic principles.


Submitted by: David D. Masterson