From the "History of Steuben County, Indiana, 1885", pages 737.


Levi N. Bodley, section 8, Salem Township, was born in Plymouth, Richland Co., Ohio, in 1830, a son of William and Sally Bodley. His father died in Richland County, March 8, 1861, and his mother in Angola, March 2, 1879. Their family consisted of thirteen children; all but four of the children have lived in Steuben County, Ind. But three now live in the county. Father and sons politically were Republicans. In 1860 the father and four sons voted for Abraham Lincoln and four days after his inauguration the father died. Three of the sons served in the war of the Rebellion. Levi N. was a member of Company K, Twenty-ninth Indiana Infantry, from October, 1864, till the close of the war. Thomas, a younger brother, was Lieutenant of Company D, Seventy-fourth Indiana Infantry, and was killed at Chickamauga in September, 1863. Levi N. Bodley came to Steuben County, Ind., in the fall of 1851, and with the exception of two years in DeKalb County has since made this his home. He married Mary J. Butler, who came with her father, Jesse Butler, to Steuben County in 1838. They have six children Jesse W., Guy C., Nora G. (wife of G. Elliott), Susan E., Fiemming W. and Isaac D. Their eldest son Warren V. died in infancy.



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