From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana page 819
Levi Chard was born in Marion County, Ohio, May 7, 1814, a son of William
and Susan Chard. His father was born in England and died in Lower Sandusky,
Ohio, in 1823. His mother was a native of Ohio and died in Steuben
County, Ind., at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Betsey Shaffer.
Levi Chard was reared in Ohio and there married, Feb. 3, 1834, Lydia Harriman.
In the fall of 1837 they came to Steuben County, and the first year lived
on land rented of J. Croy, in Jackson Township. Mr. Chard then bought
forty acres on section 18, Otsego Township, where they lived three years
when they moved to Illinois, but subsequently returned to Steuben County
and bought forty acres on section 17, Otsego Township. To this he has
added till he now owns 109 acres. Mr. Chard was a man who found pleasure
in the life of a pioneer. Of a strong, robust habit, he was fond of
out-door life and of the chase, deer hunting being his favorite pastime.
Coming as he did in the early settlement of the county he has assisted materially
in its development. The first time he visited Fort Wayne he passed
but three houses from his home to the latter place. To Mr. and Mrs.
Chard have been born eight children, but two of whom are living -- Charles
and Enoch. Charles married Anna Dotts and is a resident of Otsego Township.
Enoch married Susan Dutter, daughter of George and Anna Dutter, and lives
on the homestead. Phoebe Ann married William Dutter and died aged twenty-one
years. Five died in infancy, the eldest a short time after coming to
Steuben County, aged eighteen months. In politics Mr. Chard is a Democrat,
but in local elections votes for the man he considers the best qualified
for the office.