From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 637-638


Lyman G. Covell was born in Vienna, Oneida Co., N. Y., Aug. 25, 1810.  His father, William Covell, was born in Danbury, Conn., June 13, 1768, and was married June 3, 1791, to Jerusha Hollis, who was born June 1, 1775, in Lainsboro, Mass.  In 1806 they settled in Oneida County, N. Y., where the mother died Aug. 19, 1834.  The father died in Macon, Lenawee Co., Mich., while there on a visit to his children, July 15, 1850.  But two of the family of ten chidren are living-- Lyman G., and Mrs. Sarah Tuttle, of Macon, Lenawee Co., Mich.  After the death of his mother our subject lived in the family of Dr. Chatfield three years, and then went to Albany, N. Y., and was emplyed in a mercantile establishment four years.  May 13, 1840, he was married in Huron County, Ohio, to Maria Hollis, who was born in Charlotte, Chittenden Co., Vt., Sept. 24, 1815, daughter of Lyman and Betsey (Palmer) Hollis, who moved to Huron County in 1835, and lived there until their death.  Oct. 10, 1840, Mr. Covell came to Steuben County, Ind., and located on section 1, Pleasant Township, where he made a farm and lived over eighteen years, and in February, 1859, moved to Scott Township and settled where he now lives on section 15, where he owns eighty acres of choice land.  To Mr. and Mrs. Covell have been born six children, three of whom are living-- Mrs. Elizabeth Otis, of Butler, De Kalb County; Jerusha E., widow of Charles Clark, also of Butler; and William S., on the old homestead.  Jannette born May 19, 1841, died July 16, 1845; Abyram died in Angola Aug. 6, 1846, aged three years; and James L., Nov. 6, 1860, aged sixteen months.  Mr. and Mrs. Covell are members of the Disciples church.  They are kind and charitable to the needy and distressed and are always ready with both time and money to assist any who need their aid.  Mr. Covell has until the past fourteen years led an active life.  In the early years of the township he was a school-teacher and also worked at the carpenter's trade.  He served as Trustee of Pleasant Township, and since coming to this township has been Justice of the Peace seventeen years.



Submitted by: Kim Davoli