From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 708


Levi Doudt was born in Lehigh County, Pa., in 1828, and when five years old he came with his parents, Elias and Mary (Peter) Doudt, to Seneca County, Ohio, where he was reared to the occupation of farming, and where his father died in 1847.  His mother died in Branch County, Mich., in 1877, and was buried in Jackson Township.  He was married in 1852 to Anna Metzger, a native of Seneca County, Ohio, born in 1835, a daughter of Adam and Mary Metzger, who came to Steuben County, Ind., in 1868 and settled on section 11.  Her mother died June 1, 1877.  Her father is still living.  To Mr. and Mrs. Doudt have been born three children-- Martha, wife of Peter Wireck, of Lagrange County, Ind.; Elias J., and Melissa, wife of Franklin P. Johnson, of Jackson Township.  Mr. Doudt settled in Jackson Township, April 16, 1855, locating where he now lives on section 11, which he purchased from Cornelius Shank.  Not much had been done to the land before our subject bacame the owner, ten acres having been partially cleared and a small frame house built.  He at first purchased eighty acres on section 11 to which he added, later, forty acres adjoining on the south, on section 14, which he bought of Elias Coleman.


Submitted by Kim Davoli