From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana page 825:
Lewis Fifer was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, October 13, 1842, a son
of Adam and Elizabeth Fifer, his father a native of Pennsylvania, born in
1817, and his mother of Germany, born Feb. 15, 1821, her parents coming to
the United States and settling in Ohio in 1826. Adam and Elizabeth
Fifer were married in Ohio, and March 28, 1861, came to Steuben County, and
settled in Steuben Township, where the father died November 2, 1883.
The mother is now living at Pleasant Lake. Their family consisted of
twelve children -- Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman, Lewis, Mrs. Margaret Shiedler,
Lydia (deceased, wife of Dr. T. E. Berry), Franklin, Mrs. Mary J. Forward,
Mrs. Jestinna Harpham, William, Mrs. Hattie Wheeler, Addison, and Loretta
(died age 88 years), and one died in infancy. Lewis Fifer was married
March 22, 1865, to Mrs. Martha (Harpham) George, daughter of John and Margaret
Harpham and widow of Sylvanus B. George, who died April 18, 1863, leaving
one son -- Edward M., who was married July 3, 1884, to Emma Avery.
Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Fifer -- Mrs. Elva Jane Brown,
Mrs. Margaret Leonora Oberlin, John Adam, Orlando and Jessie A. In
1873 Mr. Fifer became a resident of Otsego Township, buying 100 acres of
land on section 18 where he has erected a good residence and farm buildings.
He is one of the substantial farmers of the township, and an upright, honorable
man in all his business dealings. In national politics he is a Republican,
but in local elections votes independent of party. He and his wife
are members of the United Brethren Church.