"History of Northeast Indiana, LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb
Counties" published in 1920.
Volume II p.422
"SIMEON L. HANSELMAN. This is the name of one of the progressive
farmers of Greenfield Township, La Grange County, a citizen who enjoys
many warm friends in that community.
Mr. Hanselman was born in St. Joseph County, Michigan, October
6, 1874, a son of Peter and Julia Ann (Duke) Hanselman. His father was
born in Pennsylvania January 3, 1846, and his mother in Williams
County, Ohio, November 9, 1848. The paternal grandparents were Aaron
and Christina (Reid) Hanselman, the latter born in 1813. The Hanselmans
were pioneers of Steuben County, Indiana, coming from Pennsylvania and
traveling with wagons and ox teams. They located in Steuben Township,
where Aaron and wife spent the rest of their years. They were laid to
rest in Mt. Zion cemetery. A record of their children with their births
is as follows: Charles, 1834; John Q. 1836; William and Wesley, 1837;
George, 1839; Elizabeth, 1841; William, 1843; Peter, 1846; Elizabeth,
1849; Daniel, 1854; and Aaron L., 1856.
Peter Hanselman was reared and educated in Steuben County, and
married in Williams County. His wife was a daughter of Wright and Ann
(Berridge) Duke, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of
England. They spent many years in Williams County, where Wright Duke
died. His widow spent her last years with Simeon L. Hanselman and died
at his home in 1900, at advanced age.
Peter Hanselman moved from Indiana to St. Joseph County,
Michigan, and on April 1, 1880, located in Greenfield Township of
LaGrange County. His first place there comprised thirty-nine acres, and
later he moved to the farm now managed by his son Simeon, known as the
Francis Farm. He died there January 8, 1912, and his widow still
occupies the old homestead. He was a republican and a member of the
United Brethren Church while his wife was a Baptist. There were only
two children: Simeon L. and Clara, wife of William Gay.
Simeon L. Hanselman grew up in LaGrange County, and since his
school days has given his time steadily to farming, part of the time as
a farm worker for others but since 1909 he has operated and rented the
old homestead. He is a republican in politics.
August 16, 1902, Mr. Hanselman married Miss Della Toms. She was
born in Springfield Township of LaGrange County, daughter of Cornelius
and Jane (Highland) Toms, who came to LaGrange County from Ohio about
forty-five years ago. Her father died in Greenfield Township in 1916,
aged sixty-three, and her mother in 1906, aged fifty-three. Mr. and
Mrs. Hanselman have seven children, named Hazel, Marie, John, Edith,
Carroll, May and Harlow."