From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 641-642


Levi D. Harmon, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Harmon, was born in Putnam County, Ohio, July 12, 1840.  His father died in that county in 1862, aged fifty-seven years, and his mother, with two sons and a daughter, John, Levi D., our subject, and Sarepta, now wife of William Tingler, came to this county in 1865.  They located in Otsego Township where his mother bought a farm which she yet owns and occupies.  Her children are all living at present in this county.  Besides those before mentioned there are William; Chloe, wife of William Timbers, and Emeline, wife of Josiah Teegarden.  Levi D. Harmon enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Eighteenth Ohio Infantry, Aug. 9, 1862.  He was in the Atlanta campaign and participated in all the engagements of the regiment, including the battles of Resaca, Dallas, Lost Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain and the battle near Atlanta.  He afterward served under General Thomas in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, and was honorably discharged at Salisbury, N. C., after which he returned home, and was married in December, 1864, to Esther Ann Hayden, by whom he had one child who died in infancy.  She died about fourteen months after her marriage, and Aug. 8, 1869, Mr. Harmon married for his second wife Amanda Zabst, born in Crawford County, Ohio, April 3, 1846, a daughter of John and Catharine Zabst, of Pleasant Township.  They have three children-- Edith Z., Catharine H. and Franklin F.  Their home is on section 28, where Mr. Harmon owns eighty acres of land.  He also owns twenty acres in another part of the county.  In politics he is a Republican.  He is a member of Cross Waite Post, No. 150, G. A. R., and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.


Submitted by Kim Davoli