From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 679-680


Henry P. Hathaway, one of the early settlers of Steuben County, Ind., was born in Washington County, Pa., Nov. 25, 1822, a son of Dr. David P. and Elizabeth (Bennett) Hathaway, the former born in 1792 and the latter in 1791.  His parents were married in Washington County in 1810.  In 1836 they moved to Newark, Licking Co., Ohio, and in 1849 to Steuben County, Ind., and settled on the present site of Hathaway's Corners, the place deriving its name from the Hathaway family.  The Doctor died in 1850, and Mrs. Hathaway in 1878.  Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  They had a family of ten children, nine of whom attained adult life and seven of whom are living.  Henry P. Hathaway came to Steuben County, Ind., in the fall of 1847 and entered eighty acres of land, and in the fall of 1848 moved his family to the county, and first lived in a log house built for a school-house.  He improved his land, clearing it of timber, and made a good farm.  In 1875 he moved to Angola and for eight years served as Deputy Sheriff.  July 10, 1884, the partnership of Uhl & Hathaway was formed.  They keep a complete stock of boots and shoes, clothing and gents' furnishing goods.  Mr. Hathaway in politics is a Republican.  He has held several local offices of trust, among others that of Assessor and Justice of the Peace.  He has always taken an active interest in all public enterprises, being one of the most public-spirited and influential men of the county.  Mr. Hathaway was married in 1845 to Frances C. Jagger, a native of New Jersey.  They have six children-- Joseph M.; Esther R., wife of Amos C. Johnson; Sarah E., wife of Dwight Sowle; Emma L., wife of John Gillis; David P. and William H.  Joseph was in the service of the United States in the war of the Rebellion, enlisting in 1863, in the Forty-fourth Indiana Infantry.  Mrs. Hathaway died Dec. 16, 1880, and May 22, 1882, Mr. Hathaway married Amelia Freygang.  Mr. Hathaway tells many interesting reminiscences of early life in Steuben County, his experiences being a mixture of hardships and pleasures, the former being borne with the same cheerfulness as the latter.



Submitted by Kim Davoli