From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana page 642

Nelson Hutchins was born in Oswego County, N.Y., April 16, 1818.  In 1834 his parents, Ezra and Mahala Hutchins, moved to Sandusky County, Ohio, and about eight years later, in 1842, came to Scott Township and lived with their son a short time; then went to housekeeping; but after the death of the mother the father returned to his son's house and made it his hime till his death.  Nelson Hutchins came to Steuben County, Ind., in 1841 and settled on section 5, Scott Township, buying forty acres of heavily timbered land.  He has cleared and improved his land and now has one of the pleasantest homes in the township.  He has taken an interest in all public affairs and has made many friends.  For twenty years he has served as Justice of the Peace, and is in every senseof he word a peacemaker, influencing parties to settle without litigation when possible.  He has also served as Treasurer of his township.  In politics he is a Republican, but in politics, as in religion, he is liberal.  He is a member of no church, but recognizes the good in all and, as far as his means will allow, is liberal to all.  He was married in August, 1839, to Maria Adams, who died in 1844, leaving three children -- Mrs. Francis Richardson, Emily (died aged four years), and Admid N. Dec. 1, 1851, he married Phoebe Jones, who was born in Licking County, Ohio, Feb. 2, 1827.  They have four children -- Mrs. Alice Gridley, Ella, William H. and Carrie.