From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 751-752


Harvey Lewis was born in Wolcott, near New Haven, Conn., in October, 1812.  When fifteen years of age he went to Chenango County, N. Y., where he married Elizabeth Bassett in 1833, a native of North Haven, Conn., born in 1815.  In 1844 he came to Indiana, and bought a tract of land on section 5, of Mrs. Hill, the only improvement being a log cabin.  He lived here three years, clearing and improving his land, when on account of the sickness of his family, he returned to the State of New York, remaining there till 1854.  By this time the country had become more settled and consequently more healthy, and they decided to return to their pioneer home.  They settled on the farm in Salem Township, where they have since lived.  The family consists of five children, four of whom are living -- Laura, now Mrs. Ira Scott, of Norwich, Chenango Co., N. Y., has two children -- Odell and Alice; Newell P., of Angola, married Orsavella Gale; Dwight B., who lives on the homestead, married Sarah A. Newman, and has two sons -- Benson and Harvey; Frank B., married Samantha Newman, lives in Lagrange County, Ind.  Their eldest son, Hiram, married Nettie Fuller, of Branch County, Mich.  He died at Gilead, that county, Sept. 29, 1873, leaving a widow and one son -- Frank.  When Mr. Lewis settled in Salem Township the country was covered with heavy timber, wild game was abundant and white settlers few.


Submitted by Kim Davoli