From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 511-512



Alvin Partridge was born in Gustavus, Trumbull Co., Ohio, in 1820, a son of George W. and Mary E. (Horn) Partridge, his father a native of Ballston, N. Y., and his mother of Little Fork, Pa.  His paternal grandfather lived to an advanced age, and his last days were spent in blindness.  His maternal grandfather was of German descent, the family having been banished from that country for marrying into a titled family.  George W. Partridge was a strong abolitionist, and sacrificed his property to assist Kansas in becoming a free State.  He lived in various States of the Union, but finally returned to his son's house where he died at the age of eighty years.  His wife lived to be ninety-three years of age.  They had a family of ten children -- Emily, now Mrs. Elijah Townsend, of Minnesota; Thomas, of Fair Haven, Minn.; Sarah, widow of Philip Huber; John, of Allegan County, Mich.; Alvin; Frederick; Maria, widow of Boughton; William, of North Carolina; George was killed in the John Brown conflict, in Kansas; Mary E., wife of Christian Otto, of Steuben County.  Alvin Partridge remained with his parents till manhood.  Being the most willing to work of any of the boys, his services were required on the farm while the others were at school, and hence his education was limited.  He was married when twenty-two years of age, to Lucia Thompson, a daughter of Apollos and Lucinda (Dexter) Thompson, one of the early settlers of Conneaut, Ashtabula Co., Ohio.  When he commenced life for himself, he was entirely without means, but by a life of strict integrity and close adherence to business principles he has succeeded in surrounding himself and family with all that makes it a pleasure to live.  Conscientious in all his acts, he has won the esteem of all who know him, and is regarded as one of the most influential and honorable citizens of the county.  He lived in Geauga County, Ohio, a short time after his marriage; then in McHenry County, Ill.; thence to Wisconsin, and in 1855 moved to Steuben County and settled on the farm where he now lives.  To Mr. and Mrs. Partridge have been born four children -- Eliza L., wife of Lorenzo Van Slyke, of Nebraska; Joseph W., married Carrie Huxter; Amelia L., wife of William Richards, of Nebraska, and Caroline (deceased).  They have an adopted daughter -- Mary B.  Mrs. Partridge's parents had a family of six children -- Abigail, wife of Reuben Hurd, of Illinois; Erastus G., deceased, was living in Tennessee at the outbreak of the Rebellion, and was relentlessly pursued for three days, but finally escaped; Asahel C., a leading citizen of McHenry County, Ill.; Lucia, now Mrs. Partridge; Mark, a member of a Minnesota regiment in the war of the Rebellion, died in the hospital at St. Louis; Lucinda is the wife of William Luikleiter, of Tippecanoe County, Iowa.



Submitted by Kim Davoli