Lewis P. Sisson Source: History of Steuben County, IN (1885) p.842 Lewis P. Sisson was born in Wayne County, N. Y., Oct. 10, 1817. When he was nine years old his parents, Sanford and Flavia (West) Sisson, moved to Huron County, Ohio, where his father died. His mother died many years later at the residence of her son Sanford, in Michigan. Of a family of fourteen children five are living -- Lewis P.; Arnold, Augustus and Mrs. Emeline Fowler, in Michigan, and Lucius P., in Huron County, Ohio. Lewis P. celebrated his twenty-first birthday by logging, wages, 50 cents, and with the capital started in life on his own account. He worked the next four years by the day, month, or job, generally at chopping and clearing land. He has chopped the timber from 170 acres of land. He was married on his twenty-fifth birthday to Mary F. Gifford, who was born in Tompkins County, N. Y., May 1, 1816. She died May 23, 1879. Their only child, Effie A., born July 18, 1849, married John Cole, and died Oct. 18, 1871. March 30, 1880, Mr. Sisson married Mrs. Catherine (Smith) Strauss, daughter of Dr. Robert Smith, and widow of Rev. H. F. Adolph Strauss, to whom she was married Aug. 20, 1863. Mr. Strauss was born in Germany, April 13, 1819. He was a minister of the Lutheran church, located in Union County, Ill. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Strauss. Robert Adolph died in September, 1865, aged ten and a half months; Joseph N. died in December, 1871, aged five years and four months. Frederic M. lives with his mother. Mary A., a daughter of Mr. Strauss by a former marriage, married Oliver Scotten, and lives in Huntington County, Ind. Mr. Strauss died Feb. 8, 1868. Mr. and Mrs. Sisson reside on a farm of the latter on section 2, Otsego Township. The farm he owns and where he resided till recently is on section 35, Scott Township, and was bought in 1849, when he first settled in the county. Three brothers of Mr. Sisson -- Foster, Augustus and Henry -- were soldiers in the war for the Union. His father was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mrs. Sisson is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he was originally a Whig but since its organization has affiliated with the Republican party.