Hiram Sweet Source: History of Steuben County, IN (1885) p.844-845 Hiram Sweet was born in St. Lawrence County, N. Y., July 1, 1841, a son of Thomas J. and Ormanda Sweet. In 1845 his parents moved to Defiance County, Ohio, where the mother died in December, 1840. Hiram is the fifth of eight children, five of whom are living, the others being -- Mrs. Alvira Crocker, Harry, Mrs. Fanny Price and Mrs. Delana Manning. His father afterward married Rebecca Bisby, who died several years ago. His father is now making his house his home and is in the eighty-second year of his age. Of the four children born in his second marriage, three are living -- Mrs. Marian Divert, Cyrille and Anna. Hiram Sweet was taken a short time after his mother's death by family friends, by whom he was reared. Aug. 25, 1861, he enlisted in defense of the Union in Company E, Twenty-first Ohio Infantry which was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. His first general engagement was at Stone River, then Chickamauga, Mission Ridge and the Atlanta campaign. About this time he was taken sick and after his recovery joined the regiment at Wilmington N. C. He re-enlisted as a veteran and served four years lacking one month; was discharged July 24, 1865. Returning to Defiance he engaged in the manufacture of lumber, cider and jelly, at Farmer, till February, 1873, when he sold out and came to Steuben County locating at Hamilton. The same year he built a steam saw mill of twenty-five horse-power, where he has successfully carried on his business of manufacturing. In 1882 he bought 120 acres of land on sections 27, 28, and 34, Otsego Township, which he has improved, erecting a fine residence and other farm buildings, and now has one of the pleasantest homes in the township. Since his residence in the county he has, by his upright dealings won the confidence and esteem of the community and has made many friends. He was married March 6, 1870, to Melvina Sewell, who was born in September, 1851, daughter of Andrew and Priscilla Sewell. To them have been born three children -- Ora O., Laura B. and Glenn O. Mr. and Mrs. Sweet are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of Baron Steuben Post, No. 387, G. A. R. In politics he is a Republican.