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.