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Pages 548-550, Biographical and Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana (Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1887), paragraphing added for readability:
DR. LEWIS H. TENNANT, physician and farmer, section 10, Monroe Township, came to Kosciusko County with his father in 1854, and settled on the farm where he now lives.
His father, Lewis B. Tennant, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in the spring of 1800, and when eighteen years of age went to New York State and engaged in the new method of distilling liquors. He subsequently went to many places in the South, where he followed the same business. He was married in 1824 to Miss Elizabeth Dewitt, who was a native of New Jersey and about five years his junior. She was reared at her birthplace, but was married at Hamilton, Canada (ed-Wentworth County, Ontario), where her parents settled a few years before. She died in 1845, in Lake County, Indiana.
In 1854 Lewis H. and his father came from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, to Kosciusko County, and settled at Warsaw, and moved from there the same year to Monroe Township, and settled on section 10, where about three acres had been cleared and a log house built. Here in the wilderness they set up a still for distilling the medical properties of shrubs, barks, roots and berries, and the father resumed the practice of medicine, using the eclectic system.
His father was twice married, and had by his first wife ten children, born as follows -- Louvicy, in 1825; Earlyam (ed-Early Ann), in 1827; Rachel, in 1829; Eliza Jane, in 1831; Whitman, in 1833; Demerious, in 1835; Lewis H., in 1837; Johnnie, in 1840; James D., in 1842; and Philip, in 1844. Seven were born in Canada, and the three youngest in Lake County, Indiana.
James D. enlisted August 10, 1862 in Company I, Tenth Minnesota Regiment, and died at Le Sueur, Minnesota, April 23, 1863. Lewis H. enlisted August 11, 1862, at Warsaw, in Company C, Fourth Indiana Cavalry, commanded by Captain H. P. Leslie, and was discharged in July, 1865. His company was detached for headquarters body-guard duty, and served as body-guard for Generals Q. A. Gilmore, A. J. Smith and Granger. In 1863 our subject was appointed detective, with his headquarters at Indianapolis and La Fayette, and while in the detective service he read and practiced medicine with Dr. P. Jamerson, of Indianapolis. When discharged from the United States service he returned to the farm.
His father died the 10th of the following September, and he took up the forty acres he left, to which he has added until he now owns 114 acres. In 1876 he built a new house, at a cost of $1,100, and in 1885 built a barn, costing $1,000. For the past twenty years he has carried on farming in connection with his practice, confining his practice mostly to chronic cases, and making a specialty of treating diseases of the eye.He was married at Logansport, Indiana, while in the service of the United States, in August, 1864, to Miss Elizabeth Barron, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hauman) Barron. Dr. and Mrs. Tennant have had eleven children
-- John D., born June 19, 1865; Charlie B. (ed-Charles P.), born December 11, 1867; Demerious M., November 8, 1869; Lewis W., August 2, 1871; Walter M., September 12, 1873; Frank A., September 30, 1875; Frederick T., March 2, 1878; Elroy E., born June 2, 1880, died May 22, 1885; Alma L., born September 12, 1882; James E., April 17, 1884; Otis B., April 22, 1886.
Mrs. Tennant's father, John Barron, was born in Germany April 9, 1809, and immigrated to America when a young man, landing in Philadelphia. He settled in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he purchased a farm, although prior to coming to America he learned the weaver's trade. He was married in Dauphin County, in 1830, to Miss Elizabeth Hauman, a native of that county, born July 24, 1813. They had a family of seven children--Susanna, born December 8, 1832; John C., born December 28, 1834, died February 18, 1873; Louisa, born October 26, 1837, died November 23, 1874; Jacob M., born June 17, 1840; Elizabeth, born June 16, 1844; Sarah, born July 27, 1847; Catherine, born September 17, 1851.
In 1855 Mr. and Mrs. Barron sold their farm in Dauphin and moved to Cass County, Indiana, near Logansport, and in 1856 bought the farm where he died June 27, 1883. Mrs. Barron still lives on the homestead with her daughter Sarah. The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Tennant died in Germany, and her material grandparents in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tennan's paternal grandparents, Whitman and Demerious Tennant, were natives of Scotland, and died in Connecticut, aged nearly one hundred years. His maternal grandfather, John Dewitt, died in Cass County, Michigan, and his grandmother in Canada.
In politics Dr. Tennant is a Republican.
ED Note: Hamilton, Canada is Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada (near Buffalo, NY)
Tennant, Dewitt, Barron, Hauman, Babbitt in 1887 Kosciusko Co, IN
History (lived prior & had children in Lake Co, IN).
I'm not sure of the township but here's tax info:
Name No. Desc of Lands Sec Twn Range Acres
TENANT, LEWIS B. #907 E 1⁄2 of n e qr 35 33 9 80
" " W 1⁄2 of n w qr 36 33 9 80
I recently transcribed this biographical sketch and hope it helps someone.
Wish all my families left behind a history as detailed as this one.
From my research, Hauman is Hannon & Whitman is Wightman in some family
histories and records. Demerious is sometimes Dimmis or Demaris.
Whitman Tennant's wife is believed to be Demerious Babbitt (sometimes
seen as Bobbitt).
Submitted by Brenda Reeg Robison
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