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Havercamp - Lewis A.

Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke &  Fountain Co IN p 280

Lewis A. Havercamp is a well-known farmer and stock raiser of  Montgomery County, residing on Sec. 30, South Union Township,  where he has a good farm of 106 acres. He is a native of Ripley  County, this state and was born Nov. 2, 1856.

His father, William  H. Havercamp was born in Germany 1826. He grew to manhood in the  fatherland and served in the German army 4 years, in accordance  with the laws of the country. Shortly after his marriage to Miss  Elizabeth Millbrook he emigrated to America and at first rented a  farm in Ripley County, which he operated 4 years. At the end of  that time he removed to Cincinnati where he found employment in a  lumberyard. He subsequently returned to Indiana and resumed  farming, locating on a farm in Clay County. He was successful in  his vocation but finally lost a good deal of his property by  going security on a neighbor's note. His death occurred in 1881.  During his life he was a faithful member of the German Lutheran  Church and in politics was an old-time Democrat. He was the  father of 3 children: all of whom are still living: our subject:  Mary, wife of Henry Hildeman a farmer of Ripley County and John  William who has a livery business at Brazil, Clay County.

The  mother of our subject remarried, becoming the wife of Louis  Hildeman, and she is still living in Ripley County. The subject  of this biographical sketch was 5 years old when his father  settled in Clay Co, where he continued to live with his father  until 18. He then went to work for others by the month and was  thus employed 2 years. At the expiration of that time he went  into the lumber business which he carried on 7 or 8 years. In  1882 he came to Montgomery County, and located at New Market,  where he was in the lumber business two years and also worked at  carpentering. After that he lived on his farm for a year and then  resumed his trade as carpenter in New Market. Two years later he  returned to his farm, and has live don it ever since. His land is  well tilled, the buildings are substantially built and Mr.  Havercamp is doing well financially as a general farmer. He  belongs to the Horse Thief Detective Association, and, although  not desirous of political preferment, he conscientiously performs  his duty as a citizen and as a rule votes the Democratic ticket.

Mr. Havercamp was married June 7, 1884, to Miss Ida E. Davis.  Their pleasant wedded life brought to them 4 children: Merrill,  who was born Feb 25, 1885 and died the 7th of the following  March; Otto who was born on the 30th of March 1887; and Earl and  Bearl, twins; Mrs. Havercamp is a daughter of George S. Davis,  who was born in Shelby Co, Ky in the year 1818 and made his home  in his native State until 1843, when he came to Montgomery  County. After his marriage, in 1846, he located in Brown Twp,  where he followed the trade of blacksmith. He departed this life  Feb 14, 1890. He had been successful in business, was a good  citizen and an honored member of the Baptist Church. His wife,  whose maiden name was Nancy ELLIS, was a daughter of Thomas  Ellis, who was a native of Shelby Co, Ky and came to Indiana in  1833, settling upon a farm that he probably entered from the  Government. He was the father of 10 children, of whom Mrs.  Havercamp's mother was the sixth in order of birth. Mrs.  Havercamp herself is one of 5 children of whom 4 grew to maturity  and these 3 are still living: Tilman G, who resides at Waveland;  Mary J wife of RG Crist, who is in the hardware and implement  business at New Market and Mrs. Havercamp. The two deceased are  William Warren and Martha A, who was the wife of Edward  Lawrence. - typed by kbz
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