Allen T. DeWitt, a descendant of Peter DeWitt, the first settler of what is now Union Township, was born November 19, 1851, being the next eldest child and only one surviving of Robert Wesley and Milla (Berry) DeWitt. Peter DeWitt came to Shelby County and settled on Little Blue River, about 1821. His wife was Phebe Cotton; they reared a family of six children, they reared a family of six children, of whom but one is now living, Hiram. The family have, with one exception, made this and the adjoining County of Rush, their home. Robert Wesley DeWitt was born March 5, 1824. He was united in marriage with Milla Berry, October 14, 1849. They were the parents of four children: Phebe A., deceased; Allen T.; Sarepta, deceased, Landa, deceased. He died January 13, 1876. His wife still survives him and has attained the good old age of abut sixty years. Our immediate subject has always lived on the old home farm. He received a limited e ducation, his help being needed on the farm, which he has greatly supplemented by reading and study and contact with business men in the affairs of life. March 23, 1879, his marriage with Elizabeth H. Gunning was solemnized. Mr. DeWitt has always followed agricultural pursuits and he has been quite successful. He now owns eighty acres of well improved land. He and wife are members of the Blue River Baptist Church. In political affairs of the county and community in which he lives, where he enjoys the respect and esteem of those that know him.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, 1887, Brant & Fuller
Submitted by Wanda Counsil
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