Hiram DeWitt, an old citizen of union Township, is a native of Hamilton County, Ohio, where he was born February 10, 1818, being the fourth in a family of nine children born to Peter and Phebe (Cotton) DeWitt, who were natives of Kentucky. They came to Shelby County in March of 1822, and settled in what is now Union Township, the first family locating in that township. They continued residents of the county until their deaths, he dying December, 1837, and she June 16, 1867. Hiram remained at home until he attained the age of twenty-two years, receiving, what was for those days a common school education in the primitive log school-houses of that time. May 20, 1840, his marriage with Mary K. Gunning was solemnized, and to their union eight children were born, the six now living are:
1. Hiram W.
4. Mary E.
5. Phebe A.
6. Peter M.
Mr. DeWitt has always made farming his occupation, and he has been quite successful. He now owns eighty-five acres of well improved land. He united with the Blue River Baptist Church about forty-five years ago. In politics he is Democrat, and has been honored with election to the offices of Township Trustee and Constable.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, 1887, Brant & Fuller
Submitted by Wanda Counsil
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