Not my line; FYI.
Marriage Record for Steuben Co IN1832-1890compiled by Audree Seibel Lewis 1967(Angola IN library dbs)
Levi Bigler/Catherine Stealeyno return.1853
Levi Bigler/Catherine Stealy (Stealey)15 Oct 1854(Note entry above.)
A few years ago, I found the following articles in a notebook at the Angola Library.They were copies of the actual newspaper articles, but name of newspaper is cut off(might be Steuben Republican???)
Newspaper was published Angola, Indianadate3 April 1907
LEVI BIGLER(includes picture)
Was born in Wayne County, Ohio, March 18, 1829.His parents, Emanuel and Anna Ewing Bigler, moved from Wayne to Richland county, Ohio, when he was three years old.Sixteen years later they came to Steuben county, settling on the farm which subsequently became the property of the subject of this sketch.The mother died in February, 1882, and the father died in June of the same year.The privations of their pioneer life was shared by their son Levi.In 1854 he was married to Catherine Stealy, daughter of Elder John Stealy, the pioneer preacher of Pleasant township, whose farm joined that of Emanuel Bigler.To the union were born seven children.The eldest daughter, Viola, died in 1890; Scott Bigler lives in Spokane, Washington, and could not come to the funeral.The other children, Rev. B B Bigler, of Logansport, Ind; Mrs. Vivian Lewis, of Toledo, Ohio; Mrs Maud Ruckman of Hillsdale, Mich; Miss Augusta Bigler and Frank Bigler, of Angola, together with his wife were all present at his bedside when he passed away.His seven grandchildren and his aged brother were also in attendance at the funeral.
Mr Bigler was one of the substantial farmers of the county, and by industry, businesss integrity and the aid of his good wife succeeded in life.His home and his children were his pride.A good husband, indulgent father, a considerate neighbor, and endowed by nature with a refined mind he was a genial companion, and those who came in touch with his inner life could but be impressed with his motto:
Speak gently:it is better far to rule by love than fear.
Speak gently:let no harsh word mar the good we might do here.
The christian virtues were his:"Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,meekness.
Among his last words were these"I aimed to be good to every one."
He died on March 27 at the good old age of 78 years and 9 days, after an illness of one week.His funeral was held at his late residence one-half mile south of Fox Lake, conducted by Vernon Stauffer and he was laid to rest in Circle Hill beside his daughter.
From same notebook, not sure what newspaperDate of newspaper is Wednesday, 4 Aug 1909Volume LIII No 31
CATHERINE STEALY BIGLER (includes picture)
"Mother is dead" -- only a brief telegram to the children, but to them it holds a world of meaning.What memories of a life time it suddenly brings to the mind.What joys and sorrows once shared in the old family nest, now at last broken up and deserted forever. But it all must be for the best.
Catherine Stealy was born near Marion, Seneca county, Ohio Aug 5, 1830, and died at her home near Fox lake, July 27, 1909, aged 78 years, 11 months and 27 days.She moved to Pleasant township with her parents, Elder John Stealy and Susannah Stealy, 74 years ago when she was only five years old.Her father was one of the earliest of the pioneer settlers of Steuben county and the first resident preacher to proclaim the Gospel in this part of Indiana.She was the last surviving member of a family of thirteen children, a younger sister, Mrs. Lydia Adams, having preceded her only a few weeks.
She was married to Levi Bigler, Oct 15, 1854, who departed this life March 27, 1907.To this union, were born seven children:Jessie Franklin Bigler, of this city;Viola Lowater, who died Nov 22, 1890; Scott Bigler, of Alameda, Cal; Augusta Bigler of Angola; Mrs Viva Lewis, of Toledo, Ohio; Barton B Bigler of Logansport, Ind; Mrs. Maud Ruckman, Hillsdale, Mich.
Funeral services were held from her late home on Thursday, July 29th, at 2 o'clock p.m., Rev John Humfreys officiating.Interment in Circle Hill cemetery.So closes a long life, seventy-five years of it being lived here in Steuben county.It was a life that was full of pioneer toils.Mrs. Bigler was a woman who never knew what it was to shirk her duties.The spirit of heroism pervaded her life, even to the last, and "Her children arise up and call her blessed."