From the book HISTORY OF VIGO COUNTY, INDIANA, with BIOGRAPHICAL
H.C. BRADSBY pages 828-829 Emeline Fairbanks Library, Terre Haute, Indiana
" Andrew Lewsader - Nevins Township, P.O. Fontenet. (the family name was originally
Andrew Lewsader is a Successful farmer of Nevins Township, and is the owner of 170 acres of
valuable land which he has well improved and stocked. He is one of the few who never had the
advantage of schooling, and who grew up in the wild country, but after he arrived at manhood's
estate he was taught by his wife, and learned to read and write! He was born in Fountain County,
Indiana October 9, 1835 and is the son of Andrew and Rebecca (Davis) Lewsader, natives of
Virginia and of French decent. The father worked at farming like many other pioneers, but hunting
and trapping was the chief occupation of his life. His family consisted of twelve children, ten of
whom grew to maturity, Andrew being the youngest. The father was twice married, and had two
children by his last wife. Andrew spent his childhood and youth in Vermillion Co. Ind. and was
"bound out" to a farmer who reared him, but attended more to teaching him how to work than to
cultivating his mind. when he reached his majority he started in the world for himself by working as
a farm hand at $10 per month. He hired to drive cattle for a drover and worked by the day and
month where he could get the best wages. He was ambitious to be his own master, and saved his
earnings until he was able to buy a team when he rented land, subsequently busying himself, and
has met with success. Mr. Lewsader was married in 1859 to Miss Mary, daughter of Martin Faris
and of English descent. This union has been blessed with seven children: Joseph F. Sara, wife of
James Crothers; Hester, wife of C. Lathons; Nathan; Laura; Andrew and Thomas. Mrs.
Lewsader is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Lewsader affiliates with the Republican party.
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