Biography of Lewis D. Blue
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


Many of the leading citizens of Defiance county served their country during the dark days of the Rebellion, making a record honorable and glorious, and among them must be mentioned the subject of this sketch, who is one of the prominent farmers of Highland township.

A native of Ohio, Mr. Blue was born near Piqua, Miami county, September 3, 1832, a son of Uriah and Martha (Deweese) Blue, the latter being of Welsh ancestry. At an early day they became residents of Miami county, Ohio, where they continued to make their home until called to the world beyond. The father, who was a native of Pennsylvania, died in 1849, the mother in about 1841. To them were born fifteen children, Lewis D. being twelfth in the order of birth.

Upon the home farm in Miami county the subject of this sketch continued to reside until 1856, when he removed to the city of Piqua, living there until the spring of 1859. Since then he has made his home in Highland township, Defiance county, where he owns a well improved and highly cultivated farm of sixty acres, and to agricultural pursuits devotes his time and attention with good results.

On the 8th of January, 1856, in Miami county, Mr. Blue was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Kelly, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1836, and is third in the order of birth in a family of eight children. Her parents, Richard and Martha (Levering) Kelly, were also natives of Philadelphia, whence they removed to Piqua, Ohio, about 1839, at which time they had two children: Elizabeth (Mrs. Blue) and Nelson. There the father died, but the mother passed away at the home of our subject in Defiance county, January 21, 1867. Mr. and Mrs. Blue have six children living, namely: Anna B., now the wife of George H. Rohn, whose sketch appears elsewhere; Nelson S.; Clarence , Burtice E.; Mattie G.; and Nellie G. They lost three children that died in infancy.

In response to the President's call for troops during the Civil war, Mr. Blue enlisted July 18, 1862, in Company D, One Hundredth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, remaining with that regiment until honorably discharged October 1, 1863. He then recruited a company for the Second North Carolina Mounted Infantry, and was commissioned second lieutenant, serving as such until discharged on account of physical disability October 16, 1864. Returning to his home, he resumed farming, and in that occupation he has since been engaged. He is now an honored member of Bishop Post, No. 22, G. A. R., and in religious connection both he and his wife are leading and active members of the Baptist Church at Defiance. Politically, he is identified with the Republican party. Taking a deep interest in educational affairs, he has most efficiently served in school offices. In 1888, while returning from the encampment held that year at Columbus, Ohio, he was injured in an accident, a "wreck," on the B. & O. R. R., from which injury he has never yet fully recovered.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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