Biography of Lewis P. Mignin

Lewis P. Mignin’s tale is a testament to the enduring spirit of agricultural devotion and community advancement in Williams County. Born into a pioneering family on March 25, 1858, on the same farm he cultivates today, Mignin’s life mirrors the legacy of his French immigrant parents, George D. and Catherine Susan Mignin. With a heritage rich in perseverance and adaptability, Lewis has expanded his birthright into a 305-acre testament to diligent farming and stock raising. His personal journey, marked by dedication to the land and community, showcases a life of unwavering commitment to progress and local prosperity.

Lewis P. Mignin.— One of the progressive men of Williams County is Lewis P. Mignin, whose indomitable courage, persistent and aggressive efforts and his excellent management have brought to him the prosperity which is today his. He has ever stood ready to do what he could in pushing forward the wheels of progress and advancing the prosperity of this locality and his career has been one worthy of the high esteem which those knowing him best freely accord.

Lewis P. Mignin was born on the farm where he now lives in Springfield Township, Williams County, on March 25, 1858, and is a son of George D. and Catherine Susan (Planson) Mignin. These parents were both natives of France, where the father was born on October 7, 1821, and the mother on July 29, 1821. They both are now deceased, the father dying on July 16, 1896, and the mother on June 16, 1888. They were reared and educated in their native country, and after attaining maturity came to the United States, making the trip on the same boat. They came to Williams County, Ohio, and here their marriage occurred in 1843. Mr. Mignin bought a small tract of land here, on which they lived for a short time, but he sold it and had made up his mind to return to France, but was persuaded to remain for a while. He did so, and, success attending his efforts this time, he decided to remain permanently, buying the land where the subject of this sketch now lives. There he and his wife spent the remainder of their days and died. They were both confirmed in the faith of the Lutheran Church, and in his political views he was a democrat. He was a quiet and unassuming man, but was held in the highest esteem among his neighbors. To him and his wife were born five children, namely: Susan C, born on January 12, 1845, died at the age of sixteen years; Fred P., born on August 22, 1846, died on August 22, 1911; George F., born July 22, 1848, died May 14, 1918; Catherine L., born August 11, 1850, died December 14, 1879; and Lewis P.

Lewis P. Mignin’s boyhood home was a log cabin, in which he was reared to manhood and he secured his education in the common schools of Springfield Township. He has never left the home farm and is now the owner of 305 acres of as good land as can be found in his section of the county. This land is devoted to general farming and stock raising, in which he has met with a well-deserved success, for he has applied himself indefatigably to the improvement and cultivation of this farm, and he enjoys a splendid reputation as an enterprising and progressive farmer.

On July 26, 1879, Mr. Mignin was married to Louise Beucler, whose death occurred on November 26, 1910, without issue. In January, 1912, Mr. Mignin was married to Clara Juillard, whose death occurred on January 29, 1918.

Mr. Mignin is a member of the Lutheran Church and gives his political support to the democratic party. He has always stood stanchly for the best things in the community life and enjoys a well-deserved popularity throughout the community where his life has been spent.

Source: Bowersox, Charles A. ed. A standard history of Williams County, Ohio: an authentic narrative of the past, with particular attention to the modern era in the commercial, industrial, educational, civic and social development , 2 vols. Publisher Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. 1920.

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