Sketch of Lawrence H. Lewis,
In response to: "If anyone has access to their home state
history books and can check for names on anyone with ties or connections
to Oswego County, it would be most appreciated to have the information
online." The link below is already posted at MOGenWeb Crawford County
website. Al Lewis.
This is my great-grandfather. who
was born in West Amboy. One correction to the article.
He was born on 31 Oct 1840, rather than in 1844. He was a 7th generation
descendant of John Lewis of Westerly, RI. His siblings, who survived childhood
were George W., Henry D., Phidelia, Alonzo N., John W. and Emmett Lewis.
He was the father of 11 children, 7 of whom survived infancy. Being 15
years older than his wife, he fathered his youngest child in 1900, at age
60. He was elected to the Missouri State Assembly as Representative of
Crawford County, MO in 1904 and, again, in 1914 and in 1916. He died on
06 Apr 1920 in the town of Cuba, Crawford Co., MO and is buried there,
with his wife, in Kinder Cemetery. Al Lewis.
I am also including several photos
See also: LEWIS FAMILY
OF WEST AMBOY
Taken before 1906
Taken about 1916
Biographical Sketch of Lawrence H.
Lewis, Crawford County, Missouri
From "History of Franklin, Jefferson,
Washington, Crawford and Gasconade Counties", Biographical Appendix,
Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1888.
Lawrence H. Lewis, blacksmith
and wagon-maker, and also proprietor of Lewis Opera House, Cuba, MO., was
born in Oswego County, N. Y., in 1844. In the family of his parents,
George W. and Sarah (Bassett) Lewis, were eleven children, of whom he was
the tenth. Lawrence H., received a good education, and when
a young man aspired to be an attorney-at-law; he attended the Ohio State
Law College of Cleveland, Ohio, three years, and received a diploma as
Bachelor of Laws from that institution in 1868. He was admitted to
the bar and also the United States Courts in the same year, but practiced
the legal profession but, about two years, when ill health compelled him
to seek other employment. He then immigrated to the West, and in
1871 he located in Crawford County, MO., where he has been engaged in various
pursuits; he first ran a sawmill, and in 1872 bought a town lot in Cuba,
upon which he built and established his present shop in 1876.
He keeps competent workmen both
in the wagon-making department and the blacksmith shop, employing from
eight to ten hands. In 1882 he erected the hall, or opera house,
in Cuba, and has now another brick structure in process of erection for
the same purpose. In 1874, Mr. Lewis married Elizabeth, daughter
of Walter and Frances (Sutherland) Evans. They have had eight children,
five of whom are living, viz.: Cora E., Clarence E., Laura P., Lawrence
H., Jr. and an infant. Politically, Mr. Lewis is a stanch Republican, and
cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln. He is a member
of the A.O.U.W.
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