JosephS. Lewis, Sr.
born in Italy, Yates County, New York
diedat Westville, Indiana - a brief biography
contributed by WilliamStrong
JosephS. Lewis, Sr. was born on March 2, 1818, Italy, Yates County, New York. Father’sbirthplace was Massachusetts and his Mother’s birthplace being Connecticut. Wehave not found his parents names as yet.
Joseph S. Lewis, Sr., at 21 years of age,1st Army enlistment was on October 21, 1839 in the city of Canandaigua, NY. He was a Corporal in Company “I” commanded by Captain James W. Hill,in the 8th Regiment, commanded by W.R. Montgomery in the FloridaIndian War of 1835 to 1845. He was honorably discharged at Fort Brooke, Floridaon October 29, 1844.
Hemarried 8 months later (at age 27 years-3months) Lucinda A. Havens (at age 15years-10 months) on June 15, 1845 in Ashtabula, Ohio. Lucinda was born August 9,1829 in Freedom Township, Cattaraugus, New York. She was the daughter of TrumanHavens and Orilla (Fisher) Havens living in Ashtabula at the time of theirmarriage.
Josephand Lucinda were living with their 1 year old son Salinzo W. in ClintonTownship, La Porte County, Indiana according to the October 16, 1850 FederalCensus (Roll 157, Book1, Page 165a, lines 23, 24,& 25). In their marriage itis reported in both Joseph’s and Lucinda’s obituaries to have had ninechildren, 5 sons and four daughters, but three of the daughters dying ininfancy.
Sometimebetween 1850 and 1860 census the family moved to New Durham Township, La PorteCounty, Indiana. The Post Office was at Michigan City. Likely his occupation wasa Farmer. There were four children in the family listed in the 1860 census;Lorenzo-11, Francis D.-8, Milford H.-4, and Milton W.-3.
At age45 years and 11 months Joseph S. Lewis enlisted in the Army on February 14, 1864in Westville, Indiana to fight in the Civil War. He was mustered in March 7,1864 in Michigan City, Indiana in Company E, 128th Regiment, IndianaVolunteers-Infantry. Joseph contracted sickness during the war which made him aninvalid the remainder of his life according to his obituary. After returningfrom the war, he united with the Disciples or Christians Church of Westville, under the ministryof Rev. Mr. Edmonson.
Thefamily moved to Noble Township, La Porte County, Indiana. The June 29, 1870Census for Noble Township, La Porte County, Indiana for Joseph S. Lewisindicates five children living at home from ages 5 to 21; Leonard-21, FrancisD.-19, Milford H.-16, Joseph S.-5, and Olive G.-10. For some reason their sonMilton W., age 13, is not listed in this census.
LucindaA. Havens dies, March 11, 1895, at age 65. Mrs. Joseph S. Lewis obituary is inthe Westville Indicator, Westville,Indiana, Thursday, March 21, 1895. She is buried in the Westville Cemetery,Westville, Indiana next to her son Milton W. Lewis. Lucinda’s tombstone simplyreads ‘Mother’.
JosephS. Lewis, Sr. dies January 10, 1898, at age 79. His obituary is in the WestvilleIndicator, Westville, Indiana, Thursday, January 13, 1898; page 3, column 7.Joseph S. Lewis is buried in the Westville Cemetery, Westville, Indiana. Hisdaughter Olive G. (Lewis) Thomas, (1860 – 1943) is buried next to him. Hismilitary veteran tombstone is a simple one that reads: J. S. LEWIS, Co. E., 128IND. INF.
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