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2013 Reunion Invitation with 2012 Minutes

31st  ANNUAL LEWIS FAMILY REUNION

SATURDAY, JULY 13,  2013

Stonefort Community Center, Stonefort,   IL

(One block west of US Highway 45)

 

12:30pm LEWIS FAMILY PHOTO      1:00pm Potluck Luncheon & Meeting

Bring a dish to share.      Beverages provided.

Bring or Send Pictures, Announcements, etc. and interest items to:  

    

LEWIS FAMILY REUNION 2013   write LEWIS FAMILY REUNION 2013 on the envelope

     15 RANDOLPH ROAD   STONEFORT, IL 62987       (NOTE: new mailing address)

Mary Lewis, Secretary              CELL: 219-730-8033             HOME: 618-777-2336                        mlewisec@netzero.com      (new e-mail address)

 

The Lewis Family History Book written by Mark Lewis is   available  for purchase online.

 www.lewisathome.com    Also, View Minutes, photos, ancestry, & Lewis Crest pottery.

 

AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER            FRIDAY           July 12, 2013

CHICKEN DINNER      $7.50                                                                                                             4pm to 6pm 

THE STONEFORT DEPOT/COMMUNITY MUSEUMS        2pm to 4pm

   Will display items of the early history of Stonefort and Bolton.

           The display includes items of the LEWIS FAMILY history.           

 

2012 REUNION MINUTES BELOW

                   MINUTES  JULY 14, 2012   (30th Annual Reunion)

It was amazing!  Almost Ninety people in attendance and the Family Photo was taken in record time.  People were in line and already loading their plates by 12:50pm.  What cooperation in gathering for the picture when asked to do so.

President Alan Lewis called the meeting to order with introductions of each family present beginning with himself.

The Minutes of July 23, 2011 were read by President Lewis and accepted as read.

MOTION:  TO E-MAIL and/or US MAIL THE MINUTES WITH THE ANNUAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MEETING.   Alan Lewis

1st  Rob Appel            2nd  Carolyn Bethel                                MOTION PASSED

MARRIAGES     

JUNE 23, 2012   MEGHAN HARTMAN WED CARL ANDREW EKSTRAND            

MEGHAN IS: THE DAUGHTER OF MIKE & KATHRYN “KITTY” (BROOKS) HARTMAN.           GRAND DAUGHTER OF ALICE (McSPARIN) & RON BROOKS                                                   GREAT GRAND DAUGHTER OF EMMA KATHRYN (LEWIS) & CARLOS McSPARIN.

BART AND DONITA BETHEL WERE MARRIED AUGUST 5TH 2009.                                                BART’S PARENTS ARE CAROLYN (McSPARIN) & KIRK BETHEL.                     GRANDPARENTS:  KATHRYN (LEWIS) & CARLOS McSPARIN. 

BIRTHS                                                                                                                                                     BRYSON MICHAEL  BROOKS    BORN   OCT. 24, 2011                                                       PARENTS:          SARAH ANN (BROOKS)  &  JASON ROBERTS                                                        G. PARENTS:        RHONDA (BROOKS) & JEFF SHELTON                                                            GG. PARENTS:        ALICE (McSPARIN) & RON BROOKS                                                           GGG. PARENTS:         EMMA KATHRYN (LEWIS) & CARLOS McSPARIN

BRADLEY JONATHON COLLINS        BORN   OCT.  27, 2011                                                PARENTS:       TRACY (SZOSTEK) & JOEL COLLINS                                                                                G. PARENTS:     PATRICK & CHRISTINA (LEWIS) SZOSTEK    

AURORA PERSEPHONE  DAVIS (girl)   BORN  JUNE 19, 2012                                           PARENTS:      KELLY (STEELE) & ADAM DAVIS                                                                G.PARENTS:      KAREN (BROWN) & EARL STEELE                                                       GG.PARENTS:      ALICE RUTH (LEWIS) & JOHN BROWN                                        GGG.PARENTS:      OLIVER & KATIE (CRANK) LEWIS           


CHANDLER REID BETHEL      BORN  JUNE 25, 2012                                                          PARENTS:      STEVE & AMBER BETHEL                                                                              G.PARENTS:         SUE (McSPARIN) & BILL BETHEL                                                  GG.PARENTS:         EMMA KATHRYN (LEWIS) & CARLOS McSPARIN.

EVAN THOMAS HENDERSON      BORN  JUNE 25, 2012                                                      PARENTS:         KATIE (HILL) & CALEB HENDERSON                                                                     G. PARENTS:          TONY & KIM HILL                                                                                                GG. PARENTS:            JIMMY B. HILL     &      JANETH LOU WALKER                                   GGGP.      MABEL (LEWIS) & G.B. HILL                MYRTLE (LEWIS) & RICHARD WALKER

DEATHS             

GEORGE BOTTOMS   PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY WITH HIS FAMILY PRESENT AUGUST 14, 2011.    HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, MAE (LEWIS nee RANDOLPH) BOTTOMS.  THEY WERE MARRIED 34 YEARS.

JIMMY BARNETT  HILL                                                                                            BORN   DECEMBER 20, 1942                DIED     SEPTEMBER 3, 2011               MABEL (LEWIS) & G.B. HILL WERE HIS PARENTS.                                             HIS FINAL RESTING PLACE IS JOYNER CEMETERY .

MABEL (LEWIS) HILL    PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY AT HOME WITH HER FAMILY IN ATTENDANCE 12:47 AM   SUNDAY   SEPTEMBER 18, 2011.  SHE IS AT REST IN JOYNER CEMETERY.

RONNIE K. (KENT) ROE                                                                                            BORN   DECEMBER 21, 1940              DIED  NOVEMBER 2, 2011.                PARENTS:      ALICE (LEWIS) & BERTIS ROE                                                            G. PARENTS:      RALPH & IDA LEWIS                                                                       GG. PARENTS:     HOWELL & EMMA LEWIS                                                          note:    (Howell is the firstborn of Robert and Sarah (Joyner) Lewis.          

CAROLE E. LEWIS      BORN  FEB. 11, 1941      DIED   DEC. 15,  2011         PARENTS:        LELAND & HELEN  (MARTEN)  LEWIS                          G.PARENT:      SETH ALBERT LEWIS

BRUCE CAMERAN AMBLER  (MARINE)   DIED JAN. 20TH  2012.  COMPLICATIONS  FROM DIABETES. HE IS BURIED IN GREAT LAKES NATIONAL CEMETERY IN MICHIGAN. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE BRENDA LEE (LEWIS) AMBLER and HIS DAUGHTER RACHAEL JANE AMBLER.  Brenda is the daughter of Ralph Lehman Lewis.

NORMAN DIEFENBACH  83,           DIED SUNDAY,  JUNE 24TH, 2012 AT SHAWNEE ROSE CARE CENTER IN HARRISBURG.  HE WAS BURIED JUNE


 

28TH AT MOUNDS CITY NATIONAL CEMETERY IN MOUNDS CITY WITH FULL MILITARY RITES.  HE WAS BORN OCTOBER 28TH, 1928 AT STONEFORT, ILLINOIS TO THE LATE LOUIS & CLARA (BRANDON) DIEFENBACH.  HE MARRIED EDNA HANCOCK ON JULY 21, 1949 AND SHE SURVIVES.

HOWARD  LEWIS, 78, DIED SUNDAY JULY 1,   2012  AT HIS RESIDENCE IN CARRIER MILLS.  HIS CREMATED REMAINS WILL BE BURIED AT ZION CEMETERY NEAR OZARK.

MARY ALICE ROE                    DIED JULY 7, 2012.                                                           HER PARENTS WERE:  ALICE (LEWIS) AND BERTIS ROE                                 SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER SON BRADY ROE.

THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW OF LINDA (LEWIS) IVERS   PASSED AWAY.                   LINDA IS A COUSIN OF ALICE BROOK.    The daughter-in-law’s name is  ALICE.

HANK ZUCCHI of PURYEAR, TN passed away.                                                      HANK IS THE HUSBAND of DIANA ZUCCHI.                                                         DIANA IS THE DAUGHTER OF NORMA JEAN (Eugenia) RUTH (LEWIS) KING      DIANA IS THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF RALPH AND IDA LEWIS.                                                                                                                                                                      KENNY “BUCK” BUCHANAN  DIED JULY 4, 2012.  HE IS THE FATHER-IN-LAW OF KIM (BETHEL) BUCHANAN.  KIM’S HUSBAND IS MIKE BUCHANAN.  KIM IS THE DAUGHTER OF SUSIE (McSPARIN) BETHEL,

COMMUNICATIONS

Aug. 10, 2011  Thank you card from Mae (Lewis) & George Bottoms. 

Aug. 10, 2011  Thank you card from Linda Pash.  She said that it lifted her sprits                                         considerably.  And she is in good health now. 

Dec. 2011    Jim & Stephanie Brown sent photos of themselves and their children,                            Josh and Amanda.

June 20, 2012   e-mail from Sterling DeVard with the data on the birth of their second son, Dallin DeVard.  They will not be able to attend this year.

June 14, 2012  e-mail from Mark Lewis.  He and Ann celebrated their 37th anniversary June 14th.  He will be in Rhode Island the weekend of our reunion and will not be able to attend. 

June 26, 2012    E-mail from Sue Hawkins.   Sue believes she is related to the LEWIS FAMILY through her grandmother SUSAN ELIZA LEWIS MILLER.      


JULY 8, 2012   CALL FROM MARK LEWIS.  He is not attending the REUNION this year..  ANN, his wife of 37 years has had surgery. She has Thyroid Cancer, and is at home now.    He said that the doctor has a good prognosis for Ann and that Ann is in good spirits regarding her health.

PHOTOS FROM ALICE BROOKS were displayed at the Reunion                  1.  Family group                                                                                                          2.  Emma Kathryn (Lewis) McSparin with Carlos McSparin and two  children.  3.  Carlos McSparin and Jimmy Hill                                                                   4.  Carolyn McSparin and Ralph Lewis                                                               5.  Ron and Alice (McSparin) Brooks with four children.                                  6.  Kirk and Carolyn (McSparin) Bethel                                                              7.  Wedding of Larry & Kit King  Dec.1964                                                         8.  Carolyn (McSparin) Bethel

1ST TIMERS                                                                                                              Stephanie Brown                                                                                                               Mark Daniel Lewis,                                                                                                            Evan Henderson                                                                                                                                                               Allie, Christie, Emily, and Luke Webster (friends)                                                Jonathon Ferrell  (friend)

PLACE & DATE FOR THE 2012 MEETING                                                STONEFORT COMMUNITY CENTER          DATE: SATURDAY JULY 13, 2013

ELECTION OF OFFICERS                Nominations from the floor

PRESIDENT         MARK DANIEL LEWIS                                                                 VICE PRESIDENT         GARY LEWIS                               SECRETARY/TREASURER         MARY LEWIS      

ELECTED   UNANAMOUSLY

Motion to adjourn     Passed.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Lewis, Secretary

NOTE:   Please send any corrections, etc. To:  Rose M. Lewis  15 Randolp Road                                       Stonefort, IL 62987    OR  e-mail:   mlewisec@netzero.com    


Sommerville Pottery, Pulteney, NY

Monica and Ray Sommerville are long-time potters, starting in Allentown, Pennsylvania in the late 1970s.  They moved to Pulteney in 2007 where you can find them along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail.  They are located at 8727 Thornapple Hill Ext., Pulteney, NY, phone (607) 868-4409.

I am very impressed with their work for several reasons:

  • Their pottery shapes are classic
  • I really enjoy their glazes
  • They make a very wide variety of pieces
  • Their personalized logo pottery is a very creative and cost effective way to combine computer graphics with functional pottery. They can run small or large batches of various pieces with your custom artwork / logo.
  • Like my other favorite potters, they are down to earth and very interesting people

Below the photos are links to their web site, along with several YouTube videos of Monica throwing pots.  If you’ve never seen pots thrown before, you might find it very interesting.  Monica makes it look easy (trust me, that only comes from years of experience)

Workshop and Showrmmo

Workshop and Showroom


Great Doorbell!

Great Doorbell!


Some of their pieces

Some of their pieces


Custom Mugs

Custom Mugs


Custom Cheese Boards

Custom Cheese Boards


Custom Trivets

Custom Trivets

Sommerville Pottery’s Web Site

Video of Monica throwing pots at Artizann’s in Naples, NY

Part 2 of Monica throwing pottery

Part 3 – Monica throws a honey pot

Part 4 – Throwing a large pot for a surprise wedding gift

John LaForge Fitz Randolph

Doctor John LaForge Fitz Randolph was born October 23, 1802 and died January 17, 1889 in Salem. He is buried in the Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery with his father and grandfather.  His first wife was Experience Brown who was born in 1807 and died in 1848.  His second wife was Annette Maxson, daughter of John and Mary (Bee) Maxson.  Annette was born July 14, 1828 and died January 1860.  His third wife was Bathseba Skinner who was born June 3, 1831 and died February 14, 1889, less than a month after John died.

Doctor John was much better educated than most of those of his day. He was a stone mason and helped build the Pike through Salem. He practiced medicine without any special preparation, so was called Doctor John. He was reported to have had a very keen mind, but was very self-willed.

One anecdote about him – he went to a revival meeting in Bristol. A girl who had worked for him for years went down the aisle shouting her best, and he called to her, “Where are you going, Bet?” She replied, “To heaven, I hope.” Just then she reached a young man who had been going with her and threw herself into his arms. Doctor John said, “You have got there now, Bet!”

Salem College was built partly on his old farm.  The SDB Cemetery at Salem was on land given by him, and he carved some of the tombstones there.  He was a lifelong member of the Salem Seventh Day Baptist Church.

Children of John LaForge Fitz Randolph and Experience Brown, all born in Salem, WV:

1.          Lewis Fitz Randolph, born March 12, 1830, died July 6, 1839 of scarlet fever

2.          Delilah Ann Fitz Randolph, born December 11, 1830, first marriage to Sylvester Hughes in 1846

3.          Asa Fitz Randolph, born Feb 15, 1833, first marriage to Marvel Maxson in 1851

4.          Tacy Jane Fitz Randolph, born 1838, married Jeremiah Bee

5.          child who died young

6.          child who died young

Asa was my ancestor.

Children of John LaForge Fitz Randolph and Annette Maxson, all born in Salem, WV:

7.          James Fitz Randolph, born April 10, 1850, first marriage to Emily J. Sutton in 1870

8.          Mary Jane Fitz Randolph, born February 4, 1852, died July 30, 1925

9.          Nancy Cornelia Fitz Randolph, died age 3 months

10.      Rev. Guideon Henry Fitz Randolph, born August 5, 1855 and married Lucy Jane Green in 1884.  He was a Missionary to China about 1890.  Two of his sons were Seventh Day Baptist ministers: John was pastor at Berea, West Virginia around 1950; and Wardner was a missionary in Jamaica, British West Indies around 1950.

11.      Cecelian Annette Fitz Randolph, born October 23, 1859, died October 24, 1950 in Harrisonville, WV and buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berea, WV

Children of John LaForge Fitz Randolph and Bathseba Skinner, all born in Salem, WV:

12.      Joel Fitz Randolph, born August 16, 1861, first marriage to Ella Davis in 1861.  Chief of Police of Salem, WV for many years.

13.      Thomas Burns Fitz Randolph, born January 26, 1863, married Estelle Garrett in 1890

14.      Stephen Davis Fitz Randolph, born July 29, 1864, married Mary Elendor Hurst in 1889

15.      Ruth Fitz Randolph, born April 6, 1872, married John S. Hurst in 1893

Chapter 20 – Farm and Friends on Bug Ridge

Raising Goats: Elmo had a flock of goats. I decided I wanted to keep goats, so he brought me two nannies just before Thanksgiving in 1941. This proved to be a pleasant and profitable job. We soon had all the milk and cream we needed from the goats and cream from the cows to sell.

The first kids came in February when it was very cold. One evening I found a litter. One of them was so cold that it couldn’t get up; so I took it to the house, warmed it up, and finally got it to take a little milk. This got it on its feet, and I took it to its mother. In the morning it was again frozen. After warming it up and giving it some milk, I took it to its mother. It was all right then. There were five kids. I gave the two billies away, which left me five nannies.

We kept the goats staked out when we first got them. In the spring of 1942 I hired a woven wire fence put around a five-acre field for my goats, where we kept them and their progeny for over three years. I also kept the cows in this field part of the time. I let the doe kids run with their mothers, but the billies I gave to the neighbor children for the first two years. Then I began to charge a small price for them. I sold a few doe kids while they were small and some grown goats.

When I had had the goats about four years, I decided to sell them and get a couple pure-bred does of a fine milking strain. I found I had nine does to sell. I paid $20 for the two does and $15 for a buck. While we raised the goats, we ate three bucks (they were fine), sold a pair for $2, one doe and her two young does for $10, and two old goats for $15. I got $55 for the last nine does. Altogether I got $82 for the initial $35 investment. The goats cleaned up a five-acre field of filth, and we had all the milk and butter we needed so we could give the milk from the cows to the hogs and sell the cream. This gave us a cash income from the farm for Mamma, and we could raise two or three fine hogs a year.

I was very much interested in raising goats, but Elmo was very anxious for us to come to Wisconsin for a while. We decided to go there for the winter, then come back to the farm, buy our goats, and farm for ten more years. But as so often happens when you postpone anything, we never got our goats.

Another thing I liked very much about the goats, especially the kids, was to see them play. They would chase each other all over the field. One would jump on a tall stump. Then another one would jump up and butt it off. Then two more would butt that one off, and so it would go. They would climb onto a stump five or six feet high and then jump as far as they could. They sure are lively little animals.

A billy sometimes learns to butt if he is teased and can be very unpleasant if he makes a square hit when you are thinking of some other things. You must learn to take the bitter with the sweet (this is up-to-date philosophy and should be taken with a little water, if handy, but taken any way).

I think every one can see that I only gave up the goats to get better ones, and old age got me. I just got the farm 10 years (or 20) too late. Why should I worry about that? I have had a very good life and enjoyed the 17 years I was on the farm- every bit of it. If we could have remained able to have worked on the farm for ten more years, it would have been so nice; we would have enjoyed it very much.

Cows We Owned: About 1942 I had three cows. They did not give the milk they should, and one of them was an awful kicker-in fact, she was a killer. I sold her and bought a two-year-old of Ed Davis for $40-which proved to be a fine cow and a good bargain. I had to sell the others as they got garget.

In the spring of 1944 I went to a sale to buy a good cow. The dairy I had hoped to buy from had been sold. We met a man from Lewis County who said he had two good cows for sale. We went there as we came back, and I bought a three-year-old jersey cow with a heifer calf sired by a pure-bred Guernsey for $100. This was about as good a buy as I ever made.

I kept the calf till it was a cow and sold it for $150. The cow was a very fine milker and more than paid her way. After we left the farm we sold her to Olta for $125. I also sold another of her calves for $15. I sold the Ed Davis cow for $100 and three of her calves (one when it was two years old) for $80. So you see I did very well with her as she was a fine milker and her milk was very rich.

Olta and Ira took my stock to market, eggs and produce to town, and brought our feed and groceries (of course, we paid them). This was a great help to us and helped them, too.

Friends on Bug Ridge

Charley Watts and his father moved back to the farm in 1942. Two of his boys, Zeno and Freddie, came to me for three years till Zeno went to high school. Freddie went to me four years. I was very glad to see Mr. Watts, but I could see that he was getting feeble. He was out to see us two or three times. Charley brought him and the family out in his car, and we went out to see them several times. In the late winter of 1943 the old man took a severe cold, from which he didn’t seem to rally very well. Then one night he had a stroke, from which he never rallied.

So passed a very hard working man and a good friend of mine. So passed the third good old friend of mine on Bug Ridge-Uncle Daniel Huffman, Mr. Garrison, and Mr. Watts. Mr. Watts was the oldest, being 90 years old. The others were past 80. Uncle Daniel was my nearest neighbor and one of the best friends on the Ridge.

In our younger days we make friends; as we grow older they pass away one by one. In our old age, there are few left. And if, as I have done, you move when you are old, you have no friends at all. I am glad that I can be with some of my children and see the others every once in a while. I should not complain. I have had many friends and some close ones in several places. My rule has been: “Be true to a friend always.”

15k. Ellis Raymond Lewis

Ellis Raymond Lewis (1882-1950) was the youngest of seven children born to Robert and Minerva (Oshel) Lewis. He was born at Stonefort, Illinois, on the Robert Lewis home place, October 10, 1882 and passed away on June 29, 1950, at Fayetteville, Arkansas.

He was married to Nellie Grace Mulvey, daughter of John Lionel and Samantha (Gram) Mulvey who was born in Stonefort, Illinois on July 11, 1884. She passed away on July 3, 1962, and is laid to rest near Riverside, CA, alongside their son Bill, and his wife, Marian (Green) Lewis.

Ellis and Nellie were married in Stonefort, Illinois on June 25, 1905 by his father, Robert Lewis. The family Bible shows that his brother, John Lewis, and her sister, Olive Mulvey stood with them as witnesses. Over the next ten years, six children were born to them, at their home in Stonefort.

  1. (Alfred) J.R. born 3/6/1906, died 4/8/1908, buried Joyner cemetery
  2. Lillian Bessie born 5/4/1907 died 12/31/1989 in San Diego, CA. According to her, she was named Lillian Elizabeth, but her father wrote Lillian Bessie in the family Bible. Her birth was recorded solely in the family Bible, and not recorded in the Illinois birth records where she was born.
  3. Harold born 10/1/1908, died 7/12/1920, buried Joyner cemetery
  4. Dorothy Olive, born 6/12/1910, died 3/6/1979, buried Bluff cemetery, Springdale, Arkansas. She changed her name to Dorothy Jane.
  5. Nellie Grace, born 5/27/1912, died 11/7/1947, buried Thornberry cemetery, Gentry, Arkansas. She was known in the family as Gaye.
  6. William B, born 4/30/1914, died 2/3/1992 in Riverside, CA. There will soon be a linked page with more information on William B. and his family

Ellis grew up on the farm near Stonefort, and after completing his schooling there, entered Milton College in Wisconsin. In 1902, he enlisted in the United States Army. His service record can be found In “ US Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914”. He enlisted into service on May 14, 1902 at Jefferson Barracks, MO. He received a “good” service discharge at Fort Leavenworth, with the rank of Pvt. on May 13, 1905.

Immediately following their marriage, Ellis and Nellie made their home on Howell’s farm, just across the road from the SDB Church, and opened a grocery store in Stonefort. But they yearned for the country life, and Ellis’s father had promised to give them some land for a farm, so they chose a spot which lay approximately a half mile due north of Albert’s farm. Much of the land was in timber, which meant clearing must be done for both farming and building a home. Ellis built his own house, barn, and other needed buildings. He purchased large Percheron horses for farming, raised Poland China hogs, and white Leghorn chickens. Throughout his life, Ellis supported his family through farming.

Dollie Martin and Nellie were close friends. Dollie’s mother, Eugena Martin, who was called Aunt Deany, married Rev Robert Lewis in 1910, two years after Minerva Oshel died. After Deany and Robert’s marriage, when Nellie and Ellis had their fourth baby, Dollie came to help. When the fifth baby was due, Ellis asked her to come again to help Nellie, but Dollie had reservations, because it was no easy task to look after a growing family. Dollie and Ira were planning to marry in September, but Ellis encouraged them to marry sooner and come live with them. So Robert Ira Lewis and Dollie Joanna Martin were married on June 3, 1912, by his father, Robert Lewis, at the home of Nellie and Ellis Lewis. Then Dollie became pregnant, and had morning sickness, and was not much interested in housework. So Ira and Dollie asked their parents, Deany and Robert, if they could stay with them for a while, because the house intended for them would not be available until September.

In adulthood, Ellis contracted, what was most likely, tuberculosis. He was ill for several months, suffering bouts of fever, and was confined to a tent outside the house to protect the children from contracting the infection. During this time, he read many of the classics, including the complete works of William Shakespeare, and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, committing long passages to memory. He was always an avid reader, and in this way very well-educated.

Growing up in the Seventh Day Baptist Church, Ellis became interested in the study of the Bible. Eventually, he felt a call to enter the ministry, and began to prepare himself for it. He was licensed to preach in May of 1922 and became pastor of the Stonefort Seventh Day Baptist Church, having been called by that congregation. He remained in that capacity until he was called to the Gentry, Arkansas SDB Church in 1925.

From Gentry, Ellis took missionary trips into the southern states of Texas and Louisiana, visiting families, preaching the Sabbath, and baptizing many. Pastor Beebe accompanied him on some of this denominational work.

Ellis built a beautiful stone barn on the farm at Gentry, and also a small one room stone house in the orchard there, where he used to go to write his sermons.

In 1934, Ira and Dollie moved from Stonefort, Illinois to Gentry, Arkansas, where Ira was to manage the farm, while Ellis continued his missionary work. The families of Ellis and Ira remained close throughout their lives. Several of the Lewis family, including Ira and Dollie, relocated to California in the years following WWII. In the 1950’s, Dollie and Nellie were neighbors in Riverside, California, where they participated in the SDB Church. Their sons, Philip and Bill, raised their families in Riverside, and several grandchildren continue to attend there, at this writing in 2010.

Ellis retired from the ministry in Gentry about 1942, and returned to work on the farm. In 1950, he fell off the roof of the barn and was taken to the hospital at Fayetteville, AR, where he died on June 29, 1950. He is buried in the cemetery at Gentry.

Ellis as a young man


Nellie’s wedding portrait


Ellis and Nellie c. 1940

Thanks to Ellis and Nellie’s granddaughter Dorothy Jane for helping edit this and providing photographs. Thanks to another granddaughter Anne Burns Linklater for providing additional details.

15j. (Robert) Ira Lewis

(Robert) Ira Lewis

(Robert) Ira Lewis

Robert Ira Lewis was born on the family farm on Sept 24, 1879.  He attended school in Stonefort, IL and the Milton College Academy, Milton Wisconsin.  He entered the Army, and was honorably discharged Jan 5, 1909 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He returned to his father’s farm where he worked, and married Joanna (Dollie) Martin on June 3, 1912  Dollie’s mother was Eugenia Gibbs (Deaney) Martin, who later married Rev Robert Lewis, father of Robert Ira Lewis.

Robert Ira and Dollie began agricultural farming, raising hay and grains for livestock feeding.  They had Jersey cattle, hogs and a large flock of white leghorn chickens.  They also did truck farming and gardening.

They later moved to Gentry, Arkansas and then to Riverside, California.

Dollie and Ira in Riverside

Dollie and Ira in Riverside

Ira died March 15, 1953 and Dollie died May 24, 1980.  They are buried in the Evergreen cemetery in Riverside.

Ira and Dollie had seven sons:

  1. Edwin Paul  b Feb 27, 1913 died date unk
  2. James Ford b Oct 14, 1914 died date unk
  3. Robert Samuel b Sept 16, 1916  died date unk
  4. Norman b Mar 14, 1918 died date unk
  5. Phillip b Dec 25, 1919 died date unk
  6. Alfred b Aug 10, 1921 – d date unknown
  7. son b Jan 11, 1923  – is still living,

15i. Cora June Lewis Green

Cora June Lewis Green was born June 9, 1875 in Stonefort, Illinois.

Cora Lewis Green young portrait cropped

Cora went to school in Stonefort and later at Milton College in Milton, Wisconsin.  She taught school in rural schools around Stonefort.  Cora was a deeply religious person.  She was an astute student of the Bible, and was believed to have been gifted with spiritual powers.

She met her husband, Milo Green, at a Seventh Day Baptist Church Conference.  He was a farmer, and they were both very active in church affairs.  Cora married Milo Green on March 14, 1914.

Cora and Milo

Cora and Milo

She died Jan 30, 1966 and is buried at Joyner Cemetery beside Milo.  They had no children.

15h. Oscar Lewis

Oscar was the twin brother of Oliver, born March 11, 1873, and died in infancy.

15g. Oliver Lewis

Oliver Lewis

Oliver and his twin brother Oscar (who died in infancy) were born March 11, 1873 in Stonefort, IL

Here is a tintype of Oliver as a boy.

Here is a portrait of  Oliver Lewis as a relatively young man.

Oliver Lewis_0001 young man portrait cropped

Oliver’s first wife was Anna Jones, born Dec 5, 1872, died Jan 5, 1903.

Anna Jones Lewis

Anna Jones Lewis

They had two children:

  1. Beaulah (Aunt Bea) born 9/30/1898,  married Carl DeVard who predeceased her.  Aunt Bea lived over 100 years.
  2. Herbert born 1/22/1900, died a child 2/21/1901

Oliver was the only son who decided early in life that he did not want farming to be his principal occupation, and prepared himself to be a pharmacist.  He lived in Stonefort, IL his entire life, his home being only two blocks away from the drugstore he operated six days a week.

Oliver’s second wife was Katie Crank, born 10/21/ 1893 in Golconda, IL, married 9/6/1915 in Golconda, IL.

Oliver and Kate Wedding Portrait

Oliver and Kate Wedding Portrait

Grandma Kate died 12/14/1956 and was buried in Sulphur Springs cemetery, Pope Co, IL, beside her parents.

Oliver and Kate had 10 children:

  1. Ray Maxwell Lewis born 7/1/1916, now deceased
  2. Charles Edward Lewis, born 10/7/1918, died 11/1/1969
  3. Lester Howard Lewis, born 2/29/1920, died 2/11/1973, buried Sulphur Springs cemetery, Pope Co, IL
  4. living daughter
  5. living daughter
  6. Harry Vernon Lewis, born 12/28/1925, died 4/9/1961, wife living
  7. living son
  8. living daughter
  9. living son
  10. living son

Oliver was also a printer, and had the honor of owning and operating the first printing machine in Saline County.  That same pres is on display at the Saline County Museum in Harrisburg, IL.  It is still used by the museum for printing, and several of his original cards advertising weddings, etc, are on display with it.

For many years while operating the store, he still found time to study for the ministry for which he had received a calling.  He was licensed to preach, and received a call from the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Stonefort where he served for many years before retiring.  Two of his sons, Charles Edward and Harry, also preached there.

Oliver passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on March 22, 1966 at the age of 93.

Sources of information on Oliver Lewis include:

  • Marriage Certificate of Oliver Lewis & Kate Crank
  • Oliver’s Illinois Death Certificate
  • Obituary of Oliver Lewis
  • Obituary of Katie Crank Lewis

15f. (Seth) Albert Lewis

Seth Albert Lewis was born September 24, 1870.

(seth) Albert Lewis

(Seth) Albert Lewis

He married Mary Lulu (Lou) Jones May 31, 1896.

Lulu "Lou" Lewis

Mary Lulu "Lou" Jones Lewis

She was born to John Wesley and Mary (Johnson) Jones on June 11, 1872 in Raleigh, IL.

Albert and Lou had 12 children

  1. Ruth born 11/18/1896, died 10/20/1912
  2. Hugh born 2/21/1899, died an infant 8/11/1900
  3. Florence born 4/28/1900, died 11/3/1979,  married Earl Hancock.  They both are buried in Sunset Lawn cemetery at Harrisburg, IL
  4. Mildred born 6/25/1902, died 6/7/1935
  5. Evelyn born 3/13/1905m married Romeo Todd, both buried in Joyner Cemetery.  I remember riding ponies they kept – lots of fun for a young boy!
  6. Frank born 1/11/1907, died an infant 5/7/1907
  7. Leland 4/22/1908.  Graduate of Salem College, West Virginia.  A teacher, and dedicated family historian.
  8. Joseph born 8/2/1910,  died 11/21/1973, buried in Joyner Cemetery.  He always introduced himself as “Joe Lewis from Saint Louis”
  9. Benjamin born 6/18/1929, died 8/26/1965, buried in Joyner Cemetery
Joseph, Albert, Benjamin and Leland - 1924

Joseph, Albert, Benjamin and Leland - 1924

Seth Albert Lewis was the second son born to Robert and Minerva Oshel Lewis.  He grew up helping his father in all phases of agricultural farming and livestock raising, and it was said that he was depended upon to a very great extent in this.

He secured all possible education available at that time through the elementary schools, and took courses at the high school level.  On May 31, 1896 he was married to Mary Lulu (Lou) Jones in Stonefort, IL.  They had nine children, and spent their married life on their farm near Stonefort.  Albert was a farmer, always raising enough hay, grain and other livestock feed for horses, cattle, higs, chicken, etc.  He also did a considerable amount of truck farming, raising vegetables for home use.  On December 7, 1919, Lou died, and Albert moved to the nearby town of Carrier Mills where his daughters could go to high school.  He worked in the coal mines, and his sons took jobs after school and in the summers.

Albert was killed by an out of control motorist on Dec 4, 1927.  He, Lou, and most of their children are laid to rest at the Joyner cemetery.