Joseph Lewis, who descended from Scotch ancestry, was a native of Berks County, Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood. He was there married to Miss Mary Benner, also a native of the Keystone State, but descended from the German. After marriage they went into Harrison County, Ohio, being among the earliest settlers of that region. Joseph Lewis purchased a tract of heavy timberland, only a small portion of which was cleared. This in due time, with the assistance of his sons, he converted into a valuable farm homestead, where he passed the remainder of his life, dying in 1883. The wife and mother had passed to the better land in 1850. Their eight children included four sons and four daughters, six of whom grew to become men and women, and five are now living. Jacob B. was for many years a banker in Farmer City, Illinois; Joseph L is a resident of West Township, McLean County, Illinois; Hannah married William Kent, and lives in Harrison County, Ohio; Thomas M; Rebecca became the wife of James Maholn, and died in Marion County, Kansas, in 1882.