LEWIS Family History

Thomas M Lewis who has been a resident of Illinois for nearly thirty years, is one of the highly respected residents of West Township, Town 21, where he owns a comfortable farm homestead on section 5. He is a native of Harrison County, Ohio, born in Green Township, May 1, 1836. The parents of Thomas M Lewis were Joseph and Mary (Brenner) Lewis.

Thomas M Lewis was reared on a farm in his native county, and received a fair education in the public schools. He remained under the home roof until he was twenty-two years of age, when he came to this State and located in West Township. He was then unmarried and employed himself at whatever his hands could find to do, working out for two years by the month. He then purchased a team, and in company with his brother Jacob, commenced farming on rented land. In the fall of 1860 he returned to the old homestead, and worked with his father until the fall of 1865. He then came back to Illinois and West Township, of which he has been a resident since that time.

Mr. Lewis was married in November, 1860, to Miss Nancy Smith, who was born in Wyandotte County, Ohio, April 7, 1839. Her father. Benjamin Smith, was a native of New Jersey, whence he removed after his marriage to Ohio, and settled in Wyandotte County. In 1856 he started further Westward, and coming to this State and county located in Empire Township, where he spent the remainder of his days. He married early in life Miss Esther Eft, also a native of New Jersey. She survived her husband a number of years, and died at the home of her daughter. Mrs Coons, in Arrowsmith Township, McLean County, Illinois.

Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis there were born seven children: Ida M, Mrs. Nichols, lives in Belleflower Township ; Mary Esther, Mrs Stanley, is a resident of Farmer City; Hartwell E lives in West Township; Walter V, Callie M, Lela Mabel and Jacob S are with their parents at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis are members in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Mr. L. has been Trustee and Steward and Superintendent of the Sunday-school for a number of years. Politically he is a Republican. He was Collector of West Township for a number of years, has served as Assessor, and has always taken a lively interest in the establishment and maintenance of schools.

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