Jefferson County, NY Pioneers



1. HENRY LEWIS was born 1757 at Petersburg, Rensselaer County NY. His great great grandfather was JOHN LEWIS, one of the original proprietors of Westerly R.I. His father Abraham was born at Westerly, R.I. Nov. 24,1724 and came to NYS.

Henry Lewis settled in North Wilna, Jefferson County NY in 1800. There he built a log house for his family. Henry's first wife POLLY JACKSON and five of their children were born in Rensselaer County. Three more children were born in Wilna, one being the first white child born within the present limits of the town. Polly (Jackson) Lewis died in 1807. HENRY LEWIS subsequently married three times, but no record is found of the 2nd and 3rd marriages.

He moved to Cattaraugus county NY. The 4th wife was MARY McMILLEN who died in 1836. They had 2 children. HENRY LEWIS died in 1836 near LaGrange, Ohio, where he lived with his eldest and third son.

HENRY LEWIS married (1)
POLLY JACKSON was born in Rensselaer County, NY c1769, and died in 1807 at the age of 38 yrs.

Children of HENRY & POLLY (JACKSON) LEWIS, all born in Jefferson county:

2    i    EPHRAIM LEWIS, born April 9,1786, lived in Ohio

3   ii    BETSY LEWIS, born March 22, 1789; married Oct 10, 1808 JOHN C. FOSTER of Antwerp.

4  iii    STEPHEN LEWIS, born May 14, 1792, m SOPHIA ROSS

5   iv    HENRY LEWIS, born June 1, 1793, went to Ohio

6    v    POLLY LEWIS, born Nov. 5, 1795, married GEORGE W. BINGHAM, Nov. 27,1816 Lived and died in Wilna NY.

7   vi    MARTHA LEWIS, born1802, married JOHN CHELLIS of WATERTOWN and died one year later.

8  vii    GRANSON LEWIS, born May 22, 1805.

9 viii    RODOLPHUS JACKSON LEWIS March 22, 1807, was an infant when his mother died and was reared by his eldest sister in Antwerp. He settled at Oswego, NY where he died.

4. STEPHEN LEWIS, son of HENRY & POLLY (JACKSON) LEWIS, stayed in Wilna all his life. He died Nov. 21 1854. He inherited land, to which he added by purchase to a total of 300 acres. He was a captain of the local militia and a prominent citizen of the town, and also postmaster.

He married Oct.26, 1817
SOPHIA ROSS, who was born April 21 1794


10    i    AMANDA LEWIS, died before age 1 yr.

11   ii    SANFORD LEWIS, born Nov. 24 1820; d May 19 1892. He lived and died in Wilna; was postmaster over 40 years. 1st married Feb. 11 1846 to ABIGAIL KIMBALL, b July 24 1822, d Mar. 5 1867. Married (2) Feb. 24 1870 AUDREY CAROLINE BIGELOW b June 24 1831.

12  iii    CHARLES LEWIS died before the age of 1 yr.

13  iv    SILVIUS LEWIS, b Aug 18 1825, d April 2 1878 in Wilna

14   v    MYRON LEWIS, b March 22 or 25, 1828 (headstone Apr.18 1829) d March 2, 1892

14. MYRON LEWIS, son of STEPHEN & SOPHIA (ROSS) LEWIS was born March 22 or 25, 1828 (headstone Apr.18 1829) and died March 2, 1892.

He married Nov.12,1846
MARY FRANCIS DEWOLF, who was born Aug 14, 1828 and Dec. 5 1886 (found different date for birth on headstone: Sept 3, 1828).


     15    i    JULIA LEWIS

     16   ii    AMENLIA LEWIS

     17  iii     AUGUSTUS PLATT LEWIS

     18   vi    ADALAIDE LEWIS


     20   vi    MYRON LEWIS

     21  vii    SOPHIA LEWIS

     22 viii    SANFORD LEWIS


     24    x   FRANK ELMER LEWIS

     25   xi   ALICE LUELLA LEWIS

     26  xii    LILLIAN LEWIS

23. FRANK ELMER LEWIS, son of MYRON and MARY FRANCIS (DEWOLF) LEWIS was born July 13 1864 and died Feb. 18 1938

He married Jan. 18 1888
MATTIE ELIZA CARNCROSE. They had 3 children, 2 boys who died before age 1 year and a daughter.

Child, one known, LEWIS:

     27    i   ETHEL JULIA LEWIS b 1903; d 1963.

1. HENRY LEWIS, the progenitor, married (4)

     28    i   SARAH, she must have died young,
     29    ii   MORTIMER born June 13, 1819 died July 10,1895 near Weston, Ohio.

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