John D. Lewis

    John D. Lewis, Section 24, Washington Township, was born in Hocking County, Ohio, March 26, 1848, a son of Frederick and Henrietta (Lentz) Lewis, natives of Wittemberg, Germany, who came to America on the same vessel in 1846, and were married after their arrival in New York. Soon after his marriage the father enlisted in the Mexican war, and died while en route to the city of Mexico with General Scott. His father was born in 1820 and his mother July 15, 1821.

    After the death of the father in 1850, the mother married John M. Long, who was born in Wittemberg in 1808, and came to America with his wife and one child. His wife died in Hocking county, Ohio, leaving seven children -Elizabeth, George F., John, Jacob, Mary, Prucilla and Christopher. To the second marriage of Mr. Long have been born six children -William, Mania, Esther, Missouri, Laura L. and Emma.

    John D. Lewis came to Blackford County with his mother and step-father in September, 1852, and was here reared, and has since lived on the farm entered by Mr. Long. He now owns thirty-two acres on Section 31, and an interest by heirship in eighty acres in Section 24.

    He was married January 16, 1869, to Hester M. Smith, who was born in Whitley County, Indiana, August 1, 1851, a daughter of William and Christine (Sepoy) Smith, natives of Ohio; her father born March 9, 1825, and her mother January 15, 1823. When she was four years old her parents moved to Blackford County and lived on Section 24, Washington Township, about five years, when they returned to Whitley County, and a few years later again moved to Blackford County and settled on their old homestead. The father enlisted in 1864 in the defense of his country, and at the battle of Franklin, November 19, 1864, was wounded and died from the effects of his wounds at Nashville, December 16, 1864. His body was brought North and buries at Concord, Whitley County. The mother is now living with her sons in Grant County, Indiana. They had four children -Francis M., born September 1, 1848; Hester M., August 1, 1851; Washington, born December 28, 1854, died January 14, 1855, and William J., February 14, 1865.

    Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have eight children -Marion, born December 15, 1869; Joseph, Nov3ember 6, 1871; Maria M., May 6, 1873; Henry, October 30, 1875; Virginia O., December 15, 1878; John W., March 5, 1881; Henrietta C., September 18, 1883, and Lucius, July 20, 1886.

Source: Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana by The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887.