William Griffith Lewis

William Griffith Lewis
b. 1 October 1858, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales to William and Mary (Griffiths) Lewis
d. 1 September 1924, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois

m. 1881, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Anne Bowen
d. before 1922

Children with Anne Bowen:

  • Edward G. “Teddy” (b. 1882) married Hannah [–?–]
  • William B. (b. abt. 1884)

William and Anne immigrated to Indiana in 1881, from Wales. While in the states, they lived near Burnett, Vigo County, Indiana, and possibly in Virginia before they returned home to Wales in about 1893. They built a beautiful home at Garnant, near Swansea, Wales, but returned to America in 1922, living first in Indiana and then Illinois.

William was a highly accomplished man. A great lover of music, he was a successful leader of choirs and won a number of prizes in competitions while leading choirs in both the United States and Wales. He composed the music and wrote the words to a great number of songs and anthems. In addition, William sang in the “Queen’s Choir” in Wales.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Cruse
Terre Haute IN
E-mail: jencruse@msn.com

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