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William “Henderson” Lewelling

William “Henderson” Lewelling
b. 23 April 1809/10, Randolph County, North Carolina, to Meshach (1787-1840) and Jane (1789-1835) (Brookshire) Lewelling
d. 28 December 1878, San Jose, Alameda County, California

m/1. 30 December 1830, Henry County, Indiana
Jane Elizabeth Presnall
b. 8 April 1815, Randolph County, North Carolina, to John and Hannah (Littler) Presnall
d. 7 March 1851, Milwaukie, Clackamas County, Oregon

m/2. 27 June 1851
Phoebe Eddy Grimes

m/3.
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Children with Jane Elizabeth Presnall:
• Alfred William (1831-1904) married Mary Elizabeth Campbell
• Mary (1833-1850) married William Meek
• Asenath (1834-1875) married John Bozarth
• Rachel “Hattie” (1837-1917/19) married (1) Seth Eddy, (2) Henry Charles Wilson
• Jane Harriet (1839-1872) married Henry Welch Eddy
• Hannah (1841-1917) married (1) Walter Wood, (2) William Bradbury, (3) Col. A. P. Hawes
• Levi (1843-1877) married Emma Eaton
• Albert (1845-1883) married Mary Gardener
• Oregon Columbia (1847-1912) married Emily Jane Norris
• Eliza Anne (1849-aft. 1925) married Isaac Wood

Henderson came to Indiana in 1822 with his father. He was in the nursery business with his brother John while in Indiana. He moved to near Salem, Iowa, by 1837 and opened a nursery there.

After reading of Lewis and Clark’s adventures, he was determined to leave Iowa. In 1847, he took his cargo of living trees across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains to the Willamette Valley, the first cultivated or grafted fruit to reach the Pacific Northwest.

Submitted by:
Jacqueline Frank Strickland
Rockwall TX

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Seth Lewelling

Seth Lewelling
b. 6 March 1820, Randolph County, North Carolina, to Meshach and Jane (Brookshire) Lewelling
d. 20 February 1896, Milwaukie, Clackamus County, Oregon

m/1.
Clarissa Hosier
b. 26 March 1826, New Castle, Henry County, Indiana

m/2. 1884, Salem, Oregon
Sophronia Vaughn Olson

Children with Clarissa Hosier:
• Elva married W. J. Bradbury
• Alice (b. ca. 1850-1862)
• Adelaide/Adeline married James Dale Smith
• William Anton (1854-1879) Mary Harlan

Children with Sophronia Vaughn Olson:
• Don Vaughn (b. 1888)

Seth was a Quaker and in the nursery business. He lived in North Carolina, Indiana, and Iowa before ending up in Oregon.

Submitted by:
Jacqueline Frank Strickland
Rockwall TX

John Lewelling

John Lewelling
b. 16 January 1811, Randolph County, North Carolina, to Meshach and Jane (Brookshire) Lewelling
d. 25 December 1883, St. Helena, California

m. 5 April 1832, Indiana
Elva “Elvy” Elliott
b. 11 October 1815, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, to Jacob and Ann E. Elliott
d. 1907

Children with Elva Elliott:
• Sarah (1834-1865) married Robert King
• Eli (b. 1835) married Carmen Madden
• Elisha D. (1841-1872)
• Silas (1845-1860)
• Seth (1848-1858)
• Delilah (1849-1850)
• Arthur (1854-1873)
• Harvey John (1855-1939) married Annie Letetia Alstrom

John came with his father, a Quaker of Randolph County, North Carolina, when he migrated to Indiana in 1822. John was a Quaker also and in the nursery business with his brother Henderson in Indiana. He remained behind until 1841 when he moved to Salem, Iowa, to join his brothers in the nursery they had started there. In 1850 he moved on once again and started a nursery business in San Lorenzo, Alameda County, California.

Submitted by:
Jacqueline Frank Strickland
Rockwall TX

William Lewelling

William Lewelling
b. 28 September 1817, Randolph County, North Carolina, to Meshach and Jane (Brookshire) Lewelling
d. before 11 December 1847, Indiana

m. 21 February 1838, Henry County, Indiana
Cyrena “Sirena” Wilson
b. 27 November 1817, Highland County, Ohio, to Michael C. and Rebecca (Reece) Wilson
d. 19 November 1856, Henry County, Iowa

Children with Cyrena Wilson:

  • Rebecca (1839–1922) married (1) Allan Hampton, (2) [–?–] Frazier, (3) [–?–] Chantry
  • Elvina (1840–1909) married (1) Joseph H. Bond, (2) Lew Trueblood
  • Anna (b. 1842) married Norton Hockett
  • Asa Guy (1845–1941) married Amanda Virginia Hord
  • Lorenzo Dow (1846–1900) married Angeline C. Cook

In 1838 William Lewelling moved with his brothers, Henderson and John, to Henry County, Iowa.

William, a Quaker minister, was a powerful advocate of the abolition of slavery. In 1847, while lecturing either in Illinois or Indiana, “with great fervor, power, and energy” on his constant theme, William was taken ill and afterwards “took to his bed and never arose.”

At the time of this lecture, William had admonished his friends and assistant, “Thee will have to look after Cyrena and the children, Eric.” Within a short time Cyrena Lewelling became the wife of Eric Knudson. But in 1856 a fire took Cyrena’s life, and the Lewelling children became orphans.

Submitted by:
Jacqueline Frank Strickland
Rockwall TX