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James D. Lewis

James D. Lewis
b. 1 August 1862, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, to William and Mary (Griffiths) Lewis
d. 12 February 1940, Royalton, Franklin County, Illinois

m. 22 June 1891, Pulaski County, Kentucky
Litha Emmaline Strunk
b. 15 May 1863, Kentucky
d. after 1945

Children with Litha Emmaline Strunk:

  • Florence (b. 1892) married Keith Hayne
  • Mary Jane (b. 1894) married George Williams
  • Clementine (b. 1896) married John Barbee
  • Emerson (b. 1898)

James immigrated to Indiana from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, in 1881. He first lived in Otter Creek Township, Vigo County, Indiana, and then moved to Nevins Township in Vigo County. He left Indiana between 1910 and 1920, going first to Henderson County, Kentucky, and then settled in Royalton, Franklin County, Illinois.

While living in Wales, James worked in the mines. When he came to the United States, he continued in the mining industry and was superintendent of the mines while in Kentucky.

James was very fond of dogs and was an avid hunter.

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

Thomas Lewis

Thomas Lewis
b. 1 April 1856, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, to William and Mary (Griffiths) Lewis
d. November 1932, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois

m. about 1880, Wales
Margaret [–?–]
b. October 1852
d. before April 1930, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois

Children with Margaret [–?–]:

  • Mary (1881-bef 1932) married [–?–] Schmidt
  • Margaret (b. 1892)
  • Harriet Jane “Etta” (ca. 1895-1964)

Thomas adopted Harriett’s son, Richard Thomas Lewis, who was born about 1920 in Illinois.

Thomas emigrated from Wales to Indiana in 1888. His wife Margaret followed in 1890, with their daughter Mary. They lived in Clinton Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, and later moved to Patoka Township, Gibson County, Indiana, before leaving Indiana and settling in Sandoval Township, Marion County, Illinois. According to his niece, Gladys Elaine Devonald, he was a very quiet man who loved his family very much. He was a coal mines in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and continued in that line of work in both Indiana and Illinois.

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

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