Benjamin Franklin Lewis
Benjamin Franklin Lewis
Parents: Neriah Fredrick Lewis and Mary Moss NO INFORMATION
Parents: Leonard Ryon and Frances Adams NO INFORMATION
Benjamin Franklin Lewis
Born: 23 April 1803
Place: Pendleton District,
Anderson, South Carolina
Marr: 27 January 1826
Place: ,Simpson, Kentucky
Died: 30 October 1838
Place: Haunís Mill, Caldwell, Missouri
Born: 6 April 1808
Place: Barren, Clark, Kentucky
Died: 16 January 1846
Place: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Buried: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Mary Frances Lewis
b: 6 August 1827
John Moss Lewis
b: 16 February 1829
William Crawford Lewis
b: 24 November 1830
Martha Ann Lewis
b: 20 Feb. 1833
Martha and Sanford Bingham webpage
Sarah Elizabeth Lewis
b: 3 April 1835
Rebecca Jane Lewis
b: 26 July 1838
Benjamin Franklin Lewis and Joanna Ryon
Benjamin Franklin Lewis, son of Neriah Fredrick and Mary (Moss) Lewis, born in Pendleton District, Anderson County, South Carolina, 20 (or 23) April 1803; died in Haunís Mill, Caldwell, Missouri, 30 October 1838; buried in Haunís Mill; married in Simpson County, Kentucky, 27 January 1826, Joanna Ryon, daughter of Leonard and Frances (Adams) Ryon, born in Barren, Clark, Kentucky, 6 April 1808; died in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois 16 January 1846; buried in Nauvoo.
The following account of Benjaminís life can be found in the Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 3:
Lewis, Benjamin, one of the martyrs of the Church killed at Haun's Mill, Caldwell county, Missouri . . . In 1809 he moved to Simpson county, Kentucky, where he later became a convert to "Mormonism," being baptized by James Emmett in March, 1835. Soon afterwards he was ordained an Elder by James Emmett and John Dustin and appointed to preside over the branch of the Church organized in Simpson county at that time. In the spring of 1836 he moved to Macoupin county, Illinois, and in the summer of 1837 he moved to Caldwell county, Missouri, and resided at Haun's Mill, when the mob attacked the place October 30, 1838. He received a bullet wound in the breast, while in the blacksmith shop, but managed to reach his home, a distance of about one hundred rods, where he expired in about one hour, after having vomited up the ball. His remains were not thrown in the well, where a number of his fellow martyrs were buried, as he was not killed outright, but his brother, Tarlton Lewis, dug a grave near the well, where he buried him. Brother Lewis left a wife and six children.
Joanna's untimely death in Navuoo in 1846 orphaned her six children, aged seven to seventeen. These children were taken in by Beason and Elizabeth (Ryon) Lewis, brother and sister respectively of their father and mother.
Children of Benjamin Franklin Lewis and Joanna Ryon:
1.. Mary Frances Lewis, born in Franklin, Simpson, Kentucky, 6 August 1827; died 1863. Married, in 1848, John York.
2.. John Moss Lewis, born in Franklin, Simpson, Kentucky, 16 February 1829; died in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, 5 August 1894. John M. arrived in Salt Lake with the Brigham Young company 24 July 1847. He married in Salt Lake, 10 August 1848, Martha Jane Crimson, daughter of Charles and Mary (Hill) Crimson of Simpson County, Kentucky, born in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, 8 September 1831, died in Mesa, 13 December 1919.
* Martha Joannah Lewis, born in San Bernardino, California, 15 October 1851, died in Mesa, 20 February 1920, married 27 September 1869, Jesse Daugherty Hobson;
* Charles Benjamin Lewis, born in San Bernardino, 15 August 1853, died 23 November 1922, married Libbey (Elizabeth) Carpin (or Corpin);
* Clara Jane Lewis, born in San Bernardino, 24 November 1855, died in Mesa, 4 February 1908, married in Coalville, Summit, Utah, 7 June 1874, Charles Peterson;
* Ida Frances Lewis, born in San Bernardino, 24 June 1857, died 17 May 1901, married Harve Blair; John Franklin Lewis, born in Salt Lake, 18 May 1861, died 31 July 1933, married (1) 25 April 1889, Eliza Morris, and (2) 8 October 1895, Sina Flora Pearce;
* Emily Ann Lewis, born in Salt Lake 12 January 1863, died 20 March 1873;
* George William Lewis, born in Paris, Idaho, 29 October 1865, died 20 October 1933, apparently from an self-inflicted gunshot wound; married Olena Dorthea Kemp (or Kempe);
* Walter Beers Lewis, born in Paris, 21 November 1866, died in Mesa, 17 April 1953 married (1) in Salt Lake, 24 October 1894, Fannie Ball Holly (or Hawley) and (2) in Colonia Juarez, Mexico, 17 May 1902, Esther Delcina Wilson;
* Henry Mahalen (or Malin) Lewis, born in Richmond, 8 Feburary 1869, died 3 June 1914, married Rose Ingram;
* Leonard Ryan Lewis, born in Coalville, 6 November 1870, died in Pasadena, California, 28 January 1957, married Alice Ingram (or Alice Beatrice Hurst)
[See Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah: Genealogies and Biographies].
John M. is also said to have married Sarah Wilde (2 June 1873), and --- Staley (also 1873). The family helped colonize Idahoís Bear Lake region sometime before 1865, but subsequently moved to Richmond and Coalville, Utah, and finally, in 1879, to Arizona, where it helped settle the Salt River Valley.
3.. William Crawford Lewis, born in Franklin, 24 November 1830; died in Richmond, Cache, Utah, 24 May 1909 (or 1908); buried in Richmond. William C. arrived in Salt Lake with the David Spencer company, 19 September 1847; married in Salt Lake, 28 February 1853, Sarah Jane Veach, daughter of William and Nancy Ann (Elliot) Veach, born in Trumble, Hubbard County, Ohio, 26 October 1834, died in Richmond,13 March 1913. Sarah Jane had come to Utah with her mother in September 1851 with the Orson Pratt company, her father having died in Nauvoo. William C. and his bride made their home in San Bernardino, California, until 1858, when they returned to Utah. They lived in Parowan, Lehi, Salt Lake and, finally, Richmond, where William C. raised stock and operated a sawmill.
* Mary Elizabeth Lewis, born in San Bernardino, 30 December 1853, died 26 May 1922, married 19 October 1888, James Patrick Collins;
* Joanna S. (or Sarah Joanna) Lewis, born in San Bernardino, 9 April 1855, died in Marysville, Fremont, Idaho, 1903, married in Salt Lake, 7 September 1874 James Wesley Bainbridge;
* Ellen (or Frances Ellen) Lewis, born in San Bernardino 16 September 1856, died 6 August 1862;
* Adelaide H. (or Harriet Adelaide) Lewis, born in Salt Lake, 20 February 1859, died in Provo, Utah, Utah, 9 March 1949, married 8 October 1878 James Nathaniel Van Noy;
* William Walter Lewis, born in Richmond,14 September 1860, died in Richmond, 2 August 1938, married in Riverton, Wyoming, 28 November 1882, Julia Ann Tidwell;
* Eliza Jane Lewis, born 20 January 1862, died 8 November 1900, married 24 March (or 29 May) 1882 Frank V. Lamb;
* Benjamin Elliot Lewis, born in Richmond, 13 November 1863, died in Richmond, 20 January 1893, married in Logan 16 October 1890 (or 1 October 1888), Fanny Eliza Williams;
* Julia Ann Lewis, born in Richmond, 4 January (or February) 1866, died 14 October 1866;
* Martha Adaline Lewis, born in Richmond, 14 September 1867, died 8 July 1897, married June 1894 Charles Oakley;
* James Leonard Lewis, born in Richmond, 26 August 1869, died 12 September 1882;
* Lorette Veach Lewis, born in Richmond 11 November 1871, died in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, 24 May 1960, married in Ogden, 21 December 1896, Dr. Herbert Alexander Adamson.
Contributors to the LDS Ancestral File, attribute to William and Sarah (Veach) Lewis two addition children:
* George Henry Lewis, born and died in Franklin, Franklin, Idaho 31 March 1876, and
* Francis Marion Lewis, born and died in Franklin, 25 March 1878.
On 15 November 1869, William C. took as his second wife Martha Ann Kingsbury, daughter of Joseph Corrodon and Loenza Alcina (Pond) Kingsbury, born in Salt Lake, 17 October 1850, died in Nyssa, Malheur, Oregon, 15 August 1950.
* Abbie (Abigail) Loenza Lewis, born in Richmond, 30 November 1871, died 24 June 1910, married 4 October 1905, Harris Shannon Stephenson;
* Maria Lucinda Lewis, born in Richmond 14 December 1873, died 13 July 1874;
* Vilate Elizabeth Lewis, born in Richmond, 4 December 1875, died in Salt Lake, 16 February 1960, married in Salt Lake, 5 June 1901 Albert John Elggren;
* Sanford Bingham Lewis, born in Richmond, 8 July 1878, died in Richmond, 23 December 1889;
* Amy Frances Lewis, born in Richmond,19 May 1882, died 9 January 1890;
* Ray Crawford Lewis, born in Riverdale, Weber, Utah, 27 February 1891, died in Nyssa, Malheur, Oregon, 25 December 1972, married in Salt Lake, 1 October 1912, Mary Emma Hamp; and
* Hazel Cosby Lewis, born in Richmond, 22 November 1895, married 8 May 1920, John Thomas Hamp.
[See Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah: Genealogies and Biographies].
Of Sarah Jane, William C.ís first wife, we read the following account: from ďPioneer Midwives,Ē in Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 6:
The year 1873 came with one of the biggest events in the life of Sarah Jane, now 39 years of age and the mother of nine children. It was in this year that she was called on what she chose to call her "mission." She tells of it as follows: "Eliza R. Snow came to Richmond to find two women to be sent to Salt Lake to study midwifery. I, Sarah Jane Lewis and Mrs. Sarah Durney were chosen. When I found I was to go, I said plenty of mean things about the ones who thought I could go. I was leaving nine children, the youngest 18 months old. I thought there were plenty others who could go easier and do better work than I. My sister Julia, wife of Henry Grow, lived in Salt Lake City so I decided to go visit with her and have a heart to heart talk with President Young and tell him how impossible it would be for me to leave my family. President Young listened to me very patiently and then said, 'Sister Lewis I will give you my blessing; you will stay here the allotted time, study; your children will be well and happy during your absence. You shall be blessed in your work. When you have a difficult case, call on me, I promise to be with you, and above all things, have faith.' On returning home I had the best of luck. I always lived in settlements where there were no doctors until Doctor Adamson came to Richmond in 1893. I not only attended women but doctored men and children and was never sorry for the knowledge I attained. I always thought of myself as a missionary." It appears that the young woman had an undying faith and confidence in the blessing of Brigham Young. From the practice of obstetrics she branched into other phases of the roll of "country doctor." The large portion of the rest of her active life she spent caring for the sick. She was always subject to call, day or night. Most of her work she did as a matter of free service. Occasionally a patient was able to pay and when she could, Sarah Jane's "going price" was three dollars for a delivery. Never did she receive more than five dollars. In the summertime she would gather tansy, hore-hound, peppermint, rhubarb-root, and sage, dry and powder them, and place them in her small black satchel along with calomel, assaferida, camphor, etc. Sarah Jane, aged 78 years, passed away . . . in her own home. . . . She had spent much of 33 years of her life in bringing relief and comfort to the sick. To them she was kind, good natured "Aunt Sarah."
found certificate on April 25, 2007
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William Crawford Lewis born November 24, 1908 in Kentucky. He was a white male and Married. Wife: . His age 77 years 6 months _ days. Occupation: Miner Pioneer. He died May 24, 1908 at 6 AM in Richmond, Cache, Utah. Cause of death: Brights Disease. Burial: May 27, 1908, in Richmond, Cache, Utah.
Informant: Mrs. A. Van _.. Richmond, Cache, Utah
Father: Benj. Lewis, birthplace, South Carolina.
Mother: Ann Ryan, birthplace, Virginia.
Webpage for Martha and Sanford Bingham
4.. Martha Ann Lewis, born in Franklin, 20 Feb. 1833; died in Riverdale, Weber, Utah, 18 November 1898; married in Banks Of Platte,Grand Island,Nebraska, 18 July 1847, Sanford Bingham.
5.. Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, born in Franklin, 3 April 1835; died in Springville, Utah, Utah, 4 March 1866; married in Ogden, 3 Nov 1850, George Preston Davis, a farmer and veteran of the Black Hawk War, who died in Salem, December 1909.
* Sarah Elizabeth Davis, born in Ogden, 26 December 1852, died in Salem, Utah, 14 July 1894, married in Salem, 21 January 1867, George Hanks;
* George Henry Davis, born in Payson, 4 November 1854, died 5 December 1858;
*Rachel Johanna Davis, born in Springville, Utah, Utah, 23 October 1855, died in Price, Carbon, Utah, 12 June 1930, married (1) in Diamond City, Juab, Utah, 17 August 1873, Robert Alonzo Powell, and (2) James McGerry; Benjamin Marian Davis, born in Springville, 3 June 1859, died in Benjamin, Utah, Utah, 12 February 1932, married in Logan, Cache, Utah, 21 December 1887, Lilly Selina Evans;
* William Preston Davis, born in Springville, 14 August 1861, died 12 August 1936; and
* John Oliver Davis, born in Springville, 20 July 1864, died in Salem, 6 May 1946, married (1) in Springville, 20 September 1894, Myrtle Hogan (divorced) and (2) in Price, Carbon, Utah, 3 April 1905, Sarah Lacretia (or Cilicia) McKindrick
[See Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah Genealogies and Biographies].
6.. Rebecca Jane Lewis, born in Hauns Mill, Caldwell, Missouri, 26 July 1838; died 8 December 1838.