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Subject:William Huston LEWIS & Hannah Mary PLASTER LEWIS family
Post Date:December 14, 2003 at 15:04:33
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Here is information on the William Huston and Hannah Mary Plaster Lewis family that I have found so far. I hope it is of assistance to others. If you are related to this family or have any additions/corrections please contact me. I have more info on this family including descendants and parents. I would love to know where in Tennessee the Lewis family came from so that I can find William's grandparents. His father was James A. Lewis of Carroll County, Mo.

Descendants of William Huston Lewis


1. WILLIAM HUSTON3 LEWIS (JAMES A.2, UNKNOWN1) was born November 04, 1834 in Tennessee, and died September 20, 1916 in Stafford, Stafford, Kansas. He married HANNAH MARY PLASTER February 22, 1861 in Carroll County, Missouri, daughter of WILLIAM PLASTER and CHARLOTTE DAVIDSON. She was born April 04, 1843 in Clark County, Ill., and died December 01, 1913 in Home, West Broadway, Stafford, Kansas.

Notes for WILLIAM HUSTON LEWIS:
Lived in Carroll County, Iowa from at least 1861 to 1873 when he moved to Marshall County, Kansas then on to Decatur County, in 1875 and Indian Territory in 1877. They then moved to Meade County, Kansas and stayed there from about 1877 to 1902. From 1902 to 1908 they lived in Grant County and then they moved to Stafford, Kansas.

Listed in the 1916 Platt Map of Stafford County as being a small property owner (#17) in section 14.

Burial information is from "Etched In Stone" Tombstone Inscriptions of Stafford County, Kansas by Kimberly J. Parten Sallee December 1990.

Stafford Courier, 9-21-1916, pg. 8:
       William Huston Lewis passed away at his home just west of the city on Wednesday morning, Sept., 20, 1916, death being due to kidney trouble. He was born Nov. 4, 1834, and at the time of his death was, 81 years, 10 months, and 16 days of age. His wife preceeded him in death, but he leaves his children and a host of friends to mourn his death. It is expected that the funeral will be held at the home this afternoon (Thursday) unless some other arrangements have to be made later. Interment will be at the Stafford Cemetery.

Stafford County Republican, Sept. 28, 1916, pg.5:
       William Houston Lewis was born November 4th, 1834 in Tennessee and died in Stafford, Kansas September 19th, 1916, aged 81 years, 10 months, and 15 days. When he was one year of age his parents moved to Carroll County, Missouri where he grew to manhood. On February 21st, 1861 he was married to Hannah May Plaster. For 52 years these two walked down the way of life hand in hand and then she "was not for God took her." Since that time the one who remained has been lonely and several times expressed his willingness to go.
       There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis eleven children, eight of whom are living at the present time, and are left to mourn the loos of a father. The one daughter lives in California and could not be present at the funeral.
       The family moved in 1873 to Marshall County, Kansas. Later they lived two years in Decatur County and two years in the Indian Territory. they again moved back to Kansas spending some time in Meade County, some time in Grant County, and the remaining days in Stafford.
       Mr. Lewis will be remembered for his good life, his kindly disposition, and his devotion to his family. He was an honorable, upright citizen and always tried to do what was right.
       His son Isaac and daughter-in-law made for him a real home in the last days. Everything was done for him that could be thought of to make him comfortable and happy. He often said he was happy.
       He asked that his funeral be as much like that of his former life's companion as possible and that he be laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery not far from home.
       Funeral services were conducted last Thursday afternoon at the home by Rev. Fisher of the M.E. Church. Interment was at the Stafford cemetery.

More About WILLIAM HUSTON LEWIS:
Burial: September 21, 1916, Stafford, Kansas Cemetery Section 6
Occupation: 1880, Freighting
Residence: 1908, Stafford County, Kansas

Notes for HANNAH MARY PLASTER:
Either Laura or Amanda do not belong to this family if there were 11 children and two girls. According to LDS Amanda was on the 1880 Ford Co Ks census, however Laura was mentioned by a family member. Perhaps there were 12 children but one was stillborn and not counted in the total?

Stafford Courier, December 4, 1913, pg. 1:
       Mrs. W. H. Lewis died Monday afternoon, December 1, 1913, very suddenly at the family home on West Broadway, this city. She was stricken about 4:30 P.M., and although medical assistance was summoned at once it was to no avail and the end came in just a little more than an hour afterward. Mrs. Lewis, with her husband and three sons, had lived in Stafford for a number of years, and she enjoyed the highest esteem of all who knew her.
       Hannah May Plaster was born in Clark County, Illinois, April 4, 1843. The family came to Carroll County, Missouri, in 1856, and it was here she married William Huston Lewis on February 21st, 1861. In 1872 they moved to Marshall County, Kansas. Two years later they moved to Decatur County, remaining two years, when they moved to Indian Territory. After a residence here of about two years, in 1876-1878, they returned to Kansas, settling in Meade County, where they remained until 1902. Six years were then spent in Grant County, when the family home was moved to Stafford and still remains.
       Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, nine sons and two daughters. Two sons and one daughter have gone on before to the other world, the others, with the aged husband survive. The living Daughter, Charlotte, resides in California. James, Jefferson, and John live in Reno County, Frank in Grant County, Albert, William, and Isaac made their home with their parents. The father is nearly 80 years of age.
       Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 1:30 at the home, conducted by Rev. E.F. Buck, pastor of the M.E. Church, after which the body was buried in the local cemetery.

Stafford County Republican, December 4, 1913, Pg. 3:
       Mrs. Wm. Lewis died at the family home on West Broadway Monday evening of this week at 5:55 o'clock, of heart failure. She was taken suddenly ill at 4:30 and though medical attention was summoned immediately, it was of no avail. Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon by Rev. E.F. Buck of that church.
       Hannah Mary Plaster was born in Clark County, Illinois. Moved with her parents to Carroll County, Mo., in 1856, and here she was married to William Huston Lewis on Feb., 21st, 1861. Eleven children were born to this union, eight of whom survive her.
       They came to Kansas in 1873, settling in Marshall County, resided in Decatur County until 1875-76, moved to Indian Territory in the latter year, came back to Meade County in 1878 and resided there until 1902 when they moved to Grant County where they lived for six years. They have lived in Stafford County for the past five years. The husband who is nearly 80 years of age survives her together with the sons, Albert, William, and Isaac of Stafford, Frank of Grant County, James, Jefferson, and John of Reno County, and the daughter, Charlotte, who lives in California. All were present for the funeral except the daughter who was unable to get here.
       The Republican wishes to join with other friends of the family in expressing sympathy to them at this time.

More About HANNAH MARY PLASTER:
Burial: December 03, 1913, Stafford, Kansas Cemetery Section 6
Cause of Death: Heart Failure
Medical Information: Stricken at 4:30 P.M. and died at 5:55 at family home on West Broadway, Stafford, Kansas.

Marriage Notes for WILLIAM LEWIS and HANNAH PLASTER:
Carroll County, Missouri Recorder of Deeds- Marriage Records 1833-1938.
       
Children of WILLIAM LEWIS and HANNAH PLASTER are:
       i.       ALBERT D.4 LEWIS, b. 1862, Missouri; d. June 14, 1936.

Notes for ALBERT D. LEWIS:
Lived in Stafford, Kansas in 1913.

2.       ii.       JAMES A. (JIM) LEWIS, b. 1864, Missouri.
       iii.       AMANDA C. LEWIS, b. 1865, Missouri.
3.       iv.       WILLIAM H. LEWIS, b. December 07, 1866, Missouri; d. April 29, 1956.
       v.       ISAAC E. LEWIS, b. September 10, 1869, Missouri; d. December 08, 1932; m. MARY R.; b. Abt. 1881, Illinois.

Notes for ISAAC E. LEWIS:
Lived in Stafford, Kansas in 1913. Listed in 1920 census as Isac Lewis, Stafford, Kansas (his brother, Albert D. Lewis, was living with him).

More About ISAAC E. LEWIS:
Burial: Stafford, Kansas Cemetery Section 6

4.       vi.       CHARLES E. LEWIS, b. 1870; d. Bef. 1913.
5.       vii.       JEFFERSON D. LEWIS, b. April 22, 1871, Missouri; d. September 09, 1960.
6.       viii.       JOHN E. LEWIS, b. January 21, 1875, Oklahoma; d. April 23, 1960.
       ix.       CHARLOTTE LEWIS, b. 1877; m. BEATY.

Notes for CHARLOTTE LEWIS:
Lived in Los Angeles, California in 1913.

More About CHARLOTTE LEWIS:
Residence: 1913, Los Angeles, Calif.

       x.       ELL LEWIS, b. 1882; d. Bef. 1913.
       xi.       LAURA LEWIS, d. Bef. 1913.
7.       xii.       FRANK F. LEWIS, b. 1884, Kansas.


Generation No. 2

2. JAMES A. (JIM)4 LEWIS (WILLIAM HUSTON3, JAMES A.2, UNKNOWN1) was born 1864 in Missouri.

Notes for JAMES A. (JIM) LEWIS:
Lived in Reno County, Kansas in 1913.
       
Children of JAMES A. (JIM) LEWIS are:
       i.       ALBERT5 LEWIS.
       ii.       LLOYD LEWIS.

More About LLOYD LEWIS:
Owned Dry Cleaners: South Hutchinson, Kansas

       iii.       LLOYDELLA LEWIS.


3. WILLIAM H.4 LEWIS (WILLIAM HUSTON3, JAMES A.2, UNKNOWN1) was born December 07, 1866 in Missouri, and died April 29, 1956. He married MARY GORDON. She was born October 27, 1867, and died March 17, 1942.

Notes for WILLIAM H. LEWIS:
Lived in Stafford, Kansas in 1913.

More About WILLIAM H. LEWIS:
Burial: Stafford, Kansas Cemetery Section 6
Occupation: 1880, Teamster- Dodge, Ford, Kansas

More About MARY GORDON:
Burial: Stafford, Kansas Cemetery Section 6
       
Children of WILLIAM LEWIS and MARY GORDON are:
       i.       FRED5 LEWIS, b. 1898.
       ii.       CARL LEWIS, b. 1900.


4. CHARLES E.4 LEWIS (WILLIAM HUSTON3, JAMES A.2, UNKNOWN1) was born 1870, and died Bef. 1913.

Notes for CHARLES E. LEWIS:
Died at about age 30.

12-9-1916 Charles (Otis) Lewis petitioned the probate court of Stafford County to be named guardian of the minor children (Ethel, Victor, Bessie, and Lulu) of Charles E. Lewis as he died intestate. In September of the next year papers were filed to sell the 1/15th undivided interest the children had in lots 1-64 of Albert L. Mincer's addition to the City of Stafford. The property was appraised at $186.66 and was sold for $196.66 in September of 1917.

1920 Census for Grant County Kansas shows Victor M. Lewis and Bessie M. Lewis living with Charles O Lewis, his wife, Pearl R., and their children, Hubert F. and Mamie D. Lewis. They are listed as Charlie's brother in law and sister in law.
       
Children of CHARLES E. LEWIS are:
       i.       PEARL R.5 LEWIS, b. Abt. 1898, Kansas; m. CHARLIE O. LEWIS; b. Abt. 1893, Kansas.
       ii.       ETHEL LEWIS, b. Abt. 1901, Kansas.

Notes for ETHEL LEWIS:
1920 Census for Grant County, Kansas shows Ethel as a school teacher and a boarder in the Henry and Anna M. Walker household.

       iii.       VICTOR M. LEWIS, b. Abt. 1904.
       iv.       BESSIE M. LEWIS, b. Abt. 1907.
       v.       LULU K. LEWIS, b. Abt. 1912.


5. JEFFERSON D.4 LEWIS (WILLIAM HUSTON3, JAMES A.2, UNKNOWN1) was born April 22, 1871 in Missouri, and died September 09, 1960. He married CARRIE E. WOLFLEY Abt. 1897, daughter of AUGUSTUS WOLFLEY and MATILDA GRUBB. She was born May 23, 1878 in Kansas, and died March 17, 1939.

Notes for JEFFERSON D. LEWIS:
Jeff worked at the Carey Salt mines. He burned his leg badly at work, it got infected and had to be amputated. Lived Reno Co. 1913.


More About JEFFERSON D. LEWIS:
Burial: Eastside Cemetary, Reno County, Kansas

Notes for CARRIE E. WOLFLEY:
Carrie died of cancer.

More About CARRIE E. WOLFLEY:
Burial: Eastside Cemetary, Reno County, Kansas
       
Children of JEFFERSON LEWIS and CARRIE WOLFLEY are:
       i.       MYRTLE FRANCIS5 LEWIS, b. September 05, 1900, Fowler, Meade County, Kansas; d. August 12, 1969, Washington, District of Columbia, Maryland; m. CHARLES L. SEARCY, Abt. 1922; b. August 31, 1901; d. January 19, 1983, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee.

Notes for MYRTLE FRANCIS LEWIS:
Last Residence: 20009 Washington, District Of Columbia, DC

This obit was taken word for word from the Hutchinson News Aug. 13, 1969:
Mrs. Myrtle Francis Searcy, 68, Washington D.C., a life-long resident of Reno Co. before moving to Washington five years ago, died Tuesday night in Washington. She was born September 9, 1900 in Fowler. She married Charles L. Searcy in 1922 in Darlow community.
She was a member of United Methodist Church in Hutchinson and Washington. She taught school for the last five years in Washington and taught in Hutchinson grade schools for 30 years.
She is survived by the widower; daughter Mrs. Charles Byerly, Urbana, Ill.; son Charles W., Longmont, Colo.; sister, Mrs. W. D. Young 328 Crescent, and eight grandchildren.



More About MYRTLE FRANCIS LEWIS:
Burial: Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas
Social Security Number: 515-03-7605

Notes for CHARLES L. SEARCY:
Last Residence: 62664 Mason City, Mason, IL


More About CHARLES L. SEARCY:
Burial: Mason City, Mason, Illinois
Occupation: 1947, Superintendent of the mails Hutchinson post office
Residence: 1942, 400 Crescent, Hutchinson, Kansas
Social Security Number: 510-42-6083

       ii.       BESSIE E. LEWIS, b. September 15, 1898, Fowler, Meade, Kansas; d. August 22, 1979, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas; m. WILLIAM (BILL) D. YOUNG, June 15, 1921, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas; b. August 11, 1896, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas; d. August 01, 1981, 328 Crescent, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas.

More About BESSIE E. LEWIS:
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas
Occupation: Teacher, Reno County, Kansas
Religion: First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson

Notes for WILLIAM (BILL) D. YOUNG:
Bill was a railroader and politician.

Bill and Roy Young were brothers.

Listed in 1920 census town of Nickerson (Willie) working as foreman at a grain elevator.

More About WILLIAM (BILL) D. YOUNG:
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas
Military service: WW1
Occupation: Santa Fe Railroad
Residence: 1969, 328 Crescent, Hutchinson, Kansas

       iii.       BLANCHE LEWIS, b. May 1902; d. November 16, 1902.

More About BLANCHE LEWIS:
Burial: Eastside Cemetary, Reno County, Kansas


6. JOHN E.4 LEWIS (WILLIAM HUSTON3, JAMES A.2, UNKNOWN1) was born January 21, 1875 in Oklahoma, and died April 23, 1960. He married MINNIE BELLE WOLFLEY May 09, 1899, daughter of AUGUSTUS WOLFLEY and MATILDA GRUBB. She was born August 21, 1881, and died August 06, 1962.

Notes for JOHN E. LEWIS:
John and Minnie Belle were freighters setting up a stage coach line that ran from Ford, Kansas to Fowler, Kansas.

Lived in Reno County, Kansas in 1913.
       
Children of JOHN LEWIS and MINNIE WOLFLEY are:
       i.       LEONA AUDREY5 LEWIS, b. January 28, 1900; d. January 28, 1900.
       ii.       FLORENCE FAYE LEWIS, b. August 09, 1901, Hutchinson, Kansas; d. August 20, 1992, Fort Scott, Kansas; m. WILLIAM EDMOND DAVIS, May 21, 1921, Darlow, Kansas; b. August 24, 1898, Reno County, Kansas; d. August 19, 1976.

More About FLORENCE FAYE LEWIS:
Burial: Memorial Gardens, Fort Scott, Kansas

Notes for WILLIAM EDMOND DAVIS:
Probate records of Katie McCaffery Davis show William's middle name as Edmond with an O. His signiature appears that way twice on the papers. Some have spelled it with a U. I wonder if John's was spelled with an O. William Edmond always went by the name Ed Davis or the initials W.E. Davis.

More About WILLIAM EDMOND DAVIS:
Burial: Memorial Gardens, Fort Scott, Kansas

       iii.       LILLIAN MAE LEWIS, b. January 18, 1904, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas; d. December 14, 1985, Pretty Prarie, Reno County, Kansas; m. ELMER LESTER DROLTE, March 18, 1926, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas; b. August 20, 1899, Pretty Prarie, Reno, Kansas; d. December 01, 1984, Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas.

More About LILLIAN MAE LEWIS:
Burial: Lone Star Cemetery, Pretty Prarie, Reno, Kansas
Cause of Death: Auto Accident
Occupation: Teacher at Red Rock and Slat Creek Schools

More About ELMER LESTER DROLTE:
Burial: Lone Star Cemetery, Pretty Prarie, Reno, Kansas
Occupation: Farmer
Religion: Pretty Prarie United Methodist Church

       iv.       EDITH MINNIE LEWIS, b. February 14, 1911; m. (1) ROY LEE YOUNG; b. September 18, 1904; d. March 04, 1974; m. (2) JOYCE MCKEE; m. (3) WALTER COTTLE.

More About EDITH MINNIE LEWIS:
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetary, Reno County, Kansas

Notes for ROY LEE YOUNG:
Roy and Bill Young were brothers.

More About ROY LEE YOUNG:
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetary, Reno County, Kansas

       v.       EVELYN LOUISE LEWIS, b. February 03, 1913.
       vi.       GERALD DOUGLAS LEWIS, b. January 28, 1915; m. JANE.
       vii.       JOHN LEWIS, b. February 28, 1918; d. March 02, 1918.

Notes for JOHN LEWIS:
Died in infancy

       viii.       LEAH AUDREY LEWIS, b. September 16, 1924; d. February 21, 1935.

Notes for LEAH AUDREY LEWIS:
Died at age 10 1/2


7. FRANK F.4 LEWIS (WILLIAM HUSTON3, JAMES A.2, UNKNOWN1) was born 1884 in Kansas. He married IVY M. 1909. She was born 1880 in Kansas.

Notes for FRANK F. LEWIS:
Lived in Grant County, Kansas in 1913.

1920 census Lulu K Lewis, Frank's neice was living with him (age 8).

More About FRANK F. LEWIS:
Occupation: Farmer
Residence: Bet. 1910 - 1930, Sherman Township, Grant County, Kansas
       
Children of FRANK LEWIS and IVY M. are:
       i.       HOBART A.5 LEWIS, b. Abt. 1914.
       ii.       CLARA M. LEWIS, b. Abt. 1917.
       iii.       VERA V. LEWIS, b. Abt. 1918.
       iv.       MILDRED M. LEWIS, b. Abt. 1920.