States: Louisiana: Union
Margaret Mason married Union Parish lawyer, clerk of court, Confederate soldier, parish judge, and newspaper editor and publisher Thomas Charles Lewis, III. They lived in Farmerville until about 1879, when in fear of his family's safety, Lewis moved to Church Point, in St. Landry Parish. They returned to Union Parish in 1884, and Lewis founded the "Home Advocate". His old enemies from the Reconstruction period of Union Parish were still there (mainly Judge James E. Trimble, owner and editor of the Farmerville "Gazette"), and they feuded publically in 1885 and 1886. Lewis' friend James Ramsey and Judge Trimble had a shootout in December 1887 on front of Stein's store in Farmerville, resulting in both men being killed. This seemed to sour Lewis again on his native Union Parish, and he moved to Ruston in 1890 and helped son Savory Lewis with his newspaper there. They left for Church Point near St. Landry Parish about 1894, and Margaret Mason Lewis died there in 1895. I think T. C. Lewis died there in 1900.
Dr. E. Russ Williams, Jr. has a lot on this family in his series of books on Ouachita Parish. The Lewis family moved to Ouachita Parish early, about 1810 I believe. T. C. Lewis, I was the judge of Ouachita parish and a lawyer, and his son, T. C. Lewis, II was a Methodist preacher in Claiborne and Union Parishes. He died in Farmerville in 1853. I will check his book to see if he has anything on the Masons.
James Mason was living with his sister and brother-in-law in 1870, and by 1873 he was the publisher of the "Union Record", a newspaper founded by Thomas Lewis, III in 1866. He was no longer associated with the "Union Record" by 1876, and I have no further record of him after that.
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