When John M Lewis was born on 28 April 1808, in Worcester, Maryland, United States, his father, Jesse Lewis, was 23 and his mother, Ann Little, was 21. He married Sarah Ann Hill on 20 December 1827, in Pickaway, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Pleasant Township, Madison, Ohio, United States in 1850. He died on 7 February 1865, in Washington Township, Washington, Iowa, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Washington, Iowa, United States.
English: from the Middle English, Old French personal name Lewis, Leweis, Lowis, from ancient Germanic (originally West Frankish) Hludwig (itself from hlōd- ‘fame, famous’ + wīg- ‘battle’). This was Latinized as Ludovicus and Chlodovisus, which were gallicized as Clovis or Clouis, French Louis. The name may also appear as Lawis, Laweys, Lawes, by unrounding of the vowel of Lowis on the analogy of the variation between Low and Law as pet forms of Middle English Lourence alias Laurence. This surname is also very common among African Americans. See Laws 2 and compare Lawrence .
Welsh: adopted for the Welsh personal name Llywelyn (see Llewellyn ).
Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Lughaidh ‘son of Lughaidh’. This is one of the most common Old Irish personal names. It is derived from Lugh ‘brightness’, which was the name of a Celtic god.