Nathan Douglas Lewis

Brief Life History of Nathan Douglas

When Nathan Douglas Lewis was born on 1 May 1832, in Harrisburg, Harrison Township, Fayette, Indiana, United States, his father, John J Lewis Sr, was 34 and his mother, Mary R Douglas, was 30. He married Mary Ann Likes on 14 June 1854, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 20 June 1870, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 38, and was buried in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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Nathan Douglas Lewis
Mary Ann Likes
Marriage: 14 June 1854
Clara Bell Lewis
Cora Florence Lewis
Laura Gertrude Lewis
Ora Anna Lewis
Mary Alberta
Samuel J Lewis
Child Lewis
Nathan Douglas Lewis

Sources (8)

  • N D Lewis, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Nathan D. Lewis, "Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992"
  • N. D. Lewis in entry for Frank Hoff and Gertie Lewis, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.


Historical Boundaries: 1843: Keokuk, Iowa Territory, United States 1843: Iowa Territory, United States 1846: Polk, Iowa Territory, United States 1846: Polk, Iowa, United States [Spreads into Polk and Warren counties]

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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