John Lewis

1786–23 September 1864 (Age 78)
West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, United States

The Life Summary of John

When John Lewis was born in 1786, in West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, United States, his father, Samuel Lewis, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth James, was 30. He married Martha Lewis in 1815, in Jewett City, Griswold, New London, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 23 September 1864, in Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Kent, Rhode Island, United States.

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John Lewis
Martha Lewis
Marriage: 1815
John Lewis
James Lewis
Samuel Lewis
Martha Electa Lewis
Sarah Lewis
Sabin Lewis
Silas Lewis
Elijah Lewis
Eliza E. Lewis
Mary A. Lewis

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1815Jewett City, Griswold, New London, Connecticut, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1786 · Shays' Rebellion
    Age 0
    Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
    1790 · 13th State
    Age 4
    On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island becomes the last of the original 13 colonies to become a state.
    Age 22
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.

    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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    Sources (7)

    • John Lewis, "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950"
    • John Lewis in entry for Charles H. Lewis, "Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945"
    • John in entry for Eliza Emily Rounds, "Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953"

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