Phebe Lewis

Brief Life History of Phebe

When Phebe Lewis was born on 12 January 1767, in Basking Ridge, Bernards Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States, her father, Jacob Lewis, was 32 and her mother, Catherine Freeman, was 29. She married Samuel Douglass about 1787. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 27 April 1848, in her hometown, at the age of 81, and was buried in Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Basking Ridge, Bernards Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Douglass
Phebe Lewis
Marriage: about 1787
Elizabeth Douglass
Sarah J Douglass
William Douglass
David Ayres Douglass
Jacob Lewis Douglass
Mary Ann Douglass
Harriet Douglass
John W Douglass

Sources (2)

  • Phebe Douglass, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Find a Grave Memorial

World Events (8)


"During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the ""Ten Crucial Days"" and remembered by the famous phrase ""the times that try men's souls"". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time."


Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


George Washington elected first president of United States.

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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