Josephine Josie L. Lewis

1858–1943 (Age 84)
Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States

The Life of Josephine Josie L.

When Josephine Josie L. Lewis was born on 14 November 1858, in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States, her father, William Harvey Lewis, was 26 and her mother, Mary Vining Jones, was 18. She lived in Center Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 22 June 1943, in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States, at the age of 84.

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William Harvey Lewis
Mary Vining Jones
Josephine Josie L. Lewis
Jennie C. Lewis
Walter A. Lewis
Clara L. Lewis
Arthur H. Lewis

Parents & Siblings

  • William Harvey Lewis


  • Mary Vining Jones




World Events (8)


Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

Age 9

The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 23

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

Like the French name Louis, which is derived from Ludovicus, from the Old German name Ludwig. A root is "lautwig," meaning illustrious warrior. From this name come the old female names Lewes and Lewisa, from whence comes the modern name Louisa. Louise is a French form of Lewis. Liusaidh is a Gaelic form of Louisa. Luthais is a Gaelic form of Lewis. Loeys is an Anglo-Norman form of Lewis.

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Sources (3)

  • Josie L Lewis in household of Jennie L Emmet, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Josie Lewis in household of Joseph Chambers, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Josephine Lewis in household of Wm L Sargent, "United States Census, 1900"

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