Zephaniah N Lewis

Brief Life History of Zephaniah N

When Zephaniah N Lewis was born about 1806, in Milton, Ulster, New York, United States, his father, Valentine Lewis, was 35 and his mother, Ruth Woolsey, was 28. He married Margaret Ann Coburn on 14 May 1863, in Winchendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. He lived in Seneca Falls, Seneca Falls, Seneca, New York, United States in 1830. He registered for military service in 1812. He died on 29 April 1903, in Fishkill Landing, Dutchess, New York, United States, at the age of 98.

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Zephaniah N Lewis
Mrs Zephron Lewis
Mary E. Lewis
Alfred Lewis
William F. Lewis
Edmond Lewis
George M Lewis

Sources (6)

  • Zephaniah Lewis, "United States Census, 1830"
  • Zephaniah N. Lewis, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Zephaniah U Lewis, "New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956"

World Events (8)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

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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