William Agustus Lewis

Male1 February 1834–1 July 1892

Brief Life History of William Agustus

When William Agustus Lewis was born on 1 February 1834, in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Levi Lewis, was 48 and his mother, Abigail Ballard, was 33. He lived in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States in 1880. He died on 1 July 1892, at the age of 58.

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Family Time Line

Levi Lewis
1787–1839
Abigail Ballard
1800–1867
Levi Lewis
1818–1902
Cosby Lewis
1819–1895
Abigail Lewis
1820–1898
Jackson Lewis
1822–1887
Martha Lewis
1824–1825
Augustus Lewis
1827–1831
Francis Lewis
1828–1876
Martha Jane Lewis
1830–1876
Susan Augusta Lewis
1832–1852
Lucy Elizabeth Lewis
1834–1890
William Agustus Lewis
1834–1892
James Ballard Lewis
1836–1887

Sources (2)

  • William A Lewis in household of Jackson Lewis, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Augustus Lewis, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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Siblings (12)

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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

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.

1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 14

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

1850 · California Is Admitted to Union

Age 16

California was admitted into the Union on September 9, 1850, and became the 31st state.

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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