Martha Lewis

Female1 June 1826–28 December 1894

Brief Life History of Martha

When Martha Lewis was born on 1 June 1826, in Hakin, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom, her father, David Lewis, was 38 and her mother, Ann Nicholas, was 31. She married John Fereday on 23 October 1845, in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She immigrated to Utah, United States in 1868 and lived in Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years. She died on 28 December 1894, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Logan Cemetery, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Fereday
Martha Lewis
Marriage: 23 October 1845
Sarah Ann Fereday
Joseph John Fereday
John France Fereday
George Fereday
William Fereday
Charles Fereday
Elizabeth Fereday
David Fereday
Ann Fereday
Martha Fereday

Sources (19)

  • Martha Fereday in household of John Fereday, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • Lewis in entry for George Fereday, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
  • Martha Fereday in household of John Fereday, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 October 1845Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Children (10)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (12)

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    World Events (8)

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    Age 1

    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.


    Age 4

    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).


    Age 20

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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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    Story Highlight

    Lewis, Martha, and John Fereday Bird, by Anna Eliza McBride Barrus

    Martha Lewis Bird (1826) A recollection by Anna Eliza McBride Barrus My grandmother, Martha Lewis, the daughter of David Lewis end Ann Nickolson, was born 1 June 1826, in Milford Pembrokes, Wales. …

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