When James Lewis was born on 12 January 1814, in Gorham, Cumberland, Maine, United States, his father, James Lewis, was 43 and his mother, Hannah Harding, was 39. He married Emily Jennison Holman on 9 May 1847, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 6 daughters. In 1867, at the age of 53, his occupation is listed as selectman to the washington county court in Washington, Utah, United States. He died on 28 May 1898, in Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Kanab City Cemetery, Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States.
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.
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As told by George Albert LEWIS and notes taken by interviewing Lucy Lewis Rhoton …
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