When James Stapleton Lewis was born on 22 February 1814, in Sugar Creek Township, Greene, Ohio, United States, his father, Col. Joel Lewis Sr., was 38 and his mother, Rachael J Stapleton, was 42. He married Anna Jones on 10 May 1833, in Jackson, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons. He died on 22 May 1901, in Declo, Cassia, Idaho, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Albion Mormon Cemetery, Albion, Cassia, Idaho, 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.
In 1831, James Lewis was a young man of 17 living in Randolph County, Indiana, presumably with his older brother Joel (often referred to as Joel Jr. to differentiate him from their father also named J …