Melba Lewis

1897–15 June 1964 (Age 67)
Georgia, United States

The Life of Melba

When Melba Lewis was born in 1897, in Georgia, United States, her father, William T Lewis, was 28 and her mother, Elizabeth Bessie Copelan, was 24. She lived in Liberty, Greene, Georgia, United States for about 10 years. She died on 15 June 1964, in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States.

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James Virgil Bourland
Melba Lewis

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    James Virgil Bourland



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    Mary J Lewis




    Walker Myles Lewis


    Susie Elizabeth Lewis


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World Events (8)

1897 · First Bill for Women Suffrage

Age 0

In 1897, Senator J.L. Hyatt introduced the woman suffrage bill in North Carolina. The bill did not make it past the committee.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 19

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

Like the French name Louis, which is derived from Ludovicus, from the Old German name Ludwig. A root is "lautwig," meaning illustrious warrior. From this name come the old female names Lewes and Lewisa, from whence comes the modern name Louisa. Louise is a French form of Lewis. Liusaidh is a Gaelic form of Louisa. Luthais is a Gaelic form of Lewis. Loeys is an Anglo-Norman form of Lewis.

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Sources (3)

  • Melber Louis in household of Willie Louis, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Melba Lewis in household of William T Lewis, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Melba Lewis Bourland, "North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994"

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