Josephine Reifel Lewis

1873–1958 (Age 84)
Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States

The Life of Josephine Reifel

When Josephine Reifel Lewis was born on 28 September 1873, in Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States, her father, Charles Reynolds Reifel, was 36 and her mother, Sarah Durant Girard, was 30. She married Ralph Waldo Emerson Lewis on 31 October 1906, in Galveston, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Galveston Land District, Texas, United States in 1900 and Justice Precinct 6, Galveston, Texas, United States in 1930. She died on 19 March 1958, in Texas City, Galveston, Texas, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Webster, Harris, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Josephine Reifel Lewis
Ralph Waldo Emerson Lewis
Marriage: 31 October 1906
Helen Josephine Lewis
Grace Mildred Lewis
Waldo Edgar Lewis Jr
Charles E Lewis

Spouse & Children

31 October 1906
Galveston, Texas, United States


Parents & Siblings



  • Walter Reynolds Reifel


  • Charles Joseph Reynolds Reifel II


  • Alexander Lawrence Reifel


  • Female1873–1958Female

  • Josephine REIFEL


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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 2

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1876 · Segregation Laws Are Passed

Age 3

A new state constitution was passed in 1876, announcing the segregation of schools.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 23

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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)

  • Josephine Lewis in household of Waldo E Lewis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Josephine Reifel in household of Chas Reifel, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Josephine Riefel in household of Charles R Riefel, "United States Census, 1900"

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