Hiram Lewis

1848–1900 (Age 51)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Hiram

When Hiram Lewis was born on 14 April 1848, in Illinois, United States, his father, William Lewis, was 43 and his mother, Elizabeth Isabel Duvall, was 23. He married Mary J. "Mollie" Despain on 2 September 1880, in Knox, Illinois, United States. He died on 23 February 1900, in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States, at the age of 51.

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Hiram Lewis
Mary J. "Mollie" Despain
Marriage: 2 September 1880

Spouse & Children

2 September 1880
Knox, Illinois, United States

Parents & Siblings



  • Melvina Lewis


  • Martha J Lewis


  • William Lewis


  • Male1848–1900Male

  • Flora Nancy Lewis


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 8

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 12

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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)

  • Hiram Lewis, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Hiram Lewis, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Hiram Lewis, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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