McLean County, Illinois
JOHN D. LEWIS is the owner of 200 acres of some of the best land in Cheney's Grove Township, of which he became a resident on the 1st of May, 1847. He first purchased forty acres three years later, which comprises a part of his present homestead, but to which he has added until it is of the dimensions above given. His farm is under a fine state of cultivation, and for a few years he was quite extensively engaged in buying and shipping stock. Of late, however, he has confined himself more closely to the raising of grain and general farming. He has a handsome and comfortable residence, with a good barn and all other necessary out-buildings, and he and his family are enjoying all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life.
Mr. Lewis was born in Fleming County, Ky., Nov. 5, 1823, where he lived until he reached his majority, and cast his first Presidential vote for Henry Clay. His father, Peter B. Lewis, served as a soldier in the War of 1812. He was born in Culpeper County, Va., June 21, 1789, whence he removed to Mason County, Ky., and from there to Fleming County, where he departed this life Nov. 29, 1860. He was married, June 16, 1816, to Miss Catherine B. Ringo, who was born Feb. 24, 1798, and died at the home of our subject on the 21st of September, 1884. Both parents were prominently connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which the mother had been a member since her girlhood. Their eleven children were, Emeline, Nancy, James R., John B., Hannah, Robert, Albert, Alice R., Melville (who died when four years of age), William F. and Bridget A.
After coming to this county, John D. Lewis was married to Miss Margaret P. Riggs, Aug. 17, 1848. Mrs. L., a native of this county, was born Aug. 10, 1832, and was the daughter of William M. and
Nancy (Pitts) Riggs, the former a native of Maryland, and the latter of Lewis County, Ky. William Riggs was born Sept. 7, 1803, and departed this life Jan. 28, 1887, at his home in Saybrook. The mother was born Jan. 4, 1806, and died Jan. 26, 1881. Their six children were, George W., Henry M., Margaret P., William H., Mary J. (now Mrs. Hall), and Samuel R., who died in Texas, June 8, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis became the parents of eight children, seven now living. Nancy C. was married to Brice N. Read; William A. married Miss Laura Owens; Mary A. married William C. Means; Emma D. became the wife of H. McMackin; Katuria; Samuel G. married Miss Emma Miller; Corla H. is at home. Mr. Lewis and his family are all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which our subject has officiated as Class-Leader for a period of thirty years and been Steward and Sunday-school Superintendent about the same length of time. In early manhood, during the existence of the Whig party, he was a firm adherent of its principles, but on the abandonment of the old party by the organization of the new Republican party he cheerfully endorsed the principles of the latter, with which he uniformly casts his vote.
The grandfather of our subject on his mother's side, Burtis Ringo, served in the Revolutionary War for a term of seven years, and died a pensioner at the advanced age of one hundred and three years.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 561. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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