Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Mini bio: Richard & Sarah (Betts) Lewis

Brief biography of Richard Lewis (1840-1903) and his wife Sarah Betts (1846-1927). Position in the family tree.

Richard Lewis:
Richard Lewis
Born: May 22, 1840 in Resolven, Parish of Llantwit juxta Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Baptized: July 26, 1840 in Parish of Cadoxton juxta Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Parents: David & Hannah (Jenkins) Lewis
Known Residences:
--- 1841 in Tyr-Y-Wenallt, Hamlet of Resolven, Llantwit juxta Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
--- 1851 in Pant-Y-Geifr, Hamlet of Resolven, Llantwit juxta Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
--- about 1851-1852 emigrated to America
--- 1860 in Trevorton, Zerbe Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
--- 1862-1865 Civil War Volunteer: enlisted in Schooley's Independent Battery, integrated into Company M of the 112th Pennsylvania Volunteers, trasferred to Signal Corps in 1864
--- 1866-1868 in Philadelphia, Pennshylvania (Polytechnic College of Pennsylvania)
--- 1869 at transcontinental railroad Gold Spike ceremony, Promontory, Utah
--- 1870 in Manheim Borough, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
--- 1880 in Huston, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
--- 1883-1885 in Pardoe, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
--- about 1888 Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
--- about 1891 Carbonado, Pierce County, Washington
--- 1900 Carbonado, Pierce County, Washington
--- about 1901 Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Occupation: mining engineer/civil engineer for mining & railroad companies
Death: May 31, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington; buried in Old Tacoma Cemetery, Pierce County, Washington

Sarah Betts
Sarah Betts
Birth: October 3, 1846 in Baltimore City, Maryland
Baptism: unknown
Parents: Edward & Ann Elizabeth (Metcalfe) Betts
Known residences:
--- 1850 Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Maryland
--- 1860 probable: Shrewsbury Township, York County, Pennsylvania (household of Henry Defenderffer)
--- 1870 probable: Manheim Borough, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (household of Henry Defenderffer)
--- 1872-1903 lived with husband Richard
--- through 1927 lived at 621 S. 19th street, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Death: August 15, 1927, buried in Old Tacoma Cemetery, Pierce County, Washington

Marriage & Children:

Marriage date: Richard Lewis and Sarah Betts married on March 21, 1872 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Manheim, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Children:
** Justin Betts "Jess" Lewis born 1883, married Anna Hopkins
-- Ethelbert Jenkins "Bert" Lewis born 1884, married Mary Elizabeth Price
-- Bessie Metcalfe Lewis born 1885

Posts about Richard and Sarah (Betts) Lewis
Tacoma in the 1890s
School for the Lewis Children in Carbonado, Washington
Richard Lewis: Graduation Notice
Richard Lewis in the Civil War: 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery
Richard Lewis in the Civil War: Signal Corps
Civil War era photo of Richard Lewis
Living through the Civil War: Sarah Betts in York County, PA
Scenes from the Vale of Neath
Where did our Lewis ancestors live?
Lewis Family in Pardoe, Pennsylvania
Lewis Family in Slidell, Louisiana

Off-site Links
1921 Tacoma City Directory listing Justin B. Lewis and Sarah B. Lewis (widow of Richard)

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