Woman, Born In 1854, Died
Courtesy Michelle Gorin Burris, Barren’s Black Roots
Gorin Genealogical Publishing,
(c) Feb 1995. Originally published in unknown
Glasgow KY newspaper
30 Sept 1962.
“Mrs. Margaret Lewis, who was born
into slavery in Barren County in 1854, died at 6:30 p.m. yesterday
in the home of a great-granddaughter,
Mrs. Odessa Boone, 832 E.
“Spry and alert, Mrs. Lewis was able
to get around the house without help
until about three months ago. She has lived with her
great-granddaughter several years now.
“In an interview on her 105th
birthday in 1959, Mrs. Lewis told a reporter, “It’s the Lord that’s
keeping me here. I couldn’t
keep myself. He takes care of me.”
Outlived 5 Children
“Mrs. Lewis has outlived all of her
five children and both her grandchildren. Mrs. Boone said she still
had a good appetite and
ate a good breakfast yesterday morning.
“She still spoke fondly of Jack
Lewis, her master when she was a slave. She and her late husband
took the name of the family
they worked for after they were freed.
“Today was to have been dedicated to
Mrs. Lewis at her church, West Chestnut Street Baptist. A tape
recording had been made of
her voice because she had been unable to
“She recalled that her mistress was
fond of her and saw to her schooling. But Mrs. Lewis was never
forced to do anything she didn’t want to
do, and she didn’t want to
be educated, she once said.
“Last April a group at Southern Bell
gave her a telephone with amplifying receiver, so she could talk to
“Surviving besides Ms. Boon is
another grandchild; 12 great-great grandchildren, and two
Note: The address shown is not in Glasgow, nor the
church so her great-granddaughter lived in another town. Her owner
was John Lewis of