Mary Margaret Whiskerson Lewis
Mary M. Whiskerson was born near Dekalb, Buchanan Co., Missouri April 16, 1846. She was married
to Jno. Lewis April 23, 1861. She went into the other life October 27, 1914 at the age of 68
years. From her union with John Lewis were born the following children who survive her: Mary M.,
William, Thomas J., Jewell, Eliza Ann, John L., Geo. Franklin, James M., Joseph S., Maude, Rosie May
and Benjamin. And also Andrew J., Lucinda Ruben B. and Charles who have preceded her. Two of her
parents family, one brother and one sister, survive her.
Some two or three years after her marriage she came with her husband to Daviess County and lived
the remainder of her life almost within its limits. For over thirty years she lived in the same home
from which she moved on account of failing health. Her sickness assumed a most serious character
last June and from that time until the last almost she was a most patient and hopeful sufferer. The
last days of her life were made happy ones by the presence and tender care and solicitude of her
children during her sickness. She saw all her children save the one who is in Canada. Soon after
the war Mrs. Lewis became a member of the Methodist church. Her faith was such that she was willing
to enter into the other world, willing and fearlessly. Her expectations were such that she urged her
children, especially her boys, to meet her there. A good, useful woman has gone from our midst. More
than one will miss her. We bow humbly and with reverent lips with these words, Thy will be done.
G. F. R.
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Death of Aged Citizen
John Lewis, the third child of Samuel Lewis, was born near Manchester, Clay County, Kentucky on
March 31, 1838. When he was about twenty years old he came to Boonville, Missouri and then afterwards
to St. Joseph, Missouri. On April 28, 1861 he was married to Mary M. Whiskerson who died on October
27, 1914. To this union were born the following children: Mary M., William, Thomas J., Jewell, Eliza Ann,
John L., George Franklin, James M., Joseph S., Maude, Rosie May and Benjamin, who survive. Also
Andrew J., Lucinda, Reuben B. and Charles who have gone from this life. Also a sister, Mrs.
Some two or three years after his marriage he came with his wife to Daviess county. Here he lived during
the remainder of his life as a citizen of this county. For over thirty years he lived on the old home
farm. Due to the ill health of his wife he moved to, and for the last few years lived in, Gallatin. He
came to the end of his earthly journey at his home near Gallatin on February 20, 1916. Soon after the war
he joined the Methodist church at Prairie Valley View and until the end he was a humble and devoted
believer in the Lord.
Uncle John, as he was known, was one of the pioneers of Daviess County. To those like him who helped bring
order and abundance out of the wilderness we owe a debt of gratitude.
His was a rugged life filled with useful labor. He had a rugged character which stamped him as a man of
great personality. He leaves a name to his children respected by men. This is indeed a goodly heritage.
Many friends of many years join with his loved ones in mourning his earthly departure.
Will of John Lewis
The will of the late John Lewis was probated this morning week. The estate is valued at about $20,000 and
is equally divided among twelve children. John L. Lewis, a son and P. P. Doak were named executors.
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Jewell Lewis Dead
A message was received Tuesday from Alberta, Canada announcing the sudden death of Jewell Lewis, a son of
John Lewis, who died a few days ago. Death was due to heart failure. Mr. Lewis was 48 years of age and
formerly lived here. His wife is in Gallatin at the present time, coming here about four months ago to
attend the funeral of her brother, the late Frank McDow. Mrs. Lewis was preparing to start back to Canada
in a few days. The body will be brought back to Gallatin for burial but will not reach here probably
before Monday. The wife and one son survive.
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Rueben Baker Lewis
February 9, 1905
R. B. Lewis Dead
R. B. Lewis, one of the county's prominent school teachers, died yesterday morning at his home north of
town of pneumonia fever. He had been sick only about one week and his death will be a shock to his wide
circle of friends throughout the county.
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Andrew J. Parker
[Andrew J. Parker's mother was Eliza Ann Lewis Parker, the sister of John, Andrew and William Lewis. His
father was James Andrew Parker.]
Andrew J. Parker was the second son of J. M. Parker and Eliza A. Parker. He was born in Daviess County,
Missouri September 7, 1865 and died at the home of his mother near town June 10, 1914 at 2:30 o'clock p.m.
after a brief illness at the age of 48 years 0 months and 3 days. He was one of a family of 7 children, 6
of whom lived to maturity -- one died in infancy. He leaves surviving him a mother, one sister, Mrs. P. P.
Doak of this community, Daniel Parker of Rifle, Colo., Edward Parker and James Parker, both residents of
this county. Andrew was never married. He was a man of good habits, was industrious, frugal, generous. He
was a friend true to all who confided in him. Was always ready to make sacrifices for the aid of his loved
ones but was especially devoted to his aged mother with whom he has lived since the death of his father. Not
being encumbered with a family of his own he believed it to be his special duty to devote his life to her
care and comfort and to that end he was willing to sacrifice his own interests and pleasure. Never was a
boy more devoted to his mother than was "Andy." To him this was the crowning virtue of life. The funeral
services were held at the Methodist Church in Gallatin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 the services
being conducted by Rev. Geo. F. Rixey. A large congregation attended the services, nearly every seat in
the church being occupied. There were numerous beautiful floral offerings. A long funeral cortege
accompanied the remains to Brown Cemetery, where the interment took place.
Submitted by Laura Redford.