W. B. Lewis


W. B. LEWIS
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W. B. LEWIS, was born June 11, 1833, the son of Job and Margaret (Jacobs) Lewis. The father was born in 1806, in Buffalo township, Brooke county, W. Va., and was a prominent farmer of that section of the state up to his death, April 23, 1883. The mother was born in the same place in the year 1815, and died January 16, 1890. The paternal grandparents were Job and Eliza (Miller) Lewis, both natives of Maryland and the maternal grandparents were Benjamin and Eliza (Austler) Jacobs, also natives of Maryland. They came to West Virginia at a very early date. W. B. Lewis was educated in the common schools, and at the high school at Wellsburg. In the latter institution he was distinguished by receiving a first prize for preeminence in scholarship. After leaving school Mr. Lewis returned to the paternal farm and was engaged in agriculture until about 1873, when he turned his attention to milling. He purchased the "Old Marshall Mill" from his father, and operated it until 1888, when it was rendered unfit for further service by the destructive flood of that year, the dam which is situated on Buffalo creek, having been totally destroyed. This mill is over one hundred years old, and many interesting anecdotes are connected with it. The mill was owned by Col. Marshall at the time of the famous Whiskey insurrection, he took an active part in this rebellion, having been engaged in smugling whiskey. He lay hidden for some time under a large rock which still lies on the hill near the old mill. Mr. Lewis has several very interesting old relics in his possession, among which are an old fashioned hand made wheat shovel, a hand made spade, and besides many other things which are valuable on account of their antiquity, they all being considerably over a hundred years old. The residence which Mr. Lewis occupies is one of the old land marks of the county. It was originally built for a church and was for many years used for this purpose. January 24, 1882, Jennie A. Scott, daughter of John and Anne (Hagerty) Scott, became his wife. She was born December 21, 1855 in Washington county, Penn. Job H. and Anna M. are the fruit of this union. Mrs. Lewis is a consistent member of the Presbyterian church of Wellsburg, and Mr. Lewis is a staunch democrat.





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