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Descendants of Richard R. Lewis

Contributed by Judy Bruckner


Site visitor Judy Bruckner provided the family history below by way of Union Township coordinator Bimmy Urso. It is being posted at this time. Richard R. Lewis and his family settled in Union City, Erie County around 1878. Any questions or comments concerning this family history should be sent directly to Judy Bruckner .


Descendants of Richard R. Lewis

Generation No. 1

1. RICHARD R.2 LEWIS (ROBERT1)1,2,3 was born April 13, 1846 in Dolgelly, Marionethshire, North Wales, and died April 06, 1922 in Ripley, Chautauqua Co., NY. He married ARCISSA MOODY4,5,6 May 01, 1873 in Union City, PA, daughter of PASKELL MOODY and SARAH HARLEY. She was born Abt. 1855 in East Springfield, PA7, and died April 04, 1925 in Ripley, Chautauqua Co., NY.

Notes for RICHARD R. LEWIS:

Richard R. Lewis, Merchant tailor and clothier, of the firm of Lewis & Carol, was born in Dollgelley, the county seat of Merionethshire, North Wales, April 13, 1846, and is a son of Robert and Ann (Jones) Lewis, natives of Wales. He is the third in a family of four children, was reared and educated in his birthplace, and at the early age of 11, began to serve an apprenticeship with his father, who had been a merchant tailor through out his business life. Richard was compelled , as all apprentices are who learn trades in England or Wales, to master it thoroughly before being allowed to engage in it as a journey man. he worked in different places in Wales as a journeyman until 1868,when he came to America and located in Utica, NY. where he worked a short time, and then traveled westward to California, from thence to Mexico and Central America, and returned by vessel to Utica, where he worked as a tailor until September, 1878, when he came to Union City, Pa and was employed by L.J. Treat until 1879. In that year he was engaged by C.W. Dabney, for whom he worked ten years. In 1890 he became a partner in a merchant tailoring and clothing establishment with O.W. Carroll. The business has been successfully conducted by these gentlemen since, and is one of the leading houses in Union City. Mr Lewis is a complete master of his trade, is a first class cutter. Personally he is a gentleman well regarded in the community where he has resided. He is a frequent contributor to THE AMERICAN TAILOR, a leading trade magazine published in New York City. His contributions are usually on the art of cutting. In 1892 he secured letter patent from the United States, Canada and Great Britain for an improved measuring tailoring Square, which is extensively used. Mr. Lewis was united in marriage May 1, 1871, to Miss Narcissa, dau. of P.W. Moody, of Union City. Seven children have been born to this union: Robert, Richard, Ellen, Ruth, Grace, Margaret and Russell. Mr. Lewis is a member of the Masonic Order, the Knights of Honor, and the family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

More About RICHARD R. LEWIS:

Baptism: Bef. 1895, Presbyterian Church, Union City, PA

Census: 1871, London, England8

Religion: Bef. 1895, Presbyterian Church, Union City, PA

More About ARCISSA MOODY:

Baptism: Bef. 1895, Presbyterian Church, Union City, PA

Children of RICHARD LEWIS and ARCISSA MOODY are:

i. ROBERT3 LEWIS9,10, b. January 25, 1874, Union City, PA; d. September 30, 1912, North East, PA.

Baptism: Presbyterian Church, Union City, PA

2. ii. RICHARD JONES LEWIS, b. November 30, 1875, Union City, PA; d. December 28, 1956, Warren, PA.

3. iii. "NELLIE" ELLEN LEWIS, b. January 21, 1878, Union City, Pa; d. November 20, 1965, Windsor, Ohio.

4. iv. RUTHE L. LEWIS, b. April 26, 1880, Union City, PA; d. April 02, 1968, Jamestown, N.Y.

5. v. GRACE LEWIS, b. September 26, 1885, Union City, PA; d. 1917, Erie, Pa.

6. vi. MARGARET LEWIS, b. December 23, 1888, Union City, PA; d. November 14, 1984, Sylvania, Ohio.

7. vii. RUSSELL PASKELL LEWIS, b. January 17, 1893, Union City, PA; d. December 27, 1943, Ripley, Chautauqua Co., NY.

Generation No. 2

2. RICHARD JONES3 LEWIS (RICHARD R.2, ROBERT1)11,12,13 was born November 30, 1875 in Union City, PA, and died December 28, 1956 in Warren, PA. He married CLARA E. SITZLER14 1902. She was born June 22, 1883 in Erie, Pa, and died September 02, 1949 in North East, PA.

More About RICHARD JONES LEWIS: Baptism: Bef. 1895, Presbyterian Church, Union City, PA (photos available)

Children of RICHARD LEWIS and CLARA SITZLER are:

i. RICHARD WILLIAM4 LEWIS14, b. January 26, 1911, Erie, Pa; d. April 02, 1995, Leesburg, FL; m. GRACE ELIZABETH SEXAUER, August 15, 1930; b. September 13, 1915, Erie, Pa; d. October 17, 2001, Inverness, FL.

ii. DOROTHY MARIE LEWIS14, b. April 21, 1903, Erie, Pa; d. March 03, 1987, Erie, Pa; m. JOHN REGRUTH; b. 1899, Erie, Pa; d. August 15, 1929, Erie, Pa.

iii. FLORENCE LEWIS14, b. January 07, 1905, Erie, Pa; d. March 01, 1975, Erie, Pa; m. LYNN CAMP.

iv. JOHN EDWARD LEWIS14, b. July 01, 1914, Erie, Pa; d. August 30, 1956, Erie, Pa; m. GRETCHEN ELSIE MCINTYRE. They would later divorce.

v. HARRY N. LEWIS14, b. November 29, 1917, Erie, Pa; d. February 22, 1997, Lubbock, TX.

vi. GRACE LEWIS14, b. December 19, 1919, Erie, Pa; d. March 11, 1990, Atlantic City, NJ; m. WILBUR C. EHRET.

vii. DONALD G. LEWIS14, b. September 03, 1924, Erie, Pa; d. November 08, 1988; m. RITA BERGER, September 18, 1948.

3. "NELLIE" ELLEN3 LEWIS (RICHARD R.2, ROBERT1)15,16 was born January 21, 1878 in Union City, Pa17, and died November 20, 1965 in Windsor, Ohio18,19. She married (2) LEVI "LEE" SYLVESTER BEARDSLEY20,21, son of MURRAY BEARDSLEY and MILLIE ?. He was born July 14, 1874 in Meadville, Pa, and died July 15, 1946 in Bedford, Northfield, Oh22. She married (3) JOHN H. WEHAGEN23 in Ohio?. (photos available)

Notes for "NELLIE" ELLEN LEWIS:

Feb. 1895, records in the Presbyterian Church of Union City, PA summoned Ellen "Nell" to the "Board" of the Church to answer about her "un-Christian-like" conduct. On the third summons, she appeared and promised to change her conduct, and was reinstated in the Church. This was in reference to the birth of Hazel in November 1894. An interesting note that a young man was also summoned by the church but refused to appear and was removed from the Church. It is not known if this was Hazel's father or not.

More About "NELLIE" ELLEN LEWIS:

Baptism: Presbyterian Church, Union City, PA

Burial: November 23, 1965, Windson Cemetery, Windsor, Ohio24,25

More About LEVI "LEE" SYLVESTER BEARDSLEY:

Burial: July 17, 1946, Milk Ave., Cleveland, Oh

(photos available)

Child of "NELLIE" ELLEN LEWIS is:

i. HAZEL ETTA4 CLETZER, b. November 17, 1894, Northeast, Pa; d. August 26, 1960, Hallandale, Fla; m. GEORGE PULOWSKI.

Child of "NELLIE" LEWIS and LEVI BEARDSLEY is:

ii. RUTH MAUDE4 BEARDSLEY, b. February 24, 1900, Erie, Pennsyvania; d. May 10, 1984, Florida; m. GUSTAV HEINRICH BRUCKNER, Cleveland, Oh; b. June 11, 1888, Waldorf, Germany; d. May 11, 1938, Cleveland, Ohio. (photos available)

4. RUTHE L.3 LEWIS (RICHARD R.2, ROBERT1)26,27 was born April 26, 1880 in Union City, PA, and died April 02, 1968 in Jamestown, N.Y.. She married JUDD ALBERT EBERMAN February 19, 1902 in Erie, Pa. He was born February 06, 1878 in Sandy Lake, Pa, and died October 28, 1949 in Jamestown, N.Y..

More About RUTHE L. LEWIS:

Baptism: Bef. 1895, Presbyterian Church, Union City, PA

Medical Information: She had one of the first mastectomies (probably Buffalo, NY prior to 1927)

Children of RUTHE LEWIS and JUDD EBERMAN are:

i. DOROTHY GRACE4 EBERMAN28, b. April 30, 1903, Jamestown, N.Y.; d. August 25, 1984, San Rafael, CA28; m. VICTOR DOWNER SWANSON28, August 30, 1924, Jamestown, NY28; b. September 10, 1903; d. November 14, 1982, California28.

ii. LEWIS JUDD EBERMAN, b. December 28, 1909, Jamestown, N.Y.; d. March 1986; m. (1) MARCELLS EDSON; m. (2) THELMA ?. Divorced first wife.

iii. VIRGINIA EBERMAN, b. 1919, Jamestown, N.Y.; d. 1938. Cause of Death: Auto Accident

5. GRACE3 LEWIS (RICHARD R.2, ROBERT1)28,29 was born September 26, 1885 in Union City, PA, and died 1917 in Erie, Pa. She married HARRY D. SECHRIST30 November 07, 1904.

Children of GRACE LEWIS and HARRY SECHRIST are:

i. PHILLIP4 SECHRIST30.

ii. WASSON SECHRIST30.

iii. RUSSELL SECHRIST30.

6. MARGARET3 LEWIS (RICHARD R.2, ROBERT1)30,31 was born December 23, 1888 in Union City, PA, and died November 14, 1984 in Sylvania, Ohio. She married RICHARD "DICK" LEROUX32 June 16, 1910. He was born February 19, 1887, and died December 10, 1987 in Toledo, Ohio.

Notes for RICHARD "DICK" LEROUX: Not sure which name is correct.

Children of MARGARET LEWIS and RICHARD LEROUX are:

i. ROBERT C.4 LEROUX32, b. November 04, 1911, Toledo, Ohio; d. December 17, 1998, Toledo, Ohio; He married but not sure if she is still living.

ii. WILLIAM VINCENT LEROUX32, b. May 05, 1920, Toledo, Ohio; d. July 15, 1984, Toledo, Ohio;

He married but not sure if she is still living.

iii. Living LEROUX32, b. 1929.

7. RUSSELL PASKELL3 LEWIS (RICHARD R.2, ROBERT1)32,33 was born January 17, 1893 in Union City, PA, and died December 27, 1943 in Ripley, Chautauqua Co., NY. He married BERTHA ETHEL BRUMAGIN34 December 25, 1918. She was born February 01, 1896 in Westfield, NY, and died May 16, 1981 in Erie, Pa.

More About RUSSELL PASKELL LEWIS:Burial: December 30, 1943, East Ripley Cemetery35

More About BERTHA ETHEL BRUMAGIN:Burial: East Ripley Cemetery ?36 (photos available)

Children of RUSSELL LEWIS and BERTHA BRUMAGIN are:

i. EDGAR RUSSELL4 LEWIS37, b. April 16, 1920; d. March 02, 1965, Erie, Pa; m. MARY YOUNG37; b. March 21, 1925; d. November 29, 1944. Burial: East Ripley Cemetery, Ripley NY38,39

ii. FREDERICK JAMES LEWIS40, b. September 26, 1922; d. October 21, 1979, Angiers, Ontario, Canada; m. PRISCILLA AVERILL40, October 18, 1944; b. June 22, 1920; d. January 26, 1992, Westfield, NY.

Endnotes

1. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

2. 1880 Census, History Film: 1255129; Page: 241A; Enumeration District: 173; Image: 0053.Lewis, Richard R. age 34, occ. Taylor, b. Wales; Ararisa, age 24, b. PA parent NY and Indiana(?), Robt. age 6 son; Richard, age 4, Son; Nellie, age 2 dau.

3. Lewis, Richard R. Biography, ( Nelson's Biographical Dictionary), p.p.866.

4. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

5. 1880 Census, History Film: 1255129; Page: 241A; Enumeration District: 173; Image: 0053.Lewis, Richard R. age 34, occ. Taylor, b. Wales; Ararisa, age 24, b. PA parent NY and Indiana(?), Robt. age 6 son; Richard, age 4, Son; Nellie, age 2 dau.

6. Lewis, Richard R. Biography, ( Nelson's Biographical Dictionary), Lists her parents, date of marriage and list of children.

7. 1870 Census, p.p. 18, Based on information given in census.

8. 1871 Census, Richard Lewis age 25, born Merionethshire, Wales, Lodger of Thomas Jenthius, parish Islington St Mary, London, Occ. Joiner,.

9. 1880 Census, History Film: 1255129; Page: 241A; Enumeration District: 173; Image: 0053.Lewis, Richard R. age 34, occ. Taylor, b. Wales; Ararisa, age 24, b. PA parent NY and Indiana(?), Robt. age 6 son; Richard, age 4, Son; Nellie, age 2 dau.

10. Lewis, Richard R. Biography, (Nelson's Biographical Dictionary), Lists as child of Richard and Narcissa.

11. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

12. 1880 Census, History Film: 1255129; Page: 241A; Enumeration District: 173; Image: 0053.Lewis, Richard R. age 34, occ. Taylor, b. Wales; Ararisa, age 24, b. PA parent NY and Indiana(?), Robt. age 6 son; Richard, age 4, Son; Nellie, age 2 dau.

13. Lewis, Richard R. Biography, (Nelson's Biographical Dictionary), Lists as child of Richard and Narcissa.

14. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

15. 1880 Census, History Film: 1255129; Page: 241A; Enumeration District: 173; Image: 0053.Lewis, Richard R. age 34, occ. Taylor, b. Wales; Ararisa, age 24, b. PA parent NY and Indiana(?), Robt. age 6 son; Richard, age 4, Son; Nellie, age 2 dau.

16. Lewis, Richard R. Biography, (Nelson's Biographical Dictionary), Lists as child "Ellen" of Richard and Narcissa.

17. Freay Funeral home, Lewis, Nellie - Memorial Book.

18.  Harold L. Freay, Freay Funeral Home.

19. Freay Funeral home, Lewis, Nellie - Memorial Book.

20. The Two-Minute Trotter, p.p. 52, "....toe of his shoe) and with two small groves there, one deeper and broader than the other, which feature was the inventions of Lee Beardsley, the smith who shod him thoughout the season, and the same man who used to shoe Cresceus 2:02 1/4. This double groove helped to give him a foothold without retarding him, ...."This article is an excerp talking about Uhlan, a Famous Trotter.

21. Family Bible, Listed in family bible owned by Emily, d/o Jonathan and Hannah Beardsley. Murray, Lee , Sadie and Maude are all mentioned in the Bible.

22. Obit, p.p. 19, Cleveland Press, July 16, 1946 - Lee Beardsley Dies, Shod horses 40 years.Lee Beardsley, who began shoeing race horses in the lavender-and-lace era of the Glenville race track and was on the job at North Randall this summer, died yesterday at his home in Chester Rd., Northfield. He had observed his 71st birthday on the day before his death. The veteran smithy was the grand old man of horse racing in Cleveland and he had sent champion after champion from his forge onto the racing ovals in and newar Cleveland for more than 40 years. A blacksmith and horseshoer for more than 50 years, he has been in good health throughout the summer and worked at Randall during the recent meeting there. Last week, after the summer meeting had ended, he went to the track daily and took orders for horseshoes which he made in the little shop behind his home. Mr. Beardsley learned his trade as a youngster and became a specialist in horseshoe forging in the days of the old Glenville track when world records were broken there by horses he shod. He went to North Randall whe that Grand Circuit track opened in 1908 and shod the first horse to step into the oval. Among the harness racing ina-mortals he shod were Single G., Uhlan, Lee Axworthy, Arion Guy, Peter Manning and Billy Direct. His little shop was for years the gathering place of horseman who through his memories lived again with great races and famous horses. He is survived by his wife, Mary Bearsley; his daughter Mrs. Ruth Bruckner, and four grandchildren. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Johnson Funeral Home in Bedford.

23. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

24. Harold L. Freay, Freay Funeral Home, Notes were she is buried.

25. Freay Funeral home, Lewis, Nellie - Memorial Book.

26. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

27. Lewis, Richard R. Biography, (Nelson's Biographical Dictionary), Lists as child of Richard and Narcissa.

28. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

29. Lewis, Richard R. Biography, (Nelson's Biographical Dictionary), Lists as child of Richard and Narcissa.

30. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

31. Lewis, Richard R. Biography, (Nelson's Biographical Dictionary), Lists as child of Richard and Narcissa.

32. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

33. Lewis, Richard R. Biography, (Nelson's Biographical Dictionary), Lists as child of Richard and Narcissa.

34. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

35. Cemetery information, East Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, NY lot 27E.

36. Cemetery information, East Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, NY lot 27E There is a place for her, the last two digits of death are not marked. Could be at time this was taken she was not yet dead.

37. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

38. Family Bible.

39. Cemetery information, East Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, NY - lot 27E.

40. Audrey Jean Lewis Rudenski Cannelongo, Lewis, Richard Research, 2004.

 


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