James Robert Thompson Lewis

#58, (7 October 1861 - 27 February 1938)
RelationshipFather of William David Lewis
Father*Thompson Price Lewis1 (1840 - 1922)
Mother*Elizabeth Jane Green1 (1844 - 1922)

Family 1

Luella Wade b. 1863, d. 1887
Children 1.Ethel Lewis+ (1884 - 1963)
 2.Stella Lewis (1886 - 1886)

Family 2

Edith Dona Reed b. 1868, d. 1933
Children 1.William David Lewis+ (1889 - 1966)
 2.John Thompson Lewis (1891 - 1977)
 3.Jennie Lewis (1892 - 1895)
 4.James Herschel Lewis+ (1894 - 1969)
 5.Edith Dona Lewis+ (1896 - 1939)
 6.Eva Belle Lewis+ (1898 - 1989)
Birth*7 October 1861He was born on 7 October 1861 at Marrs Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; (www.lawrencefamhis.com has 10 Jul 1861.)2 
23 June 1870He appeared on the census of 23 June 1870 in the household of Thompson Price Lewis and Elizabeth Jane Green at Marrs Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG, age 8.3
24 June 1880He appeared on the census of 24 June 1880 in the household of Thompson Price Lewis and Elizabeth Jane Green at Marrs Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG, age 18.4
Marriage*20 December 1883He married Luella Wade, daughter of Thomas S. Wade and Martha Overton, on 20 December 1883 at Posey Co., IndianaG.5 
20 June 1887Wife Luella died on 20 June 1887.6 
Marriage*15 March 1888He married Edith Dona Reed, daughter of John Harvey Reed Jr and Jane Ann Johnson, on 15 March 1888 at Reed residence, Akin, Franklin Co., IllinoisG; Edith Dona and James were half-first cousins - Edith Dona was the gr. Dau. of Mary Morris by her first husband, James a gr. son by her second husband.7,8,9,10 
18 June 1900He and Edith Dona Reed appeared on the census of 18 June 1900 at Marrs Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; neis. Nathaniel Lewis and Thompson P Lewis.11
19 April 1910He and Edith Dona Reed appeared on the census of 19 April 1910 at Marrs Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; (nei. brother Edward.)12
3 September 1919In Thompson Price Lewis's will dated 3 September 1919, James Robert Thompson Lewis was named as co-executor.13
7 January 1920He and Edith Dona Reed appeared on the census of 7 January 1920 at Marrs Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; Herschel Lewis and Ellsworth Lewis on same sheet.14
7 April 1930He and Edith Dona Reed appeared on the census of 7 April 1930 at Caborn Road, Marrs Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; nei. Elwood Lewis in hh of Louis and Frieda Wade as a servant.15 
Death*27 February 1938He died on 27 February 1938 at age 76; Feb 21 1938 per www.lawrencefamhis.com. 
Burial*28 February 1938He was buried on 28 February 1938 at Calvin Cemetery, Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; estimated date.16 
Entry in History of Posey County.17
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S46] John C. Leffel, History of Posey County (Leffel) (Chicago IL: Standard Publishing Company, 1913), p. 339.
  2. [S46] John C. Leffel, History of Posey Co. (Leffel), p. 327.
  3. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Thompson P (29); Elizabeth (26).
  4. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census. Thompson (40), b. and mother b. IN, father b. KY; Elisabeth (38), b. IL, parents b. VA.
  5. [S30] Indiana Marriages 1780-1992 [index], online FamilySearch.org, James R Lewis, age 23, b. 1860, parents Thompson P. Lewis and Elizabeth Green, marr. Luella Wade, age 20, b. 1863, parents Thomas S. Wade and Martha Overton, 20 Dec 1883, Posey Co. Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00297-3; System Origin: Indiana-EASy; GS Film number: 549434; Reference ID: 70.
  6. [S1628] FindAGrave.com, online findagrave.com, no photo or source. Narrative: Luella Lewis, b. Mar. 11, 1853, d. Jun. 20, 1887. "Indiana source book has listed birth as 1863; w/o James R Lewis; no headstone photo to verify dates"; bur. Calvin Cemetery, Posey Co. IN. Memorial 59747442, created by Have Paws will travel.
  7. [S763] Illinois Marriage License No. 1838 issued to James Robert Thompson Lewis and Edith Dona Reed, photocopy of license and event: No. 1838; license to J. R. Lewis of Posey Co. IN (age 26) and Donnia Reed of Akin Franklin Co. IL (age 19), issued by J. P. Harrison, county clerk, Benton, 13 Mar 1888; marr. performed by J. R. Miller, Minister of the Gospel, at bride's father's 15 Mar 2013, uniting Doni Reed and J. R. Lewis. Photocopy from Dave Dobill, Franklin Co. Clerk and Recorder, Jan 2012.
  8. [S689] Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online http://cyberdriveillinois.com/, two entries for Franklin Co., 15 Mar 1888: J R Lewis and Donna Reed, vol. 00D, p. 295; James R Lewis and Dovie Reed, vol. 001, p. 146.
  9. [S47] Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900, online Ancestry.com, Name: James R. Lewis; Spouse Name: Edith Domie Reed; Marriage Date: Mar 15, 1888; Marriage County: Franklin; Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 1005304 - 1005310.
  10. [S46] John C. Leffel, History of Posey Co. (Leffel), p. 327: "married Miss Edith Donna Reed, daughter of John H. and Jane A. (Johnson) Reed, of Akin, Ill."
  11. [S5] 1900 U.S. Federal Census. James (31), b. Oct 1862, farmer; Donie (31), b. Oct 1868, 6 children, 5 living; m. 12 yrs.
  12. [S8] 1910 U.S. Federal Census. James R (49), farmer; "Donie E" (42), 6 children, 5 living; m. 20 yrs.
  13. [S1434] Posey County Record of Wills, 1816-1923, index and images, online Ancestry.com, Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999, Will Records Vol. 3-4, 1904-1923, p.491, img. 362/413. Names wife Elizabet J sole heir; names as executors Jacob M Harlem, Miles Thomas and James Lewis; witnesses Wm. Espenschied and Daisy L Maulding; signed 3 Sep 1919.
  14. [S11] 1920 U.S. Federal Census. James (58), farmer; Edith D (51).
  15. [S7] 1930 U.S. Federal Census. James R (68), m. at 27, farmer; Edith D (61), m. at 19.
  16. [S49] Calvin (aka Colvin, Crunk) Cemetery, Posey Co. IN [Findagrave], online findagrave.com, see exhibit, grave marker.
  17. [S46] John C. Leffel, History of Posey Co. (Leffel), pp. 327-328.
    James Robert Lewis, a farmer of Marrs township, Posey county, Indiana, was born in that locality October 7, 1861 (see sketch of Thompson Price Lewis). He was educated in the public schools of his native township and worked on his father's farm until the age of twenty-one, when he began farming for himself. In politics Mr. Lewis is a Democrat and in the past ten years he has been several times deputy assessor of Marrs township and has also been bailiff of the Posey county court several times.
    Mr. Lewis has been married twice. He first married Miss Ella Wade, in 1882. She was born March 11, 1863, in Harmony township, Posey county, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Wade, both deceased, and died June 20, 1887. She became the mother of two children: Ethel, born December 17, 1884, now the wife of John Derrington, a farmer of Black township, Posey county; and Stella, born August 15, 1886, died December 23, 1886.
    On March 15, 1888, our subject married Miss Edith Donna Reed, daughter of John H. and Jane A. (Johnson) Reed, of Akin, Ill. Mr. Reed was born April 22, 1838, in Virginia, and his wife on February 22, 1841, in Blairsville, Ind. They were married November 24, 1858, and had nine children: Marinda L., born January 21. 1860, died September 5, 1894; Malissa Ellen, born April 17, 1862, died July 4, 1863; Mary Etta, born June 8, 1864. now the wife of Robert S. Lawrence, a farmer of Marrs township ; Marcus D., born August 26, 1866; Edith D., born October 20, 1868; Martha Ona, born October 25, 1870, now the wife of Wesley Crumens, of Illinois ; Ada Gertrude, born May I, 1872, died February 3, 1885; Perry Paul, born July 7, 1874, now a farmer in Illinois, and James Harvey, born April 6, 1880.
    By his second wife Mr. Lewis had three sons and three daughters : William David, born September 19, 1889, was married to Miss Minnie Conley, daughter of William and Eliza Conley, March 25, 1909; she was born May 16, 1889, in Polk county, Illinois, and became the mother of two children. Arvale Lee, born August 23, 1910, and Fred Leroy, born November 30, 1912; John Thomson Lewis, born September 20, 1891 ; James Herschel, born November 17, 1895; Jennie, born December 24, 1892, died August 5, 1895; Edith Donna, born July 30, 1896; Eva Belle, born April 11, 1898, who had the honor in 1913 of being elected delegate from Posey county, in the contest conducted by the Evansville "Courier," to go to Washington for the inauguration of President Wilson. Mr. Lewis is one of Posey county's substantial citizens. He and his family are members of the General Baptist church.