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Joseph Lewis, Jr

Birthplace: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Dingle, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
Place of Burial: Dingle, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Lewis, Sr and Eliza Lewis
Husband of Mary Ann Lewis
Father of Lucy Blanche LEWIS; Rosina Margaret Sparks; Edith Mary Quayle; Lillian Gertrude Dayton; Joseph Benjamin Lewis and 2 others
Brother of Benjamin Charles Lewis; Walter Henry Lewis; Fredrick Charles Lewis and Samuel Wilford Lewis
Half brother of Eliza Ann Shepherd; John David Lewis and Samuel Wilford Lewis

Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Joseph Lewis, Jr

James G. Willie Company (1856), Age 9

JOSEPH LEWIS; Few men of all the region called the intermountain section of the Great West have witnessed more varying changes of life, experienced more thrilling experiences, or have been connected with so many varieties of existence, than the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this article. Joseph Lewis was born in Bristol, England, in July 1847, a son of Joseph and Eliza (Heath) Lewis, his maternal grandfather being in the British naval service and serving as a mariner under Admiral Nelson at the world-renowned battles of the Nile and Trafalgar Bay and also under the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo; a maternal uncle, William Heath, was on service first in Ireland, and later in India as a member of the British army. The father of our subject was a skilled shoemaker in his native land, but, joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he came to America, and was a member of the first handcart company crossing the plains, in 1856, his son, Joseph, then but nine years of age, assisting him in pulling his handcart from Iowa City to Florence, Neb. On account of sickness the family remained at Council Bluffs, continuing their western journey later to Utah, the father taking up his residence in Salt Lake City in 1861, and coming to Paris, Idaho, with his family, as one of the pioneer settlers of the county, in 1863, thereafter engaging in farming and stockraising, his death occurring on March 20, 1900. Joseph Lewis of this review was but fourteen years of age when the tocsin of war sounded through the land and the President called for loyal defenders of the Union cause. Filled with a desire to serve his adopted country, in July, 1861, young Lewis relinquished his studies at Council Bluffs, Iowa, and accompanied the Second Iowa Battery of Light Artillery to the front and was identified thereafter with its eventful history, enlisting as soon as he was of sufficient age as a soldier in its ranks, on March 26, 1864, and following the fortunes of that organization on many a hard-fought field of battle, serving under Generals McArthur, Canby and A. J. Smith, and participating in the battles and many other engagements sharply contested, and two of historic importance, Tupelo, Miss., and Nashville, Tenn. Before he enlisted in the battery Mr. Lewis was engaged with the company to which he had attached himself at the capture of New Madrid and Island No. 10, and also in two skirmishes, one on May 9, 1862, the other on May 28, 1862, both being near Farmington, Miss. He was also active in the operations connected with the siege of Corinth, the battle of Luka and the second battle of Corinth, being then under the command of Gen. W. S. Rosecrans. After the retreat of the Confederate generals Price and Van Doran, whom the Federals followed to Ripley, Miss., Mr. Lewis accompanied the expedition under General Grant's command, when he first attempted to invest Vicksburg and had his supplies burned at Holly Springs, Mr. Lewis going as far south as Oxford, Miss. He then returned to Corinth and stopped with Gen. Granville M. Dodge at his headquarters, being then engaged in selling newspapers to the soldiers, the battery having gone into winter quarters at Germantown, Tenn., on the line of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. The battery was engaged in the siege of Vicksburg, losing heavily in the assault on the works on May 23, 1863. During the attack the guns were pulled by hand to the front by an Illinois regiment in order to cover the storming party. They were also in the battle of Jackson, Miss., attached to Gen. F. P. Blair's division of the Fifteenth Army Corps under Gen. W. T. Sherman, commanding officer. Mr. Lewis was not with the battery in these engagements. The next summer, that of 1863, Mr. Lewis carried newspapers for a dealer named Hobbs from Memphis to Vicksburg, on steamers running between these cities after the fall of Vicksburg, also selling papers to Gen. Sherman's army encamped along the Big Blake River in the rear of Vicksburg. Here he again joined the battery, which he accompanied to Canton, Miss., with supplies for Sherman's army, then on its return from Meriden, Miss., being at that time under command of Gen. Tuttle, of Iowa. He was with the battery near Memphis, Tenn., in 1864, and in the command that, in that year, went to the relief of Gen. Sturgis after his defeat by the Confederate general, Forrest, whom Mr. Lewis's command afterward met and defeated near Tupelo after two days of hard fighting. In this engagement Mr. Lewis cut fuse and carried ammunition from the limber chest to the guns. Throughout the entire war this battery never lost a gun, but wore out an entire set, drawing new ones. It was one of the marked organizations of the service, belonging to the famous Second Brigade, at one time commanded by Joseph A. Mower, afterwards a corps commander. The battery was first under command of Captain Spoor, who resigned and was succeeded by First Lieutenant J. R. Reed, now a judge of the United States court of claims. This brigade was originally composed of the famous Eighth Wisconsin, which carried the old War Eagle, "Old Abe," through the war, the Twenty-sixth and Forty-seventh Illinois, the Eleventh Missouri, and the Fifth Minnesota. The Twenty-sixth Illinois was later segregated, its place being filled by a Minnesota regiment. After a service of constant activity, on August 7, 1865, Mr. Lewis was honorably mustered out of the service at Davenport, Iowa. Engaged in teaming operations from Omaha to Denver in the fall of 1865, attending, school during the winter of 1865, in 1866 Mr. Lewis crossed the plains to Montana, taking the Bozeman cutoff, and was connected with mining operations in that territory until 1867, when he went to Salmon River, soon going to the Big Hole Basin and from there to Philipsburg, Mont., where he was employed in the quartz mill of the St. Louis and Montana Co., thereafter for three years giving his attention to the development of his mining claim on Henderson Creek, Mont., after which time he returned to Council Bluffs. His next occupation was in the employ of a contractor on the B. & M. Railroad between Fort Kearney and Plattsmouth, Neb., constructing depots and other buildings, continuing to be thus employed until 1874, prosperity attending his endeavors, and for eight months thereafter the Omaha Transfer Co. secured his services. Coming to Bear Lake county in 1874, he located on the site of his present ranch, engaging in the raising of stock and in the development of his estate, which now consists of 202 acres under a fine state of improvement, his earnest and persevering endeavors developing an attractive and a fertile farm, with a substantial and commodious residence, barns, sheds, corrals and all the necessary accessories for the pursuit of his branches of husbandry. Ever taking an intelligent and advanced position in all matters tending to the benefit and improvement of the community, from the first he was a leader in irrigation and canal movements, and is now a large stockholder in the Pegleg Island Canal Co. His capability for the successful discharge of the duties connected with public office early met due recognition, and he has creditably served several terms as a justice of the peace, also in numerous minor offices, while his services were called for as a postmaster of Dingle, which he held for over four years, his administration of that office, like that of all others he has held, demonstrating his complete fitness for the place. He has ever taken great interest in educational matters, was one of the pioneer educators of Bear Lake County, being a popular and efficient teacher of the Paris schools in 1875,On March 4, 1875, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Lewis and Miss Mary Ann Nate, a daughter of Samson and Mary (Cottrell) Nate, and for ancestral history and other data of the family the reader is referred to the sketch of Mr. Nate appearing on other pages of this work. The family of Mr. Lewis embraces seven children, whose names and births we here record: Amelia, born February 27. 1876; Mary E., born October 20, 1877; Lillian G., October 31, 1879; Joseph B., born July 7, 1881; Sarah E., born November 3, 1883; Thomas G., born November 5, 1886; Lucy B., born February 19, 1889. Mr. Lewis is one of the most active, persevering and progressive citizens of his section of the state. He is possessed of broad views a genial disposition, an integrity of thought and purpose, an industry and a grasp of financial principles that have brought him a competence of material prosperity, and his home is noted as one of the good old places where Western hospitality is a part of the every-day life.

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Joseph Lewis, Jr's Timeline

July 6, 1847
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
June 19, 1870
Age 22
October 20, 1877
Age 30
October 30, 1879
Age 32
July 7, 1881
Age 34
Dingle, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
November 3, 1883
Age 36
Paris, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
November 5, 1886
Age 39
Dingle, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
Age 41
Dingle, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
May 20, 1912
Age 64
Dingle, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States