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John Moss Lewis

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Franklin, Simpson, KY, United States
Death: May 5, 1894 (65)
Mesa, Maricopa, AZ, United States
Place of Burial: Mesa, Maricopa, AZ, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Franklin Lewis and Johannah Lewis
Husband of Martha Jane Crismon; Martha Jane Lewis (Crismon) and Sarah Lewis
Father of Clara Jane Lewis; Mary Johannah Hobson (Lewis); Charles Benjamin Lewis; Clara Jane Lewis; Ida Francis Blair and 10 others
Brother of Mary Frances Lewis; William Crawford Lewis; Martha Ann Bingham; Sarah Elizabeth Davis and Rebecca Jane Lewis
Half brother of Elizabeth Lewis

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About John Moss Lewis

Biographical Summary:

"...John Moss Lewis, born in Franklin, Simpson, Kentucky, 16 February 1829; died in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, 5 August 1894.

John M. arrived in Salt Lake with the Brigham Young company 24 July 1847. He married in Salt Lake, 10 August 1848, Martha Jane Crimson, daughter of Charles and Mary (Hill) Crimson of Simpson County, Kentucky, born in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, 8 September 1831, died in Mesa, 13 December 1919.

Children: Martha Joannah Lewis, born in San Bernardino, California, 15 October 1851, died in Mesa, 20 February 1920, married 27 September 1869, Jesse Daugherty Hobson; Charles Benjamin Lewis, born in San Bernardino, 15 August 1853, died 23 November 1922, married Libbey (Elizabeth) Carpin (or Corpin); Clara Jane Lewis, born in San Bernardino, 24 November 1855, died in Mesa, 4 February 1908, married in Coalville, Summit, Utah, 7 June 1874, Charles Peterson; Ida Frances Lewis, born in San Bernardino, 24 June 1857, died 17 May 1901, married Harve Blair; John Franklin Lewis, born in Salt Lake, 18 May 1861, died 31 July 1933, married (1) 25 April 1889, Eliza Morris, and (2) 8 October 1895, Sina Flora Pearce; Emily Ann Lewis, born in Salt Lake 12 January 1863, died 20 March 1873; George William Lewis, born in Paris, Idaho, 29 October 1865, died 20 October 1933, apparently from an self-inflicted gunshot wound; married Olena Dorthea Kemp (or Kempe); Walter Beers Lewis, born in Paris, 21 November 1866, died in Mesa, 17 April 1953 married (1) in Salt Lake, 24 October 1894, Fannie Ball Holly (or Hawley) and (2) in Colonia Juarez, Mexico, 17 May 1902, Esther Delcina Wilson; Henry Mahalen (or Malin) Lewis, born in Richmond, 8 Feburary 1869, died 3 June 1914, married Rose Ingram; Leonard Ryan Lewis, born in Coalville, 6 November 1870, died in Pasadena, California, 28 January 1957, married Alice Ingram (or Alice Beatrice Hurst) [See Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah: Genealogies and Biographies].

John M. is also said to have married Sarah Wilde (2 June 1873), and --- Staley (also 1873).

The family helped colonize Idaho’s Bear Lake region sometime before 1865, but subsequently moved to Richmond and Coalville, Utah, and finally, in 1879, to Arizona, where it helped settle the Salt River Valley..."



John Moss Lewis & Martha Jane Chrisman History

"...John Moss Lewis was born in Simpson County, Kentucky, Feb. 16, 1829 and died in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona. He is the son of Benjamin Lewis and Joannah Ryan, and both died before the exodus of the saints from Nauvoo, leaving four other sisters and brothers orphans and alone in the world. The Lord has been mindful of us and sent Uncle Beason and Aunt Betsy to care for us—we endured all the hardships of the Mormon people during their sufferings as they left loved homes and all they had and faced the trek westward.

Walter Beers says, "When the Mormon Battalion was organized, my father, John Lewis was among the first to volunteer, but his Uncle Beason objected claiming that he could not continue the journey without my father’s help, so Brigham Young had father released, and he continued on and landed in Salt Lake City with the company in 1847.

My mother, Marthy Jane Crisman Lewis, as a child passed through the hardships with her family and other saints. When she was seven years old her father was very sick, and given up by the doctor, and she testifies that he was healed by the power and administration of the Elders to the converting of her mother to the truthfulness of the Gospel as taught by the Latter-day Saints. After the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, she testified that she saw the mantle of Joseph fall on Brigham Young, to the convincing of the Saints there assembled that Brigham Young was the true successor of Joseph Smith. She testifies to the goodness of the Lord in sending the quail to the camp of the Saints when they were camped on the banks of the Mississippi River after being driven from their homes in Nauvoo. She also told of hearing the people speak in tongues and saw many miracles performed through faith and the power of the priesthood. She saw the mob returning from Carthage after they had killed the Prophet Joseph and his brother, Hyrum, and heard them boast that there would be no more Mormon Church as the Prophet had been killed. She emigrated with her father’s family being the oldest child, and arrived in Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

My father and mother were married by Jeddiah Grant in Salt Lake City, August 10, 1848, and lived there until the 13th of April 1849. They moved to California with the Crismons and other families arriving in Sacramento the same year. There was only one house and a few tents at that time. They later moved to what was known as Mormon Bar, on the north fork of the American River, where they washed out gold to their satisfaction. Father said he could wash out as much as $100.00 a day with a miner‘s gold pan. One time as father was carrying a large amount of gold on horseback he was waylaid by two robbers and when they tried to stop him he fired at them leaning over on the side of his horse and escaped without injury, but his hand was punctured by one of the several shots fired at him. The Crisman and the Lewis families later moved to San Francisco where they met the saints who came around Cape Horn on the old ship Brooklin. Among them was George W. Sirrine who married my mother’s sister, Ann Crisman and later two families moved to southern California, and assisted building up San Bernadino. Here the first four children of the John M. Lewis family were born: Mary Joannah, Charles Benjamin, Clara Jane and Ida Frances.

When the saints were called by Brigham Young, at the time Johnston’s army was marching into Utah, the Lewis, Crisman and Sirrine families moved back to Salt Lake City. There, John Franklin and Emley Ann were born. They then moved to Paris, Berkley, Idaho, where Henry Malin was born. The next move to Coalsville, where Leonard Ryan, Dudley Sanford and Marthy Jane were born.

In 1873 my father married a second wife, Mrs. John Staley, a widow, to them was born, Eva May. The second wife died while they were on their way to Arizona, November 1878. Eva May, was raised by my mother, but four other children by her former husband, was raised by their grandmother.

My father came on the train, via California, being more than a week on the way, he got a ride with a freighter from Maricopa to Tempe, where he met William Newell, who gave him a ride to Mesa. He arrived there May 1879, meeting many old time friends and neighbors from California, Utah, and Idaho. He fit in nicely in developing the Mesa District. He was Sanjaro and Labor Foreman on the Mesa Canal, and for a long time was the director as well as being head of the school board. He assisted in establishing a good school system. He assisted with church and other activities and when the Maricopa Stake was organized he was put in a member of the High Council.

Father was always kind and considerate of the stranger as well as the Protestant preachers, who traveled through the country at that time. He ministered to the needy and fed the hungry.

The family lived in Mesa the first year then moved out one mile east to the southwest corner of the town. There homesteaded one half section of land, being the last house on the desert and on the main road to Pinal, Silver King, Florence and Tucson.

The family spread out until they were the largest farmers and cattle raisers in the district. The Lewis home was the place for the traveler, and such men as Mat Cavanas, Jack Frazer and old man Reeves, the hermit, and many other old-timers found a haven of rest and plenty of food and good beds to rest in.

Mother was a good cook-- she had something ready to eat at any time of the day or night, even in the hard times of pioneer days, made butter to sell. Her cupboards consisted of the wet ground, with pans turned over wet pans that were filled with milk and then wet sacks put over the top and kept wet day and night. The butter was put in cans and hauled to the market by Hyrum Norris Sr. and others. It was wrapped in wet sacks while being hauled to the mining camps and other places.

For many years the Lewis family lived in the United Order, everything was had in common, until the boys were ready to marry, then things were different, and each started out alone. The old homestead and other lands were divided as well as the horses and cattle. And thus the Lewis family spread in all directions and they can boast of a great posterity from their 12 children..."

SOURCE: Walter Beers Lewis; John Moss Lewis & Martha Jane Chrisman History.


" In the matter of the estate of John Moss Lewis letters testamentory were issued yesterday to Martha Lewis.

SOURCE: Arizona Republican, The (Phoenix, Arizona Newspaper) June 19, 1894.

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John Moss Lewis's Timeline

February 16, 1829
Franklin, Simpson, KY, United States
August 5, 1838
Age 9
August 1838
Age 9
October 15, 1851
Age 22
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, United States
August 15, 1853
Age 24
San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, United States
November 24, 1855
Age 26
San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States