Biography of Benjamin Lewis
Madison County, NY Biographies





Lewis, Benjamin, the ancestor in America of the Lewis family, came from Dedham, England, and settled in Wallingford, Mass., where he was one of forty freeholders to settle that historic town. In 1687 he removed to Stratford, Conn. Judson Lewis, the pioneer of one of the most respected families in this town, was the son of John, the grandson of James, and the great grandson of Benjamin Lewis, the American colonist. Judson Lewis purchased a farm on Stratford street in Madison in 1798, but had previously lived in the town and worked on the land now owned by Le Roy Curtis. The children of Judson were Charles, Isaac, Silas, Whiting J., William, Catherine, Betsey, and perhaps one or two others whose names are now lost. William Lewis was one of the best representatives of the family in the town, and at one time owned the tract of land where Solsville is now built and kept a hotel there. He died about 1870. His wife was Atlanta Curtis, daughter of pioneer Samuel Curtis. Their children were Alonzo, Alfred, John H., Amanda, Jerome and Imogene, all of whom grew to maturity and were useful persons in some walk of life. John H. Lewis was a successful farmer, a strong Whig and Republican and an active man in town affairs. His wife was Sarah Washburn, by whom he had four children: Layton D., Ellen D., William B. and Edith I. Of these only Layton D. and William B. are now living. Layton D. lived on the old home farm until about 1870, when he started out for himself. He worked at farming six years, then came to Solsville and conducted the hotel several years. In 1892 he engaged in mercantile business and is now one of the village merchants. He was postmaster from 1894 to 1898, and unlike the other members of the Lewis family, is a Democrat in politics. His wife was Mary J., daughter of Rodney Bridge, former proprietor of the Solsville Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have two children. William B. Lewis was born on the farm where he now lives, August 27, 1855, and has always been a farmer and hop grower, and during the last several years he has been one of the political factors of his town and always on the Republican side. He was educated in the common schools, Clinton Liberal Institute and at Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie. He is now trustee of his school district, was once constable, and for the last two years has been superintendent of reservoirs in one of the districts of the county. On February 12, 1880, Mr. Lewis married Sarah, daughter of Jason and Caroline (Tyler) Anson. They have three children: Imogene, John L. and Minnie.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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