Biography of Lewis Straw
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LEWIS STRAW is a native of Vermont, born May 16, 1817. He is a son of David and Mary (Cady) Straw, natives of Maine and Connecticut respectively, and of Welsh descent. His parents came to Ohio in 1831, and located near Bowsherville, where his father became the owner of 195 acres of land; they had a family of nine children, Lewis, Elizabeth, Samuel C., Israel, David, Joel, Jason, Sally and Polly. The father died, aged eighty two years; the mother, aged seventy five. The children are all deceased but Lewis and Elizabeth. Lewis Straw remained at home till twenty one, and was then apprenticed as a cabinet maker and painter. He began dealing in stock very early in life, and has conducted the business on a small scale ever since. He inherited and bought the old homestead of 195 acres, to which he has added till he now owns 1,000 acres in this county and 150 acres in Indiana. He was married, in 1847, to Caroline Moody (daughter of David Moody), her death occurring three years later, leaving one child, Dudley, also deceased. In 1851, he married Rebecca Miller, daughter of William Miller, and eight children were born to them, Caroline, Eugene, Leander, Edith, Cannie and Kit. Lenora and Elmora (twins) are deceased. Mr. Straw began life with little help financially, and among the Indians; but by energy, industry and good management he has amassed a handsome fortune. He is a Republican, and has served as Trustee of his township near twenty years in succession.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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