Monday, August 21, 2006

Rev. Stewart Aiken Lewis

Rev. Stewart Aiken Lewis appears on the 1880 Census for Greenbrier County (GC) at the Fort Spring District as a 22 year old, b. in Virginia, teacher, & brother in law of Peyton Lewis. On this census his name appears as "Stuart Akins Lewis".
Rev. Lewis officiated at the following (Black) Monroe County marriages (where he usually signed his name "S.A.Lewis" or "S.J.A. Lewis"):
1880 -
Samuel Young & Ellen Burks at Red Sulphur Springs, 9/23/1880
1883 -
Allen Roles & Jennie Allen at Gap Mills, 2/4/1883
Floyd Smith Walker & Winnie Peyton, 4/18/1883
Thomas Triplet & Francis Bailey, 1/17/1883
John Porter & Charlott Crump, 12/25/1883
1884 -
William Henry Bailey Martha Triplett, 2/5/1884

In 1920, GC, FtSD, there was an entry for a man surnamed Lewis. His first name was hard to read but appeared to end with the letters "art". He was a Black male, 52 years old. I believe this was also Reverend Lewis.
Rev. Lewis was the informant for the death of Agnes M. Lewis (Greenbrier County, 1921, WV Death Certificate # 245)
In Dr. Montgomery's papers (housed at the Greenbrier Historical Society) he notes that Rev. Lewis was a Preacher. Also see The Negro Historical Sketch of Lewisburg, WV by M.J. Cabell - Through the Looking Glass - in the Journal of the GHS, Vol VII, No. 5, 2003, p. 92 (Aiken Lewis)

Agnes M. Lewis was the daughter of Charles Lewis & Martha Crawford Lewis. She died on 4/27/1921 at 68 years old at GC. The informant (for her death certificate) was "Stewart Aiken Lewis of Baltimore, Maryland". She is buried at the Lewisburg Cemetery.

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