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INDIAN WiARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
practice to plantations purchased by him and commenced
farming with negro slaves.
Though proficient in law and literature, Col.
Lewis discovered that he was not cut out for a
planter and, after meeting reverses, abandoned
farming and returned to the practice, in which he
continued until his death, which occurred at the
home of his son-in-law, Maj. Moses Austin Bryan,
at Independence, in August, 1867.
The antecedents and family history of this public
servant and distinguished citizen are clearly traced
and well known, as he left behind him all his private
and public papers and correspondence, which are
numerous and carefully preserved; all of which is
in the possession of his descendants living in Texas,
hereafter noted. These papers, if ever published,
will throw much light on what are now obscure
places in Texas history, during the most trying
period. Col. Lewis was born in Virginia, Septemler
25th, 1800. His mother was a Miss Randolph,
of the Virginia family of tihat name, and his father
was a physician, Doctor Jacob Lewis, who was
born the 13th day of October, 1767, in Somerset
County, State of New Jersey, and lived to a ripe
old age, dying in 1852 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the then
place of his residence.
The father of Dr. Lewis was a soldier in the
Revolutionary War, serving under Washington in
repelling the invasion of New Jersey and New York
by the British.
While in the Continental patriot army he contracted
camp fever and died.
The autobiography of Dr. Lewis, speaking of
the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, relates
the following incident:"
After peace was proclaimed, the fourth day of
July was appointed as a day to be set apart for
thanksgiving and rejoicing. The plains where
Somerville now stands, in Somerset County, New
Jersey, was the place of meeting. The largest
collection of people I think I ever saw was collected
there to congratulate each other on the happy event
of gaining our independence. A circle formed, and
Gen. Frelinghuyson, on his war horse, rode in the
center and gave us a truly patriotic lecture; spoke
much on our ease and comfort, and that the form
of our government would be that of a Republic;
and further went on and explained the meaning of
a Republican form of government, viz., that our
legislators would be bound to act for the good of
the nation, not local or sectional."
The Lewis family are of French Huguenot
descent, tracing their ancestry directly back to
the flight of the Huguenots from France after the
revocation of the Edict of Nantes, A. D. 1688.
Fleeing from religious persecution in France, the
ancestors of Col. Lewis settled first in Holland,
then removed to Wales and then to America in
about the year 1700.
The Lewis family were of that band of French
IIuguenots that history records as settling in little
squads in the States of New Jersey, Delaware,
Maryland and South Carolina.
In the year 1802, Dr. Lewis, the father of the
subject of this sketch, removed to the then Territory
of Ohio, a part of Virginia, which was created
a State out of Virginia in February, 1803.
He settled in the town of Hamilton, or rather
what became the city of Hamilton, Ohio. Here he
practiced his profession and prospered until the
war of 1812 came on with Great Britain, called the
second war of independence. He enlisted in this
war against the oppression of the British, as his
father had done before him in the Revolution. By
virtue of his profession he was appointed surgeon's
mate, or assistant surgeon, in the First Regiment,
Third Detachment, Ohio militia, on the 13th day of
February, 1813, and served throughout the war.
Col. I. R. Lewis was educated by his father, Dr.
Jacob Lewis, in the best schools of Cincinnati,
Ohio, and grew up and was reared to be a highly
accomplished young man. Choosing the law as his
profession, he entered upon its study under the
greatest advantages and auspices, being under
Nicholas Longworth, the great Ohio lawyer. His
father had planned for him a quiet and prosperous
career, as a Cincinnati lawyer, starting as he did as
a protege of Longworth and associate and companion
of Thomas Corwin, who became so famous as a
lawyer and statesman.
Just after coming of age, he married, in 1822,
Miss Eliza Julia Hunt. Miss Hunt was a native of
Mississippi, born in Natchez, November 23d, 1802,
and was left an orphan at an early age. Miss
Hunt's uncle, Jesse Hunt, took her to Kentucky,
where the Hunt family came from, and from there
she was sent to be educated in the schools of
Cincinnati and met young Lewis. As soon as
married and in control of his wife's property,
which consisted of large landed estates and slaves,
the self-reliant and venturesome spirit of his ancestors
cropped out and, to the dismay and chagrin of
his father and friends, Col. Ira Lewis announced
that he had quit law and would move to Mississippi
and take charge of his wife's property and become
a planter with slaves. Residing in and near Natchez,
Col. Lewis operated his plantation, dispensing
a generous and refined Southern hospitality.
After several years residence in Mississippi, he
sold out and purchased a plantation near Baton
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