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This site is dedicated to researching the Harty Family in the United States of America. Drawing our lineage back to Hans Jacobsen Hartje, immigrating from Bern, Switzerland and arriving in America on April 16, 1663 in New Amsterdam (modern day New York City), our line has been based out of Southeast Missouri since the late 1790's. The primary aim of this site is to gather the family together from across the Nation and even the entire world, as we seek to number our family and take pleasure in the diversity of each individual in the Harty Family.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Another Goodspeed's Bio

Here is another bio of family from Goodspeed's History. This is of one of my favorite ancestors, Joseph Guild Lewis. The Lewis line enters the Harty line directly with my Dad's mother, C. Izella Lewis. Joseph is her great grandfather. Here is his bio from Goodspeed's History. Just as a note, they have Colonel William Jeffers name misspelled as 'Jeffrey'...a very innocent mistake, but wrong nonetheless.


Joseph Guild Lewis, a citizen of Pike Township, Stoddard Co., Mo., and the son of Joseph Cooper and Elizabeth (Hitt) Lewis, was born near Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., August 10, 1836. The father was born in New Madrid Co., Mo., September 9, 1806, and died in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., December 8, 1858. When a young man, Mr. Lewis worked on a flatboat on the Mississippi River, and also carried on farming. He was a justice of the peace for many years. His parents came to New Madrid County at a very early date, and were among the first settlers of Missouri. They moved to Cape Girardeau County about 1812. Elizabeth (Hitt) Lewis, it is thought, was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., November 8, 1806, and died in the same county April 28, 1870. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Of their eight children, Joseph Guild Lewis was the fifth, and is the only one now living. He secured a good practical education, and remained at home until December 4, 1856, when he married Miss Nicy E. English, a native of Cape Girardeau County, Mo. This union resulted in the birth of nine children, seven of whom are now living: Simeon E., Thomas R., Joseph G., Margaret Elizabeth, Robert L., George L., John C., Louisa E. and Mina C. Those deceased are Margaret E. and Robert L. Mrs. Lewis was the daughter of Thomas and Louisa (Brooks) English, he born in Georgia and she in Missouri. After marriage, Mr. Lewis began farming for himself in Cape Girardeau County, continuing until May, 1861, when he enlisted in Capt. William Jeffrey’s company of State militia, and served six months, when he went into Capt. John Cobb’s company (B), Col. Jeffrey’s regiment, Confederate army, and, after serving six months as a private, was made lieutenant, and served in that capacity until the close of the war. He was in all the principal battles west of the Mississippi River, and was never wounded or taken prisoner. One year later he sold his property in Cape Girardeau and moved to Stoddard County, where he purchased a farm of 440 acres. In 1878 he was elected sheriff of the county, and two years later was re-elected. Mr. Lewis is a Democrat in politics, is a member of the Masonic lodge, also a member of the Wheel, and he and his wife and three sons are members of the Christian Church.

1 comment:

Dad said...

Brent, as you know, Joseph Guild Lewis is one of my favorite ancestors too! My grandfather, Simeon English Lewis kept his memory alive by relating stories of Joseph to me from the time I was a small child and through out my early adult life. I had a special passion for the family history that he wove in such a beautiful tapestry of love and life, a true legacy of love! Grandpa, Simeon English Lewis, constructed a beautiful rocking horse for me, his first grandson, shortly after I was born. He was white, black hooves, a rope mane and tail, a seat in the shape of a saddle and a real bridle that grandpa had made. Of course I did't use the bridal much at first, electing instead to use the more stable hand hold in the form of a large wooden dowel through the upper head of the horse. Grandpa knew that my dad, Paul Hampton Harty sr. had a beautiful black horse named "Dan" that he loved dearly, so he suggested that I call my horse "Dan" too. Thus began the legacy of "Dan". Thanks for the great memories! Love, Dad