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Lewis Family

Posted: 24 Jun 2013 12:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Lewis, Wood, Woods, Salas, Ortiz, Evans
I am looking for any information on the Lewis family, particularly George W Lewis (c 1795-1860) and his son Charles W Lewis (1844-1901). Charles was a prominent man in NM, particularly Bernalillo, and at one time owned the entire Atrisco grant. Most of the details of both Lewis' I have from a book of the history of New Mexico from 1895. This is what it says about both of them:

Biography of George W. Lewis (Taken from History of New Mexico, 1895)

George W. Lewis, a native of Kentucky, descended from two of the noted families of the South, the Lewis' and the Woods. When a young man he came with Kit Carson to NM and for a number of years he was engaged in trapping beavers in the Rocky Mountains. At one time he was made a prisoner by the authorities at Santa Fe. After his release, he settled here and gave his attention to prospecting, mining and speculating, and at times helped the inhabitants in fighting the indians, who frequently made savage attacks upon the settlers. And here he met and married Miss Marcelina, the daughter of Don. Juan Antonio Salas, at the time Quartermaster of the King's Command at Santa Fe. In 1860 Mr. Lewis was killed in Memphis, where he took part in a fight, dying at the age of 65. His widow, who had 13 children, was an Ortiz.

Biography of Charles W. Lewis (1895)

It is now the privilege of the biographer to present a resume of the life of one of New Mexico's prominent native sons, son of George W. Lewis, a man who descended from distinguished ancestors, who has spent his whole life in this territory and who has figured conspicuously in its affairs.

Charles W. Lewis was born at Peralta, Valencia County, New Mexico, July 16, 1844. He was educated in the Christian Brother's School in St. Louis, and returned to engage in mercantile pursuits, nine years in Peralta and twenty in Albuquerque, doing both a retail and wholesale business. He also became largely interested in the raising of cattle and sheep, and had acquired a vast landed estate. At one time his sheep numbered 68,000 and his broad acres stretched away for miles and miles. He purchased the whole of the M. Montanzo Grant, and owned 67,000 acres. It is located in the Rio Puerco Valley, 18 miles west of Albuquerque. Mr. Lewis owns a valuable mining-property 21 miles southwest of Albuquerque.

He was married in 1869 to Miss Jessie Evans, a native of St. Louis, and they are parents of four children, all born in New Mexico: George E., Jesse D., Charles V. and John W..

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