Biography - James Lewis
JAMES A. LEWIS, farmer, P. O. Jonesboro, is a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Union County. He is a native of this county, born July 29, 1848. His father, William Lewis, came to the county when he was about nine years of age. He was a farmer by occupation. His wife, subject's mother, was Missouri (Tripp) Lewis, a daughter of William Tripp, more familiarly known among the old settlers of the county as "Uncle Bill Tripp." Of the children born to them, but three are now living — Henry, Willis and James A. Henry married Mattie Alexander, who bore him four children — Ott, Ella, Bob and an infant, unnamed. James A. Lewis was educated in the common schools of Union County, and early learned how to till the soil, a business he is at present engaged in. He is now the owner of a good farm containing 240 acres, upon a portion of which he grows fruit. He was married in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., to Miss Anna McNeally, a native of the same county. She was born February 5, 1852. They have the following children: George F., born June 19, 1872; Eva, born August 28, 1874; Nora L., born November 20. 1876; and Otho J., born November 28, 1878. Mr. Lewis is a member of the K. of H., Lodge No. 1891, at Jonesboro, and the I. O. O. F. at Jonesboro. He has served the people as School Director and Township Trustee for several years. In politics, he is independent.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 105.