Descendants of Lewis ap David of Cardiganshire, Wales

Generation #8

Wills Bonaparte (Sharpe) (7Simeon Thomas, 6Walden, 5John, 4William, 3James, 2James, 1Edmund) Lewis of Jasper Co MS

Willis Bonaparte Lewis of Jasper Co MS was born in 12/15/1849. He is first enumerated at the family home in the 1850 Jasper Co MS Census at age 2. In about 1875, Willis married Mary Jane McPhearson b. 12/13/1856 in Jasper Co MS.

Grandpa Sharpe and Mary Jane lived their lives in Jasper Co MS on his father's original property. A 1973 letter from A.E. Smith, Jr. of Texas tells the story of Willis' older brother Walden traveling in 1928 by Model A Ford back to Jasper Co MS after a 30 year absence. Upon arrival, Walden was surprised to find that the original homestead did not look the same as it had the last time he was there. The photo of the three Lewis brothers on the Simeon Thomas Lewis page, provided by a descendant of Jacob Lewis, documents this story.

Left is pictured Grandpa Sharpe on his horse.

From a 1935 newspaper article:

W. B. Lewis, of Homewood who is 87 years old, still lives on the plantation on which he was born. He has been living in the same house for the past 38 years. . .He takes periodic horseback jaunts four and five miles in length.

Grandpa Sharpe's long life was celebrated by his family and friends. A 1939 newspaper article states:

Willis B. Lewis of Pachuta, Route 1 was ninety years of age on December 15. Mr. Lewis is the father of nine living children who were present at the home on the occasion and thirty grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren

He is active mentally and physically and relates incidents of three wars, and was able to walk to the the dining room and partake of the lovely birthday dinner. . .Mr. Lewis is living on the same site where he was born and has been a steward in the Methodist church for fifty-nine years.

Grandpa Sharpe lived to be 92 years old. He and Mary Jane are buried at Rose Hill Methodist Church, Rose Hill, Mississippi.

Father
Willis B. Lewis
Dec. 15, 1849
April 30, 1940
I have fought the good fight
I have kept the faith
Mary Jane
Wife of W. B. Lewis
Dec. 13, 1856
Sept. 4, 1924
She was the sunshine
of our home

 Name 

Relation

Marital Status

Gender

Race

Age

Birthplace

Occupation

Father's Birthplace

Mother's Birthplace

 Willis LEWIS 

 Self 

 M 

 Male 

 W 

 28 

 MS 

 Farmer 

 MS 

 MS 

 Mary LEWIS 

 Wife 

 M 

 Female 

 W 

 23 

 MS 

 Keeps House 

 MS 

 MS 

 Amman LEWIS 

 Dau 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 6M 

 MS 

  

 MS 

 MS 

1900 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM  DW  Last   First      Rel   Sex  Age  POB  POB  POB  OCCUP
====================================================================
63  64  Lewis  Willis B.   Head  M    50   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
               Mary J.     Wife  F    46   MS   SC   MS
               Virgie L.   Dau   F    18   MS   MS   MS   At School
               Simeon      Son   M    16   MS   MS   MS   At School
               Sally J.    Dau   F    13   MS   MS   MS   At School
               William D.  Son   M    11   MS   MS   MS   At School
               Willie B.   Dau   F     9   MS   MS   MS
               Tulus G.    Son   M     6   MS   MS   MS
               Bernice     Son   M     4   MS   MS   MS
               Walden B.   Son   M     1   MS   MS   MS
1910 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM  DW  Last   First      Rel   Sex  Age  POB  POB  POB  OCCUP
================================================================
140 140 Lewis  Willis B.  Head  M    60   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
               Mary       Wife  F    55   MS   SC   SC   None
               Sim        Son   M    24   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
               Daniel     Son   M    20   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
               Willie     Dau   F    16   MS   MS   MS   None
               Tullis     Son   M    14   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
               Bernice    Son   M    11   MS   MS   MS   None
               Brame      Son   M    10   MS   MS   MS   None
1920 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM  Last   First      Rel   Sex  Age  POB  POB  POB  OCCUP
=============================================================
94  Lewis  Willis B.  Head  M    70   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
           Mary J.    Wife  F    65   MS   MS   MS   None
           Bernice    Son   M    21   MS   MS   MS   Laborer
           Willie     Dau   F    25   MS   MS   MS   Teacher
           Brame      Son   M    20   MS   MS   MS   Laborer
1930 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM   DW   Last   First       Rel    Sex  Age  POB  POB  POB  OCCUP
=====================================================================
199  209  Ross   William B.  Head   M    26   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
                 Willie      Wife   F    35   MS   MS   MS   None
          Lewis  Willis B.   F/Law  M    80   MS   MS   MS   None
                 Brame       B/Law  M    29   MS   MS   MS   Laborer

    Children

    1. Amon (Nester Amizon) Lewis

Research Notes:
-Amon was married to Samuel Reynolds whose brother, John Henry Reynolds, married Amanda's 1st Cousin, Jane Lewis.
-Confounding research even further, Amon and Jane are double 1st cousins; as they both descend from Simeon Thomas Lewis and William Wesley McPhearson.
-Amon named son Willice Rouse for her father Willis B. Lewis.
-Amon named son Mosley for her great grandmother, Polly Moseley.

1900 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM  DW  Last     First       Rel   Sex  Age  POB  POB  POB  OCCUP
==================================================================
45  45  Reynolds Samuel      Head  M    31   MS   AL   AL   
                 Amason      Wife  F    21   MS   MS   MS
                 Mary Leona  Dau   F     2   MS   MS   MS
1910 Clarke County, Mississippi, Census
FM  DW  Last   First        Rel   Sex  Age  POB  POB  POB  OCCUP
==================================================================
22  22  Reynolds Sam        Head  M    40   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
                 Nester A   Wife  F    29   MS   MS   MS
                 Mary L     Dau   F    11   MS   MS   MS
                 Fred W     Son   M     9   MS   MS   MS
                 Katie C    Dau   F     7   MS   MS   MS
                 Willice R  Son   M     5   MS   MS   MS
                 Mose       Son   M     3   MS   MS   MS
                 Louis I    Dau   F     1   MS   MS   MS

Research Notes:
-The Head of Household is listed as Samuel J. But, Sex is listed as female, aged 40.
-Amon (F) & aged 40 is not listed.
-Samuel's tombstone in Pleasant Grove Cemetery lists Date of Death as 1910
-Reasonable conjecture leads to the belief that this census listing is most probably Amon and not Samuel.

1920 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM  DW  Last     First    Rel   Sex  Age  POB  POB  POB  OCCUP
================================================================
95  95  Reynolds Sam J    Head  F ?  40   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
                 Fred     Son   M    19   MS   MS   MS
                 Rouse    Son   M    17   MS   MS   MS
                 Mosley   Son   M    13   MS   MS   MS
                 Louise   Dau   F    11   MS   MS   MS
                 Sammy    Dau   F     9   MS   MS   MS

Research Note: Sister Amon & son Mosley Reynolds, sister Willie & Bock Ross, and brother Bernis & Tommie Lewis are found next door to each other in the 1940 Jasper Co MS Census.

1940 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM  DW  Last     First    Rel   Sex  Age  Md  POB  OCCUP
================================================================
267     Reynolds Amon     Head  F    63   Wd  MS   L???
                 Mosley   Son   M    28   S   MS   Farm Labor
268     Ross     Bock     Head  M    37   M   MS   Farmer
                 Willie   Wife  F    43   M   MS   Housewife
269     Lewis    Bernis   Head  M    42   M   MS   Farmer
                 Tommie   Wife  F    27   F   MS   Frame Spinner

    2. Virgie Leona Lewis

1920 Lauderdale County, Mississippi, Census
HN   Last   First   Rel    Sex  Age  POB      OCCUP
==========================================================
531  Reuter Carl    Head   M    38   Belgium  Boilermaker
            Virgie  Wife   F    36   Miss
            and children
     Lewis  Daniel  B/law  M    30   Miss     Boilermaker
                                              Helper

    3. Simeon Bonaparte Lewis

1920 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM  DW   Last   First     Rel   Sex  Age  POB  POB  POB  OCCUP
================================================================
104 104  Lewis  Sim B     Head  M    35   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
                Eva       Wife  F    32   MS   MS   MS 
                Ernest P  Son   M    14   MS   MS   MS 
                Estelle   Dau   F    12   MS   MS   MS 
                Thelma    Dau   F     9   MS   MS   MS 
                Christine Dau   F     7   MS   MS   MS 
                Ola M     Dau   F     5   MS   MS   MS 
                James T   Son   M     2   MS   MS   MS 

    4. Sarah "Sally" J. Lewis

1920 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM  Last   First              Rel   Sex  Age  POB   OCCUP
=============================================================
67  Reed   Christopher C      Head  M    38   Miss  Farmer
           Sarah              Wife  F    40   Miss
           Willis B           Son   M    19   Miss  Saw Mill
           Christopher C, Jr  Son   M    16   Miss  Saw Mill
           Mary               Dau   F    12   Miss
           Merle              Dau   F    10   Miss
           Anita              Dau   F     7   Miss
           Stella             Dau   F     3   Miss

    5. William Daniel Lewis

1920 Lauderdale County, Mississippi, Census
HN   Last   First   Rel    Sex  Age  POB      OCCUP
==========================================================
531  Reuter Carl    Head   M    38   Belgium  Boilermaker
            Virgie  Wife   F    36   Miss
            and children
     Lewis  Daniel  B/law  M    30   Miss     Boilermaker
                                              Helper
1930 Lauderdale County, Mississippi, Census
HN   Last   First   Rel    Sex  Age  POB      OCCUP
==========================================================
5    Lewis  W D     Head   M    42   Miss     Boilermaker
                                              Helper
            Claudia Wife   F    33   Miss
            Dan     Son    M     6   Miss

    6. Willie Agnes Lewis

1930 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
FM   DW   Last   First       Rel    Sex  Age  POB  POB  POB  OCCUP
=====================================================================
199  209  Ross   William B.  Head   M    26   MS   MS   MS   Farmer
                 Willie      Wife   F    35   MS   MS   MS   None
          Lewis  Willis B.   F/Law  M    80   MS   MS   MS   None
                 Brame       B/Law  M    29   MS   MS   MS   Laborer

    7. Belle Zora Lewis

    8. Tullos Galloway Lewis

1940 Jasper County, Mississippi, Census
DW   Last   First       Rel   Sex  Age  POB  OCCUP
=====================================================
189  Lewis  Tully       Head  M    45   MS   Farmer
            Genia       Wife  F    45   MS
            Arlease     Dau   F    19   MS
            Tully Gene  Son   M    14   MS   Laborer

    9. Bernis Bonaparte Lewis b. 2/27/1897 Rose Hill MS

    10. Thomas Brame Lewis

Generation #9

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