April 20, 2014

Emma Elizabeth Lewis - Daughter of George C. & Caroline Camp Lewis

Emma was the oldest daughter of George and Caroline (Camp) Lewis, born 20 September, 1845.  Named Emma Elizabeth, she was born in Sangerfield, Oneida County, New York.  Living with the Lewis family in 1860, according to the census, was Albert Beebe, 22, a farm hand.  This same Mr. Beebe became the husband of Emma, when he was 23, and she was but 16.  

Albert Beebe did well for himself, as his obituary revealed. He died about ten years before Emma.  From The Courier, Brookfield, NY, October 30, 1907:

"An Old Resident Gone.
Mr. Albert Beebe, son of Thomas and Dorcas Loomis Beebe, was born at Alexandria, St. Laurence County, February 16, 1838, and died at his home in this town, October 28, 1907.  When nine months old, he came with his parents to this town wehre he has since made it his home.  On December 31, 1861, he was married to Miss Emma Lewis.  Forty five years have flown by since the establishing of their home, and for the first time, the Grim Messenger entered it in the early morning of October 26.  He was the last of six brothers and sisters. A faithful wife, one daughter, Mrs. Frank Williams, and a  son, Erlo, are left to know how the heart can ache...

In this age of change, it seems almost incredible that he had for 42 years made it his home in the house where he died.  With his own way to make in the world, he, with integrity and industry, became a successful, self-reliant man of business with whom it was enjoyable to come in contact.  A genial, social man, it was a pleasure to hear him give reminiscences of his school days in the old school house on Beaver Creek.  His apt word pictures of the people who made up  the society in those days were often quite amusing, for along with a well stored memory, he had a keen since of the humorous.  He was a thoughtful friend, ever watching for opportunities to lend a helping hand to others.  He will be greatly missed in the community where he so long resided.

The funeral was held at the Beebe home at 11 a.m. today and at 1 o'clock at the Baptist church in this vilalge, conducted by Rev. Walter S. Greene.  Burial in Brookfield Rural cemetery.

Brookfield Rural Cemetery, Brookfield, New York

 Brookfield, New York - The Courier, Wednesday, June 27, 1917, page 1:

"Emma Elizabeth Lewis Beebe.
At her late home, a few miles north of this village, last week, Tuesday, occurred the passing of Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Lewis Beebe, who for many years had lived the quiet, helpful life in home where she died.  Her greatest pleasure had been found in caring faithfully for the members of her household and in lending a helping hand to the needy whenever they crossed her path.  Naturally of a quiet and retiring disposition, her deeds of love and charity were modestly carried on, and all the more appreciated by recipients.

Emma Elizabeth, oldest child of George and Caroline Camp Lewis, was born in the old Lewis homestead in Sangerfield, September 20, 1845, where her girlhood was passed.  She was married to Albert Beebe December 31, 1861.  The following July, he answered the call of his country, and leaving his youthful bride in sorrow at her father's home, marched to the south.  Upon the completion of the war, January, 1866, they moved to the farm in Brookfield, which for fifty one years has been her home.  She was the mother of two children, Mrs. Lina L., wife of Frank B. Williams of this village, and Erlo L., who has faithfully cared for his parents in their declining years.

Mrs. Beebe's husband preceded her across the great divide October 26, 1906.  Since then, her life has been lonely, especially during the last four yearsk, when poor health prevented her from doing her accustomed duties, and much of the time making her 'shut-in.'  Last fall, she sustained a shock, making her still more feeble and impairing her speech; failing eyesight prevented her reading and also intensified the loneliness.
Two weeks ago, she became much worse and was confined to her bed.  She steadily lost strength until late June 19th, the loving heart ceased beating and the patient spirit flew to its Maker.  Besides the daughter and son mentioned, one brother, Israel G. Lewis, of the old home in Sangerfield and two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Washburn of Earlville and Mrs. Sarah Cook, of Sangerfield, remain to mourn her.  A sister, Mrs. Etta Lewis, of Friendship, died many years ago.

The funeral was held at the Seventh Day Baptist Church last Saturday, June 23rd at 1:30 p.m., Rev. J. E. Hutchins, pastor, officiating.  Burial was made in the Brookfield Rural Cemetery by the side of her late husband." 

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