April 11, 2014

The Children of Moses and Chloe Camp - Caroline Lewis

The children of Moses and Chloe Camp were:

Harriet - (1817 - 1891)
Sophia - (1817 - 1898)
*Caroline - (1820 - 1889) 

When Chloe and Moses Camp were both about 43, their last child was born on 2 July 1820.  It was another daughter whom they named Caroline.  Caroline was just three years younger than Sophia Camp, our great-great grandmother.

Caroline married George Cameron Lewis on 1 January 1845, and the couple settled in Sangerfield Township, Oneida County, New York, near their extended families.  By the 1850 census, they already had three children: Emma E, 5, Harriet A., 3, and Israel G, 0.  
In 1850, New York also had an agricultural census and that enumerator visited George on 14 September 1850.  At that time, George reported that he had 100 acres improved and 55 unimproved, with a cash value for the farm of $3000.  His livestock consisted of 17 milch cows and 6 other cattle, 3 horses, 21 sheep and 12 swine.  On his land, he had a yield of 45 bushels of Indian corn and 150 bushels of oats.  For his time, he seemed to be a very successful man.

The Lewis family had expanded by 1860 when the census enumerator came on 22 June.  George, 42, and Caroline, 40, were the parents of five children: Emma E., 14; Harriet A., 12; George I. (Isaac), 10; Ettie C., 8; and Sarah, 3.  George's real estate value had also increased to $4000 with a personal estate of $1000.  Albert Beebe, 22, lived with the family as a farmhand.  Young Albert would soon marry the eldest Lewis daughter, Emma.

This 1874 map shows many of the Camp family living in Sangerfield Twp., Oneida County, NY
The Lewis family continued to prosper with farm values going up and children marrying and beginning their own households.  By August 1870, George's land was valued at $6000 and his personal estate at $2000.  Emma and Harriet had both moved out, so left were Israel, 20, and Etta, 17, and Sarah, 13.  Israel was listed as a farm laborer on the home farm on the census of that year.  

George, at 62, and Caroline, 59, were a very successful farm couple who, in their later years, attained more and more livestock and did less actual farming.  In the agricultural census of 1880, he had a dairy herd of 10 cows and he sold 4500 gallons of milk and he had 10 cattle currently and had sold 15.  He raised and sold sheep and their fleeces, swine and poultry, selling their eggs.  His farming ventures seemed more subsistence level, with 3 acres of Indian corn, 5 acres oats, 2 acres hops, 2 acres potatoes, and 10 acres apple orchard.  He mowed 35 acres for hay and also made molasses and cut 150 cords of wood.  He reported he had help 52 weeks of the year and paid out $250 in wages.  
In the Federal Census of 1880, George J. Root, 23, was living with the family and working as a farmhand.  Israel, 30, was still at home working on the farm and unmarried, and Sarah, 23, was still at home, too.

Caroline Camp Lewis died on 13 January 1889, at the age of 68 years, 6 months and 11 days.  Notice of her death appeared in the Courier of Brookfield, NY:
 "Mrs. George C. Lewis, residing about four miles north of this village, died on Monday of this week. Funeral services were held from the house today, conducted by Rev. J. M. Todd.  Much sympathy is expressed for Mr. Lewis in this affliction..."

On 23 January 1889, an obituary for Caroline appeared in the same paper:
"Obituary.  Mrs. Caroline A. Lewis.
Mrs. Caroline A. Lewis, wife of George C. Lewis, died at their home in Sangerfield, New York, on the 13th day of January, 1889, after an illness of about two weeks duration.  Her disease was heart failure accompanied with pneumonia.  She was never very strong, and for some years, has been in failing health.  Still, most of the time, she had attended to or directed the duties of her household.  Her maiden name was Camp, and Platt Camp, late of Waterville, was her brother.  
Mrs. Lewis was the mother of five children, one son and five daughters, all of whom grew up to mature life.  One of them, Mrs. Etta C. Lewis, wife of A. B. Lewis, died in October last.  The others are all living, and the daughters have homes and families.  The husband and son are left in loneliness and sorrow on the farm where their lives were spent.
The deceased was of a sweet, amiable disposition, a living Christian, and enjoyed the comforting presence of the Lord Jesus Christ during her illness.  She was a member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Brookfield, where she will be greatly missed.  Funeral services were held at the family residence on the 16th, conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. M. Todd, and attended by a large number of people, and the weary mortal form laid to rest."

 Caroline was buried in the Brookfield Rural Cemetery; her information may be seen on the right side of the stone in the photo.  It reads:
Caroline A. Camp Lewis
born July 2, 1820  N.Y.
died Jan. 13, 1889 N.Y.
68y 6m 11d
dtr. of Moses and Chloe Stoddard Camp
Sleep, mother, sleep, with your hands on your breast.
Poor, weary hands.  They needed their rest.
Well have we loved you, but God loved you best.
He has given you rest.

George C. Lewis lived ten more years, passing away on 27 January 1899.  He was buried at the tombstone that he had so lovingly placed after Caroline's death.
His inscription reads:
George Cameron Lewis
born Apr. 24, 1818
died Jan. 27, 1899
Husband of Caroline A. Camp
Home is not home, father's not there;
Dark is his room, empty his chair.
Angels have taken him out of his care, lifted him over life's span.

Although I could not find an obituary for George, I did locate his will in the Oneida County records of wills, Vol. 51, pg. 256:

"I, George C. Lewis, of Sangerfield, Oneida County, New York, do make and publish this my last will and testament.
First, I will and order my executor to pay all my past debts and funeral expenses.
Second, I give and bequeath one thousand five hundred dollars and all my shop tools to my son, I. G. Lewis.
Third, all the rest and remainder of my property, after satisfying the above claims, I direct shall be divided into five equal shares and I give and bequeath to my daughter, Emma E. Beebe (one share), Hattie A. Washburn (one share), to my son, Israel G Lewis (one share).  To Etta C. Lewis heirs one share to be put in trust for them until they become of age and to Sarah L. Cook (one share)."

The will was written in June 1891, and Israel, his only son, was appointed executor.  In March 1899, it was presented at court and by September of that year, Israel was ready to sell the land at auction.  The Brookfield Courier carried the notice of sale:
"Israel Lewis, executor of the estate of George C. Lewis, announced an auction on Wednesday, October 4, 1899 for the farm and premises known as the George C. Lewis farm, south part of Brookfield, 155 acres and 4 acres, "the Wolcott lot" 1/2 mile south of the farm, also 20 acres adjoining the farm on the northeast corner.  Also a house and lot in the village of Brookfield, Madison County, New York, presently occupied by Harold Bryant.
September 9, 1899   Israel G. Lewis, Executor"

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