The couple were in the 1880 Federal Census in Sangerfield, Oneida County, New York. A. B. Lewis was 28 and farming and his wife, Etta C., 21, was keeping house and raising their first son, Florian, who was one.
Later, the couple would add to their family three other children. Mable F. and Otto B. were born between about 1882 and 1886, and then a third child, Olla, was born in March 1888. Etta died on 29 October 1888 at the age of 37 (obituary) or 38 (tombstone), just months after giving birth to this last child. Etta's sister, Harriet, raised this daughter until her teens. (See previous post.)
Etta's obituary was reprinted in The Courier, Brookfield, New York published on November 21, 1888.
"Etta C. Lewis. The following appeared in the Sabbath Recorder: 'In Friendship, N. Y., October 29, of consumption, Mrs. Etta C. Lewis, wife of Arthur B. Lewis in the 37th year of her age. She was the daughter of George C. and Caroline A. Lewis, of Sangerfield.
When living with her parents, she early accepted Christ as her Savior, and was baptized into the fellowship of the Second Seventh Day Baptist Church of Brookfield, in which she retained her membership till death.
She was of a sweet and amiable disposition, a living Christian, and died in the firm faith of going to dwell with Christ. By her death, a husband is left in great bereavement and sorrow, and four little children, one an infant of seven months, are motherless.
The remains were brought to Brookfield where public funeral services were held October 31st, and a sermon was preached by the pastor of the church from Heb. 11:16, and the lifeless form was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery in our village. Mourning here, joy over there.'"
|Etta's brother, Israel, was buried in the place meant for Arthur B. Lewis.|
Then I wondered what happened to the bereaved husband, A.B., left with three little children. Hattie, with only one child, a son, was willing to take in the little 7 month old baby, Olla. But, still, there were three other children, all under the age of about 11.
The names and locations of Arthur's children were first discovered from a newspaper article in The Bolivar Breeze, Allegeny County, New York, July 29, 1937. In memory of Arthur, who had served as a supervisor of Bolivar and in the state assembly from that county, the children, Mable F. Jackson of Nampa, Idaho; Otto B. Lewis, Los Angeles, California; and Florian M. Lewis, Burbank, California were presenting back to the county an 1860 Enrollment Book containing the military duty and records of enlistments in that county. So, for some time, Arthur and the children moved to Allegeny County where he led a very successful life.
The search for Arthur Lewis later on was difficult, but he was finally discovered in California with his second wife, Mary E. The 1910 census gave the details of a second marriage for both Arthur and Mary who had been married for 20 at the time, making the time of marriage around 1890, just a few years after Etta's death. They were living in Los Angeles on 51st Street, and with them was Etta's son, Otto B (Otto Berdett), 25, and single. Both Arthur and Otto listed carpenter as their occupations.
Otto Berdett, 3rd child and second son of Etta and A.B., never married and worked for a time as commander of the Co. 529, CCC. Captain Otto B. Lewis worked at Wawoma in Yosemite National Park, and in other camps, I imagine. Otto B., was born January 26, 1886 and died October 29, 1956.
(I find it interesting that Etta was born and died on the date, October 29th, and Otto died on that same date.)
Florian Master, the oldest son of Etta and A.B., married twice. His first marriage was covered in the Los Angeles Herald on July 4, 1909 in the "Society News of the Week."
"Mrs. Della Gibson and Florian M. Lewis were married Wednesday evening at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Lewis, on West Fifty-first street, only immediate relatives being present. They will spend a short time at Ploche, Nev. where Mr. Lewis has large business interests and on their return, will be at home to their friends at 308 West Thirty-eighth avenue."
A further look at A. B. Lewis seemed to show that A.B. made it big in the mines of Nevada. Is this the same A.B. Lewis and is this why Florian's wedding made the society news in L.A.?
|The Salt Lake Herald, July 3, 1902|
(In the 1930 census, he called himself a draftsman.)
He stayed with Della until his death on October 6, 1938 at the age of 59 in Los Angeles. He was buried in Grand View Memorial Park, Section M, Glendale, Los Angeles County, CA. Della was show on the 1940 census as a widow, aged 58, and she had taken in a young stenographer, Jane Elizabeth Stortz, as a lodger.
Mable F. Lewis, Etta's daughter, was first found in the 1900 census of Friendship, Allegeny County, New York, where she was working as a servant in the home of the Hubbard and Mary Cotton family. She was 21 and born September 1878, which made it strange that she was not in the 1880 census with her mother and father. This may have been information given by her employers, though, as a later census gives 1881 as her birth year.
By the 1910 census, Mable and Harry D. Jackson had been married two years and were the parents of an eleven month old son, Laurance L. Jackson...born Nevada. In the 1910 census, they were all living in Rupert, Lincoln County, Idaho. They remained in Idaho at least through 1930. I have not found the record of Mable's death.