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Seth Lewis, Potter Co. PA

 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:46 pm    Post subject: Seth Lewis, Potter Co. PA Reply with quote

From Beers, History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Camerson and Potter,
Pennsylvania
SETH LEWIS, attorney at law, Lewisville, a son of William and Ruth A
(Bierce) Lewis, was born at Upper Lisle, Broome Co., N. Y., January 27,
1829. His parents came to Potter county, Penn., February 14, 1839, and
located in what is now Lewisville. William Lewis made farming his business,
which he continued until his death, September 26, 1866, his widow surviving
until February 18, 1869. They reared a family of nine children: Crayton,
Angeline, Louisa, Anna, Perry, Martha, Thomas, Seth and Burton. Seth
Lewis came to Potter county with his parents, remaining with them until
1850. The following six years he devoted to agriculture, and also attended
Alfred University. He then taught school two years, and in 1860 was elected
county superintendent of schools, serving one term. In 1863 he enlisted in
Company K, Thirty-seventh Pennsylvania Militia, and September 23 was
mustered into Company A, Eighth United States Colored Troops, as second
lieutenant. He was wounded in the left thigh at the battle of Olustee, Fla.,
February 20, 1864, and October 13, 1864, was wounded in the left hand near
Richmond, Va. November 28, 1864, he was promoted to first lieutenant, and
February 8, 1865, was made captain of Company C. He was present at the
surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, and, on May 31, 1865, left
Fortress Monroe for Texas, reaching Ringgold barracks July 31, when he
returned to Brownsville, and was mustered out November 10, but was
retained and paid until December 13, 1865. After his return home he studied
law with Judge A. G. Olmsted, and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He first
practiced at Union, West Va., but returned to Ulysses, where he is still
engaged in the practice of his chosen profession. He was also editor of the
Ulysses Sentinel from September, 1882, to January, 1888. He was married,
January 30, 1851, to Sarah E., daughter of Adna A. and Rodentha Gridley.
Their children were Charles H. (deceased), Mary Eloise (Mrs. George A.
Farnsworth), Jessie Florence (who graduated from the Genesee Weslyan
Seminary, at Lima, N. Y., June 20, 1889,) Sarah Bodentha (deceased). Mr.
Lewis is a charter member of Lewisville Lodge, No.556, F. & A. M., and has
been its secretary since its organization. He is also a member of Ulysses
Chapter, No.269, R. A. M. , and of O. A. Lewis Post, No.279, G. A. R. He is
an active worker in the ranks of the Republican party, and a radical tariff
man. He was elected district attorney in 1869, and served four years. He
was either a teacher, school director or superintendent from the age of
twenty years to the beginning of the war, and subsequently, until the past
twelve years, was school director.


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