E. R. LEWIS, farmer, P. O. Mound City, was born August 2, 1847, in Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, son of Benjamin Lewis, born in Warren, Ohio. The father was a hotel keeper in early life. In 1857, he went to Arkansas, where he farmed till his death, which occurred in 1864. The mother of our subject was Betsey (Rappert) Lewis, born in Erie, Penn. She died in Pulaski County, Ill., in 1864. She was the mother of six children, of whom four are now living, viz.: Mary F. Yessey, Emelia Jones, Matilda and Elisha R., who was educated partly in Ohio and partly in Illinois. In early life, he took to farming, which he has kept up ever since. He was joined in matrimony, April 29, 1870, in this county, to Miss Alice Beaver, born February 19, 1853, on the farm where she now resides. She was a daughter of Abraham and Malinda (Rhoden) Beaver, who are old settlers, and is the mother of five children, viz.: Pearl, born October 22, 1871; George, born March 29, 1873; Leona, born July 3, 1875; Mary A., born January 27, 1878; Minnie, born August 24, 1882. Mr. Lewis has a farm of 106 acres. He is a member of the Knights of Honor fraternity; he came to this county in 1863; has been a School Director for about seven years. In politics, he has been identified with the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 269.