MARTHA H. (HAWLEY) (TAYLOR) LEWIS (Hawley) (Taylor) Lewis
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Martha H. (Hawley) (Taylor) Lewis gravestone
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B. March 2, 1818 in Massachusetts
D. May 8, 1894
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(NOTE: The parents and siblings of Martha are possibly her family based on the memorial #24916170 for Ira Hawley which states “Martha H.” to be one of their children.)

  • Father: Ira Hawley born August 30, 1972 in Amherst, Hampshire County, MA; Ira died March 12, 1852 in Trenton, Dodge County, WI; buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Fox Lake, Dodge County, WI.
  • Mother: Martha “Patty” (Barrows) Hawley born January 8, 1795 in Mansfield, Tolland County, CT; married Ira Hawley on November 23, 1812 in Mansfield, Tolland, CT; resided in Avon Township, Lake County, IL in 1880 with her daughter Martha and son-in-law, David C. Lewis; Martha died May 9, 1882 in Fox Lake, Dodge County, WI; buried in Riverside Memorial Park in Fox Lake, Dodge County, WI
  • Husband 1: Horace Taylor born about 1801 in New York; married Martha Hawley as his second wife, March 2, 1848 in Dodge County, WI; Horace first married Sarah Ann O’Dell in 1820; Horace died May 20, 1853 in Wisconsin
  • Husband 2: David Crosby Lewis born August 4, 1808 in Williamstown, Orange County, VT, son of Isaac Lewis (1766-1824) and Elizabeth “Betsey” (Cram) Lewis (1764-1845); David was married three times: married (1) Martha M. Reed born May 10, 1812, daughter of Levi Reed (1775-1813) and Martha Patty (Winslow) Reed (1781-1860); Martha died March 5, 1846 (See section pertaining to Martha M. (Reed) Lewis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); married (2) Abigail D. Hawley (1824-1850) on February 7, 1850 in McHenry County, IL, daughter of Ira Hawley (1792-1852) and Martha “Patty” (Barrows) Hawley (1795-1882); Abigail died December 7, 1850 (See section pertaining to Abigail D. (Hawley) Lewis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); married (3) Martha H. Hawley in 1853 in Lake County, IL, sister to Abigail D. (Hawley) Lewis; David died July 27, 1885 (See section pertaining to David Crosby Lewis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Stepchildren from first husband, Horace Taylor and his first wife, Sarah Ann O’Dell:
    1. Obadiah G. Taylor born June 10, 1821; married Julia Ann Taylor on April 30, 1844
    2. George Taylor born September 15, 1823; George died May 1839
    3. Sylvester Maxwell Taylor born May 29, 1825; married Lydia L. O’Dell (1828-1893) on December 28, 1844 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Sylvester died December 23, 1909 in Creston, Lake County, IN; Sylvester and Lydia are buried in the Creston Cemetery, Lowell, Lake County, IN
    4. Polly M. Taylor born November 4, 1829
    5. Alvin Taylor born March 15, 1832; married in South Bend, Lake County, IN
    6. Sarah J. Taylor born May 15, 1835 in Cedar Lake, Lake County, IN
    7. Esther Ann (Vinedge) (Taylor) Benton born January 9, 1838 in Cedar Lake, Lake County, IN; married (1) W. P Vinnedge; married (2) Homer E. Benton (1832-1919) a Civil War veteran in Company B, 38th Indiana Infantry; Esther died January 22, 1921 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX; Esther and Homer are buried in Wamego City Cemetery, Wamego, Pottawatomie County, KS
  • Stepchildren from second husband, David Crosby Lewis and his first wife, Martha Reed:
    1. Winslow R. Lewis born November 19, 1832 in Wolcott, Lamoille County, VT; married (1) Jane M. Dyckes (1833-1872) on March 25, 1857 in Scott County, IL, daughter of Eliza (Newberry) Dyckes (1826-1899); married (2) Mary Estella Sinvely (1859-1946) on April 10, 1882 in Osage, Mitchell County, IA, daughter of Jacob S. Snively (1813-1899) and Anna (Buchner) Snively (1814-1887); Winslow died December 6, 1909 in Bismarck, Burleigh County, ND; Winslow, Jane and Mary are buried in Osage Cemetery, Osage, Mitchell County IA

According to the Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck ND) Tuesday, December 7, 1909, page 4:

“WINSLOW R. LEWIS IS DEAD FROM APOPLEXY – END CAME SUDDENLY AT HIS HOME ON FIFTH STREET MONDAY. – Stricken With Apoplexy Sunday Forenoon – Remains Will Be Taken to Iowa for Interment. – W. R. Lewis, one of the respected citizens of Bismarck, died at his home, 523 Fifth street, at half past three Monday afternoon. He was taken with a stroke of apoplexy Sunday morning and from the time he was first taken it was known that there was no hopes for his ultimate recovery. He is survived by a wife and six children, Elmer of Pasadena, Ca., and C. E. Leroy, Ward, Maude E. and Laura of this city. Mr. Lewis was born in Vermont on Nov. 19, 1832. He moved to Iowas when a young man and engaged in farming, moving to Bismarck in 1907, and has made his home here since that time. While he and his family have made their home here only for a comparatively short time, they have gathered a circle of acquaintances who were shocked to hear of the death, and who deeply sympathize with the sorrowing relatives. Aside from his family here he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Laura Gowdy of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Rose Beckwith of Rockefeller, Ill. The funeral services will be held at the house this afternoon at 2:30 at which Rev. Magin will preside. The body will then be taken to Osage, Ia., the former home, where they will be interred. The remains will be accompanied by Mrs. Lewis and her son Ward.”

2. Laura Ann (Lewis) Gowdy born 1836 in Williamstown, VT; married Lewis Gowdy (1832-1925) on December 15, 1854 in Lake County, IL; Laura died February 1, 1925 in Hennepin County, MN; Laura and Lewis are buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN

According to the Minneapolis Star (Minneapolis MN) Tuesday, February 3, 1925, page 7:

“GOWDY SERVICES HELD – Funeral services were conducted at Lakewood chapel at 11:30 a.m. today for Mrs. Lewis Gowdy, who died in Williamstown, Vt. She lived in Minneapolis since 1884.”

3. Sophia Mariah (Lewis) Becker born February 8, 1842 in Vermont; married William Henry Becker (1829-1903) about 1865, a Civil War veteran with the 8th Division Wisconsin Infantry; lived in Concord, Bureau County, IL; Sophie died July 23, 1906; Sophia and William are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Waynet, Bureau County, IL

According to the Bureau County Tribune (Princeton IL) Friday, July 27, 1906, page 12:

   “Mrs. Sophia Becker died at the home of her son-in-law William Bodfish, on East Peru street, Monday of this week.  She was in her sixty-fifth year.  Funeral services were held at the house Wednesday afternoon, and the remains were taken to Wyanet where services were held in the M. E. church.  Rev. C. E. Stebbins of West Bureau, officiating.  Burial was in the Wyanet cemetery.  An obituary notice will appear in the Tribune next week.”

According to the Bureau County Tribune (Princeton IL) Friday, August 3, 1906, page 7:

Sophia Lewis Becker.

   Sophia Lewis Becker was born in Williamston, Orange county, Vermont, Feb. 8, 1832 (sic) and died in Princeton, Ill. July 23, 1906.  When an infant she was brought by her parents to Lake county Ill., where they settled in 1864.  She married W. H. Becker in the town of Wyanet.  After a year’s residence in Paisippie, Ia, they returned and located at South Hickory, Bureau county.  May 2, 1903, Mr. Becker passed away very suddenly.  Since that time Mrs. Becker has been gradually failing.  In June it was discovreed (sic) that she had a malignant tumor.  A hurried visit was made to Chicago.  An operation was performed, but the disease was deep seated and there was no hope of her surviving only for a brief time.  She returned to the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Bodfish, in Princeton, where everything was done to make her remaining days as comfortable as possible.  From this time she gradually failed until Sunday, when hemorrhages commenced and continued until she passed away.
   Around her bedside were her devoted children to comfort her and receive her last word and her blessing.  Much regret was expressed at the unavoidable absence of her son Philo and daughter Elzie.
   She was converted in early childhood and united with the United Brethren church at Manlius, where she held her membership at her death.
   She attended the Hickory Grove Sunday school and church and was an active worked in the cause of God.  During her last sickness she received much consolaton (sic) from the christian ministrations of her children who read God’s word and prayed with her often.  Her life was one of steadfast faith and as a blessing to the world.
   She leaves eight children, four sons, Philo, of Minn., and Alva, Albert and Clarence of Hickory; also four daughers (sic), Mrs. Edna Storrs, of Amboy, Minn.; Mrs. Bodfish of Princeton, Ill; Mrs. Jessie Ross, of Minn.; Mrs. Elzie Bickford, of Kewanee, Ill.  Also two sisters, Mrs. Laura Goowdy (sic) of Minneapolis Minn. and Mrs. Ross Beckwith, of Lake county, Ill., and one brother, Winslow R. Lewis, of Osage, Iowa.
   The funeral was held at the residence of her daughter in Princeton Wednesday, at 12:30, conducted by Rev. C. E. Stebbins, of West Bureau.  Rev. Slaughter of the M. E. church offered prayer.  Her remains were taken to Wyanet, where a service was held in the M. E. church at 2:30.  Rev. Courtright and Rev. J. G. Brook, a former pastor assisting at the services.  Comforting music was furnished by the Princeton choir of the M. E. church.
   Interment was made in the family lot in Forest Hill cemetery.”

4. Ranslure Clarke Lewis born November 10, 1843 in Vermont (AKA Ranslure Clarke Persons after adoption by P. O. Persons according to; Ranslure Persons appears in the 1850 and 1860 census as the son of Adrian M. and Delia Persons living in the Town of Warren, Lake County, IL; (NOTE: according to the will of David C. Lewis signed August 19, 1882: “Second. I give and bequeath to my son Ranslure Clarke Lewis otherwise known as Ranslure C. Pearsons or R. C. Pearson the sum of Fifty Dollars to be paid to him within one year after my decease.”; married Mary Orintha Putnam (1847-1923) on March 22, 1867 in Lake County, IL, daughter of Proctor Putnam (1814-1892) and Rosilla (Sargent) Putnam (1823-1895); their children were Clarence Leslie Persons (1872-1946) and Perry Lee Persons (1874-1962) (NOTE: Perry was married to Nellie E. Botsford (1870-1957), daughter of Reuben S. Botsford (1833-1918) and Elizabeth (Marble) Botsford (1833-1910)); Ranslure died January 14, 1883 in Newport Township, Lake County, IL; Ranslure and Mary are buried in Union Cemetery, Waukegan, Lake County, IL

5. David O. Lewis born 1846; David died March 6, 1858 (See section pertaining to David O. Lewis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)

  • Stepchildren from second husband, David Crosby Lewis and his second wife, Abigail D. Hawley:
    1. Rosetta M. “Rosa” (Lewis) Beckwith born in November 1850 in Illinois; married Charles F. Beckwith (1847-1935), son of Gilbert Beckwith (1814-1882) and Harriet Beckwith (1808-1889); Rosetta died September 24, 1940 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL; Rosetta and Charles are buried in the Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, IL

According to the Daily Herald (Chicago) Friday, October 4, 1940, page 10:

“MOTHER OF DES PLAINES WOMAN IS BURIED – Mrs. Rosa Beckwith, 89 of Grayslake, died last week after a six year illness. She was the mother of Elmer Beckwith, of Des Plaines, Ernest Beckwith, Russell, Pa., Mrs. Edith Colby, Corry, Pa., and Edith Beckwith, Grayslake. The funeral was held Friday.”

  • Children from first husband, Horace Taylor and Martha H. (Hawley) (Taylor) Lewis:
    1. Ruth Taylor born December 28, 1848 in Wisconsin; Ruth died September 26, 1852.
    2. Parthenia Arabella (Taylor) Harvey born October 29, 1851 in Beaver Dam, Dodge County, WI; married Henry John Harvey (1845-1921) August 18, 1870 in Lake County, IL, son of Cyrus E. Adeline Parks (Barron) Harvey and veteran of the Civil War, Co. F, 39th Illinois Volunteers; Parthenia died January 26, 1927 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL; Parthenia and Henry are buried in the Lakeside Cemetery, Libertyville, Lake County, IL
  • Siblings:
    • Sanford T. Hawley born April 10, 1814 in Amherst, Hampshire County, MA; Sanford died September 18, 1817 in Hampshire County, MA; buried in Plainville Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire County, MA
    • Thomas B. Hawley born February 3, 1816 in Amherst, Hampshire County, MA; Thomas died on September 12, 1817 in Hampshire County, MA; buried in Plainville Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire County, MA
    • Ruth B. (Hawley) Keys Smith born March 26, 1820 in Amherst, Hampshire County, MA; married (1) Albert Keys (?-1858) on October 24, 1849; married (2) Anson Smith on April 20, 1858
    • Sanford T. Hawley born March 2, 1822 in Thetford, Orange County, VT; married (1) Adelia A. “Delia” Hardy (1832-1874) on September 20, 1848; married (2) Cornelia Harrington on September 30, 1874; Sanford died May 14, 1874 in Trenton, Dodge County, WI; Sanford and Adelia are buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Fox Lake, Dodge County, WI

According to the Representative (Fox Lake, WI) Friday, May 22, 1874, page 4:

“SUDDEN DEATH. – Mr. Sanford Hawley, an old and respected resident of Trenton, died suddenly on the morning of Thursday, the 14th Mr. Hawley had been unusually well, and worked all day Wednesday.  About 2 o’clock his wife was awakened by hard breathing, and tried to arouse him, but before medical assistance could be obtained he breathed his last.  He leaves a newly married wife and two children.  The funeral ceremonies were held at their residence in Trenton and were largely attended, friends being present from Waupun, Beaver Dam and Fox Lake.  The remains were interred in the Fox Lake Cemetery.”

    • Abigail D. (Hawley) Lewis born February 22, 1824 in Pomfret, Windsor County, VT; married David Crosby Lewis (1808-1885) as his second wife (See section pertaining to David Crosby Lewis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); Abigail died December 7, 1859 (See section pertaining to Abigail D. (Hawley) Lewis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    • Royal Tracy Hawley born April 21, 1826 in New York; Royal died October 3, 1826 in New York
    • Royal Tracy Hawley born August 25, 1827 in Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; married Lucy Case Reasoner (1836-1920) March 2, 1855 in Steuben County, NY, daughter of John Stout Reasoner (?-1892) and Tryphena (Northway) Reasoner (?-1905); Royal died March 2, 1910 in Seattle, King County, WA; Royal and Lucy are buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Seattle, King County, WA
    • Spencer Hawley born May 23, 1829 in Floyd, Oneida County, NY; Civil War Veteran, Company H, 30th Regiment Wisconsin Infantry, Private; married Catherine Comstock Potter (1831-1886) on November 25, 1851 in Trenton, Dodge County, NY; Spencer died February 9, 1913 in Seattle, King County, WA; buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Seattle, King County, WA
    • Jonathan Edwards Hawley born December 26, 1831 in Columbus, Chenango County, NY; married (1) Celest “Electa” Hastings (1839-1859) on December 3, 1857; married (2) Frances Sophia “Nancy” Blakeley (1841-1928) on September 29, 1860 in Buchanan County, IA; Jonathan died January 2, 1902 in Arcadia, Valley County, NE; Jonathan and Nancy are buried in Arcadia Cemetery, Arcadia, Valley County, NE.
    • Olive Storrs (Hawley) Davison born August 30, 1834 in Columbus, Chenango County, NY; married Andrew Smith Davison (1833-1912) on October 30, 1852 in Poy Sippi, Washara County, WI, son of Jonathan L. Davison (?-1860) and Sarah Maria (Miller) Davison (1800-1890); Olive died July 16, 1915 in Puerto Rico; Olive and Andrew are buried in Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Bayamon, Bayamon Municipality, Puerto Rico.
    • Rosetta (Hawley) Becker born April 22, 1836 in New York; married William Henry Becker (1828-1903) on November 20, 1856; Rosetta died May 22, 1861 in Poy Sippi, Waushara County, WI; buried in Poy Sippi Cemetery, Poy Sipp, Waushara County, WI

Additional Information:

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), August 12, 2016:

   “Lowes (Linda Parthena Lowes), who lives in Lake County in Illinois, is president of the society (Obadiah Taylor Descendants and Historical Association). She traces her lineage to Obadiah through his son, Horace. Horace Taylor, born in 1801, married twice. His first marriage to Sarah O’Dell in 1820 produced children born throughout their travels from Pennsylvania and ultimately to Cedar Lake: O.G., George, Sylvester, Polly, Alvin, Sarah and Esther.   
   Horace remarried and moved to Beaver Dam, Wis., where he and his second wife, Martha Hawley, had Parthena and Ruth.
   “My great-grandmother, Parthena, went to the first Taylor society meeting on Aug. 27, 1926,” said Lowes. It was held at the home of Flora Cutler in Creston. The first reunion took place on Oct. 3, 1926, at the Fine Arts Hall at the Lake County Fairgrounds.”

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Trenton, Dodge County, WI the household members were:

“Horace Taylor, age 49, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Martha Taylor, age 32, born in Massachusetts; Sarah I. Taylor, age 15, born in Indiana; Esther A. Taylor, age 12, born in Indiana; Ruth Taylor, age 1, born in Wisconsin”

According to the 1870 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Hainesville, post office the household members were:

“David C. Lewis, age 61, occupation: farmer; born in Vermont; Martha Lewis, age 52, born in Massachusetts; Thena Taylor, age 19, born in Illinois”

According the 1880 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were:

“David C. Louis (sic Lewis) age 71, married, occupation: farmer, born in Vermont, father born in Massachusetts, mother born in New Hampshire; Marthy H. Louis, age 62, wife, married, born in Massachusetts, father born Massachusetts, mother born in Connecticut; Patty Hawley, age 85, mother of wife, widowed, boarding, born in Connecticut, parents born in Connecticut”