To M.A. Lewis
I have read your entries and commend your efforts.
I generally research south eastern Indiana but also some in Hamilton, Butler, and nearby counties as to New Jersey and New York migrants, many having some connection to my Pearce line. In short I do not look at the state line between the Miami River and the Whitewater Valley. Additionally, I am working with a researcher of the Michael Pearce family of Trenton, Preble Co., OH, to whose line I am probably related. There are Lewis members far back, one being Hope Lewis who m. prob. late 1790s Daniel Runyon, born Long Hope, NJ,
Another is a Louisa or Mary Lewis who married Lewis Jefferson Pearce who was born in Hamilton Co., OH. On my tree I have him as a son of my gg grandfather Pearce's brother, James S. Pearce. I think they lived in Madisonville, Columbia Twp., Hamilton Co., or possibly Sycamore Twp. Wondering if either of the Lewis names mean anything to you?
Last month I scoured the cemeteries on FindAGrave in Fayette, Union and Rush Cos., IN with excursions into Franklin Co. I am preparing entries for the Fayette Co., IN Bicentennial History Book as well. I know my Pearce family from Sussex Co., NJ/Orange Co., NY and briefly the Finger Lakes before migrating west, were acquainted with many of the Dutch and English from NJ and NY who migrated to western OH, southeastern IN. I found many familiar names on the cemeteries list and hope one day the links will be set. (I host a gently used discussion forum at firstname.lastname@example.org on these folk in migration to the area of St. Omer, Decatur Co., IN.
I don't recognize the Pearce surname as connected to my Lewis line.
My fourth Great Grandfather, Jonathan Lewis came to Butler County in 1804 as part of the coloby from Basking Ridge, Somerset County, New Jersey. I don't know any of the marriage records for any of their sons other than Thomas Jefferson Lewis and his brother, Aaron.
Thomas Jefferson Lewis went with Joseph Smith to Nauvoo, and then with Brigham Young to Winter Camp in Iowa. He joined the Thomsonite movement and helped found the town of Preparation, Iowa, which no longer exists. I am descended from Branson Laughlin Lewis, Ether Branson Lewis, Lester Richard Lewis and George Orin Lewis.