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I did some additional searches. First, to prove/disprove the family found in Chehalis Co,
WA, by the other. This family at first review did not match with my first posting when
the real Thomas was found in 1931, the census of 1930 and 1920.
But, this "other" family:
The 1900 Census for Elma, Chehalis Co, WA
Thomas Lewis, born Nov 1854 (45) in Missouri to both parents born in Indiana
Nancy, born June 1871(28) in Kansas, mother of 4/all living
Albert, Sept 1880, age 19 (if parents married for 12 years, probably not Nancy's.
Simeon(as written) July 1888, 11, Indian Territory
Adath (dau), born July 1889, Washington
Annie, Dec 1892, Indian Territory
Charles, April 1895, Indian Territory.
James Lewis, July 1855, born in Indiana to both parents born in Indiana
Amanda, Dec 1857 in Missouri.
The 1910 Census finds this same family in Rainier, Thurston County, WA.
---So, this is NOT the correct family. More research on the REAL Thomas should have found
him in 1931/1930 and 1920.
Based on your information, this "appears" to be the correct family.
The 1880 Census for Sulphur Springs, Benton Co, Arkansas
James Lewis, 61, born in Virginia
Catharine, age 61, born in VA
Thomas 25, born in Arkansas.
After that, the 1890 census, of course, was destroyed and not available. I did numerous
census searches in the 1900 census: by last name only, with birth plus/minus 2 years of
1854; born in Missouri, born in Arkansas, last name Lewis, last name Louis; no place of
birth, just first and last names, first name Enoch. Also throwing just "Lewis",
wife name Thelma. I found a few potential, but they were tossed due to parents name,
place of birth, or race. I even looked for Lewis/Louis Thomas(last name). Where was he
in 1900? I just didn't find him, the enumerator didn't find him, the census page
was unreadible, not scanned or otherwise not available; or, his name was so badly
translated it was found (Lemis, Lenis, Lews, Cemis, etc.). It also doesn't help that
both Thomas and Lewis are so common.
I took a look at Heritage Quest books, no one found having the name of "Thomas Enoch
Lewis", too many just Thomas Lewis.
I would suggest starting in Latah County. Although obits were not as popular as today,
there "might" be one, "IF" the family there wanted to pay for one..
Otherwise, the death certificate (which would be based on the knowledge of a family member
as respondent, who might not know anything but rumor). Local burial records, he may have
paid ahead for his own. Church records. County records "might" have records on
him, but would probably lack any substance as far as family...UNLESS, he recorded his Will
at the County Auditor/Recorder. The Court "might" have a probate record; but it
doesn't look like he had property.
There is one volunteer at the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness in Latah County:
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