Aug. 1, 1809 Tarboro Edgecombe County North Carolina, USA
Apr. 25, 1879 Wake Forest Wake County North Carolina, USA
Catherine Ann Battle was born in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, NC, 4th of 10 known children born to wealthy planter and manufacturer Col. Joel Battle & Mary Palmer Johnston. She was granddaughter of William Battle & Charity Horn; and gr-granddaughter of Elisha Battle & Elizabeth Ruth Sumner of "Cool Spring" Plantation in Edgecombe. On her maternal side, she was granddaughter of Col. Amos Johnston & Dorcas Williams of Edgecombe County, NC.
In about 1829, Catherine married Dr. John Wesley Lewis of "Mount Prospect" plantation in Leggett, Edgecombe Co. The couple would have 6 known children: Dr. Joel Battle Lewis (1830-1870), William Gaston Lewis (1835-1901), Exum Lewis (1837-1888), Christopher Columbus "Lum" Lewis (1840-1914), Anna Harrison Lewis (1851-1920), and Dr. Richard Henry Lewis (1832-1917).
John died in 1842, at the young age of 38. His 33-year old widow then moved to Chapel Hill, NC where she operated a boarding house. In 1845 she moved to Raleigh, where became a member of the First Baptist Church and was actively involved in relief for the poor. Catherine passed in 1879 at age 69.
Of their children, Joel became a doctor with a practice in Wake and Richard Lewis was a doctor in Kinston, Lenoir Co, NC. William Gaston Lewis was an engineer and Confederate veteran.
NOTE: ANOTHER GRAVESTONE FOR CATHERINE BATTLE LEWIS IS IN OLD CITY CEMETERY IN RALEIGH, THAT IS AN EXACT DUPLICATE OF THIS GRAVESTONE. I HAVE NO EXPLANATION HOW OR WHY SHE HAS A GRAVESTONE IN TWO CEMETERIES. HER HUSBAND ALSO HAS A STONE IN OAKWOOD AND OLD CITY CEMETERY.