|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1873|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 1908|
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lewis was born the 15th of February, 1873 in Crawford County, Arkansas, the second child of David Walker Lewis and Eliza Jane Shipley. She married Joseph Leander Kimes the 3rd of April, 1890 in Crawford County, Arkansas. He was born the 31st of December, 1869 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas, the second son of David G. Kimes and Nancy Evalyn Elkins. He was twenty and she was just barely seventeen.
Nine months after their wedding, Emmett DeWitt was born the 25th of December 1890. He was a very large baby and it was an extremely difficult birth for the young, petite, Lizzie. By the time the doctor extracted him, Lizzie was torn apart and a portion of Emmett's skull was caved in. The next eleven years brought six more children: Moody born in 1892, Woodworth born in 1894, Sylvine born in 1895, Herbert born in 1897, Vincent born in 1899, and Edith born in 1901. Five years later Theodore was born in 1906. All eight of their children were born near Chester, in Crawford County, Arkansas.
They lived in the Ozarks of Arkansas in a canyon between two hills called Poe Hollow for at least part of their marriage. The small town of Chester was the closest place where there was a store. Land built a small home out in the country. Here there was no electricity, indoor plumbing, running water, or telephones. Cooking and heating were done with wood; kerosene lamps provided light at night. Like most people in the area, they kept a supply of food from their garden, raised pigs, chickens, and had a cow. We can only imagine what hard work it was caring for seven children under the age of eleven while doing the daily washing, cooking, cleaning, making of clothing, and vegetable gardening. It was also the woman's job to preserve food for the winter months. Land had to farm, care for the livestock, hunt, and work for some hard cash. They had the necessities of life, but except for a pump organ they had few luxuries.
Virginia Pierce Kimes said,"Lizzie was a good cook and I have heard the children tell about her good "light bread" (yeast rising bread). According to the kids, my Mom (Land's second wife) could never make it as good as Lizzie did." She was also a good seamstress who taught her girls how to sew and be good homemakers and housekeepers. By the time Woodie was grown she was an expert seamstress and made her living sewing. Lizzie taught Emmett the keyboard on the family pump organ.
Land and Lizzie were members of the Methodist Church who raised their children to be good people. Land was well educated considering the times; he was a Methodist minister for much of the time he was in Arkansas. He probably gave it up after the church was able to send in traveling ministers. According to family tradition, Lizzie was often asked to pray in church because her prayers were so beautiful. Vincent said that the family always joined hands at the table while his dad said the prayer before their meal.
After the birth of their eighth child, Lizzie's health deteriorated. Susan Kimes Burgess says, "I remember it being said that Lizzie had a chronic bladder infection that lasted for years. I don't know if this is true." Lizzie became very depressed. According to Leander's second wife, Vady, who attended the same church, Lizzie looked terrible those last weeks. Sixteen months after Theodore's birth, while Land and the older boys were working in the fields and the girls were busy in other parts of the house or yard Lizzie slit her throat in the dining room the 28th of March, 1908.
She is buried in the Kimes Cemetery (also called Westview Cemetery), Crawford County, Arkansas.
All data on Elizabeth Lewis is from Virginia Kimes Pierce. Biographical information is from her conversations with her brothers, sisters, and mother. Compiled and written by Susan Kimes Burgess
David Walker Lewis (1848 - 1919)
Eliza Jane Shipley Lewis (1852 - 1931)
Joseph Leander Kimes (1869 - 1943)
Emmett DeWitt Kimes (1890 - 1952)*
Overton Moody Kimes (1892 - 1970)*
Woodworth Kimes Burrell (1894 - 1980)*
Sylvine Kimes Coatney (1895 - 1979)*
Herbert Leon Kimes (1897 - 1980)*
Lewis Vincent Kimes (1899 - 1992)*
Edith Kimes Burrell (1901 - 1984)*
Theodore X. Kimes (1906 - 1932)*
Roseltha Delcie Lewis Sherman (1871 - 1940)*
Elizabeth Lewis Kimes (1873 - 1908)
Henry Davis Baskum Lewis (1881 - 1963)*
Walker Harlan Lewis (1889 - 1957)*
Harvey Leander Lewis (1890 - 1953)*
Thomas Wesley Lewis (1892 - 1959)*
Joseph Webber Lewis (1895 - 1958)*
LIZZIE Wife of Leander Kimes
Maintained by: Susan Kimes Burgess
Originally Created by: Blote
Record added: Aug 24, 2008
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