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Bunavista Arleva "Winny or Vesta" Lewis London
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1847
Crawford County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 1908
Tecumseh
Pottawatomie County
Oklahoma, USA

Daughter of James and Katherine Lewis in Crawford County, Arkansas, born of Kentucky and Tennessee. She was born in Jasper, Crawford County, Arkansas, 1847.

Named by her father, who is told to have fought in The Mexican War, named her after the 'Battle of Buena Vista', was the first born of five children from her parent's union [Daniel Walker "D.W.", 1848;
James Boone "J.B.", 1849; Jefferson in 1850.

Married at 14 to Rufus Houston "Huse" LONDON, Sr., oldest son of John and Juda (Burnett) London. Huse took his ready made family to Pilot Point, Texas, and from there became a soldier in the cause of the Confederacy. He and Vesta (aka: Winny) had two children in Collin, McKinney County, Texas and then returned after the war to the banks of Cedar Creek (Jasper Township) where the Lewis boys claimed their father's land.

Huse and Vesta's brother "Boone" (J.B.), set up a cotton gin and a flour and saw mill on the banks of the creek and a little settlement grew up nearby. Her brother Walker took his family up the mountain (sometimes referred to as Boston Mtn) a ways and built a big farm. He had a large family and so did Boone, and Huse and Vesta had thirteen children.

She died in Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma and buried in
Old Mission Cemetery. There are still mysteries unriddled in these Arkansas hills and descendants are working to unfold them. 
 
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 Parents:
  James M Lewis (1800 - 1854)
 
 Spouse:
  Rufus Houston London (1840 - 1924)*
 
 Children:
  Marcus Layfayette London (1862 - 1923)*
  James C. London (1865 - 1945)*
  Ruthia C. London Barker (1867 - 1885)*
  Josephine London Oliver (1873 - 1958)*
  Jarva L. London (1885 - 1885)*
 
 Siblings:
  Bunavista Arleva Lewis London (1847 - 1908)
  David Walker Lewis (1848 - 1919)*
  James Boone Lewis (1849 - 1936)*
  Malissa J Lewis Maxwell (1852 - 1922)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
[SIDE:] "Remember friends as you pass by as you are now so once was I. As I am now you soon shall be. Prepare for death and follow me."

[FRONT] "LONDON: Bunavista wife of R.H. London
Born 1847 Died 1908 (text follows can't read two lines)

(Thanks to Jana Blalock for grave photos)
 
Burial:
Tecumseh Cemetery
Tecumseh
Pottawatomie County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: unk
 
Created by: Blote
Record added: Aug 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29264981
Bunavista Arleva Winny or Vesta <i>Lewis</i> London
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Bunavista Arleva Winny or Vesta <i>Lewis</i> London
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Bunavista Arleva Winny or Vesta <i>Lewis</i> London
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