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Reuben Lewis
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Birth: Mar. 20, 1814
Tompkins County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 6, 1886
Turner
Marion County
Oregon, USA

This marker for Reuben Lewis is located near the northwest corner of the cemetery. The back of the marker contains four small holes where the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution attached a plaque in 1930. The plaque commemorated Lewis's participation in the Champoeg meeting in 1843, where Oregon's first territorial government was formed. The four holes in the marker contain metal/rust fragments, evidence that the marker was forcibly removed, likely many decades ago.

More information about Mr. Lewis:

"REUBEN LEWIS was born of Welsh descent in Tompkins county, New York, March 20, 1814. Little opportunity was afforded him as a boy to get an education in schools. He left home at an early age, working as a towboy on the New York canal. Later he went to Iowa, where he remained until Dr. White's wagon train started for Oregon in 1842. This he joined in the capacity of a hunter for Gabriel Brown and family, and walked practically every step of the way. When Fort Hall was finally reached in the middle of August Lewis, with a few pack horses and supplies, left the company and journeyed by himself to Oregon City. There he assisted in erecting a sawmill and there worked for two years. Lewis was present at the Champoeg meeting May 2, 1843, and was elected constable. On February 12, 1844, he was married to Folly Ann Frazer, who had come out in the wagon trail the previous year. This marriage was performed by Reverend Mr. Waller of the Methodist Mission. The same year, he settled on his donation land claim of 640 acres located in the hills between Turner and Aumsville. Here he lived a quiet life until the gold rush of 1848, when he went to the mines in California and was successful in finding gold on Feather river. In an afternoon from one crevice there he took out with his penknife $100 worth of the precious metal. In 1856 he made a sea voyage, going by way of the Isthmus of Panama and New York to Wisconsin, for the purpose of getting his mother, who accompanied him back over the same route. Reuben Lewis was a thrifty farmer, but generous toward all the less fortunate. Near his donation claim was a spot used by immigrants while seeking for locations of their own. It was his custom to slaughter a beef and divide it among the arrivals who were exhausted and hungry after months of travel." -Excerpt from "MEN OF CHAMPOEG" by Caroline C. Dobbs 
 
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 Parents:
  Mary Ann Mix Lewis (1791 - 1881)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Adaline Frazier Lewis (1827 - 1862)
  Katharine Lewis Wilson Van Nuys (1820 - 1904)
 
 Children:
  Abner N. Lewis (1846 - 1934)*
  Melinda Elmyra Lewis Chambers (1851 - 1931)*
  Nelson Lewis (1853 - 1854)*
  Mary Ann Lewis Bowie (1854 - 1876)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Lewis (1860 - 1880)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Gone but not forgotten
 
Burial:
Twin Oaks Cemetery
Turner
Marion County
Oregon, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 44.84596, -122.94143
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: D. D. Thompson
Record added: Oct 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43351408
Reuben Lewis
Added by: D. D. Thompson
 
Reuben Lewis
Added by: D. D. Thompson
 
Reuben Lewis
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