Francis M. Lewis, Co. E, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves

Sally Jordan Reed. “Obituaries From The Clarion Democrat, 1918 Through 1920.” 2002 via Findagrave.

Soldier, rest! thy warfare o’er, Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking; Dream of battlefields no more, Days of danger, nights of waking. – Sir Walter Scott. About four weeks ago Mr. F. Marion Lewis and his wife removed from Pittsburgh and took up their residence in the home recently occupied by J. W. Aites, at the corner of Liberty street and Third avenue, and many of their former friends were glad to learn of their return to their old home town, where they had previously lived for a term of twenty-six years.

Mr. Lewis has not been well for some time past. It was thought he might regain his health to a degree, but that was not to be, as his age, 82 years old last March, stood in the way of giving much hope of prolonged life. He had passed the time when his powers of recuperation were good, and a steady decline followed, in spite of careful nursing and skillful medical aid, until he went to sleep peacefully all suffering passed, and his spirit being at rest, Sunday morning, Nov. 2, 1919.

Mr. Lewis was born on the Gourley farm, just a mile or so south of Clarion, on March 25, 1837, the son of Zachariah and Lydia (King) Lewis. He grew to manhood on the farm and received his education in the local school.

When rebellion raised its head and threatened our land to deform, Mr. Lewis enlisted in Co. E, 10th Pa. Res. and went out under Capt. J. B. Knox, afterwards Colonel, and served three years to save his country. Private Lewis gave a good account of himself and by his devotion to the Union won the high regard of all.

He was a member of the Union Veteran Legion of Pittsburgh, and enjoyed the fellowship of all veterans everywhere.

On October 6, 1871, he formed a happy matrimonial union with Miss Nettie E. Blackmer, who has been his comfort and stay through these years. Together they have walked down the sunset valley of declining years, it being her privilege to keep up a brave spirit and cheer him along the way. Now she and the following children survive: Mrs. Evelyn F. Boardman, Peekskill, N.Y.; Mrs. Mabel C. Roberts and Mrs. Leon B. Lewis, coal and lumber dealer, Newburg, Ore; Lydia L. Arnold, of Philadelphia; Arthur R. Lewis, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Anna C. Haseltine, Baltimore, Md.; and Mrs. Madge DeLanoie, Chicago. Mr. Lewis is also survived by two brothers, Evans Lewis in the far west, and J. K. Lewis, of Pittsville, Venango county, and by one sister, Mrs. Amy F. Kennedy, of Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Lewis lived in Clarion twenty-six years and was engaged in the business of photography, of which he was the pioneer in Clarion, and made a careful study and was a great success as an artist. He was also a great musician and was a beautiful and most skillful performer on the violin and delighted many Clarion audiences in former days, oft times being assisted by some of his family, all of whom possess fine musical talent.

Some fourteen years ago he went to Pittsburgh, where he was a trusted employe of the Fidelity Title & Trust Co. for eleven years.

The deceased was an adherent of the Baptist Church for many years and his funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Charles F. Smalley, pastor of that church Wednesday at 2 o’clock p.m., and the interment was made in the Clarion cemetery.

Sgt Francis Marion Lewis (1837-1919) – Find a Grave Memorial

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Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.