William B. Lewis

William B. Lewis (1788-1874) is my 4th great grandfather

William James Lewis (1818-1877) is the son of William B. Lewis

Mary Ella Lewis (1851-1928) is the daughter of William James Lewis

William Chester Lamb (1878-1946) is the son of Mary Ella Lewis (she married William George Lamb)

Florence Adele Lamb (1903-1984) is the daughter of William Chester Lamb

Grace Adele Britt (1928-1975) is the daughter of Florence Adele Lamb (she married John Mansel Britt)

and I am the daughter of Grace A. Britt (I was named Ellen Britt at birth, and Janet K. Page upon adoption)

I sent the following to the Research Dept. at Woodlawn Cemetery —

To the Research Dept. — I have an ancestor to add to your Veteran files.  His name is William B. Lewis and he served in the War of 1812.  He was born about 1788 in New York and died 20 Oct 1874 in New York.  He was originally buried in a private vault in the church yard of the 18th Street Methodist Episcopal Church. The copied article below states that there was a ban on burials below 86th St. after 1851.  But if you look closely at his death cert. it states that he was buried in a private vault at this church.  I can’t explain this.  Also the article is incorrect as it says Woodlawn Cemetery is in Queens.

The following info. was found at this site http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/EighteenthStME.html

“The Eighteenth Street Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1835, making it one of the first four Methodist churches in New York City. A small wooden building on West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, provided a place for services. There was a cemetery in the churchyard that was probably active until 1851 when the city banned burials below 86th Street. In 1885, the members decided to enlarge and remodel the church, and to pay for the work they decided to empty the 128 vaults in the churchyard and sell the property. After some difficulty in convincing the families to agree to disinterment, about 300 bodies were removed to Woodlawn Cemetery in Queens. Public vaults behind the parsonage were undisturbed and apparently forgotten.”

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