The Lewis Family Papers contain materials relating primarily to Reed
Lewis (1787-1836), his son John Bacon Lewis (1825-1909), and John's wife, Elizabeth (1826-1866). John Bacon Lewis was a
California pioneer who operated a draying business in San Francisco from 1849-1856. He later purchased and farmed land in
Sonoma County. Thirty seven letters written to or by John or Elizabeth Lewis make up the bulk of the Papers. Transcriptions
of nearly all of these letters are also found in the Papers. The letters discuss family news, life in Farmington, Connecticut
or San Francisco, California, and travel between Connecticut and California via the Isthmus of Panama.
Reed Lewis was born on October 14, 1787 in Vermont. He later moved to New York and was a pioneer of Saratoga County. In
1810, he married Margaret Bacon (1794-1869). They had five children: Sarah, Catherine, Jane, Mary, and John.
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