Hannah Larue (Lewis) Williams

On this day, 11 May 1921, Hannah Larue (Lewis) Williams died. She was my spouse’s 2nd great-grandmother.

Born on 6 August 1848, in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, Hannah Larue Lewis was the daughter of William Monroe Lewis and Susan Neal. William and Susan had married seven years earlier on 14 September 1841, in Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania and were already the parents of three children: Marshall Humphrey Lewis, Rebecca J. Lewis, and Edward Lewis.

On 11 October 1850, William Lewis, his wife Susan, and three of their four children (Marshall, Edward, and Hannah) were shown living in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. William Lewis was a collier (coal miner), and Susan was a housewife.

On 1 July 1851, sister Medora Lewis was born in Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Three years later, on 19 February 1854, brother John Lewis was born in Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Then, on 10 March 1854, less than a month after John’s birth, tragedy struck the Lewis family. Hannah’s mother, Susan (Neal) Lewis, died in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania; she was only 39 years old. The cause of death might have been related to childbirth. Susan was buried in Port Matilda Presbyterian Cemetery, Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Raising six young children alone would not have been easy. On 29 January 1856, William Monroe Lewis married Anna Elizabeth Kelly in Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania. Together, Hannah’s father and stepmother would have five children: Mary Ann Lewis, William H. Lewis, Minnie Lewis, Buddy Lewis, and Orlando Lewis.

Sadness would once again come to the Lewis household, when Hannah’s brother Edward Lewis died on 19 March 1858. He was only 12 years old. Edward was buried near his mother in Port Matilda Presbyterian Cemetery, Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

On 16 August 1860, William Lewis, his wife Anna, 12-year old Hannah, and six-month old William H. were residing in Houston Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. William was listed as a laborer.

On 5 July 1864, Hannah Larue Lewis married James Bernard Williams in Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania. She was 15 years old; James was 23 years old.

The couple’s first child, Olive C. Williams, was born on 11 June 1865, in Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Hannah and James’ next child, a son, was born on 10 December 1867, in Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania. They named him Orvis Aaron Williams.

On 28 June 1870, Hannah and James were residing in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, along with their children Olive and Orvis. James was a laborer, and Hannah was keeping house. The value of their personal property was $3oo.

On 29 April 1873, Hannah’s half-brother Buddy Lewis died. He was less than two-years old.

On 28 September 1876, Hannah and James welcomed their third child, William Lewis Williams (my spouse’s great-grandfather).

On 2 August 1879, son Ebenezer Records Williams was born in Port Matilda, Centre County Pennsylvania.

On 3 June 1880, the Williams family—James, Hannah, Olive, Orvis, William, and Ebenezer—were living in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. James B. Williams was now a farmer; Hannah was a housewife.

On 4 August 1882, son James L. Williams, was born. Sadly, a month and a half later, on 14 September 1882, baby James died.

On 24 July 1884, son Charles Thomas Williams was born in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

On 28 October 1885, daughter Adah Bertha Williams was born in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

On 23 November 1886, daughter Nannie Williams was born in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. However, she died two months later on 22 January 1887.

On 12 January 1888, daughter Iva Williams was born. Again, the Williams’ family grieved the death of a child, when Iva died a month later on 22 February 1888.

On 16 April 1889, daughter Lizzie Williams was born to the couple. Lizzie lived only six months, dying on 26 October 1889, in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

On 21 May 1891, son LeRoy Williams was born; however, half a year later, LeRoy died on 10 November 1891.

Their final child, daughter Maggie Williams, was born circa 1892. Although she lived longer than some of her siblings, Maggie too died at a young age, circa 1895. (Of the 12 children Hannah Larue (Lewis) William bore, only six survived childhood. One wonders how she was able to cope with losing so many children.)

On 6 June 1900, after 35 years of marriage, Hannah and James Williams were still residing on their farm in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. Living with them were their children Ebenezer, Charles, and Adah. James’ youngest brother Aquilla Williams lived with his family on the farm next door.

Then, on 25 January 1909, at the age of 94, Hannah’s father, William Monroe Lewis, died in Tyrone, Blair County, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Port Matilda Presbyterian Cemetery, Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

On 26 April 1910, Hannah and James Williams still resided on their farm in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. By then, all of their children were married and living elsewhere.

On 11 April 1912, Hannah’s brother Marshall Humphrey Lewis died in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. He died from facial erysipelas, a bacterial infection of the skin on his face. He was buried in Messiah Baptist Cemetery in Lanse, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

Four years later, on 1 August 1916, Hannah’s husband James Bernard Williams died in Worth Township, Centre Chapter, Pennsylvania. The couple had just celebrated their 52nd anniversary a few week’s prior to James’ death.

On 30 May 1920, Hannah’s stepmother Anna Elizabeth (Kelly) Lewis died. She was buried alongside her husband in Port Matilda Presbyterian Cemetery, Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Then, on 11 May 1921, Hannah Larue (Lewis) Williams died in Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York. At the time of her time, Hannah was either residing with or visiting her youngest son, Charles Thomas Williams, who lived with his wife family in Niagara County, New York.

Hannah Larue (Lewis) Williams was buried beside her husband in Port Matilda Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

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  1. Thank you, Jana! That is so kind of you! I will be sure to check out the other blogs you have recommended as well.

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