Thomas Newton Lewis, son of Enoch Lewis and Caroline Ellen Moulton, was born on 8 May 1839 in Minonk, Tazewell County, Illinois, was christened on 1 Mar 1865 while serving the Union army during the civil war. He died on 9 Aug 1887 in Moulton, Loup County, Nebraska at age 48, and was buried in the Moulton Cemetery in Loup County, Nebraska. The cause of his death was Inflammation of the bowels, resulting from chronic diarrhea of bowels contracted while in service.
Lewis fought at Donelson, Shiloh, and Vicksburg where he was separated from the 11th infantry at the end of his enlistment and reupped as a veteran volunteer and a promotion to Sergeant in 1863. The following year he was taken as a prisoner of war near Clinton. His health had deteriorated and he collapsed due to heat prostration. A few weeks later he was paroled back to the Union Army. In 1865 Lewis was separated for the last time from military service. Toward the end he had been part of a consolidation of the 11th and the 8th. (Hence the two headstones) Over the years, the 11th had been decimated. That we, his descendants, are here is amazing. The unit started with 750 enlistees for a 3 month term. At the end of the term there were less than 180 left. Lewis survived the war, but died as a fairly young man due to the health issues he acquired during his time of service.
After the war, Lewis married, began farming and having a family. He moved his family to Nebraska where he applied for and received a homestead patent. He sold land to the state of Nebraska for School District #44 and gave land for the Moulton Cemetery. It is said he was the first buried there, but it is believed he had babies of his own buried there as well.
Thomas was interested in the education of his children and served on the school board for Liberty district #7 1886-1887, the year he died.
(from the obituary of Reuben Lewis) Thomas and Hannah were blessed with an old fashioned family of twelve children, six girls and as many boys. They were: Albert, Alvin, Reuben, William, John and Chester; Charity, Bertha, Alice, Myrtle, and Pearl. The parents, after the birth of Reuben their third child, crossed the Missouri river from Iowa into Thayer county, Nebraska, and lived near Hebron until 1885 when they again followed the covered wagon trail across the Platte river, a trail that led them up the North Loup valley to the new organized Loup county, through Kent, Taylor, Almeria, and when Reuben was twelve years of age the covered wagon paused and unloaded at a homestead that was part of what is now the Frank Vinnedge ranch-farm east and south of the Abbott bridge. Here the family resided and the children including Reuben attended the rural school now known as the Liberty school.
Thomas N. Lewis gave the land that is now the Moulton Cemetery to the community, and died and was laid there to rest as were many other pioneers, on a hill overlooking his homestead. L. M. Moulton a pioneer attorney purchased the relinquishment, built a house near the North Loup river and established the Moulton post office.
Following the death of her husband Hannah Lewis moved with her family to the David Gard farm, Kent, and for some time operated with the aid of her older sons. Six of these eventually migrated to Wyoming and settle for at least a short time. Most stayed and helped pioneer and develop that state.
Nearest town, Taylor
Directions, 14.3 miles west of Taylor on Hwy. 91 to mile marker 31.
Will see an end road sign and a Dry Valley road sign.
Also, Moulton Cemetery sign on the right.
Turn off oil to the right at cemetery sign and go .2 miles to cemetery.
Go through the double doors on the right--which may be closed due to grazing cattle.
From the single chain entrance, follow the driven path 170 little old lady steps.
Turn left and go eight steps to the stone.
Take a moment to remember the life of this serviceman.
Turn right towards the fence and go to the fence post.
At the base of this fallen tree, under bark and a piece of brick is what you seek.
SIDE NOTE Baqash's grandfather, William Irvin Lewis is seated far right in photo.