Possible Lewis Lewis connection part2
CIVIL WAR LETTER VALUED BY WOMAN (Continued from Page 1.) go and see you. He says he would like to see you tonight with us. Are there any more dances going on in Frankstown? Frankstown? We have one here most every week. "On night before last the rebels had a small battle with our pickets and ook some of our men. We were call- id on for help but when they saw me they run back like the old boy was ifter them. This was not far from 'all Church, about 9 o'clock at night. There has been no real fight yet but think there will be one before long and a, good one at that, "f will close my letter for this night, t is 9 o'clock. The roll will soon be :alled and I must go and answer to my name, so good night and write oon." In connection with the wish ex- irensed in the letter that Nicholas Stephens was with Mr. Blackstone, It s a fact that within a few months )oth Nicholas Stevens and his son, Joseph Stevens, founder of the Stevens "uneral directing business in the city, )ecame members of the Union rrmy ogether. They served, however, in a different branch of the service than hat in which Mr. Blackstone was enrolled. enrolled. Dill Blackstone was killed on the Middle division of the Pennsylvania railroad forty-one years ago last Sat- irday, falling to his death from the op of a, box car when a brake chain le was tightening broke. He and his wo brothers had grown up on farms n the vicinity of Frankstown, Dill Jlackstone on the farm of William Garnish, Joseph Blackstone on the arm of William Bouslough, and Boson Boson Blackstone on the farm of Lynn A. Brua's grandfather. Mrs. Blackstone has, In addition to he letter, the knapsack and powdpr lorn carried by her husband during he Civil war. Through her marriage o Dill Blackstone she became the wife f a Civil war veteran and the alster- n-law of t>vo others, Joseph and Boson Boson Blackstone also having served in he conflict. Through the marriage of ler sister to Dr. George Merwin of St. Louis she became the sister-in-law if still another Civil war veteran. Her relationship with veterans of he country's wars did not begin with he Civil war, however, since her father, father, Lewis Lewis, three uncles, Alex- .nder and Lawrence Brought of Lew- stown, and Captain Thomas B. Lewis, x native of Duncannon, who led com>any com>any B of the famous "Bucktall" regl- nent In the charge which resulted In the capture of Devil's Den in the bird day of fighting at Gettysburg, all served in the Civil war. Still farther back in her family was a veteran of the Revolutionary war, icr great-grandfather, Lewis Lewis, "or whom her father and also Lewls- .own, Pa., were named, having served n the war of the colonies with Great Britain. Lewis Lewis, the Revolutionary war veteran, came to this country with two brothers, David B. and William icwis, from England, locating in Phil- idclphla. He was a surveyor and his lame was given to Lnwistown after IB had mapped the district. He also did work in this vicinity, surveying and about Wopsononock and the 3uckhorn. The letter written by her husband was read for the first time recently by Mrs. Blackstone, who for a period' of ten years prior to last September, had been totally blind. Through an operation operation by which an Internal cataract was removed from her right eye last fall, she recovered the sight of the optic although still blind in the other optic because of a similar growth.