Mrs. Margaret Lewis

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Woman, Born In 1854, Died


Courtesy Michelle Gorin Burris, Barren’s Black Roots Volume 4, Gorin Genealogical Publishing, (c) Feb 1995. Originally published in unknown

Glasgow KY newspaper 30 Sept 1962.


   “Mrs. Margaret Lewis, who was born into slavery in Barren County in 1854, died at 6:30 p.m. yesterday in the home of a great-granddaughter,

Mrs. Odessa Boone, 832 E. Madison


    “Spry and alert, Mrs. Lewis was able to get around the house without help until about three months ago. She has lived with her

great-granddaughter several years now.


    “In an interview on her 105th birthday in 1959, Mrs. Lewis told a reporter, “It’s the Lord that’s keeping me here. I couldn’t

keep myself. He takes care of me.”

Outlived 5 Children


    “Mrs. Lewis has outlived all of her five children and both her grandchildren. Mrs. Boone said she still had a good appetite and

ate a good breakfast yesterday morning.


    “She still spoke fondly of Jack Lewis, her master when she was a slave. She and her late husband took the name of the family

they worked for after they were freed.


    “Today was to have been dedicated to Mrs. Lewis at her church, West Chestnut Street Baptist. A tape recording had been made of

her voice because she had been unable to walk recently.


    “She recalled that her mistress was fond of her and saw to her schooling. But Mrs. Lewis was never forced to do anything she didn’t want to

do, and she didn’t want to be educated, she once said.


    “Last April a group at Southern Bell gave her a telephone with amplifying receiver, so she could talk to her friends.


    “Surviving besides Ms. Boon is another grandchild; 12 great-great grandchildren, and two great-great-great-grandchildren.”


Note: The address shown is not in Glasgow, nor the church so her great-granddaughter lived in another town. Her owner was John Lewis of

Barren County.