The Biography of Ann (Jones) Lewis
By Martha Lewis
Mother Ann Lewis was born January 4, 1864, daughter of David and Mary Jones at Pencader, South Wales, the oldest child of a family of nine children.
Ann and her brother, David S., sailed with their parents
across the Atlantic Ocean, taking six weeks to make the
trip to America.
They landed in New York
and Grandma Jones, their mother, was very sick. As soon as her health would
permit, they journeyed westward in a covered wagon. Grandpa walked most of the
way, carrying David S. on his back across the plains.
They settled in Willard and lived with Dave Edward's father
and mother first winter. Grandpa worked as a carpenter and built the first
Grist Mill in Willard and later built many of the homes, some of which still
Grandmother rented a peach orchard from Titus Davis,
grandfather of Dick Davis, and ran it on shares; she dried $100.00 worth of
peaches in one summer.
In the fall they moved to a farm in North Willard where Tom
S. was born. They had no furniture except the table, chairs and clothes chest
Grandfather made; their bed was a pile of straw and blankets in one corner. The
stove was a fireplace in which they burned the sagebrush they gathered by the
One day Grandpa went to Brigham to get Grandma a little tea
and sugar. He paid $1.50 for a pound of sugar and $1.00 for 1/2 lb. of tea.
While he was gone, Grandmother took a chill. Ann, only a little girl, piled
sagebrush on the fire and the chimney caught ablaze. Thank fortune Uncle Tom
and Stephen came just in time to save their home. The washing had been done
that day and the water was still in the basement and he found it very handy to
throw on the fire.
Uncle John and Aunt Jane were also born in Willard.
In the early spring of 1874, they moved to Malad and lived in a one-room log house owned by Tom
Stephens where Uncle Evan Jones was born. Soon after this, Grandfather took up
a 160-acre farm on Devil Creek and a little later bought a lot from David
Stephens Sr. and built the home in which Uncle Dannie, Aunt Mary Ellen and Aunt
Sally were born.
When the family moved to St. John,
Mother Lewis was twelve years old. Then there was no school or church house so
she with her friends walked to Malad to school. She
was a lovely girl; always full of life and her sunny disposition won her many a
Later Mother Lewis was chosen 1st Counselor of the first
M.I.A., Catherine Lewis being the president. She was also secretary to the
Relief Society many years. She was married to William D. Lewis, August 23, 1882, at the home of her
father by Richard R. Evans. They had a lovely turkey supper and received many
beautiful and useful gifts, among them were a shovel, mop stick, broom and
bucket given by David S. Thomas.
They moved to their little home, which consisted of a
one-room log house. Everyone loved to visit this little home. It was always
clean and brightly decorated with beautiful flowers, for Mother has always had
the gift of growing flowers.
Children came to bless this home and as the family grew, the
house grew also until they boasted of four rooms, with roses boarding the
little path to welcome everyone.
Eleven children were born and raised in this house and in
1907, they built the house she lives in today; it has always been a home to
everyone. Many are the young girls and boys who have stayed and taken of the
hospitality of this patient and kind mother.
In 1910, Elmer was born and at that time Mother Lewis
wondered how she could raise another child, but he grew up to be such a comfort
and help to his mother, for when he was eleven years old, his father died
ending a life of a most thoughtful and loving husband and father. The home was
sad and lonely, as Father Lewis was a man who was always home and helping in
every way he could.
Three years later her son George's wife, Janie, died,
leaving three children for Mother to raise. She worked
hard to keep them clean and well fed, nursing them when ill and trying every
way to help the tiny tots to forget the loneliness they felt from losing their
darling mother. She sewed, mended and worked and made a happy home for them.
She kept Ruth, the baby, until she married two years ago.
She served as president of the Religion Class for several
She moved to Logan
to put Elmer through college, staying four years, at which time she was House
Mother in the Fraternity House, mothering fourteen to eighteen boys. She gave
them their meals and a mother's love and advice.
Later she moved to Bozeman, Montana,
at which place she lived three years enjoying the companionship of her three
sons, who lived there.
She came back the spring of 1938, to enjoy her old home and
her children who lived there and her many, many kind friends and loved ones.
Her home was not left untouched by the awful war. She
contributed one son and fourteen grandsons, three of whom are still serving
She is now 82 years old, enjoying life as only one can with
the sunny disposition she has. Her health isn't the best, but considering the
work, worry and trouble she has seen, she is a wonder to me.
May God bless her, so we can keep her many years yet to
enjoy her motherly counsel and love.
(From St. John, Oneida County, Idaho: A collection of
personal histories from the time of the first settlers to the present day,