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WILLIAM (UNCLE BILL) LEWIS
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Better Half
N 35° 02.903 W 085° 18.565
16S E 654185 N 3879715
Quick Description: WILLIAM (UNCLE BILL) LEWIS
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 9/3/2007 8:28:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM24T1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Titansfan
Views: 30

Long Description:
WILLIAM (UNCLE BILL) LEWIS
1810 - 1896

William Lewis was born in Winchester, Tennessee, in 1810 as a slave. When he was old enough, Lewis was taught the blacksmith trade. By working at odd times, he was able to save enough money to purchase the freedom of his wife so his children would be born free.

William Lewis came to Chattanooga in 1836 when it was still called Ross' Landing. he continued to work and soon paid for his own freedom. In 1851 Lewis purchased the freedom of his mother, brother and sister. He operated a blacksmith shop at this location and became very prosperous during the civil war. His men forged the shackles for Andrews' Raiders after the famous locomotive chase from Big Shanty, Georgia, to Chattanooga, and his son, George fitted them on each Prisoner.

Presented November 16, 1990

Mary Walker Historical and Educational Foundation
Marker Name: WILLIAM (UNCLE BILL) LEWIS

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Person

Marker Number: n/a

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Mary Walker Historical and Educational Foundation


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