NameMary Elizabeth Lewis
Birth13 Dec 1838, Pulaski, Oswego County, New York
Death12/13 Nov 1911, Wyoming, New York
OccupationIn charge of music at mother’s school in Chicago in 1850s. Played violin and piano in later life.
ReligionIn Chicago, member of St. James Episcopal Church.
FatherHiram L. Lewis (1806-1870)
MotherMary Jane Gillespie (1814-1878)
Birth8 Mar 1830, Berlin, Prussia, Germany
Death8 Apr 1919, Chicago, Illinois
OccupationArchitect - 1849 @ James Mortimer & Co., Hamburg. 1850 @ Selzer, New York City. 1855 Illinois Central RR, Chicago. 1857 Own firm on Dearborn St., Chicago.
EducationIn Berlin - Royal Technical School at age 15. Royal Friedrich Werder Gymnasium at age 11. Wolff’s elementary school at age 7.
ReligionReformed Lutheran Church (Confirmed at Dorothy Church in Berlin)
FatherJohann C. Matz (1800-1868)
MotherAugusta Frederica Dahman (1800-1880)
Marriage26 Oct 1857, 267 Erie St., Chicago, Illinois
ChildrenHerman Lewis (1859-1945)
 Rudolph (1860-1917)
 Evelyn (1862-1958)
Notes for Mary Elizabeth Lewis
Moved to Chicago with her parents in 1852.

Married in family home built by Matz & H. Lewis.

In 1873, was one of the founder of the Chicago Fortnightly Association, President of Chicago Women’s Clun and head of the governing board of the Mary Thompson Hospital for Women and Children founded in 1865.

On 18 January 1892 she applied for a passport while in Paris, having left the US on 10 September 1891, A previous passport was issued in April 1881 in Chicago and seems to have an incorrect birth date, 11 December 1839 and says that she was 42 years old which would not be correct for that birth date; at that time she was planning to travel abroad with daughter Evelyn, age 18..

Died in Wyoming, NY at “Hillside Farm”, the home of a friend, Lydia Avery Coonley Ward. She was visiting while her daughter was in Europe. Mrs. Ward had sold her house in Chicago in 1911 and was living at a property which was in her family from 1858-1928. In November 1923 Mrs. Ward was driven in her Packard to Chicago, including a ferry trip from Buffalo to Cleveland, with Evelyn Matz and two other ladies to attend the wedding of her grandson, John Stuart Coonley, to Catherine Rehm. Mrs. Ward died in Chicago three months later.

1880 Census:
 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 M. N. GRABLE   Self   M   Male   W   40   OH   Clerk-Notion Store   PA   PA 
 Frances E. GRABLE   Wife   M   Female   W   40   OH   Keeping House   OH   OH 
 Juliet GRABLE   Dau   S   Female   W   14   IL   At Home   OH   OH 
 Lillia GRABLE   Dau   S   Female   W   11   IL   At Home   OH   OH 
 Marion JOHNSON   Other   M   Male   W   50   OH   Board-Trade   NY   NY 
 Nillia JOHNSON1   Other   M   Female   W   18   IL   At Home   NY   NY 
 Otto MATZ   Other   M   Male   W   50   PRU   Architect   PRU   PRU 
 Mary L. MATZ2   Other   M   Female   W   41   NY   At Home   NY   NY 
 Herman L. MATZ3   Other   S   Male   W   21   IL   Student   PRU   NY 
 Rudolph MATZ4   Other   S   Male   W   19   IL   Student   PRU   NY 
 Evelyn MATZ5   Other   S   Female   W   17   IL   At School   PRU   NY 
  KOHLER   Other   S   Male   W   26   STUDIGART   Draftsman   STUDIGART   STUDIGART 
 Mary MORRISON   Other   S   Female   W   25   IA   At Home   OH   OH 
 Alice CAMPBELL   Other   S   Female   W   25   CAN   Shirtmaker   IRE   IRE 
 Maria ROONEY   Other   S   Female   W   25   CAN   Dressmaker   IRE   IRE 

Source Information:
  Census Place Chicago, Cook, Illinois
  Family History Library Film   1254199
  NA Film Number   T9-0199
  Page Number   293B
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