Birth: December 20, 1850, Fowler, Trumbull County, Ohio
From Harriet Taylor Upton, A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio, A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), Volume 2, pp. 265-266:
ELMER A. LEWIS, who is a retired farmer living on his farm in Vienna township, Trumbull county, ohio, was born in Fowler township, December 20, 1850, a son of Abraham and Lucia (Vahn) Lewis, both of whom were natives of Trumbull county. The father was born in 1817 and the mother in 1824. The paternal grandfather, Abraham Lewis, was a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and among the early settlers in this township. He located on a farm, and there cultivated the soil until his death. Abraham Lewis remained at home until he had nearly reached his majority, then engaged in business at Youngstown, Ohio, doing a machine business for about two years, when he went onto a farm in Fowler township. Here he remained for the long period of sixty years, then sold and moved to Vienna township. Subsequently, he moved to Brookfield township and there he died about 1900. His wife died in 1905; she was then residing near Warren.
Elmer A. Lewis remained at home with his parents until twenty-one years of age, working on the farm on shares for about four years, after which he removed to a thirty-three acre farm, where he now resides, which was given his wife at the death of her father. To this they have added about as much more land, and here Mr. Lewis carries on general farming. He had been in ill health for several years and does not attempt to do hard manual labor. His two youngest sons carry on the farm, under their father’s management. In his political views, Mr. Lewis is a Republican.
He was united in marriage, October 4, 1875, to Hellen Boys, born in Liberty township, January 9, 1854, a daughter of Hiram G. and Elsie (Wellman) Boys. The father was born in Liberty township in 1827 and the mother in Vienna township in 1834. He was of Irish descent, and an early settler in this township, following farming for a livelihood. He died in Vienna township. He married at the age of twenty-one years, and moved to the Perkins farm in Howland township, where he resided until the death of his wife, after which sad event he engaged in the butchering business for a year or so. He then married again and went into the hotel business in Sharon, Pennsylvania, continuing there for four years, when he went to Youngstown, Ohio, and followed the same business two years longer. He next moved to a farm in Liberty township, where he farmed successfully for about eight years, after which he engaged in teaming and transfer work, at Youngstown, Ohio, where he was killed by a passing train, about one year later.
To Mr. and Mrs. Lewis were born nine children: Elsie L., born June 9, 1876, married A. W. Ferry, residing at Phalanx, Ohio; Fred, born June 6, 1880, married Grace Burlingame, and is engaged in the grocery trade at Warren, Ohio; Mina Olera, born January 16, 1884, wife of Jess[e] Williams, residing in Vienna, and he is engaged there in the saw mill business and is a mechanic; Mary Susan, born April 6, 1885, wife of Floyd Ward, residing in Warren, a machinist by trade; Katherine, born August 22, 1886, unmarried and resides at Dixmont, Pennsylvania; Ruth Helen and Roy (twins); Hiram G., born March 28, 1892, at home. Edna, the second born in this family, was born in 1879 and died in 1890.