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Leah Lewis

Female 1787 - 1843  (56 years)


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  • Name Leah Lewis 
    Born 7 May 1787  New Ashford, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 Nov 1843  Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Person ID I6607  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2016 

    Father Gideon Lewis,   b. 15 Dec 1749, Lanesborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1805  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Sarah Card,   b. Abt 1754, New Ashford, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4167  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Samuel Simmons,   b. 2 Dec 1780,   d. Feb 1809  (Age 28 years) 
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F341  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nathaniel Childs,   b. 16 Jun 1791 
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F440  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 David John Thompson,   b. Abt 1771, Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1823, Fredonia, Chautauqua, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married Abt 1812  [1, 2
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Thompson,   b. 20 Mar 1820, Pomfret, Chautauqua, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1896, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F996  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Allegedly she and her daughter Sarah Thompson were founding members of the Relief Society when it was organized on 17 Mar 1842, but neither of them is mentioned in Wikipedia's coverage of that first meeting.

      Obituary, from the Nauvoo Neighbor, 15 Nov 1843:

      "Died on the 3rd inst. in this city, Mrs. Leah Chiles [Childs], of cancer and rheumatism, in the 57th year of her age.

      "Sister Childs was a firm believer in the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as they have been revealed in the last days to man through the medium of revelation.

      "She shared all the persecutions heaped upon the saints -- was driven with them from the state of Missouri, and suffered much from exposure and fatigue. Never was the name of a more generous, benevolent and sympathetic woman enrolled upon the records of the Church. She was truly a 'mother in Israel.' She possessed great faith, which seemed, for a long time, to baffle the destroyer, death; but it was the will of her Heavenly Father to take her to himself, that her soul might be emancipated. She [was] released from the vicissitudes of this troublesome world. She had been afflicted for more that a year, and suffered the most excruciating pain, but she was perfectly resigned to the will of heaven and when the period of her desolution arrived she fell asleep, as calm as the sleep of infancy, with the unwavering hope of participating in the first resurrection, when she should awake to everlasting youth, immortality and eternal life."

  • Sources 
    1. [S714] Find a Grave page for Leah Lewis Simmons Thompson Childs.

    2. [S564] History of Leah Lewis, by Murland R. Packer.

    3. [S1113] Life History of Elisha Hurt Groves and Lucy Simmons by Murland R. Packer. 1997.