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Freeman Lewis

Short Name: Freeman Lewis
Full Name: Lewis, Freeman, 1780-1859
Birth Year: 1780
Death Year: 1859

Freeman Lewis USA 1780-1859. Born at Basking Ridge, NJ, he became a surveyor, writer, and traveling school teacher who played the organ and wrote music on the side. His family moved to Fayette, PA, in 1796. In 1809 he married Rebecca A Craft, and they had 11 children: Runyan, David, George, James, John, William, Levi. Alpheus, Thomas, Margaret, and Mary Ann. Three died young (of flux and scarlet fever). He compiled and published a book of camp meeting hymns and other sacred music:”The beauties of harmony” (1813-16-18), which included some of his own compositions. An appendix to it contained explanations of musical terms amd rules and principles of composition. These were sometimes used in singing schools. He also served as county surveyor of Fayette County, PA (1823-36) and helped Jonathan Knight survey and find a route for the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. He served as organist for the Presbyterian Church in Uniontown, PA. His wife died in 1844, after which he moved to Knox. OH. His works include a 300 page family history, attesting to his being well-educated and having interest in many subjects. He died at Knox, OH.

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