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New Jersey Obituaries - 1902 - Joseph Lewis
Found Dead In The Road
Sudden Death Of Joseph Lewis Of Nut Swamp
He Was a Fence Builder by Trade, Although Familiar With Other Occupations-A Valuable Man to the Farmers of Middletown
Joseph Lewis of Nut Swamp dropped dead in the road near Capt. George A. Bowne’s farm at Middletown on Monday morning. He was 64 years old and heart disease caused his death.
Mr. Lewis was a man of more than usual value to the farmers of Middletown. His principal trade was that of a fence builder, but despite his humble calling he will be missed very much. Not only was he able to build wooden and wire fences, but he was a carpenter and tree trimmer as well, and besides was conversant with all work appertaining to a farm. His services were always in demand and it is said that he had work enough ahead to keep him busy until next December.
Last Friday he finished up a job of fence building on the farm of Edwin Beekman. When Mr. Beekman paid him that night Mr. Lewis remarked that he had a severe pain in his left side. He inquired the cause and Mr. Beekman told him that the pain was probably due to dyspepsia. Early Monday morning he left home to go to work for Henry Hendrickson. About half-past six o’clock his dead body was discovered by Patrick Salmon, a track walker on the New York and Long Branch railroad. He was lying face downward and a small place where the dirt had been kicked up showed that the man had dragged one of his feet just before he fell. Capt. Bowne was notified and he summoned Coroner John T. Tetley, who gave the necessary permission for the removal of the body to Lewis’s home.
Mr. Lewis was born near Centerville. For many years his father kept a tollhouse on the Keyport turnpike. Joseph Lewis had spent most of his life at or near Middletown. About the time of the civil war he bought a horse and wagon and some tinware, and for three or four years he peddled in New York state.
A widow and six children survive him. Mrs. Lewis was a Miss Kellogg of Keyport.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Apr 9, 1902
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