Amis, Lewis

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Lewis AMIS, Sr., merchant, Princeton, Ark. Foremost among those engaged in merchandising in Princeton is Mr. AMIS, who has built up a trade which will rank among the largest in the county. This gentleman was born in North Carolina. Granville County on December 22, 1822, and is the son of Joseph & Elizabeth (DOWNEY) AMIS, natives also of Granville County, N. C. The father was born in 1700, and was a successful agriculturist. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was stationed at Norfolk, Va. He was also a colonel in the militia. For many years he held the office of magistrate, and was a man universally esteemed. He was widely known, was a Whig in political and church circles. He died in his native county in 1840, and the mother also died there eight years later. They were both members of the Presbyterian Church, and took great interest in religious matters. Of the eight children born to his parents, Lewis AMIS was third in order of birth. He received his primary education in the schools of his native county, and supplemented the same by attending Chapel Hill College, Orange, N.C. After the death of his father he commenced farming, then moved to Georgia in 1857, and from there to Dallas County, Ark., where he has since resided. Upon coming to Princeton he embarked in mercantile pursuits, and this he has since continued with the greatest success. He espoused the cause of the Southern States during the late war, and was in the commissary department. Previous to this, in October, 1843, he had married Miss Martha AMIS, a native of Granville County, N.C., and the daughter of William AMIS. She died in North Carolina. The fruits of this union were two children: Martha (wife of William M. ADAMS, a farmer of Texas), and Joseph Warren (deceased, who was in business with his father). On June 1, 1852, Mr. AMIS married Miss Martha DANIEL, daughter of Lewis DANIEL of North Carolina, and she died August 10, 1889. She was born on August 16, 1835. The children born to this marriage were seven in number: Walter S. (attorney of Cleveland County), Eugene H. (a Presbyterian minister now in Kentucky), Betsy (wife of H.R. THOMAS, a farmer of this county), Amy F. (a wife R. C. WILKINS, commercial traveler, Pine Bluff, Ark), Lewis Jr. (merchandising at Princeton, and a partner of his father), Alice and Mary. Mr. AMIS was county treasurer for ten years, and discharged the duties of that office in a very satisfactory manner. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a Democrat in politics.

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