Mrs. Delilah Lewis was born into slavery in May of 1773 in Franklin, Williamson County in Tennessee. She was moved to Kentucky where she was raised. Her parents are unknown. They were perhaps born in KY or TN. At some time, she was removed to Franklin, Missouri or Franklin Tennessee.
She was moved to Liberty, Clay County Missouri where she was sold to Prestley Edwards. She was with him for about twenty five to thirty years. Delilah was hired out to William Lane for 10 years.
In 1861, Delilah was moved with Peyton Townsend to Saline County in Missouri. She remain there after the rebellion of the Civil War.
In 1878, she moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, where she lived with her daughter, Susan Leach Washington, her son in law, William Washington at 1801 Mulberry Street. Delilah passed on April 19, 1887 at the Washington’s residence at the age of 113.
Delilah was a member of the Baptist Church for 50 years, since 1837.
She was a servant of the LORD.
In her obituary here are the last words….
….”and when the death angel came, she was still in the service of the Lord.
Far from the world of toil and strife
She is present with the Lord
The labor of her mortal life
Ends in a large reward.”
Delilah was buried on April 24, 1887 in Mount Mora Cemetery.
Source of info from Delilah’s obituary 1887.
St. Joseph, Missouri Herald
1880 census: Listed as a widow, est birth year 1787, listed with the Washington’s
City Directories: where she lived: Mulberry ne cor 18th , did domestic work.
Burial Number: 2076
Cost: $15 for Interment:
Thanks for reading.
Delilah was my 3rd Great Grandmother.
God bless you.
S. A. Blakley