Details for John Bell Lewis Home (Atlas Number 5015003079)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5015003079

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Marker Number 3079
Atlas Number 5015003079
Marker Title John Bell Lewis Home
Index Entry Lewis, John Bell, Home
Address 232 Masonic St.
City Bellville
County Austin
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 764519
UTM Northing 3316301
Subject Codes railroads; houses, residential buildings; Greek Revival (Architectural style); sheriffs; Civil War
Marker Year 1979
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Influential Austin county resident John Bell Lewis (1845-1920) was born on a plantation near Coffeeville, Alabama. His grandmother Betty Washington Lewis was George Washington's sister. Lewis grew up near present Winedale, Texas, and served the Confederate army in several major Civil War battles. During Reconstruction Lewis served as sheriff of Austin County and helped restore law and order to the area. While performing the sheriff's duties as county tax collector, he saw the need for a local bank. He helped found Bellville First National Bank and Austin County State Bank. When Lewis heard that Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad planned to bypass Bellville, he persuaded landowners to donate right-of-way for the line and was instrumental in getting the railroad through Bellville. Lewis acquired this property about 1874. The next year, architect J. J. Stopple built this home which displays a transitional style between the Greek Revival and the more ornate Victorian. Lewis shared the residence with his widowed sister and her son. In 1879 Lewis married Mollie Bell Ervin and their children grew up here. Lewis is buried in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Bellville. (1979) Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1979