LEWIS, Edward (A97)

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Edward Lewis(1799-1859) and his wife Mary Ann Lewis (1805-1869), were the first National Schoolmaster and Schoolmistress in Raglan. Edward LEWIS filled both the office of schoolmaster and parish clerk in Raglan for 27 years, between 1830 and 1857. In 1850, the New National School was first held Castle Street. Edward Lewis must have been very proud when the 'new' school building was constructed by the Duke of Beaufort next to the Church on Chepstow Road. It must have been a proud day to hear the School Bell ringing to welcome 50 Raglan Scholars to their new school.

Edward Lewis was born in 1797 in Gwerneseney, Mon. He was married twice, the second to Mary Ann Close, a widow, in 1 May 1833. Edward and Mary Ann (both Schoolteachers) married two years after Edward was asked by his cousin Benjamin Jeffreys to take up the post of Schoolmaster on Castle Street. Sadly, Edward and Mary Ann were childless. Edward died just two years after the 'new' school was opened and is buried near the entrance of the churchyard (and in view of the School he helped to build). His wife, Mary Ann is buried with him.

Edward was a relative of the Jeffreys family and took over the school when they retired (James and his nephew Benjamin Jeffreys had started the first school for poor children of the village around 1800). Edward and Mary Ann moved the school to what is now called Castle Coch and introduced the newly launched National School Curriculum. Edward filled the office of schoolmaster and parish clerk for 27 years. After his death, Mary Ann continued as schoolmistress for another 10 years until she died.

Their gravestone was recently re-discovered by the Raglan VC Primary School after-school History Detectives. They were mentioned in Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, 1914, but the turf had grown over their flat stone.

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INSCRIPTION

Sacred to the memory of Edward Lewis who for 27 years filled the office of schoolmaster & parish clerk of this place. He died July 9th, 1859, aged 62 years

Sacred to the memory of Mary Ann, widow of Edward Lewis of this place, schoolmaster's wife, who died December 14, 1869 aged 64

LIFE

Edward Lewis was born in Gwernesney, Monmouthshire in 1799. He married Mary Ann Close on 1 May, 1833. Both Edward and Mary Ann were widowed. Mary Ann was born in 1805 in Redbrook, Glos. After marriage, they took up their positions at Raglan National School. For the next 27 years they taught the children of Raglan. Together they maintained, by subscription, a national school in what is today known as Castle Coch (next door but one to the Beaufort Inn). Under their leadership, the number of scholars rose to fifty.

Edward Lewis died July 9th, 1859, aged 62 years and his wife Mary Ann died 10 years later, on December 15, 1869. Things must have been difficult for Mary Ann after the death of Edward. In 1859, Mary Ann placed an advert in the Illustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald that read: A WIDOW, in the Village of RAGLAN, wishes to have two or three little CHILDREN to BOARD and EDUCATE. Girls preferred. From three years upwards. Terms, moderate. Apply to M. A. L., Post Office, Raglan. In the 1861 Raglan Census she has a lodger living with her called Ann Gundy, age 60. Mary Ann died in 1869

ANCESTORS

Nothing is known about Edward's Ancestors other than a baptism record that sites: Edward Lewis, baptised, 23 Oct. 1796. Gwernesney, Mon. parents Henry and Elizabeth Lewis.

DESCENDANTS

Edward and Mary Ann were childless. However, their nephew, Henry Edward Lewis (b.1837, Raglan) was living with them in 1851. In 1841, Henry was living with his mother, Martha Lewis, in Raglan. She is listed as a dressmaker. There is no further information about Martha. Henry disappears after 1851.

NOTES

Family Tree: Edward Lewis

Records

Edward Lewis, baptised, 23 Oct. 1796. Gwernesney, Mon. parents Henry and Elizabeth (mongenes searchable database)

1 May, 1833, Marriage: Bride: Mary Ann CLOSE, otp, widow, Groom: Edward Lewis, Otp, widower. both signed. witness: William Grundy, Benjamin Jeffreys. banns. Raglan Marriages 1813-1839, LDS/PA 29

1841 Tithe Book. Lot 539: National school, House & Garden, Castle St. Owner: Duke of Beaufort, occupier, Edward Lewis.

1841 Raglan Census: Edward Lewis, 40, Schoolmaster, Mary Ann Lewis, 35, Schoolmistress, David Pritchard, 7

1841 Raglan census, no. 193. National School Edward LEWIS, Head, age 40, b. 1801, Schoolmaster Mary Ann LEWIS, wife, age 35, b. 1806, Schoolmistress

1851 Raglan census, no. 82, High St, National School.

  • Edward LEWIS, Head, married, age 54, b. 1797, Gwernesney, Mon. Schoolmaster
  • Mary Ann LEWIS, wife, age 45, b. 1806, Redbrook, Glos.
  • Henry Edward LEWIS, Nephew, age 14, b. 1837, Raglan, Scholar (note: Henry E Lewis is also in the 1871 Census for London/st Mary Newington/St Peter Walworth, District 11) Head of household, widower, age 34, b. abt 1837, Raglan, occupation Commercial Traveller 'tin'. Living with Elizabeth John, Mother-in-law age 64, Ann EVANS, Grandaughter, age 5, b. 1846, Usk, Mon, Scholar

nb. 1841 census. Henry Lewis, Nephew age 4. b. 1831, Martha Lewis, unk. abe 40 b. 1811, occur. Dressmaker. (both of these are living with William (b. 1806) and Ann (b. 1801) Gundy. St Cadoc's Marriages: Wm Gundy married Ann Williams, 1831. Wm Gundy died 12 Aug, 1841 OR 24 June 1847. In 1841, the Gundy's were living at Cross Keys Inn

1859 Edward LEWIS, otp, died 13, July 1859 aged 62. He was born in 1797 in Gwerneseney, Mon. (no. 617). Raglan Burial records. burial plot: A95

A WIDOW, in the Village of RAGLAN, wishes to have two or three little CHILDREN to BOARD and EDUCATE. Girls preferred. From three years upwards. Terms, moderate. Apply to M. A. L., Post Office, Raglan .llustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald 29 October 1859

1861 Raglan Census. no. 53. Mary Ann LEWIS, widow, age 54 years. occupation school mistress. (she has a lodger living with her by the name of Ann Gundy, age 60, servant)

1869 Burial - Mary Ann LEWIS, Raglan, died 18 Dec, 1869, aged 64. She was born 1805 in Redbrook, Glos (no 21). Raglan Burial records; (buried with Edward Lewis)


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