LEWIS, Freeman. b. Basking Ridge, New Jersey, 30 December 1780; d. Knox, Ohio, 18 September 1859. He was a surveyor, teacher, tunebook compiler, and composer of the beloved tune DUNLAP’S CREEK. Freeman Lewis was the second of nine children of Jacob Lewis Sr. (1734-1801) and Mary Bebout (or Brabant, 1756-1845). His family moved to Fayette County, Pennsylvania, during the summer of 1796, where, on 29 December 1809, he married Rebecca A. Craft (1797-1844). (Jordan and Hadden, p. 768; the birth year of 1791 for Rebecca given by Hadden, p. 656, is incorrect.)
Ellis Franklin (1882), the primary source of information about Lewis, notes that ‘In the year 1796, Jacob Lewis, accompanied by his...
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