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Lewis W. Farris (March 11, 1845 - April 6, 1924) served as a corporal in Company I, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Lewis Farris was born March 11, 1845 in Johnson County, Tennessee to Levi and Jane (Spears) Farris. He married Nancy Melvina Venable (1851-1925) with whom he had nine children.[1]

Civil War service

Farris enlisted as a private in Company I on January 15, 1864 in Taylorsville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in May 31, 1864 at Gallatin, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on July 1, 1864.

He is described as 19 years old, 5' 7" tall, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Farris is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived.

Farris mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $47.42 to the government for clothing in kind or money advanced, had been paid a $60 bounty, and was owed a $240 bounty.

Post-war life

He and his wife moved with his father, mother, and one brother to Missouri by 1870. Farris applied for an invalid's pension on August 25, 1890. He died April 6, 1924 in Polk County, Missouri and is buried at Mount Gilead Cemetery in Bolivar, Missouri. His wife applied for a widow's pension on August 17, 1924.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, Marion Township, Polk County, Missouri.

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