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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


Lewis Atwater





        LEWIS ATWATER was born in Cayuga county, N. Y., in 1817, and lived in that state till 1869. He was occupied partly in farming and partly in merchandise, in Cayuga and Tompkins counties. In 1869 he came to Iowa and settled in Manchester, Delaware county. In connection with his brother Samuel he had purchased some fourteen years previous nearly fifteen hundred acres of land in Wright and Delaware counties, and had bought out his brother's share in 1868. He purchased a house and lot in Manchester in 1869, and has since made that place his home. He started a drug store in that place in 1873, which his son Frank now manages.

Mr. Lewis Atwater owns at present about eight hundred and twenty six acres of land. He manages a farm of five hundred acres, most of which lies in the western part of Delaware county, a small tract being in Buchanan county, adjoining.


       He was married, February 16, 1841, to Miss Ann M. Price. She died December 9,1862, at the age of forty two, leaving four children:  Mary E. married L. W. Williams, and lives in Tompkins county, N. Y.; Eliza S., single, resides at Manchester; Frank J. married Ada Corning, and lives at Manchester; Ellen Cornelia married James L. Kelsey, and resides at Manchester. 


       Mr. Atwater was married again January 23, 1866, to Miss Cornelia Swift, who was born in Cayuga county, N. Y., in 1830.  Mrs. Atwater is a member of the Congregational church.  Mr. Atwater is a good republican and a most worthy and influential citizen.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 611; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson