The spelling of Lewzader is at least a curiosity. I checked back to James and Rebecca's marriage license to see how it was spelled on that document. It is spelled with a "W" by both the clerk and the minister,James Hays. Of course, James and Rebecca may have gone along with however it was spelled.
It is also interesting to note that there are two Rebecca Lewzaders buried in the Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, but in each case Lewzader is the maiden name. My great grandmother, Rebecca (Lewzader) Proudfoot, died in 1890 in Des Moines and was buried at Woodland. This Rebecca (b. 1842)is the daughter of Abel and Mary(Bailey) Lewzader and the wife of Charles Lewis Wesley Proudfoot.
Last fall my sister and I checked with the caretakers at Woodland to see if there were any Lewzaders buried there.
We were looking for Rebecca's brother James. They found no Lewzaders by any spelling listed there. Of course they wouldn't have known our Rebeccas were Lewzaders before they married. The next time I am in Des Moines I will try to locate Rebecca Stanton who I believe is quite possibly an aunt to my greatgrandmother. Thank you so much, Pearl, for your input.
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