Lewis W. Bourne
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Lewis W. BOURNE came to Lincoln County, New Mexico territory in 1880. He was the son of William and Mary Johnson Bourne in Knob Fork, Grayson County, Virginia. He married Julia Ann Fulton on March 13, 1857 in Grayson County as shown on Virginia marriage records. Their children were Pinkie Alice, born 1859; Cleveland was born in 1861; An infant was born and died in 1866; Robert was born in 1867; William Stephen was born in 1873 and Chloe was born in 1877. Documentation by the Lincoln County and Grayson County Census records. Lewis served as a Captain in the CSA, Co B, 37th Battalion VA Cavalry in Jackson's Brigade, Lomas's Division, Second Corp, Army Valley District. He was captured by the Union Army near Lynchburg on June 17, 1864. He was imprisoned at Camp Chase, Ohio and Point Lookout MD. He was wounded in the war and lost some of the bones in his arm, having to wear a splint wrapped in cloth. He called it his "corset". Records are from National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Lewis and Julia arrived at Bonita City after brief stops in Louisiana and Erath County, Texas. They quickly became involved in village life. Lewis became known as Grampa Bourne and was famous for his tall tales with his Virginia drawl. Julia became the area midwife and delivered more than 100 babies in the county. The Bourne family moved to Parsons, and Lewis became the Postmaster. After the death of his wife, he spent his remaining years with his daughter Pinkie Alice and her husband, John Henry Skinner, in Carrizozo. He died there at the age of 94, never losing his Southern courtliness of manner nor his zest for living. Both are buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Carrizozo.
First Family contributed by Janelle Foster.