A-4-107 John Wood Lewter, son of Jeremiah H. Lewter and Nancy Billions

was born on 01 Apr 1859 in Limestone County, Alabama. He died on 05 Apr 1941 North of Athens, Limestone County, Alabama. He was buried in Gatlin Cemetery, Limestone County, Alabama. He married his cousin Jimine Alice Whitt daughter of Ephraim D. Whitt and Sarah (Sallie) Smith. She was born on 20 Nov 1859 in Giles County, Tennessee. She died on 05 Apr 1941 North of Athens, Limestone County, Alabama. She was buried in Gatlin Cemetery, Limestone County, Ala..

 

John Wood Lewter and Jimine Alice Whitt were married on 28 Dec 1881 in Giles County, Tennessee. They had the following child:

 

A-5-258 Vinnie A. Lewter was born on 19 Jun 1888 in Tn.. She married James Lafayette Fowler on 09 Jan 1911 in Limestone County, Ala. (Date of License). She died on 23 Nov 1978 in Athens, Limestone Co., Ala.. She was buried in Gatlin Cemetery, Limestone County, Ala.. Buried next to her parents at Gatlin Cemetery

 

 

Notes for John Wood Lewter:

 

1. Ages, place of birth taken from marriage license filed in Giles County, Tn. Md. by James W. Lewter; wit.: James Brather & Mrs. Sarah Whitt.

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1900 Census, Pct. 3, Sand Springs, Limestone County, Ala.

Sheet 9, 11 June 1900

74 72 Lewter, John Head W M Apr. 1869 31 Md. 14 yrs. Tn. Tn. Tn. Farmer

                       Alice Wife W F Nov. 1869 31 Md. 14 yrs. Tn. Tn. Tn.

                             1 Child. 1 Living.

                       Vinie A. Dau. W F June 1888 11 S Tn. Tn. Tn.

 

1900 Soundex Census,

Limestone County, Al. Sand Springs, Precinct 3, ED85, Sheet 9, Line 1

John Lewter b April 1859, Age 31, b Tn.

Alice wife Nov. 1858 Age 31, Tn.

Vinie A. Dau. June 1888 12 Tn.

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1910 Census, Dist. 98, Sand Spring, Limestone County, Ala.

10 May 1910, Page 10B

188 192 Lewter, John Head M W 51 Md. 28 yrs Al. Tn. Tn. Farmer

                           Alice Wife F W 50 Md. 28 yrs Tn. Tn. Tn. 1 Child 1 Living

                           Vinnie Dau. F W 21 S Tn. Al. Tn.

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1920 Census, Dist. 101, Sand Springs, Limestone County, Al.

2 Jan. 1920, Sheet 1

9 9 Lewter, John W. Head M W 60 Md. Al. Tn. Tn. Farmer

                   Jamie A. Wife F W 60 Md. Tn. Tn. Tn.

 

1920 Alabama Soundex

ED101, s1, l 45, Limestone.

John W. LEWTER, 60, AL

Jamie A., wife, 60, TN (**this must be Jimine Alice

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1930 Census, Sand Springs, Limestone County, Al. April 18, 1930, Page 12B

228 242 Lewter, John W. Head Owns M W 71 md. at 23 yrs. Al. SC Va. Farmer

                           Alice Wife F W 70 md. at 22 yrs. Tn. Tn. Tn.

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Alabama Courier, April 10, 1941, p.1

An aged Limestone county couple was instantly killed, and a Chicago man

and his wife were seriously injured, in a head-on collision of two automobiles on the Bee Line highway late Saturday.

 

The crash occurred 14 miles north of Athens and three miles south of the

Tennessee state line.

 

Instantly killed were John Lewter, 82, driver of his car, and his wife,

Mrs. Alice Lewter, 81, only other occupant. The two occupants of the other

car were Mr. and Mrs. James M. Stapleton of Chicago, who were brought to

Powers hospital here.

 

Mrs. Stapleton is suffering from extreme shock. Her husband sustained a

broken leg, a deep throat cut and cuts and bruises about the head and face.

According to State Highway Patrolmen R. A. Troupe and J. M. McNeese, Mr.

and Mrs. Lewter were riding on the wrong side of the highway, driving south.

 

The Stapleton car, driven by Mrs. Stapleton, was headed north on the

right side of the highway. Mrs. Stapleton, seeing a crash was imminent,

pulled to her left, and at the same time Mr. Lewter apparently tried to get

over on his right side. The cars crashed headon.

 

Mrs. Lewter's legs were broken, and her body was thrown partly through

the windshield.

 

The Lewters, prominent residents of the county for many years resided in

the vicinity of the accident, and owned a considerable amount of farm land.

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Limestone Democrat, April 10, 1941, p.1

DEATH OF ELDERLY COUPLE NEAR ARDMORE BRINGS TO FIVE TRAFFIC FATALITIES IN COUNTY THIS YEAR

 

Accidents Laid To Incompetent Drivers By State Highway Patrolmen Who Plan To Make Drive On Them

The death of John Lewter and his wife Saturday in a crash three miles south

of Ardmore brought to five the traffic fatalities in Limestone county since

January 1, highway patrolmen said. Blaming the deaths of the five, as well

as the injuries to other persons, on "incompetent drivers/' Patrolmen Julian

McNeese and R. O. Troupe today (Thursday) planned a crackdown on

inexperienced and careless motorists in the county. Drunken driving, they said, had been practically eliminated in Limestone county, and motorists without proper driving certificates will be brought before examiners for tests.

 

An aged Limestone couple was instantly killed and a Chicago man and his

wife seriously injured when the cars they occupied crashed head-on about

three miles south of Ardmore late Saturday afternoon.

 

The dead are: John Lewter, 82, driver of one car, and his wife, Mrs. Alice Lewter, 81, the only other occupant. Mr. and Mrs. James M. Stapleton of Chicago, were brought to Powers hospital where Mrs. Stapleton was treated for a dislocated knee, a severe cut on the arm and severe shock. Her husband sustained a broken leg, severe cuts about the throat and cuts and bruises on

the head and face.

 

Julian McNeese and R. M. Troupe, investigating state highway patrolmen,

said that the " Lewters were driving on the wrong side of the highway,

heading south. Mrs. Stapleton, driver of the Chicago car, was going north on

the right side of the road and, seeing a crash was imminent, pulled to the

opposite side of the highway trying to avoid the wreck.

 

Mr. Lewter was said to have crossed the road, too, and the two cars met

headon. The crash instantly killed the elderly couple who lived near the

scene of the wreck and an ambulance brought Mr. and Mrs. Stapleton to

Athens.

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Limestone Democrat, April 10, 1941, p.8

 

BETHEL - The people of this section were made sad Saturday afternoon by the

sudden and tragic death of two of Limestone's oldest citizens, Mr. and Mrs.

John Lewter, of near Bethel. Mr. and Mrs. Lewter were on their way home from

Ardmore when a car collided with their auto, killing them both instantly.

 

Their daughter and other relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.

 

 

Notes for Jimine Alice Whitt:

 

She and her husband were killed in a car accident together

 

Jimina's first name has been recorded as being Joana, which is an error. This was brought to my attention by Mrs. Nellie R. Broadway of Elkmont, Al. in a letter dated Feb. 21, 1990, in which she told me that the name of John Wood Lewter's wife was not Joanna Alice, but, instead, Jimine Alice. She got her information from Vinnie Lewter Fowler, an only child of John Wood and Jimine Alice.

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Mrs. J. W. Lewter, of east Limestone, near Bethel school, has returned to her home after three weeks spent in Dr. Power's infirmary in Athens. She reached the infirmary with a bursted appendix and her age and physical condition made her condition very alarming, but under the skillful touch of Dr. Powers, she has recovered from the serious operation and able to return to her home with all signs of ultimate recovery. The many friends of this estimable woman are happy to know of her recovery from what was a very grave condition.

The Alabama Courier (Athens, Al.)

Thursday, March 26, 1931