Portrait and Biographical Record of Marion, Ralls, Pike Cos, Mo. 1895
[page 781] Napoleon B. Lewellen is a wealthy and prominent citizen of Spencer Township, Pike County, and is now living retired from active business. He has been successfully engaged in general farming and stock-raising and at the present time is the owner of four hundred and twenty acres of fine land. He is a leader in the Baptist Church, with which he became connected in 1851, and for over forty years has held the office of Deacon. During a period of thirty years he has served as a School Director at intervals and his influence has always been counted upon in everything pertaining to education, religion or other movements calculated to benefit the public.
Our subject's parents, James and Mary H. (Wylie) Lewellen, had a family of eight children: Zephalinda, born in 1818, became the wife of Judge William Brashear, now of Vandalia; William, born in 1820, died in 1878; John W., retired farmer, living at Laddonia, Mo; Charlotte, born in 1825, died in 1841; Napoleon B., next in order of birth; Kittie C., born in 1830, married Thomas V. Hill, farmer of Ralls County, Mo; Mary A., born in 1833, became the wife of Geo McGrue and is deceased; Dollie A., born in 1838, died in infancy. The father of these children was born in Lexinton, Ky., in 1788, and died in Pike County, in 1872. His wife, Mary Harwood, was born in Logan County, Ky, in 1798, and died in 1881. She was a daughter of William and Mary Wylie, and sister of William, Dollie, Gilmore W. and Charlotte, all deceased.
The paternal grandparents of our subject were Jacob and Jane Lewellen, the former a native of Wales. He emigrated to Virginia with his par[page 782]ents, then went to Kentucky, but finally settled in Ralls County, Mo., where he became an extensive slave-owner. He was the father of the following children, namely: Samuel, John, Hannah, Jacob, Martha, James, Robert, Rachel and Joseph. After the death of his first wife he married a Miss Rackeby. The materal grandfather of our subject was a sailor in his early days and after moving to this State owned one hundred and sixty acres of land on which part of the City of Hannibal now stands.
James and Mary Lewellen were married in Logan County, Ky., in 1816, and came to this county three years later, settling on Indian Creek, in the vicinity of the present Town of New Hartford. The father killed a bear here which weighed seven hundred pounds.
The birth of N.B. Lewellen took place in Peno Township, Pike County, December 29, 1820 [someone has written over this number and I don't know what the book actually says]. He remained on his father's homestead until he was twenty-two years of age, when he set forth to "paddle his own canoe." In 1851 he purchased on credit the homestead which he now owns and which comprised two hundred and eight acres. His brother was in partnership with him and after our subject's marriage they divided the property. November 15, 1852, Mr Lewellen chose for his partner in life's battles Agnes T. Lewellen, a second cousin. She was born in this county, reared here and was ummoned to the better land December 5, 1891. Her parents, John W. and Jane (Tribue) Lewellen, were natives of Tennessee and were numbered among the first settlers of this locality. For a number of years they lived in Peno Township, the father being engaged in the manufacture of salt and in his honor Lake Lewellen was named. The brothers and sisters of Mrs Agnes Lewellen are as follows: Serepha, widow of D. Bibb, who owned a farm in this township, and she is a resident of Frankford; Arimenta J., of Colorado, wife of A. Johnson; Adelia A., deceased; Jacob L., deceased; Susan, deceased, wife of H. Scanlan, of this county; Cynthia, deceased, wife of Tom Russel, also deceased; Samuel, farmer of Oregon; Lulu, wife of Robert Graham, farmer of Oregon; Joseph (Mrs Charles Lilly), of Oregon.
The union of Mr and Mrs Napoleon Lewellen was blessed with ten children: Mary, born September 1, 1853, married William Dickerson and died at Frankford, November 13, 1873; John, born March 21, 1855, is a farmer of Greene County, Mo; Rolla, born January 12, 1857, is a farmer in Arkansas; Serepha J., born May 14, 1859, married Frank Alvis, farmer of Phelps County, Mo; James D., born July 23, 1861, operates a farm near Vandalia; Willis N., born November 20, 1863, is a farmer of Audrain County; Dollie J., born February 24, 1866, is the wife of James M. Baity, farmer of this township; Eddie, born May 23, 1869, is a merchant of Annada, this county; Theodore C., born November 10, 1871, married Cora Sisson, and manages the home farm; Pearl, born May 22, 1874, and wife of Tony Smith, completes the family.