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Lewis Arnold

Lewis Arnold was born in Warrington Township, York County, Penn., September 30, 1844, and is a son of Daniel and Anna (Straley) Arnold. His grandfather was a native of York County, and engaged in farming in Washington Township, having a farm of 150 acres. His father was a miller by trade, and followed it and farming in Dover and Warrington Townships. In 1869 he purchased twenty-three acres of land in Adams County, which he farmed till his death in January, 1872.

He had seventeen children; Rebecca, William (killed in the battle of the Wilderness in 1864), Solomon, Samuel, Stephen, Sarah, Frank, Lewis, Jacob (deceased), Henry, Louisa (deceased), Maria, George, Aaron, Mary A., Amanda and Daniel L. Lewis Arnold, when eighteen years old, began learning the tanner's trade, which he followed six months, when he enlisted, in September, 1863, in Company G, One Hundred and Forty-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 143rd Regiment, under Gen. Warren, and took part in the following engagements: Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Laurel Hill and North Ann River. In the last engagement he was wounded in the leg, May 23, 1864. On the following day his leg was amputated, and he was removed to Mt. Pleasant Hospital, at Washington, where he remained until April 25, 1865; he then returned home and engaged in the cigar manufacturing business in Cumberland, County, Penn.

In 1866 he came to Franklintown, and in 1868 began learning the shoe-maker's trade which he still follows. He has a fine home in Franklintown. In 1870 he married Lydia M. Ditmer, daughter of Henry and Mary (Wierman) Ditmer, of Franklin Township. By this union they have had five children; Mary E., James D., Henry D., Clayton S. and Richard L. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold are members of the Union Baptist Church.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.