Lucina married John M. Dewhirst on 17 October, 1861 in Richland County, Illinois. Sadly, John Dewhirst died of typhoid on 22 March 1862 in Clay County, Illinois. They had only been married five months. I have not been able to find any record of John Dewhirst enlisting to serve during the Civil War, so it is not clear if that might be where he was infected with typhoid or not.
Well, I was excited until I realized that the Washington Lewis living in Clay County had married Nancy Wattles in 1862 and they were still together as a family in the 1870 Clay County, Illinois census. Apparently, the Washington Lewis who married Lucina Dewhurst was not the same one that was living there in Clay County in 1870. Even stranger, I could not find Washington Lewis listed in the 1865 Illinois census in Clay County, Illinois, or even in Illinois.
I sent for and received the copy of the marriage record. The Index had the marriage date wrong...the marriage took place on the 13th of October, not the 16th.
Searches for either Washington or Lucina Lewis for 1870 and 1880 turned up nothing. I have tried George Lewis, thinking that perhaps his first name was George, but again, nothing has been found.
So, who did Lucina marry? Did both the clerk and the minister get the groom's name wrong on the records? Or did the Clay County Washington Lewis have a relative who came through and married Lucina? And if so, where did they go? What became of Lucina?
The only other thing that I know about her is that she was not living by 1900, according to the census record for her mother, where it showed that her mother had eight of twelve children living. In 1866, Lucina's brother had a daughter born who was named Ida Lucina "Lulu" Adamson. Was she named after Lucina? Was Lucina alive in 1866 or had she died?
3 January 2015-an update to this post. Lucina was found! See the post dated October 4, 2014!