JOHN W. LEWIS, merchant at Elkton, Ky., was born in Robert-son County, Tenn., November 19, 1829, and is a son of William V. Lewis and Clarkie Lewis (nee Bell). – He was reared to the age of seven-teen in his native State, after which he spent a few years in Illinois, coming thence to Elkton, Ky., in October, 1851. For about eight years he was employed as salesman in mercantile business, and in 1859 opened a stock of goods for himself, since which time he has been in active business life in Elkton. He is now located on the north side of public square, where he has a handsome stock of dry goods. Mr. Lewis was married in the town of Elkton, in November, 1859, to Miss Octavia Kennedy. She was born in Todd County, July 18, 1836. They have two children: Charles K. Lewis, born June 12, 1869, and Mary Lula Lewis, born June 4, 1871. In politics Mr. Lewis is a Democrat, and he is a faithful member of the Baptist Church and Superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School.