Daniel Lewis was an African American laborer who worked for the government and owned his own home in the DC neighborhood currently known as Truxton Circle. According to the 1920 census, from where we start this series on Black home owners, he lived at 229 Q St NW with his wife Delia (nee Dodson), and 39 year old daughter Alice, who worked as a teacher.
Daniel was born around 1855 in Virginia to James Lewis and Phoebe Tinsley. Barely teenagers he and Delia Dodson were married in May of 1869 in Washington, DC. In 1880 Daniel and Delia, along with children James, Sarah and Alice, lived with Daniel’s parents at 422 Franklin St NW. In the 1900 census the Lewis family was living at 229 Q St NW, with Daniel as the owner.
Daniel must have died sometime around 1922, when his will went to probate court. 229 Q St NW was bequeathed to Delia, and after her death, to daughters Alice V. Lewis and Sarah T. Matthews, and granddaughter Violet J. Lewis. In the one related land record for Sq. 551 lot 9, is a October 22, 1938 deed listing Delia’s death date as December 23, 1932. The Mrs. Matthews, Miss Lewis, and Mrs. Violet J. Parker sold the property to Myrtle Trotter, who later sold it to Jacob and Fannie Non.
229 Q St NW, no longer exists. The Northwest Cooperative sits where it is now. It must have been a large property as it held 2-3 separate households at any given census.
As a side note, I found Alice V. Lewis, retiring from teaching in 1948. She taught at Giddings Elementary school (315 G St SE ) for 48 years.