Lewis H. Weatherby was born in Tompkins County, N. J., in 1830, and is the second of six children born to Samuel and Dorcas (Hinkley) Weatherby, both natives of New York. The father was born about 1808, and was the son of Edmund Weatherby, a native of New Jersey, who removed to New York, and thence to Ohio, where he died. Samuel was a farmer by vocation, and died in Ohio in 1853. The mother was born about 1810, and was the daughter of Joshua Hinkley. She died in Missouri in 1868. Lewis H. was reared on the farm, and attended the schools of Delaware, Ohio. He began the study of medicine in 1847 with Dr. Kelley, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and later studied with Dr. Russell. He then attended Sterling Medical College at Columbus, Ohio, for two years, graduating in 1850. Although he was not yet twenty-one years of age, he at once entered upon the practice of his profession at Johnsville, Ohio, where he remained until 1856. He then took a course of lectures at the Eclectic Medical College, at Cincinnati, from which he graduated the same year. He resumed his practice, but in 1859 immigrated to Laclede, Mo., where he remained until 1861. He then enlisted in the Federal army, and became first lieutenant of Company A., of the Seventh Missouri Cavalry. He resigned the next year on account of disability. He returned to Lynn County, and became a candidate for the Legislature on the Emancipation Ticket, but was defeated by seventeen votes. In 1863 he removed to Maysville, and the next year represented his Senatorial district in the constitutional convention. In 1866 he was elected probate judge, and ex officio presiding judge of the county court, which office he filled four years. During his official life he also practiced his profession, from which he retired about a year ago. During the past six years, he has been extensively engaged in stock raising and farming. Dr. Weatherby was married in 1848 to Miss Elvina Levering, a native of Ohio, born in 1829, and a daughter of John and Charlotte Levering. She died in the spring of 1864, having borne two children, one of whom is still living. The doctor chose for his second wife Miss Helen Gilbert, who was born in Licking County, Ohio, in 1843. They have two children. Mrs. Weatherby is a member of the Christian Church, and Dr. Weatherby of the I. O. O. F.
Source: History of Andrew and DeKalb Counties, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1888), p. 590.