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  • William LEWIS

    Male Abt 1723 - 1784  (~ 61 years)


    Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

    • Name William LEWIS  [1
      • I do not know, at this time, who the parents of this William Lewis to be.

        Some genealogists are saying that he is from Pennsylvania, and thinking that he is the William Lewis who marries Elizabeth Thomas, but the children listed in that document on Ancestry.com do not match up with the children listed in the will for this William.

        He clearly, is not the son of John Lewis and Margaret Lynn. That son (William Lewis) is clearly and well documented with other information.

        He may be very well, the William Lewis who marries Margaret Davis in Pennsylvania in 1743.

        If he is not the William who marries Margaret Davis, I believe that this William and his family came to the U.S. in sometime between 1760-1772.

        Obviously, more research needs to be done to find the real proof.

      Born Abt 1723  [2
      • I have estimated this birth year as 20 years prior to his marriage (if that is correct) in 1743.

        [2]
      • I am not 100% convinced that this is the correct spouse for William Lewis, but it fits.

        The marriage year would be one year before the birth in 1744 of Griffith, their oldest son, so that works. Plus, they go on to name a daughter Margaret. That would support the idea that Margaret Davis is the correct spouse.

        If this is the case, William was in Pennsylvania (not Wales) prior to 1743.
        [2]
      Gender Male 
      Other 23 Nov 1780  Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
      William is a plaintiff in a legal case. 
      1779  William Lewis  Pg 1067 1068
      1779 William Lewis Pg 1067 1068
      William is a plaintiff in legal action.

      Died 1784  Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      William Lewis Will Transcript 1784
      William Lewis Will Transcript 1784
      Washington County Will Book I  1777 to 1792
      Washington County Will Book I 1777 to 1792
      Contains the Will of William Lewis, died in 1784 (or 1785)
      Person ID I10319  Blecha/McDaniel
      Last Modified 9 Feb 2017 

      Family Margaret DAVIS,   b. Abt 1725,   d. Before 1784, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
      Married 11 Nov 1743  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
      Marriage, William Lewis-Margaret Davis in 1743
      Marriage, William Lewis-Margaret Davis in 1743
      Children 
      +1. Griffith LEWIS,   b. 1744,   d. 1806, Lee County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
       2. Margaret LEWIS,   b. 1743,   d. 7 Nov 1820, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
       3. William LEWIS,   b. Abt 1748
       4. John LEWIS,   b. Abt 1751
      +5. Ann LEWIS,   b. Abt 1753,   d. After 1830, Shelby County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
      +6. Thomas LEWIS,   b. 3 May 1755,   d. 9 Aug 1849, Morgan County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
      Last Modified 22 Oct 2016 
      Family ID F3541  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Nov 1743 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsOther - William is a plaintiff in a legal case. - 23 Nov 1780 - Washington County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 1784 - Washington County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
       = Link to Google Earth 

    • Notes 

      • The following notes are from "Cumbucotrader", a member on Ancestry.com:

        1.  WILLIAM1 LEWIS was born Bef. 1730, and died 1784 in Fincastle Co/now Wash. Co., VA. on South Fork of Holston River.
        Notes for WILLIAM LEWIS:   Settled in Virginia in early 1700s??
        " Families of Washington County & Bristol, Virginia 1776-199l_"  by Holston Territory Genealogy Society.

        William LEWIS owned land in Fincastle County (now Washington Co. bought 9 March 1774    176 acres on the south fork of the Holston River


        281L94 - WILLIAM LEWIS  (Additional Info from Dr. Cohen Lewis):

        William Lewis was living in southwest Virginia on the South Fork of the Holston River when this area was a part of Fincastle County. The date of his settlement has not been found nor the date when he became a landowner. 
         
        From the original surveys in Fincastle County Record of Plotts, Book A: p. 23 - surveyed for Wm Lewis by virtue of the Order of Council made 16 Dec 1773, and as part of  the Loyal Company Grant, the annexed figure of land lying in Fincastle Co. on the South fork of Holston, containing 176 acres and bounded as follows...adjoining  John Thomas and Henry Bowen. 
          
        Surveyed 9 March 1774 (on same date for Henry Bowen, 426 acres, part of Loyal Co. Grant, South Fork of Holston and for John Thomas, 404 acres, part of Loyal Co. Grant, South Fork of Holston, both tracts "corner to Wm Lewis".
          
        p. 198 - surveyed for Wm Lewis - part of Loyal Company Grant - lying in Fincastle County - southwest side of South Fork of Holston - containing 204 acres -  beginning Bank of Two-mile Creek - surveyed 16 May 1775.
         
        The Holston River was formerly called Indian River, and settlers were in this area long before the above surveys were made.  When Fincastle County was discontinued late in 1775, this section became Washington County; and I (Dr. Lewis) believe the area where Wm Lewis lived was later set off to Smyth County.  Since no deeds disposing of the above land have been found, no patent was ever issued to Wm Lewis, and no land was mentioned in his will, it is the opinion of the Virginia State Library that he assigned it to someone else, in which case the patent would be recorded under the assignee's name. 

        The assignment made by Griffith Lewis, the oldest son of William, was located through a manuscript called "List of Loyal Company Platts, Certificates, an d Surveys, 1799-1815"; but the column in which the recordation was to be entered was blank for both of the William Lewis surveys, nor was there any notation of recordation on either of the original surveys. 

        I have found no records of Wm Lewis  prior to 1774, nor have I been able to "connect" him with any other Lewis family in Virginia.  He was surely born before 1730 (probably by 1720) and although tradition says this family came from Wales, there is no documented evidence.  At present, I have at least 6 claims and suggestions (none of them proved) and I do not feel that copying these would merit the space that would be consumed.... Most of the claims have been disproved.
         

    • Sources 
      1. [S1897] Will of William Lewis in 1784, Shelby Ireson Edwards.

      2. [S1902] First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, 1702-1745; 1760-1803.

      3. [S1899] Annals of Southwest Virginia: 1760-1800, Lewis Preston Summers, (1929), 1067.


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