Descendants of John "the Immigrant" Lewis
of Monmouthshire, Wales

Generation #1

John "the Immigrant" Lewis

John "the Immigrant" Lewis and his progeny are the Lewis family of Warner Hall. By the time of the 3rd generation in America, Councilor John Lewis was perhaps the richest man in Virginia. And his wife, Elizabeth Warner Lewis, was perhaps the richest person in Virginia.

Cited on his tombstone as "John Lewis bourne in Munmouthshire," John was believed to be descended from my Lewis Family of Wales. However, DNA evidence proves that John is not related to Edmund "the Immigrant" Lewis of Middlesex Co VA. This John is a descendant of the original Lewis Family of Breconshire, Wales.

John Lewis was born 1592 in Monmouthshire, Wales. He grew up on one of this Lewis family's holdings in Monmouthshire, the easternmost county of Wales. On 2/3/1616 in Monmouthshire, Wales, John married Johane (Joanne) Lewis b. c. 1594 in Wales. She was the daughter of Richard Lewis, Clerk of Llantilio Pertholey. John and Johane had three known children. But, Johane died before 1630.

On 11/21/1630 in Monmouthshire, Wales, John married Catherine Philip b. c. 1610 in Wales. The family lived in Monmouthshire where Catherine is believed to have died. John and four children immigrated to Virginia in about 1653. The first record for John is found in the 7/1/1653 York Co VA land patent where he received 250 acres as headright for transportation of five persons--himself, daughter Lydia, William, Edward, and John, Jr.

John lived a good life and sired an enormously successful line which married into the most powerful families of Virginia--Washington, Marshall, Fielding, Meriwether, Daingerfield, Taliaferro, Willis, Howell. Descendants of John would sire presidents. But, perhaps, the most remarkable thing about John of Monmouthshire is his almost three-hundred-year anonymity. Most historians know of Councilor John Lewis, and some know of his father, Maj. John Lewis "of Chemokins." But until the 1948 discovery of John "the Immigrant's" tombstone on the original family plantation, no one knew of this John Lewis.

Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, Apr 48 & Aug 54:
John Lewis, b. 1594 Monmouthshire, d. 1657. . .his grave found in 1948.

The story goes that historians had difficulty locating the original Lewis Plantation and John's possible gravesite.
-In the second generation, William "of Chemokins" had died; Edward had moved to Richmond Co; Maj John lived on the Lewis Plantation and administered Chemokins through overseers, including his sons.
-In the third generation, Councilor John "of Warner Hall" in Gloucester was an absentee landlord for the lands in New Kent (now King William) and King & Queen.

But, the local folks knew where the plantation was.
-The plantation is located at the convergence of creeks on the boundary of King & Queen and Gloucester.
-The person who found John's grave took a friend and drove to where the Poropotank turns east into Gloucester. One side of the creek is King and Queen; one side is Gloucester.
-They walked up the hill on the King and Queen side with a metal rod and started poking around.
-Then, they hit a marble slab which had been imported in the 1650s or 1660s, probably from Wales. These folks were rich.

John died 8/21/1657 on the family plantation. The cemetery is now located in King and Queen Co VA.

Moses, Grace McClellan. The Welsh Lineage of John Lewis (1592-1657) Immigrant to  Gloucester, Virginia, Rev. Ed. Richmond, VA:
Virginia State Library, 1979. p. 11.
1991/2 Feb 22: John, son of Lewis Rycketts (aka Prichard/ ap Richard) baptized at St Telio's church, Llantilio Pertholey, Monmouthshire, Wales.
Moses, Grace McClellan. The Welsh Lineage of John Lewis (1592-1657) Immigrant to  Gloucester, Virginia, Rev. Ed. Richmond, VA:
Virginia State Library, 1979. p. 11.
1610/1 Feb 3: John Lewis Pricket marries Johane Lewis at St Telios.
St Telio Parish, Monmouthshire, Wales, Records:
1630 Nov 21: John Lewis married Catherine Philip at St Telio's.
Land Patent Book No. 3 p. 4:
1 July, 1653. Land granted to Mr. John Lewis, 250 acres, head of a branch of Poropotanke Creek [land in York Co] called Lewis Creek (formerly Totopotomoye Creek) [the creek was] in Gloucester Co. Adjoining lands of Capt. Francis Morgan and Samuel Sally. Transported 5 persons: John Lewis, Lidia Lewis, Wm. Lewis, Edward Lewis, John Lewis Jr.
Epitaphs of Gloucester and Mathews Counties in Tidewater Virginia through 1865, pp. 95-99:
The dividing line between Gloucester County and King and Queen County is Poropotank Creek. On the King and Queen side of this creek JOHN LEWIS in 1653 received a patent for a tract of land; this land was not far from paradise in Gloucester. . . .

Old New Kent County History, Vol. 1, pp. 268-271:
On the left of the road which passes up a slight hill on the King and Queen side of the creek lies the Lewis Plantation. This was the seat of the first JOHN LEWIS who had his first patent to 250 acres of land in 1653, and added more land. JOHN LEWIS lived here several years before his death in 1657.

Here lieth interred the body
of JOHN LEWIS (borne in Munmouth-
shire) died the 21th of August
1657 aged 63 years. The anagram
of his name, "I shew no ill."

    Children with Johane (Joanne) Lewis

    1. Gwenllian Lewis

Moses, Grace McClellan. The Welsh Lineage of John Lewis (1592-1657) Immigrant to  Gloucester, Virginia, Rev. Ed. Richmond, VA:
Virginia State Library, 1979, p. 12.
1611/2 Feb 5: Gwenllian, dau of John and Johan Lewis bapt at St Telios.

    2. Lettius (Letitia/ Lidia) Lewis

Moses, Grace McClellan. The Welsh Lineage of John Lewis (1592-1657) Immigrant to  Gloucester, Virginia, Rev. Ed. Richmond, VA:
Virginia State Library, 1979, p. 12
1615/6 Mar 1: Lettius, dau of John and Johan Lewis bapt at St Telios.
Land Patent Book No. 3 p. 4:
1 July, 1653, land granted to Mr. JOHN LEWIS, 250 acres at the head of a branch belonging to Poropotanke Creek, called Lewis Cr. But formerly Totopotomoys Creek in Glouchester County, 1 July 1653. Transported 5 persons: John Lewis, Lidia Lewis, Wm. Lewis, Edward Lewis, John Lewis Jr.

    3. Wakin Lewis

Moses, Grace McClellan. The Welsh Lineage of John Lewis (1592-1657) Immigrant to  Gloucester, Virginia, Rev. Ed. Richmond, VA:
Virginia State Library, 1979, p. 12
1621 Jan 1: Wakin , son of John and Johan Lewis bapt at St Telios.

    Children with Catherine Philip

    4. Maj. William Lewis "of Chemokins"

Research Notes: Where is Chemokins?
-1656 Maj William purchased Chemokins Plantation which was willed to his brother, Maj. John.
-From the records we know that Chemokins was located at the southwest side of the "freshes" (headwaters) of the York River.
-Maj Willliam called his home Port Holy. Chemokins would be located on the waterfront.
-Although all records refer to Chemokins in New Kent, after William died:
-1691 King and Queen (everything east of the Pamunkey) was split from New Kent.
-1702 King William (everything east of the Pamunkey but west of the Mattaponi) was split from King and Queen.
-Chemokins would have been located on the peninsula between the Pamunkey and the Mattaponi Rivers vic. Port Richmond VA.
-Therefore, the land originally named Chemokins is now located in King William Co VA.
Land Patent Book No. 3 p. 4:
1 July, 1653, land granted to Mr. JOHN LEWIS, 250 acres at the head of a branch belonging to Poropotanke Creek, called Lewis Cr. But formerly Totopotomoys Creek in Glouchester County, 1 July 1653. Transported 5 persons: John Lewis, Lidia Lewis, Wm. Lewis, Edward Lewis, John Lewis Jr.
William and Mary College Historical Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 3. (Jan., 1901), pp. 191-192:
William Lewis, 50 acres in York county, southwest side of the freshes of York River, October 14, 1653.
William Lewis, 640 acres in Gloucester county, north side of Mattaponi, May 25, 1654.
William and Mary College Historical Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 3. (Jan., 1901), pp. 191-192:
William Lewis, 1,200 acres in Gloucester county, north side of Mattaponi River, May 25, 1654
William and Mary College Historical Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 3. (Jan., 1901), pp. 191-192:
William Lewis, 2,000 acres in New Kent, north-east side of same river, bounded with Mamasheement on the northwest side of Mattaponi River, on Arsantan's Creek, adjoining 640 acres of said Lewis, in New Kent county, June 8, 1655
William and Mary College Historical Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 3. (Jan., 1901), pp. 191-192:
William Lewis, 2,600 acres on the southwest side of the freshes of York River, including half the divident commonly called Port Holy alias Chimahocans, purchased by said Major Lewis of Col. John West, January 20, 1656
William and Mary College Historical Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 3. (Jan., 1901), pp. 191-192:
William Lewis, 2,000 acres in Westmoreland County, June 28, 1658 (patented with Robert Hubbard). 

    5. Maj. John Lewis b. 12/15/1633 Liantilio, Pertholey, Monmouthshire, Wales

    6. Edward Lewis

Note: Edward purchased land in Old Rappahannock (now Richmond) Co VA.

Land Patent Book No. 3 p. 4:
1 July, 1653, land granted to Mr. John Lewis, 250 acres at the head of a branch belonging to Poropotanke Creek, called Lewis Cr. But formerly Totopotomoys Creek in Glouchester County, 1 July 1653. Transported 5 persons: John Lewis, Lidia Lewis, Wm. Lewis, Edward Lewis, John Lewis Jr.

Old Rappahannock Co Deed Book 1 - 1656-1662; Antient Press; pg 124 - 125:
BE IT KNOWN to all men that I JOHN WILLIAMS of FARNHAM CREEK in RAPPAHANOCK RIVER Carpenter with the Consent of MARY WILLIAMS my Wife we both with one consent in consideracon of full satisfacion to us made & delivered to our Content have sould EDWARD LEWES of the same River Planter & to his heirs & assignes hereditably & Irredeemably for Ever one parcell of land containing Four hundred acres of land begining at the Corner tree of the land of ROBERT BEDWELL & RICHARD POWELL & runing along the line of the land of QUINTAIN SHEREMAN & in length due North West to the miles End. . .
In Witness of (missing) hereunto sett or. hands & seals the last day of June anno Dom 1660 in presence of us JOHN DICKSON, JOHN WILLIAMS, MILES HUGHILL, JAMES YEAMAN, MARY WILLIAMS, JOHN SUGITT.

Old Rappahannock County Deeds and Wills, 1665-1677; Antient Press; pg 41-43 & 45:
. . .People to whom this present wrighteing shall come sendeth greeting in our Lord God Everlasting Know ye that HUMPH: BOOTH of Rappa County gent for the natural Love & affection which I now bear to EDWARD LEWIS ye Younger Son of EDWARD LEWIS of TOTOSKEY CREEK in Rappa County have granted & conferred. . .all my right & title in two Cows. . .
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this first day of November Anna Domini 1665.
THOS. ROBINSON Recognr. in Cur Com Rappa 2 die 9bris Ao. Dom 1665
North Farnham Parish Reg., Richmond Co VA, p. 51:
Born, Elizabeth, dau. of Edward and Mary Lewis, Mch. 8, 1674;
born, Joanna, dau. of Edward and Mary Lewis, Sept. 8, 1676;
born, Jane, dau. of Edward (II) and Mary Lewis, July 30, 1693;
born, Lewis, son of Edward (II) and Mary Lewis, Sept. 30, 1695.
John Lewis, b. (date of birth not given) ; d. Feby. 26, 1715.
Northern Neck Grants No. 1, 1690-1692, p. 96-98:
8/21/1691 Lewis, Thomas, Lewis, Edward and Morgan, William 321 acres begg. &c on a pocoson swamp that issueth out of the westward branch of Totoskey.
Northern Neck Grants No. 1, 1690-1692, p. 98-100:
8/21/1691 Lewis, Thomas, Lewis, Edward and Morgan, William 360 acres part in the County of Rappahannock and part supposed to be in Northumberland County. Begg in Rappa. County &c. being a corner of Thomas Freshwater's land, run.g &c. in the line of Zacheriah Nicholls.
Marriages of Richmond County Virginia 1668 - 1853, p. 53:
DEEKE, JOSEPH (16??-1718) married before 8 March 1704/5 Katherine Lewis, one of the five daughters and
co-heiress of Edward Lewis, deceased. DB# 3, p. 178; DB#6, p. 115; DB# 9, p. 186; WB# 4, p. 45.

Deed Abstracts of Richmond County, Virginia (1711-1714), p. 67:
3/4/1712. Joseph and Katherine Deeke with William and Johanna Linton refer to the 397 acres of land that they jointly purchased of Simon & Elizabeth Taylor, Thomas & Anne Jesper and Christopher & Mary Pridham.
All couples coheirs of John Lewis, the sole heir of Edward Lewis who received the land by patent.
Joseph Deeke and William Linton agree to split the land in half. William Linton to have the land on the South side of the "MARSHY SWAMP" in Richmond Co., and Joseph Deeke to have the land on the north in Northumberland County.

Generation #2

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