|Note: Information on the Lewis Family before Walden Lewis b. c. 1774 in Virginia comes from assumptions based on multiple sources. Therefore, the information on this page is not reliable for genealogical purposes. A detailed discussion of the many connections can be found at Lewis Family Research.
John (5John, 4John, 3James, 2James, 1Edmund) Lewis of Caroline Co VA
There is a yDNA connection between this person and my ancestor, Walden Lewis b. c. 1774 Spotsylvania Co VA. yDNA confirms an exact match (67/67) to some tests. And, there are close (66/67) matches and almost close (65/67) matches. All of theses matches deserve research to determine how the different families are related.
These test results can be found at the Lewis Surname DNA Project. Additionally, a detailed discussion of the significance of these test results and a comparison of the results for the five Lewis families of northern Virginia can be found at DNA Results.
This analysis focuses on the 66/67 match to the John Lewis family of Caroline Co VA. [Research] There are few records for a possible lineage for this John Lewis; as the Lewis family attended St. Mary's Parish in Caroline county. And, those parish registers, including deeds and wills, no longer exist.
The best record for these descendants of the Lewis family is the 1746 record for Grandpa John Lewis, Boatwright. This John married Caroline Tankersley whose father operated the ferry across the Rappahannock to Dogue VA. Was John's father employed by Caroline's father? And later, did their children marry?
Lewis Records in Caroline Co VA:
John Lewis was born in about 1775 in Caroline Co VA. John's fore-bearers were gifted 100 acres at the head of Taliaferro's Branch in what is now Caroline Co VA. And, locating this grant is important for finding where John grew up. The Lewis plantation was located on the Rappahannock River across from Dogue VA and adjacent to the Long family plantation and the Roy's tobacco warehouse, wharf and ferry, John would have grown up in the Long family circle and could have worked for the Tankersleys.
On 10/2/1805 in Caroline Co VA, John married Caroline Matilda Tankersley b. 1/4/1784 Caroline Co VA. Caroline Matilda was the daughter of George Tankersley, Sr., a prominent resident of Caroline Co VA.
By 1806 and after the death of George Tankersley, Sr., John and Caroline migrated to Washington Co VA with the rest of the Tankersley family. Unfortunately, Caroline died in 1811. In about 1816 in Washington Co VA, John married Sarah Lynch b. c. 1795 Washington Co VA. Sarah was the daughter of Edward Lynch. Edward was a stonecutter who immigrated from County Galway, Ireland, in 1785.
John and Sarah lived the remainder of the lives in southwest Virginia. John is last found living with son William in the 1860 Smyth Co VA Census. John died after 1860 in Smyth Co VA.
Born c. 1775 Caroline Co VA
Married 10/2/1805 in Caroline Co VA to Caroline Matilda Tankersley b. 1/4/1784 Caroline Co VA
Migrated before 1806 to Washington Co VA
1806 Washington Co VA Tax List: John Lewis
1810 Washington Co VA Census: John Lewis p. 36
Caroline died 1811 Washington Co VA
Married c. 1816 in Washington Co VA to Sarah Lynch b. c. 1795 Washington Co VA
1820 Washington Co VA Census: LEWIS pp. 217-218-219
1829 Washington Co VA Land Transaction
|In the 1829 sale of a lot in Abingdon, Virginia to William Lynch, Sarah's brother, both John and Sarah made their mark.
1830 Washington Co VA Census: LEWIS pp. 261-262-263-264-302
1840 Washington Co VA Census: LEWIS pp. 226-227-228
1850 Washington Co VA Census
1850 Federal Census: Washington County, Virginia FN LAST FIRST AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH ================================================== 302 Lewis John 70 M Laborer VA Sarah 52 F " Lambert Jefferson 13 M "
1860 Smyth Co VA Census (carpenter; lives w/ William J. Lewis)
1860 Federal Census: Smyth County, Virginia FN LAST FIRST AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH ================================================== 52 Lewis William 43 M VA Nancy J 35 F VA John 85 M Carpenter VA
Died after 1860 Smyth Co VA
1. John George Lewis
Born 1806 Washington Co VA
Died after 10/1832 Washington Co VA
2. Amanda Melvina Lewis
Born 1808 Washington Co VA
Migrated before 1830 to Monroe Co TN
1830 Monroe Co TN Census: Joseph Warsham
Joseph Worsham died 3/21/1834 Monroe Co TN
1850 Monroe Co TN Census
1850 Federal Census: Monroe County, Tennessee FN LAST FIRST AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH ================================================ 649 Washam Amanda M. 43 F VA Radford 24 M VA John 20 M TN Marion 14 M TM
Migrated before 1860 to Greene Co MO
Died after 1860 Texas Co MO
3. Charles Lewis b. 1811 Washington Co VA
4. William J. Lewis b. 3/1817 Washington Co VA
5. Malinda Lewis
Born c. 1820 Washington Co VA
Married c. 1840 in Washington Co VA to Mr. Glen b. c. 1815
Died in Virginia
6. Rebecca Lewis
Born c. 1822 Washington Co VA
Married c. 1842 in Washington Co VA to Mr. Henniger b. c. 1817
Died in Virginia
7. Mahaly Lewis b. 1824 Washington Co VA