Descendants of Lewis ap David of Cardiganshire, Wales

Generation #6

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:
Jan 8,1746. Debit account of John Lewis, Boatwright. The Papers of Edward Dixon (1743-1747).

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.

In the 1829 sale of a lot in Abingdon, Virginia to William Lynch, Sarah's brother, both John and Sarah made their mark.
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 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

    Children with Caroline Tankersley

    1. John George Lewis

    2. Amanda Melvina Lewis

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

    3. Charles Lewis b. 1811 Washington Co VA

    Children with Sarah Lynch

    4. William J. Lewis b. 3/1817 Washington Co VA

    5. Malinda Lewis

    6. Rebecca Lewis

    7. Mahaly Lewis b. 1824 Washington Co VA

Generation #7


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