Descendants of Lewis ap David of Cardiganshire, Wales

Generation #5

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.

John (4William, 3James, 2James, , 1Edmund) Lewis (Oral History)

There were at least three John Lewises of Spotsylvania Co VA. And, all were married to a Mary Lewis.

    1. John Augustine Lewis, son of Fielding Lewis, owned land on the Massaponax. He married five times, including Mary Ann Fontaine Lewis, whose death was reported on 4/9/1799 in the Virginia Herald. This John Lewis migrated to Lincoln Co KY.

    2. John Lewis, son of Zachary Lewis II married Ann Lewis. She is a descendant of the Lewises of Warner Hall. This John died 9/12/1780.

    3. Our John Lewis married a woman named Mary, not Mary Ann, and his brothers married into the Herndon and Richards families. Differentiation is made by a) accepting records which include John Lewis, Mary Lewis, and the Herndon and Richards families b) rejecting records which include John Lewis, Mary Ann Lewis, and Zachary Lewis and c) analyzing records of John and Mary dated from 1787 to 1793.

John Lewis of Fredericksburg VA was born 1749 in Spotsylvania Co VA and is first mentioned in his father's will dated 1763. In about 1770, John married Mary Sparks b. c. 1750 Spotsylvania Co VA. John and Mary are believed to be the parents of Taverner and Walden Lewis who migrated to Mississippi.

John born 1749. Went to the Teri. of Ga., Ala., & Miss. Married twice. Had children by both wives.

Nell McCurdy Lewis
6/1978
Willis Lewis Family

In about 1802, the family migrated to Georgia and is documented in the 1802 Cherokee Passport Lists for sons Walden and Taverner. John is documented in the 1805 Land Lottery for Greene Co GA along with those two sons.

Possibly, John also migrated to Mississippi. But, John is last found documented in 1814 in Putnam Co GA.

Crozier. Spotsylvania Co VA Records:
Sept. 13, 1775. Alexander Spotswood. Esq. to Churchill Jones. Lease. 262 a.. in the St. George Par. Spots. co. on s. side Rapidan River, part of a tract of 40,000 a. left the sd. Alexander Spotswood by his grandfather, etc. for 13 2s. yearly. Signed: Churchill Jones, Wm. Jones, and Betty Jones. Wit: Will Standard, John Lewis, Jas. Sommers, Jno. Rose. Sept 21. 1775.
Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800, p. 409:
Augt. 3, 1787. John Lewis of Fredksbg. to Wm. Stanard of Spots. Co. To indemnify the sd. Stanard who stands security for the sd. Lewis, the sd. Lewis deed the sd. Stanard, Lots 67, 68, 103, 104, 105, and 106 in town of Fredkdbg. etc., etc. Thos. Towles, P. Temple, Jno. Smith, Jr. Sept. 4, 1787.
Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800, p. 412:
Decr. 4, 1787. Joseph Brock and John Lewis of Spots. Co. Court Commissioners. . . .
Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800, p. 412:
Decr. 4, 1787. Jno. Lewis and Mary, his wife, of Fredksbg.  to Wm. Lewis of same town. 250. Tract of land in Spots. Co. near town of Fredksbg. etc., etc. Eleazer Callender, Wm. Waddle, James Dix, French Gray. Decr. 4, 1787.
Council Minutes, City of Fredericksburg VA:
At a Common council held for the Town & Corporation of Fredg. on Monday March 17th 1788:
1788 March By John Lewis for the rent one Room below the M. House 3 0 0.
Crozier. Spotsylvania Co VA Records:
Novr. 21, 1791. John Lewis of Spots. co. to William Fontaine of Hanover co. and John Spotswood of Orange co., exec. of Bowles Armistead, dec'd. to indemnify them. Wit: Will Frazier, R. Frazier dtd Janry 6, 1795.
Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800, p. 476:
April 7, 1795. Jno. Lewis and Mary, his wife, of Spots. Co., to William Richards of Culpepper Co. 600. 15 a. on Rappk. River, Spots. Co., etc., etc. No witnesses.
Last Name First Name White males above 16 Horses, Mares, Mules & Colts Phaetons & Stage Wagons Amount of Tax
Lewis John 1   1 $4.43
Lewis William 1      
Lewis James 1 3 1 $5.05
1805 Georgia Land Lottery Persons Entitled to Draws:
John Lewis Senr. (2)
Tavner Lewis (1)
Walden Lewis (1)
Will of JACOB TURKINETT, SR. of Putnam, :11/71/1814, p. 38 40
Son: Henry Turkinett, $2...son Jacob Turkinett, Jr., $2...dau. Mary Brann, $2...and I hereby do
exclude them forever my forenamed children having provided for them...to dau. Catey Clap
$200...son George Turkinett $200... bel wife Barbara Turkinett lend $200 or whatever 1/2 of my
Est. left and whatever remains after her decease to son George and dau. Mary Clap. James Epey
and William D. Lane, Esq's. of this County, Sole Exrs. Wits: Feilding Selman., Henry Howard
and John Lewis. Pro. in Open Ct. 7 Nov. 1814.

The Lewis Family Naming Pattern serves as a guide. The firstborn son is named after the paternal grandfather. The second-born son is named after the mother's family. In Generation 7, John Anderson Lewis' paternal grandfather should have been and was John Lewis, and Willis Lewis's maternal grandmother should have been and was a Willis. If Walden was the second born in Generation 6, Walden should be a name in his mother's family. In about 1770, Sarah Sparks married Alexander Walden. Was Walden named for his uncle, Alexander? Beginning with Walden Lewis b. c. 1775, the first name Walden is continued in our Lewis family until this day.

Taverner was a title, not necessarily a name of the time, and is quite rare. Oral history states that the Lewis Line descends from William Lewis and Sarah Branham. Evidence comes in part from Sarah Branham's uncle, Taverner Branham b. 1739 Richmond Co VA and Tavenor Walden, son of Alexander Walden, Sr. Reasonable conjecture leads to the belief that Taverner Lewis was named for his paternal great-uncle.

Lewis Records in Georgia

Morgan Co GA Tax Lists

1809 1810 1811 1812
Lewis, Pierce    4
Lewis, George   26
Lewis, William  30
Lewis, Waldin   32
Lewis, Tabner   32
Lewis, Garnes   18
Lewis, George   28
Lewis, Pierce    2
Lewis, William  24
Lewis, George   32
Lewis, Pearce    6
Lewis, Walden   24
Lewis, William  36
Lewis, George   32
Lewis, William  32

    Children

    1. William Lewis

    2. Willis Lewis

Bullock Co GA Will Book B, pp104 &105:
20 May 1822. Inventory and appraisement of the estate of Willis Lewis, Dec'd.
Admix Mary Ann Lewis. 
Appraisers: R. L. Stanaland, William Groover, Sr., Pugh Pollard, John Groover, Sr..

    3. Walden Lewis b. c. 1774 Spotsylvania Co VA

    4. Taverner Lewis b. c. 1775 Spotsylvania Co VA

    5. Stephen Lewis

Jackson Co GA Marriage Records
Lewis, Stephen 
Watkins, Milley  1807/ ? /24

    6. Thomas Lewis

Generation #6

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