|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 (5Fielding, 4Edmund, 3Joshua, 2James, 1James) Lewis of Franklin Co KY
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 37/37 match to John Lewis of Franklin Co KY. According to the many censuses, John Lewis of Franklin Co KY was born about 1782 in North Carolina. However, in the 1870 Census we learn that he was born in Virginia. And from his tombstone, we learn that he was born in 1788. So, what's the answer? The earlier censuses are probably right.
After exhaustive research, we learn that there was only one John Lewis in Franklin Co KY as early as 1805. And, he is the documented son of Fielding Lewis of Caswell Co NC. Additionally, we learn that John's son, Lewis Walker Lewis, named one of his sons, Fielding C. Lewis, continuing the Fielding name in this family. [Franklin Co KY Research]
John Lewis of Franklin Co KY was born about 1782 in Caswell Co NC and was the youngest son of Fielding Lewis.
From the Caswell Co NC records, we learn that John sold lands inherited from his father's estate. And as early as 1805, he is cited as John Lewis of Franklin Co KY.
In Franklin Co KY, John is first documented in the 1810 Census in his new home. And in that census, John is about 4 persons down from Henry Lewis which causes confusion.
On 11/28/1810 in Franklin Co KY, John married Patsy Pruett b. 8/8/1789 in Virginia. John and Patsy lived the remainder of their lives in Franklin Co KY.
Born 1782 Caswell Co NC
3/1794 Person Co NC Probate
Books 1, p.
3/1799 Person Co NC Probate
Co Records Book
2, p. 148::
Mar Ct. 1799. Settlement of estate of Fielding Lewis. Legatees: James, John, Fielding, Zachariah Lewis; Gabriel Gunn.
1805 Migrated to Franklin Co KY
2/1805 Person Co NC Land Transaction
|Person Co NC Deed Book C, p. 528:
John Lewis of Franklin Co, KY to Gabriel Gunn of CC. for $125, 25 ac E. bank Hico adj Jno Ogilby, Abner Duncan – it being part of land of his father Fielding Lewis who died intestate. 8 Feb 1805. Wit: John McFarland, Wm. McFarland.
5/1809 Person Co NC Record
Co NC Deed Book D, p. 188:
Power of Atty – John Lewis of Franklin co, KY to Zachariah Lewis, of same, to convey land in Person Co., which was sold by Zachariah Lewis to Thomas Jeffreys. 20 May 1809.
12/1809 Person Co NC Land Transaction
|Person Co NC Deed Book D, p. 178-9:
John Lewis of Franklin Co, KY to Thomas Jeffreys of CC, for $30 , his part in dower land of his mother Elizabeth Gun, formerly Elizabeth Lewis; total of 49 A & John Lewis entitled to one-fourth; land on Hyco & Cobb Cr in Perosn Co. adj said jeffreys, William Scott Branch, Richard Ogilby and formerly belonged to Fielding Lewis decd. 22 Dec 1809. Wit: H. Harralson, Ben Johnston, A. Harralson.
12/1809 Person Co NC Record
|Deed Book OP #110 Fielding Lewis and Zacharia Lewis heirs of Fielding Lewis both of Franklin Co. Ky. To------said land
Fielding Lewis allotted window Elizabeth as her dower after she married
Deed Book D page 132 Thomas Jeffries----to -------adj. dowerland of Elizabeth Lewis, Alias Elizabeth Gunn said land part of dower of Elizabeth Gunn 4/1/1809
Deed Book D 178-179 John Lewis Franklin Co. Kentucky to Thomas Jeffreys----------his part in dowerland of his mother Elizabeth Gunn 49 a hyco and Cobb Creek Person Co. Adj. Jeffries.
1/1810 Person Co NC Land Transaction
|Person Co NC Deed Book D, p. 187:
Fielding Lewis, Zachariah Lewis & John Lewis to Lawson Neal, for $100, 67 ˝ A at the dower line with 36 A, on the chapple path adj Atkinson, Deshazo; Zachariah Lewis signs for John Lewis as atty.
2/1810 Franklin Co KY Probate
Co KY Order
Book D, p.54:
Ordered that John Lewis be appointed guardian to Zachariah Lewis [nephew], orphan of Fielding Lewis, dec’d, he entering bond with Robert Church his security, for 200 pounds. February 19, 1810.
|LEWIS, John||PREWITT, Patsy||November 28, 1810|
Lewis, Henry - 2300 [Henry s/o Henry Lewis of Culpeper Co VA] Lewis, John - 1400 [John "of Llangollen" of Spotsylvania Co VA] Long, Barsheba - 4000 Loomis, W. P. - Long, Thomas - 550 Love, Elizabeth - 3000 Lewis, John - 600 [Probably this John Lewis]
1850 Federal Census: Franklin County, Kentucky HN FN LAST FIRST AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH =========================================================== 615 618 Lewis John 68 M Farmer North Carolina Patsy 61 F Virginia Martha A. 27 F Kentucky Mary A. 25 F " James 30 M Laborer " Jane 18 F " Robert 20 M Laborer "
1860 Federal Census: Franklin County, Kentucky HN FN LAST FIRST AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH =========================================================== 260 248 Lewis John 77 M Farmer N. Carolina Jane 28 F Kentucky
1870 Federal Census: Franklin County, Kentucky HN FN LAST FIRST AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH ===================================================== 24 24 Lewis Robert 40 M Farmer Kentucky Sarah F. 37 F " Lewis John 88 M Virginia
1. William S. Lewis b. 1811 Franklin Co KY
2. John P. Lewis
3. Lewis Walker Lewis
4. James Madison Lewis
5. Martha A. Lewis
1880 Federal Census: Franklin County, Kentucky HN FN LAST FIRST AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH ======================================================== 66 72 Wade Royal 61 M Farmer Kentucky Martha A. 56 F " John L. 18 M " Harry W. 16 M "
6. Mary A. Lewis b. 1825 Franklin Co KY
7. Robert D. Lewis
1870 Federal Census: Franklin County, Kentucky HN FN LAST FIRST AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH ===================================================== 24 24 Lewis Robert 40 M Farmer Kentucky Sarah F. 37 F " Safronia 16 F " Mary E. 14 F " Robert S. 10 M " Alice 8 F " Ira 2/12 M " John 88 M Virginia Owen Elisabeth 27 F Kentucky Perry America 13 M "
8. Jane Lewis