Descendants of Lewis ap David of Cardiganshire, Wales

Generation #1

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.

Lewis ap Dafydd ap Merededd

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We know of Lewis from the following record:

Lewis David Meredith, sixth in descent from Llewelyn Dalran, was living at Abernant-bychan in the first half of the sixteenth century. He married Joan daughter of Rhys ap John ap Howel of Gernos in Llangynllo, by Elen daughter of Sir James ab Owen of Pentre Ifan in Nevern, Pembrokeshire. He is mentioned" in a deed of 1539 as living at Abernant-bychan and was still there some twenty-five years later. He seems to have had another residence as well, for in a deed dated 27 April 1542 Lewis ap David ap Merededd, gentleman, is described as "of Gwernykoreid", doubtless somewhere in the parish of Penbryn. During that year he executed a settlement of his Cardiganshire estate on himself and his wife the trustees being George ap Owen and Lewis ap Jenkin (Noyadd Trefawr Deeds, No. 335).

Lewis continued to add to his possessions, and soon graduated from "gentleman" to "esquire". Thus on 9 May 1554 Rhys ap Sir Richard of Llangoedmor, gentleman, quit-claimed Tyddyn Abergwenffrwd in Bettws Ithel parish to Lewis ap David ap Meredudd, esquire, and on 31 October 1560 John Lloyd of Cilgwyn, gentleman, assured peaceful possession of two acres called Blaen y Ffinnant in Penbryn parish to the same esquire (ibid. nos. 320, 260). On 26 June 1564 a Final Concord in a fine between John Mortimer and Rhys Gwyn, plaintiffs, and Lewis David ap Merredeith, esquire, and Joan his wife deforciants, was made, to facilitate a settlement of 26 messuages and 500 acres in Blaenporth, Llandygwydd, Llanfairorllwyn, Llangunllo and Troedyraur, to be made on the deforciants for their lives, with remainder to their younger son, Rees Lewys of Troedyraur and his heirs (ibid. No. 195).

Lewis died shortly afterwards, and on 1 October 1564 ("or later" according to Mr. Huws), Hugh Lewes David Meredidd of Nevern, gentlemen, gave a bond to his eldest brother James Lewis, esquire, for peaceful possession of Cardiganshire lands that had been "devised to the said Rees by his father Lewis David Meredidd, lately deceased" (ibid. No. 54). The full extent of the estate is not known, but it must have been very considerable to have enabled Lewis to grant large properties to younger sons, bearing in mind that he had eight sons and six daughters to provide for.

Indeed, on 8 September 1564 Lewis David ap Merreddieth, esquire, had conveyed his capital tenement or mansion house called Aber Nante Bechan, Melin Brithdire water corn mill, with other poperties in the parishes of Penbryn and Llandisilio gogo (certain properties in Bettws Ievan, Brongwyn, and Penbryn expressly excepted) to John Mortymer of Llangoedmor, John Stedman of Straddfleere, James ap Rees ap Morgan of Penbryn and Phillip Howell of Llandysul, gentlemen, to enable the grantor to make a settlement on his eldest son James Lewis (NLW. Bronwydd deeds. No. 2176).

By Joan, Lewis David Meredith had eight sons and six daughters, who adopted their father's Christian name as their permanent patronymic. The surname was spelled variously by those who bore it, as Lewis, Lewys, and Lewes, which ultimately became fixed as Lewes, a form used exclusively by the Abernantbychan family and its numerous branches, enabling the historian to identify persons when no other way of doing so presents itself. Throughout this essay I shall use the finalized form unless quoting from original documents where the orthography may differ.

    Ceredigion : Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol. 8, nos. 1-4, 1976-1979, Gellidywyll : a Ceredigion family South of the Teifi <http://welshjournals.llgc.org.uk/browse/viewpage/llgc-id:1093205> 29 September 2012.

Lewis was born about 1510 in Cardiganshire, Wales, and is noted as the progenitor of this family. In 1539 Lewis is first found in records as Lord of the Manor at Abernant Bychan. And in about 1540, Lewis married Siwan (Joan) ab Rys of Llangynllo, Powys, Wales.

There are several records where Lewis bought and sold lands in different parishes. From the 1542 we find Lewis referred to as "gentleman." And in the 1554 we find Lewis referred to as "esquire" which would be the appropriate moniker for the Lord of the Manor at Abernant Bychan.

But by 6/1564, Lewis knew he was dying and began divesting his holdings to distribute his wealth among his eight sons and six daughters. Although the 9/1564 record appears to indicate that Lewis sold the manor, we know his son James and grandson John were living at the manor in 1589 and 1609 respectively.

Lewis died after 10/1654 leaving considerable lands and wealth to his children.

4/1542 Lewis ap David ap Merededd, gentleman, "of Gwernykoreid."
5/1554 Rhys ap Sir Richard of Llangoedmor, gentleman, quit-claimed Tyddyn Abergwenffrwd in Bettws Ithel parish to Lewis ap David ap Meredudd, esquire.
26 June 1564. Final Concord in a fine between John Mortimer and Rhys Gwyn, plaintiffs, and Lewis David ap Merredeith, esquire, and Joan his wife deforciants, was made, to facilitate a settlement of 26 messuages and 500 acres in Blaenporth, Llandygwydd, Llanfairorllwyn, Llangunllo and Troedyraur, to be made on the deforciants for their lives, with remainder to their younger son, Rees Lewys of Troedyraur and his heirs.
8 September 1564. Lewis David ap Merreddieth, esquire, had conveyed his capital tenement or mansion house called Aber Nante Bechan, Melin Brithdire water corn mill, with other properties in the parishes of Penbryn and Llandisilio gogo (certain properties in Bettws Ievan, Brongwyn, and Penbryn expressly excepted) to John Mortymer of Llangoedmor, John Stedman of Straddfleere, James ap Rees ap Morgan of Penbryn and Phillip Howell of Llandysul, gentlemen, to enable the grantor to make a settlement on his eldest son James Lewis.
1 October 1564 Hugh Lewes David Meredidd of Nevern, gentlemen, gave a bond to his eldest brother James Lewis, esquire, for peaceful possession of Cardiganshire lands that had been "devised to the said Rees by his father Lewis David Meredidd, lately deceased.

    Children

    1. James ap Lewis b. c. 1540 Cardiganshire, Wales

    2. Huw ap Lewis

1 October 1564. Hugh Lewes David Meredidd of Nevern, gentlemen, gave a bond to his eldest brother James Lewis, esquire, for peaceful possession of Cardiganshire lands that had been "devised to the said Rees by his father Lewis David Meredidd, lately deceased.

    3. David ap Lewis

    4. Rhys ap Lewis

26 June 1564. Final Concord in a fine between John Mortimer and Rhys Gwyn, plaintiffs, and Lewis David ap Merredeith, esquire, and Joan his wife deforciants, was made, to facilitate a settlement of 26 messuages and 500 acres in Blaenporth, Llandygwydd, Llanfairorllwyn, Llangunllo and Troedyraur, to be made on the deforciants for their lives, with remainder to their younger son, Rees Lewys of Troedyraur and his heirs.

    5. Nicholas ap Lewis

    6. John Lewis, Esq.

    7. William Lewis

    8. Unknown Son

Generation #2

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