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.

Edmund "the Immigrant" (0Research) Lewis

Edmund Lewis is only known by a few records in what was then Lancaster, now Middlesex Co VA. Edmund is related to this Lewis family as postulated by Robert J C K Lewis in Lewis Patriarchs of Early VA and MD. The Christian name Edmund is prominent in the James Lewis family of Middlesex Co VA.

Edmund was born in about 1635 in Cardiganshire, Wales. In about 1662, Edmund immigrated in about 1645 with his family to York (now Middlesex) Co VA.
-1634 Charles River formed as one of the original eight Shires.
-1643 Charles River changed to York Co.
-1645 Northumberland formed from Indian lands.
-1651 Lancaster split from Northumberland.
-1669 Middlesex split from Lancaster. 

There is one record where Edmund witnessed a deed in 1662. And, we learn that immediately following, Edmund died. There is a curious entry for the 7/1662 probate order after Edmund's death. The clerk initially wrote Richard then crossed him out and inserted Edmund. Evidently, Richard and Edmund were just those Lewis guys up the river, indicating a close relationship between the two.

Lewis Immigration to Early Virginia

Virginia Colonial Abstracts Ser. 2 vol 2, Lancaster County Virginia Court Orders and Deeds (1656-1680), p. 238:
1662: Edmond Lewis wit. a Deed.
Lancaster Co. Order Book (1656-1666), p. 5:
Lancaster Co Court 9 Jul 1662. Administration... granted unto Edward Dale upon the Estate of Richard (crossed out) Edmund Lewis dec'd, he putting in security... Mr. John Edwards, Mr. Will. Neesham and Dnc. Therryott are appointed to apprize the sd Estate on Saturday next.

Virginia Colonial Abstracts Ser. 2 vol 2, Lancaster County Virginia Court Orders and Deeds (1656-1680), p. 184.
1662: Admin. of Estate of Edmond Lewis, dec'd. to Edward Dale (Clerk of Lancaster Co. Court),

Lancaster Co. Order Book (1656-1666), p 7:
Lancaster Court 10 Sep 1662. It appearing to this Court that Will. Wroughton did expend on the funeral charges, internment and other disbursements of Edmund Lewis, dec'd. the speciality of 1500 lbs of tobo. and cask, It is ordered that sd Wroughton be paid out of the sd Lewis his estate eight pounds in goods according to the apprizement with costs.


Research Notes:
-In Lewis Patriarchs of Early Virginia and Maryland, p. 93, Robert JCK Lewis postulates that James Lewis who married Joanna Kilbee "may have been the son of the Edmond Lewis who died in Lancaster/ Middlesex Co in 1663."
-Thank you, Robert for sharing your expertise. It appears that James might actually be the nephew of Edmund.


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