Descendants of William Lewis of Ulster, Ireland

Generation #2

There is no proof that Lydia Frances Hutto is descended from this Lewis family. Connections between the Lydia Lewis who married Jacob Hutto, Jr. and this Lewis family are based solely on conjecture and are included here to stimulate further research.

William (1William) Lewis II of Hanover Co NC (Conjecture)

William Lewis was born in about 1690 in Ulster, Ireland. In about 1722, William married an unknown spouse. Williams's personal circumstances are not known. However, he and his family joined the mass ex-migration of Scot-Irish Protestants from Ulster to the American Colonies. Attracted by an offer of inexpensive land, families from Ulster boarded ships for the Carolinas and Virginia.

In 1736 William and family arrived at Cape Fear NC. Traveling up the Black River, they and other immigrant families settled in what would become New Hanover, Duplin, and Pender counties.

About the year 1736 this part of the Country, (then the upper part of New Hanover County) was first Settled by Emigrants from the North of Ireland and some Dutch from Switzerland;— Henry McCulloh Esq. of London, having purchased a Tract of land from the Crown, Containing 71,160 Acres lying in the upper part of New Hanover County, between the No. East branch of Cape Fear River and Black River. Encouraged a Number of Irish and Dutch to come over from Europe to Settle his lands,3 with a promise of certain Conditions to give them Titles to certain Portions of it.—Their first Settlements were at Soracta4 on the No. East River, and at the lower end of Goshen, (then called Woodwards Chase,) And on the Grove, where Duplin Court House now Stands; About the same time, and soon after, a Number of families Emigrated from Roanoak, Meherrin,5 and Elcewhere, and Setled on Cohera, Six Runs, Goshen, and No. East.—The Country being then New; The Range fresh and luxuriant, and the Country abounding with wild Game, their Principal object then was Raising Stock and Hunting.—

3 Henry McCulloch, a merchant of London, in association with Arthur Dobbs and others, received grants in 1735 for 60,000 acres on Black River and subsequently grants for more than a million acres in the back country of North Carolina, subject to certain conditions as to settlement which were never carried out completely. The first settlement on the McCulloch lands was made in 1736 in Duplin County. The earliest settlers of Duplin were Scotch Irish and Swiss. In 1762, McCulloch claimed that he was entitled to 71,160 acres in Duplin County. The McCulloch grants were the source of much dispute before the Revolution. Of these lands, 56,969 acres were confiscated during the Revolution and sold by the State for £10,275-11-10. C. R., V, xxxii-xxxv, VI, 773; R. D. W. Connor, Colonial-Revolutionary Periods, 167; S. A. Ashe, History of North Carolina, I, 252-254; W. H. Foote, Sketches of North Carolina, 159; I. S. Harrell, “North Carolina Loyalists,” The North Carolina Historical Review, III, 589.
Soracte is encountered in the records as early as 1744. Henry McCulloch gave it as his North Carolina address. C. R., IV, 686, 762, V, 772, 779.
5 The Roanoke and Meherrin rivers flow from Virginia through northeastern North Carolina—the former into Albemarle Sound and the latter into Chowan River.

    William Dickson, Duplin County, 1928 <> 3 February 2005.

William is first found in records where he purchased land in New Hanover Co NC on 3/7/1737. He is last found when he wrote his will on 4/8/1751. William died in about 1755 in New Hanover Co NC.

In a deed dated March 7 and recorded in June Court 1737 in New Hanover, North Carolina, "William Lewis of New Hanover Precinct, Gentleman, for 5 shillings paid by Solomon Lewis of New Hanover Precinct, Gentleman, 120 acres more or less estimated in Bath County in the fork of Old Town Creek part of a tract granted by patent December 9, 1735...wit. Jno. Rice, Jno. Leah..."
NEW HANOVER CO., NC DEEDS VOL A-B 1734-1741, p. 64:
FEB 14, 1744 Will of John BENSON of New Hanover Co. being sick & weak of wife Ede son three children viz: James, Mary & Elizabeth...App't Francis ROAD and John POTTER exec..
Wit: Willm. LEWIS, John ROBINSON, John POTTER. Signed John (B) BENSON (bhm) Proved March Court 1744
NEW HANOVER CO., NC DEEDS VOL A-B 1734-1741, p. 137:
APRIL 8, 1751 Will of William LEWIS of New Hanover Co in perfect health. . .
my dtr. Mary PEDCOCK. . .
To Ruth PEDCOCK & Mary PEDCOCK daughters of my dtr. Mary PEDCOCK. . .at age of 21 yrs. or their marriage. . .
to John COOK son of my dtr Jane COOK. . .
to Sarah COOK dtr. of my dtr. Jane COOK. . .
to my dtr. Jane COOK. . .
Appt my son in law James COOK sole Exec. . .
Signed William LEWIS.
Wit: John COOK, William EDWARD, Willm SOUND Prov Feb Ct 1755


    1. James Lewis b. 1723 Ulster, Ireland

    2. Mary Lewis

NEW HANOVER CO., NC DEEDS VOL A-B 1734-1741, p. 44:
AUG 2, 1744 John PIDCOCK of New Hanover Co planter & Mary his wife to Jonathan THOMAS of same. 100 lbs. 320 A granted to sd John PIDCOCK Feb 11, 1737...small branch that runs into Rockfish Creek...Wit: Wm. EDWARDS, John STUBBS.

    3. Jane Lewis

    4. Jacob Lewis

    5. William Lewis III

Generation #3


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