Descendants of William Lewis of Ulster, Ireland

Generation #3

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.

James (2William II, 1William) Lewis of North Carolina

James Lewis was born in 1723 in Ulster, Ireland. James migrated to America in the company of his parents as a part of a significant Scot-Irish migration stream from Northern Ireland, arriving in New Hanover Co NC in 1736.

On 7/29/1746 in Berkeley Co SC, James married Hannah Brownluff b. c. 1726 in North Carolina. James and Hannah lived in Georgetown Dist. SC until about 1775 when they migrated back to North Carolina. James is reported living in Northampton Co NC. But, a strong case for placing James in Northampton County needs to be made; as Northampton is not in the geographical/cultural circle which includes James' previous residences.

Historically, the state we now know as North Carolina is comprised of three disparate regions: north, south, and the Piedmont:
a) The northern portion of the state was settled as an extension of Virginia. Until the 1746 Thomas Lewis Survey of the NC/VA border, the area which comprises Northampton Co NC was thought to actually be in Virginia. Land records were recorded in Brunswick Co VA and vital records were recorded at St. Andrew's Parish, Lawrenceville VA.
b) The southern portion of the state was settled as an extension of Charleston SC. Of note, there were no North and South Carolina until 1715. The boundary survey was initiated in 1735 but not completed and certified until 1815.
c) The Piedmont was settled as ethnic Europeans migrated south from Pennsylvania and Virginia along the Great Wagon Road which terminated at Augusta GA.

Most probably, James returned to New Hanover Co NC where his children lived out their lives. Reportedly, James died in Northampton County. There is a will for a James Lewis which was probated 10/1789.

Parish Registry of St. Thomas and St. Dennis:
7/29/1746 Lewis, James & Hannah Brownluff

Charleston Deed Book W-5, pp. 559-564:

"Lease & Release. 29 & 30 December 1774. Robert Duke of Craven County, Parish of St. Marks, planter, to Henry Miley of same, for 500 pounds, tract granted to said Robert Duke May 1774, recorded in Book QQQ, page 158, 100 acres on south side of the Wateree river on Twenty five mile creek. Robert Duke (LS), Wit: Jeremiah Pierson, James Lewis, George Watts. Proved 1 May, 1775 by the oath of Jeremiah Pierson before John N. Oglethorpe, J.P. Recorded 12 March 1787."


    1. James Lewis, Jr. b. c. 1747 New Hanover Co NC

    2. James Simeon Lewis b. c. 1756 New Hanover Co NC

Generation #4


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