Zachary Lewis I (0Research) of King & Queen Co VA
Zachary Lewis I was born 1673 in Breconshire, Wales.
According to Lewises, Meriwethers and Their Kin, this family is from the
landed Lewis family who owned estates Brecknock and Llangollen in Wales.
Evidence comes from this family's descendants naming their Virginia estates
1. Zachary Lewis I and son John Lewis lived at Lewisville, King & Queen Co VA.
2. Zachary Lewis II lived at Bel-Air, Spotsylvania Co VA.
2. Col. Zachary Lewis III lived at Bel-Air, Spotsylvania Co VA.
3. John Lewis s/o Zachary Lewis III lived at Llangollen, Franklin Co KY
4. Dr. Richmond Lewis s/o Zachary Lewis III lived at Brecknock, Spotsylvania Co VA.
According to grandson, Rev. Iverson Lewis, Zachary I and family emigrated in 1692 to Colonial Virginia, settling south of the Rappahannock River in King & Queen Co VA (vic. Contra VA). Zachary I is first documented in 1694 when he patented land adjacent to Christopher Lewis. This Christopher was most probably a close cousin or even an uncle. And, there is evidence which connects to sisters Sarah and Dorcas.
Zachary Lewis I was a noted lawyer in early Colonial Virginia. And, his sons and grandsons were also. Zachary built the family home, Lewisville, at the head of the Piankatank River on Dragon Swamp. Zachary died after 1739 and is buried in the family plot at the family home.
Contrary to custom, Zachary I left Lewisville to younger son John who married Sarah Iverson. From the 1894 Lewis Convention held at Bel-Air in Spotsylvanina Co VA, we learn that Zachary Lewis II left King & Queen county early, heading upriver to make his own fortune in the new lands of the west. And come to find out, Zachary's sisters' families did the same.
Born 1673 Brecknockshire, Wales
1692 Per Rev. Iverson Lewis family immigrated to King & Queen Co VA
1694 King & Queen Co Land Grant
Note: The ancestral home of this Lewis family, Lewisville, is located between Exol Swamp and Dragon Swamp (vic. Contra VA) at the headwaters of the Piankatank River near the boundary with Essex Co on the Middle Peninsula <Old New Kent Co VA>.
|Land Books of Virginia Book 8, p. 318:
On 20 Apr 1694, Mr. Zachary LEWIS patented 500 acres in King & Queen Co VA Beg. near the Draggon Swamp; along land granted to Thomas CLAYBORNE, now belonging to Mr. Christopher LEWIS, &c. Granted to Domingo MADERES & James JOHNSON, 8 Apr 1668, deserted, & now granted by order, &c.
Dorcas Lewis and Sarah Lewis were entered as headrights.
1703 King William Co VA Land Grant
|Land Books of Virginia Book 9, p. 556:
October 23, 1703. Zachary Lewis. 450 acres in King William County, Virginia.
3/10/1706 Zachary Lewis named POA for sister Sarah Shackelford
|Power of Attorney--Sarah Shackelford to Mr. Zachary Lewis Sr. that he "appear for me at the Essex [Co.] Court and Relinquish my right of Dower of 150 Acres of Land which my husband Francis Shackelford sold to John Shackelford and you will oblige your loveing sister." Signed Sarah X Shackelford on 10 Mar 1706/07. Gloucester County.|
1/17/1708 Zachary Lewis appointed Deputy Escheator General for Essex Co VA
11/1710 Election Petition: Zachary Lewis
9/1716 King & Queen Co VA Probate
|The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 17, no. 4, p. 266:
Will of William Bird (1678/9-1715) of St. Stephens Parish, of King and Queen Co.
Wife and exectrix: Frances Bird. Executor: Zachary Lewis
My land in King William Co. to be sold. Land which was Hurley Mordit's to be sold.
Wit: William Southerland, Luke Curtis, Thomas Wasley
(Signed) Oct 26, 1715. W. Bird; Proved: Sept. 24, 1716.
Teste: CC Thacker, Cl. Court. Copy Teste: Thomas W. Todd, D.C.C.
1719 Essex Co VA Land Transaction
County, Virginia, Records, 1717-1722, pages 63-66;:
Died after 1719 King & Queen Co VA
1. Zachary Lewis II b. 6/1/1702 King & Queen Co VA
2. Elizabeth Lewis (Twin)
Born 1704 King and Queen Co VA
Married c. 1724 in King and Queen Co VA to cousin James Shackleford (son of Francis Shackelford) b. 2/1/1688 Middlesex Co VA
3/1756 Spotsylvania Co VA Deed
|Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book E, p. 202:
March 19, 1756. Zachary Lewis of Spts. Co., of the first part; Richard Shackleford of same co. and Mary, his wife, of the second part; and Mary Shackleford, dau. of James Shackleford of the same county, of the third part.
Whereas, Zachary Lewis, by letter dated May 29, 1755, did give to Mary, daughter of sd. James Shackleford, and Elizabeth, his wife, sister of the sd. Zachary; sd. Zachary now deeds the sd. negro to the sd. Richd. Shackleford and Mary, his wife, for the use of the sd. Mary, dau. of James; the third party to these presents.
Witnesses, Z. Lewis, Junr.; Waller Lewis, Betty Lewis, Dorothea Lewis. Augt. 3, 1756.
Died after 8/1756 Spotsylvania Co VA
3. John Lewis (Twin) b. 1704 King & Queen Co VA
4. Jane Lewis
Born c. 1706 King and Queen Co VA
Migrated after 9/1774 to Spotsylvania Co VA
Died after 10/1775 Spotsylvania Co VA
|GEORGE, Jane, widow
of Robert George, dec'd of Caroline Co., Va, d. Sep 27, 1774, p. Oct 19,
Leg. Mary Lewis, my brother Zachary Lewis's widow, and Mary Littlepage, daughter of Betty [Lewis Littlepage] Halloday. The children of my sister, Elizabeth Shackleford, viz: Lewis Shackleford, Mary Payton, John Shackleford and Zachary Shackleford. Also mentions Reuben Long of Caroline Co., relationship not stated. (pg 133)
Wit. J. Lewis, Z. Lewis. Ex. Lewis Shackleford and John Shackleford.
5. Susannah Lewis
Born c. 1708 King & Queen Co VA
11/1757 Spotsylvania Co VA Probate
Spotsylvania Co VA Wills:
11/1760 Spotsylvania Co VA Probate
Deed Book E:
November 13, 1760. William Collins, Thomas Collins, and Lewis Collins, sons of Joseph Collins, dec'd. to John Collins Sr. all right and interest of land by said William Collins, Thomas Collins, and Lewis Collins in estate of Joseph Collins after death or remarriage of his relect, Susanna Collins. Witness: Zachary Lewis, Jr., Zachary Lewis III, Lewis Collins, Waller Lewis, Elijah Garton, and George Perry.
Died after 7/1768 Spotsylvania Co VA
|1767: In Orange
County, Order Book 7, p. 437, June 25, 1767. Susanna Collins v.
Timothy Burgess, on petition, judgment that plaintiff to receive £27.7.2
with interest from May 1, 1764.
July 4, 1768. Spotsylvania,
Virginia County Records, p. 262: