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Lewis family

Posted: 9 May 2011 4:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 9 May 2011 4:07PM GMT
Surnames: Lewis,Kirkland,Clifton,Lane
I am seeking information on John Lewis b c1733, Revolutionary Soldier,wife Nancy Ward; son Jesse Lewis b1755 wife Mary Clifton (revolutionary soldier as well)Jesse's daughter was Eliza Lewis b1805 married Abram Kirkland b 1800. This is my direct line.

any information ad or leads on the father of John Lewis would be greatly appreciated. John, Jesse,Eliza.

thank you.
Linda

Re: Lewis family

Posted: 19 May 2011 12:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: LEWIS
I don't have his father, but have these notes from several sources that might help you:

"Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers of Georgia, Page 109"
John Lewis was born in Chowan County, North Carolina in 1733 and died in Burke County, Georgia on January 3, 1818. He served as a Private in the North Carolina Line. He was married in March 1768 to Nancy Lavina Ward, who was born in 1744 in North Carolina and died in Georgia in 1784. They had four children (known): Jesse, Mary, James, and Matthew.

"Georgia Revolutionary Soldiers, Sailors, Patriots and Descendants, Volume 1, Page 135"
John Lewis (RS-Pvt-NC), born in 1733 in Virginia and died in 1818 in Burke County, Georgia. He married (1) Nancy Lavinia Ward, and (2) Susannah Johnson. His known children were James, Jesse, Matthew, and Mary.

"Lewis Family History, 1594-1896, compiled by Robert Ellis Colson"
Note: There is a John Lewis buried in Old Church Methodist Cemetery, south of Waynesboro. There are no dates on the tombstone, only his name and that he served in the Revolutionary War in North Carolina. Since Ransome Lewis is also buried at Old Church some researchers have (mistakenly ?) identified John as Ransome's father. No relationship has been documented, but John Lewis is presented here to try and separate the facts.

John Lewis (1733-1818)
John Lewis was born in 1733 in Chowan (Craven?) County, North Carolina. In 1768 he married his first wife, Nancy Lavinia Ward. Various sources state this marriage as being in North Carolina or St. George's Parish, Burke County, Georgia. One John Lewis received a land grant in Burke County, Georgia on June 7, 1774 of 100 acres "bounded on the south by land formerly of Bourington". This land grant had been surveyed for a John Lewis the previous year. Nancy (Ward) Lewis was born in 1744 and died in 1784. John's second wife was Susannah Johnson. John Lewis' service in the Revolutionary War in North Carolina was listed as that of "Patriot". He did not fight, but furnished supplies to the North Carolina Militia. John Lewis died in Burke County on January 3, 1818 and was buried in Old Church Cemetery. The Ransome Lewis (b. 1780) listed as one of John's children would not have been the same Ransome Lewis that is buried at old Church. The tombstone of Ransome Lewis lists date of birth as 1807. For this lineage to be correct there would have to be a Ransome Lewis, Sr. (b. 1780) and a Ransome Lewis, Jr. (b. 1807).
Billy C. Lewis

History of Jamestown, VA
John Rolfe returned to Virginia in 1617, and married Joane, the daughter of William Pierce, who had come to Jamestown in 1609. Rolfe made out his will in 1622, confessing to being "sick and weak in body." Most believe Rolfe died at the age of 37 in the Indian Massacre of 1622 (though his name does not appear on the list of the Massacre dead, his farm at Bermuda Hundred had been destroyed.)
The Rolfes' son, Thomas, was sickly, and was left to be raised in England. John Rolfe never saw his son again. In 1635, at the age of 20,
Thomas returned to Virginia to reclaim his birthrights--both English ("Varina," the plantation--named for a variety of tobacco--on which he was born) and Indian, as his grandfather Powhatan had left him thousands of acres all around Jamestown. Thomas married an Englishwoman, Jane Poythress, and began a family. Many Virginians (the Blairs, Bollings, Lewises, Randolphs)--and many British--today are understandably proud to trace their lineage back to the remarkable, storybook union of the Indian princess Pocahontas and the tobacco farmer John Rolfe.

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