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1814 Will of Thomas Lewis – Nelson County

I think we need a little background on Thomas Lewis.  He was a son of John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown, born in Loudoun County, Virginia, about 1772.  His siblings were John Lewis, who moved to Hancock County, Kentucky; Daniel and Vincent Lewis who settled near Bloomfield in Nelson County, as did Thomas; and a sister Rebecca Lewis, not sure where she lived.  Daniel and Vincent Lewis are named as Thomas’ executors, and each receive ¼ of his estate.  Brother John died in 1813, and his children received ¼ part.  Sister Rebecca is given 1/8 of the estate, as is her daughter, Thomas’ niece, Rebecca Machan.  I can find no marriage for Rebecca Lewis, but that must be her married name.

Thomas was considered the chief business advisor for his family.  His death was a tragedy for his family in many ways.  From approximately mid-1819 to the first years of the 1820’s Kentucky was in an economic panic.  The great acres of land that Thomas left his family were possibly a curse rather than a blessing, since during this time the value of land was less to nothing, and yet property taxes still had to be paid.

Thomas Lewis married Ann Langley, the widow of John May.  At her death he received half of her husband’s estate, the other half going to her two children, John Langley and Mary May.  Thomas did not have children.  My Captain John Hancock Linton is an uncle of Thomas Lewis.

Thomas Lewis’ Will

Will Book A, Pages 129-131, Nelson County, Kentucky

I, Thomas Lewis, late of the town of Petersburg and State of Virginia, now in the State of Kentucky, being in good health and sound mind, do make this my last will and testament in manner following.  To wit, I hereby give and devise the whole of my estate (both personal and mixt rights and credits to me in anywise belonging, held either in my name or in the name of others for my use and benefit) unto my brothers Vincent Lewis and Daniel Lewis, their heirs, executors, etc., in trust for the following purposes.  First to pay all my just debts and secondly (after retaining to themselves a reasonable compensation for their trouble in settling my business) to divide the balance into eight equal parts and to retain in their hands two eighth parts for the use and benefit of the said Vincent Lewis and his heirs forever.  Two other eighth parts for the use and benefit of the said Daniel Lewis and his heirs forever, one eighth part for the use and benefit of my niece, Rebecca Machan; one eighth part for the use and benefit of my sister Rebecca Lewis and her heirs forever; and the other two eighth parts for the use and benefit of the children of my brother John, deceased; provided however if my said trustees should think proper they may within three years after they shall have qualified and undertaken said trust, put out one thousand dollars upon good security upon interest for the use and benefit of my said niece, Rebecca Macham or retain the same in their own hands, paying interest thereon each and every year to the said Rebecca or to some other person for her maintenance in place of the said eighth part of my estate, for and during her natural life and then to pay on the said one eighth or one thousand dollars (which ever they shall first elect to pay) to such of the relations of the said Rebecca Machan as they may think proper, provided it be not to them, the said Vincent and Daniel, or either of them or either of their descendants, and provided also that if my father shall by his will, give the plantation upon which he lives to my sister Rebecca, then in lieu of the one eighth of my estate, my trustee shall pay her the sum of five hundred dollars only, with interest.  Thereupon from two years after they shall have qualified to act or if my father should give her any part of said plantation less than the whole, then my said trustees may either pay to her the one eighth part of my estate or one thousand dollars within three years after

They shall qualify to act as aforesaid at their option, and as to the two eighths part devised in the first for the use and benefit of the children of my deceased brother, John, my desire is that the same shall be considered as a part of my said brother’s estate and to go to his children precisely as directed by his last will and testament.  And his executrix and trustee, heirs, etc., to have the same power over it as the other part of the said decedent’s estate.  It is my will and desire that my said trustees do settle the business of my estate as soon as practicable with convenience to themselves and in order to enable them to do so they are hereby authorized to enter into compromises for the adjustment of titles to all my lands and land clams where the same shall in any manner be disputed to enter into arbitration respecting the same and finally to do and act with the said lands as well as with all part or parts of my estate, rights and credits as if the property was their own and they were acting for themselves.  And in order to ascertain the amount of my said estate as soon as possible I would advise them to sell my lands and land claims from time to time, whenever in the opinion they can get what they are or shall be worth and upon such credits as they may think best and most to the advantage of my said estate and from time to time divide the proceeds of the said lands as well as of the slaves and other property, first deducting a reasonable compensation for their trouble, and all expenses attending the business from time to time.  And I hereby further empower my said trustees to make sale of all my slaves in the State of Virginia if they should think proper to do so hereby appointing my said brothers Vincent and Daniel, Executors of this my last will and testament, and hereby declaring all others by me at any time heretofore made wills void.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand seal this twenty-seventh day of April in the year of our Lord Christ, 1814.

Thomas Lewis

At a County Court held for Nelson County on the 20th day of December 1819

The above writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Thomas Lewis, deceased, being exhibited in Court and proved by the oaths of Vincent Davis, Richard Rudd and

General James Cox, all of this county, to be wholly in the handwriting of the said deceased and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Vincent Lewis and Daniel Lewis, the executors therein named, they having given bond with Vincent Davis, Hezekiah Murphy, Thomas Duncan and James Allan, their securities in the penalty of $10000, conditioned as prescribed by law, and having taken the oath of the law in such case directs, it is ordered that a certificate of probate of said will be granted them.

Test. Ben Grayson, County Clerk

Revolutionary War Papers For Loudoun County Virginia March 1778 – October 1779

About six weeks ago I ordered copies of the Revolutionary War records of my 5th great-grandfather, John Linton.  He was recommended as Lieutenant in 1778 and Captain in 1781.  I share with you today the lists of those soldiers recommended for changes in rank for March of 1778 through October 1779. Hopefully you can use this information!

One other note, several others on this list are very familiar to me.  Daniel Lewis is a relative of Captain John, Scarlett Berkeley is his half-brother.  Joseph Butler is a cousin of the captain’s wife, Ann Mason, and George Mason her brother.

March 1778

  • James Whaley, Jr. – Second Lieutenant
  • William Carnan – Ensign
  • Daniel Lewis – Second Lieutenant
  • Hugh Douglass – Ensign
  • Isaac Vandeventer – Lieutenant
  • John Dodd – Ensign

May 1778

  • William McClellan – Captain
  • Francis Russell and James Beavers – Lieutenants
  • George Summers and Charles Eskridge – Colonels
  • Samuel Cox – Major
  • Robert McClain – Captain
  • Scarlett Berkeley and Moses Thomas – Lieutenants
  • Henry Farnsworth and John Russell – Lieutenants
  • Gustavus Eligin and John Miller – Lieutenants
  • Samuel Butcher and Joshua Botts – Lieutenants
  • William Elliot – Ensign
  • John Williams and George Taylor – Lieutenants
  • Richard Shore – Ensign
  • John Henry – Captain
  • Nathaniel Adams and George Mason – Lieutenants
  • Peter Benham – Ensign

August 1778

  • Thomas Marks, William Robinson and Joseph Butler – Lieutenants
  • Joseph Wildman – Ensign
  • John Linton – Lieutenant
  • George Asbury – Ensign

September 1778

  • John Shrieve – Ensign

April 1779

  • Francis Russell – Lieutenant

May 1779

  • Joseph Wildman – Lieutenant
  • Francis Elgin, Jr. – Ensign

June 14th 1779

  • Jacob Caton – Ensign
  • George Kilgore – Lieutenant

July 12th 1779

  • John Debell – Lieutenant
  • William Hutchison – Ensign

October 11th 1779

  • Francis Russell – Captain

 

Susan Lewis Book

In response to yesterday’s post about the last piece of the puzzle found in the Susan Lewis Book – bible – I thought I would share the actual information in this book – births, deaths, marriages, family information.

Susan Lewis Book

February 1837 . . . . . $4.50

Family Register

Read/Brown Line:

  • Coleman Read, son of Andrew Read and Elizabeth his wife, was born December 2, 1686.
  • Coleman Read and Ruth, his wife, were married the 1st of July, 1712.  Before marriage, Ruth Bragg.
  • Elizabeth Read, their daughter, born 17th June, 1713, who intermarried with Thomas Brown, and Elizabeth Brown, their daughter intermarried with John Lewis; they were the father and mother of Dan Lewis.

Lewis Line:

  • William Lewis emigrated from Wales and settled in Northumberland County, Virginia.  His son William moved to the south, and his son, Vincent, moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, [at the time Stafford County], and intermarried with Ann Longworth, and their oldest son, John Lewis [above] intermarried with Elizabeth Brown, father and mother to Daniel Lewis.
  • Joseph Lewis, son of Vincent Lewis, intermarried with Catherine Linton, and their daughter Susan Lewis intermarried with Daniel Lewis on the 5th day of April, 1793, whose names and births are on the other side of this leaf.  Catherine Linton’s mother before marriage, Susan Hancock.

Daniel and Susan Lewis:

  • Daniel Lewis was born the 2nd day of August, 1770; married the 5th April, 1793; died the 13th September 1852.
  • Susan Lewis, his wife, was born 10th March 1773; died 16th September, 1845.

Children of Daniel and Susan Lewis:

  • Linton Lewis was born 19th of April 1794; died August, 1796.
  • Matilda Brown Lewis was born 23rd October, 1795; died 28 May, 1855.
  • Jonathan Davis Lewis was born 5th September 1797.
  • Alfred Linton Lewis was born 28th May, 1800.
  • Mary Rebecca Lewis was born 19th of November, 1802; died 5th of April, 1846.
  • Elizabeth Catherine Lewis was born 31 December, 1805; died 6th of April, 1814.
  • John Joseph Daniel Lewis was born 28 May, 1811; married 6th of March, 1838; died July 2125, 1885.  Emmorine Minor Brewer Lewis, his wife, was born 7th of December, 1813; died 10th of February, 1871.
  • Susan Frances Lewis was born 30th July, 1841.
  • Fannie Lewis, born July 30th, 1841; married February 8th, 1860; died September 4th, 1902.  Jonathan Wood Berkeley was born April 5th, 1833; died March 9th, 1887.  Infant son of J. Wood and Fannie L. Berkeley born November 8th, 1870; died November 8th, 1870.  Infant son of J. Wood and Fannie L. Berkeley born February 19th, 1873; died February 19th, 1873.  Emma Lewis Berkeley, daughter of J. Wood and Fannie L. Berkeley, born March 22nd, 1878; died November 2nd, 1879.

Minor Family:

  • John Minor was born November 16, 1785.
  • Fannie Minor, his wife, was born December 7, 1787.  [born Fannie Sandford]
  • Louisa R. Minor was born April 1, 1811.
  • Emmorine Minor Lewis died February 10th, 1871.
  • John H. Minor was born December 7, 1815.
  • Elizabeth Minor was born May 24, 1818.
  • William E. Minor was born March 28, 1823.
  • James H. Minor was born July 6, 1825.
  • Fannie E. Minor was born January 20, 1827.
  • Ben F. Minor was born January 28, 1829.

 

 

Today In Genealogy History – October 23

Matilda Brown Lewis was born 218 years ago – October 23, 1795 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Matilda was the daughter of Daniel Lewis and Susan Lewis; granddaughter of John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown, and William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Linton.  Matilda married John Pleasants Hodges in Nelson County, Kentucky.  I have no information about children.  Matilda’s siblings were Linton, Jonathan Davis, Alfred Linton, Mary Rebecca, Elizabeth Catherine and John Joseph Lewis.

Today In Genealogy History – September 16

Susan Lewis Lewis died 168 years ago – September 16, 1845 – in Nelson County, Kentucky.  Susan was the daughter of William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton, born May 9, 1773, in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Susan married her cousin, Daniel Lewis, April 5, 1793.  Susan and Daniel had 7 children:  Linton, Matilda Brown, Jonathan Davis, Alfred Linton, Mary Rebecca, Elizabeth Catherine and John Joseph Lewis.

Today In Genealogy History – July 21

John Joseph Lewis died 128 years ago – July 21, 1885.  John was the son of Daniel Lewis and Susan Lewis of Loudoun County, Virginia, later of Nelson County, Kentucky.  John married Emmorine Minor, daughter of John and Fannie Minor, March 6, 1838.  They had at least 1 daughter:  Susan Frances Lewis.

Susan Lewis Bible – February 1837 – Price $4.50

This Bible was in the possession of Mrs. Eugene K. Thrawley of Houston, Texas.  Dorothy Thrawley was an enthusiastic genealogist with whom I corresponded for years before she passed away.  We fretted over the Linton’s and Edwards’, tried to solve the riddles of the past together.  How she would have loved the blog and the ease of sending information to each other in the computer age!  We typed letters and charts to send to each other!  And this was the Bible that held the clue to our relationship – well, at least my John Linton and her Catherine Linton – who were brother and sister!

  • Coleman Read, son of Andrew Read and Elizabeth, his wife, was born December 2, 1686
  • Coleman Read and Ruth, his wife, were married 1st of July, 1712.  Before marriage, Ruth Bragg.
  • Elizabeth Read, their daughter, born 17th June 1713, who intermarried with Thomas Brown, and Elizabeth their daughter intermarried with John Lewis, who was the father and mother of Daniel Lewis.
  • William Lewis emigrated from Wales and settled in Northumberland County, Virginia.  His son, William, moved to the south, and his son, Vincent, moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, and intermarried with Ann Longwith, and their oldest son, John Lewis, intermarried with Elizabeth Brown, father and mother to Daniel Lewis.
  • Joseph Lewis, son of Vincent Lewis, intermarried with Catherine Linton and their daughter, Susan, intermarried with Daniel Lewis on the 5th day of April, 1793, whose names and births are on the other side of this leaf.  Catherine Linton’s mother before marriage, Susan Hancock.
  • Daniel Lewis was born the 2nd day of August 1770, died the 13th day of September 1852, married 5th April, 1793.  Susan Lewis, his wife, was born the 10th of March 1773, died 16th of September 1845.
  • Linton Lewis was born 19th of April, 1794, died August, 1796.
  • Matilda Brown Lewis was born 23rd October, 1795, died 18th May, 1855.
  • Jonathan Davis Lewis was born 5th September, 1797
  • Alfred Linton Lewis was born 28th May, 1800
  • Mary Rebecca Lewis was born 19th November 1802, died 5th of April 1848
  • Elizabeth Catherine Lewis was born 31st December, 1805, died 6th of April 1814
  • John Joseph Daniel Lewis was born 28th May 1811, died 21st July 1885, married 6th March, 1838.
  • Emmerine Brewer Lewis, his wife, was born 7th December, 1813, died 10th February, 1871.
  • Susan Frances Lewis was born 30th July, 1841.
  • Jonathan Wood Berkeley was born 5th April 1833, died March 9th, 1887, married February 8th, 1860
  • Susan Frances Lewis, born July 30th, 1841, died September 4th, 1902.
  • Infant son of J. Wood and Fannie L. Berkeley, born November 8th, 1870, died November 8th, 1870
  • Infant son of J. Wood and Fannie L. Berkeley, born February 19th, 1873, died February 19th, 1873
  • Emma Lewis, daughter of J. Wood and Fannie L. Berkeley, born March 22nd, 1878, died November 2nd, 1879.
  • John Minor was born November 16th, 1785
  • Fannie Minor, his wife was born December 7th, 1787
  • Louisa R. Minor was born April 1st, 1811
  • E. Lewis died February 10th, 1871
  • Emmorine Minor was born December 17th, 1813
  • John H. Minor was born December 7th, 1815
  • Elizabeth Minor was born May 24th, 1818
  • William F. Minor was born March 28th, 1823
  • James H. Minor was born July 6th, 1825
  • Fannie E. Minor was born January 20th, 1827
  • Ben F. Minor was born January 28th, 1829

A notarized Lewis Family Paper:

  • William Joseph Lewis was married to his wife Catherine Linton Lewis the 15th day of May, 1766.
  • Joseph Lewis was born February 25th, 1740
  • Catherine Linton Lewis was born September 27th, 1748
  • John Lewis, son of Joseph and Catherine, was born October 21st, 1767
  • Hannah E. Lewis, daughter of Joseph and Catherine, was born ? 11th, 1769
  • Joseph Lewis, son of Joseph and Catherine, was born on the ? day of 177?
  • Susanna Lewis, daughter of Joseph and Catherine, was born May 9th, 1773
  • Mary Lewis, daughter of Joseph and Catherine, was born June 15th, 1775
  • William Linton Lewis, son of Joseph and Catherine, was born December 8th, 1777
  • Note:  Hannah E. Lewis, daughter of Joseph and Catherine Lewis, shown in record above, married John Lewis, her cousin.  This John Lewis, husband of Hannah E. Lewis, was the founder of the town of Lewisport, Kentucky, sometime between 1815 and 1816.
  • Note:  William Linton Lewis, son of Joseph and Catherine, first came to Nelson County, Kentucky, in the year 1815.  Thence to Hancock County, Kentucky, sometime between 1815 and 1816.
  • (William Linton Lewis was the great-great-grandfather of Mildred Dowell Woznuck and Dorothy Hodges Thrawley.)