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Col. Fielding Lewis, Colonel

Birthplace: Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Place of Burial: Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col John Lewis, IV and Frances Lewis
Husband of Catherine Lewis and Elizabeth "Betty" Washington
Father of John Lewis; Frances Lewis; Fielding Lewis, Jr.; Augustine Lewis; Warner Lewis and 8 others
Brother of Warner Lewis, Sr.; Charles Lewis, Sr.,; Frances Fielding Yates and John LEWIS, V

Occupation: First retail store: Lewis Store built 1749
Managed by: Private User
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About Colonel Fielding Lewis

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A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor #: A069909

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Fielding Lewis (July 7, 1725 – December 7, 1781) was a Colonel during the American Revolutionary War and the brother-in-law of George Washington..."

"...Lewis was born at Warner Hall in Gloucester County, Virginia, the son of John Lewis (1694-1754) and Frances Fielding (c1702-1731). He was the third of seven children..."

"...Lewis married Catharine Washington on October 18, 1746. She was his second cousin, daughter of John Washington and Catharine Whiting...'

"...The marriage produced three children. Catharine died on February 19, 1750..."

"His second marriage was to another second cousin, Betty Washington, the sister of George Washington, on May 7, 1750. The marriage produced 11 children..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Fielding Lewis', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 26 April 2011, 19:24 UTC, <> [accessed 4 September 2011]

Children with Catherine Washington :

Children with Betty Washington:

  1. Lawrence Lewis
  2. Robert Lewis
  3. Betty Lewis


Birth: Jul. 7, 1725 Gloucester County Virginia, USA Death: c. Dec. 7, 1781 Fredericksburg City Virginia, USA

Fielding Lewis is the brother-in-law of President George Washington. Fielding married Betty Washington, the sister of President George Washington.

Family links:

 John Lewis (1692 - 1754)

 Catherine Washington Lewis (1724 - 1750)*
 Betty Washington Lewis (1733 - 1797)*

 Fielding Lewis (1750 - 1803)*
 George Washington Lewis (1757 - 1821)*
 Betty Lewis Carter (1765 - 1830)*
 Lawrence Lewis (1767 - 1839)*
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Burial: Saint Georges Episcopal Burial Ground Fredericksburg Fredericksburg City Virginia, USA Plot: Grave located in the foundation of the church.

Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Aug 09, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 11598

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor # A069909

Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 stating he was "colonel of a regiment of militia at Yorktown"
Birth: July 7 1725 Death: Dec 7 1781 Cemetery: Saint Georges Episcopal Burial Ground, Virginia, USA

The Lewises were a prominent and wealthy family in Gloucester County, Virginia. Fielding moved to Fredericksburg as a young man, in 1746, to learn the business of running his father's store, which he inherited in 1754 upon his father's death. As a planter and importer/exporter, Fielding became wealthy in his own right. He started construction of the new Lewis mansion (which would only be named Kenmore many years later) in 1769 and the family moved into the house in the fall of 1775.


Fielding Lewis MyHeritage Family Trees Saxony roots in Ahnengemeinschaft aus Sachsen, managed by Thomas Werner (Contact) Birth: July 7 1725 - Warner Hall, Gloucester County, Virginia

Death: Dec 7 1781 - Kenmore Plantation, Fredricksburg, VA 1781 - Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA

Parents: John III. Lewis, Frances Lewis (geb. Fielding) Siblings: John Lewis, Warner Lewis, Mildred Lewis, Frances Lewis, John Lewis, Charles Lewis Wife: Elizabeth Lewis (geb. Washington) Wife: Catherine Lewis (geb. Washington) Children: John Lewis of Kinmore, Frances Lewis, Warner Lewis, Fielding Lewis, Augustine Lewis, Warner Lewis, George Washington Lewis, Mary Lewis, Charles Lewis, Samuel Lewis, Betty Carter (geb. Lewis), Lawrence Lewis, Robert Lewis, Howell Lewis ___________________________________________________________

Ancestor List for Fielding Lewis This basic ancestor view uses the ahnen numbering system. See Fielding's family tree for a more conventional pedigree chart.

Generation 1: Fielding Lewis

1. Fielding Lewis: Born Warner Hall, Gloucester co, Virginia 07 Jul 1725. Died Kenmore House, Frederickburg, Virginia 07 Dec 1781.

Generation 2: Parents of Fielding Lewis

2. John Lewis II: Born Warner Hall, Gloucester County, Virginia 08 Feb 1694. Died Warner Hall, Gloucester County, Virginia 17 Jan 1754. Father of 1. Son of 4 & 5.

3. Frances Fielding: Born King Queen, Virginia 1700. Died Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia 27 Oct 1731. Mother of 1. Daughter of 6 & 7.

Generation 3: Grandparents of Fielding Lewis

4. John Lewis III: Born Chemokins, New Kent Co., VA 30 Nov 1669. Died Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, USA 14 Nov 1725. Father of 2. Son of 8 & 9.

5. Elisabeth Warner: Born Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States 24 Nov 1672. Died Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States abt 05 Feb 1718. Mother of 2. Daughter of 10 & 11.

6. Henry Fielding: Born King & Queen County, Virginia abt 1670. Died King and Queen County, Virginia 1712. Father of 3. Son of 12 & 13.

7. Mary Lane: Born abt 1680. Died [date unknown]. Mother of 3. Daughter of 14 & 15.

Generation 4: Great-Grandparents of Fielding Lewis

8. John Lewis Jr.: Born Wales 1633. Died Henrico,Northampton, Virginia, USA 1726. Father of 4. Son of 16 & 17.

9. Isabella Miller: Born New Kent or Gloucester Co VA 24 Aug 1640. Died Gloucester, Virginia, USA 09 Feb 1704. Mother of 4. Daughter of 18 & 19.

10. Augustine Warner Jr.: Born Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States 03 Jun 1642. Died Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States 19 Jun 1681. Father of 5. Son of 20 & 21.

11. Mildred Reade: Born Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States 02 Oct 1643. Died Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States 20 Oct 1686. Mother of 5. Daughter of 22 & 23.

14. Capt John Lane: Born [date unknown]. Died [date unknown]. Father of 7. Son of 28 & 29.

Generation 5: Great-Great-Grandparents of Fielding Lewis

16. John Lewis 1594-1657: Born Monmouthshire, Wales abt 1594. Died King and Queen County, VA 21 Aug 1657. Father of 8. Son of 32 & 33.

17. Catherine Philip: Born . Died Wales bef 1653. Mother of 8. Daughter of 34 & 35.

18. James Miller: Born . Died York County, VA 1657. Father of 9. Son of 36 & 37.

19. Mary Unknown: Born [date unknown]. Died [date unknown]. Mother of 9. Daughter of 38 & 39.

20. Augustine Warner Sr.: Born Norwich,,Norfolk, England 28 Nov 1610. Died Warner Hall,Gloucester, Virginia, USA 24 Dec 1674. Father of 10. Son of 40 & 41.

21. Mary Towneley: Born Stone Edge,,Lancashire, England abt 1614. Died Warner Hall,Gloucester, Virginia, USA abt 1662. Mother of 10. Daughter of 42 & 43.

22. George Reade: Born Linkenholt Manor, Hampshire, England 25 Oct 1608. Died Yorktown, York, Virginia, United States bef 20 Nov 1671. Father of 11. Son of 44 & 45.

23. Elizabeth Martiau or Martin: Born England abt 12 Dec 1615. Died Yorktown, York, Virginia, United States bef 10 Feb 1686. Mother of 11. Daughter of 46 & 47.

Generation 6: Great-Great-Great-Grandparents of Fielding Lewis

32. William Lewis 1560-1657: Born Newport, Monmouth, England 1560. Died New Kent, New Kent, VA 21 Aug 1657. Father of 16. Son of 64 & 65.

33. Margaret Puleston 1565-1594: Born Newport,,Monmouth,, England 1565. Died Anglesley,,, England aft 1594. Mother of 16. Daughter of 66 & 67.

40. Thomas Warner: Born Hoe,,Norfolk, England abt 1581. Died Hoveton,Thorpe-By-Norwich,, England abt 1657. Father of 20. Son of 80 & 81.

41. Elizabeth Southerton: Born St Mary,Hellesdon,Norfolk, England 1582. Died Norwich,,Norfolk, England 1629. Mother of 20. Daughter of 82 & 83.

42. Lawrence Towneley III: Born Stone Edge,,Lancashire, England 1570. Died Colne,,Lancashire, England 12 Feb 1655. Father of 21. Son of 84 & 85.

43. Jennet Halstead: Born Windlehouse, Lancashire, England 1594. Died Burnley, Lancashire, England abt 1623. Mother of 21. Daughter of 86 & 87.

44. Robert Reade: Born Linkenholt, Hampshire, England 1551. Died England 10 Dec 1626. Father of 22. Son of 88 & 89.

45. Mildred Windebank: Born Haynes Hill, Hurst, Berkshire, England abt 1580. Died Linkenholt Hall, Hampshire, England aft 15 Aug 1630. Mother of 22. Daughter of 90 & 91.

46. Nicholas Martiau: Born Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France 02 Apr 1591. Died Yorktown, York, Virginia, United States abt 16 Apr 1657. Father of 23. Son of 92 & 93.

47. Jane Berkeley: Born Yorktown, York, Virginia, United States abt 1593. Died Hampton, Elizabeth, Virginia, United States 1625. Mother of 23. Daughter of 94 & 95.

Generation 7: Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents of Fielding Lewis

66. John Puleston: Born Bersham, England abt 1545. Died [date unknown]. Father of 33.

67. Elizabeth Woolrich: Born Salop, England abt 1540. Died [date unknown]. Mother of 33.

80. William Warner: Born 1540. Died 1611. Father of 40.

82. Augustine Sotherton: Born Hellesdon, Norfolk, , England 1553. Died Norwich, Norfolk, , England 26 Mar 1585. Father of 41.

83. Ann Peck: Born St Michael, London, , England 12 Apr 1553. Died Norwich, Norfolk, , England 1600. Mother of 41.

84. Lawrence Townley Jr: Born Barnside, Lancashire, England 1543. Died Stone Edge, Colne, Lancashire, England abt 19 Jan 1597. Father of 42.

85. Margaret Mary Hartley: Born Lancashire, England 1574. Died England 1582. Mother of 42.

86. John Halstead: Born Lancashire, England 1555. Died Burnley, Lancashire, England 10 Jul 1601. Father of 43.

88. Andrew Reade: Born . Died [date unknown]. Father of 44.

90. Thomas Windebanke: Born Haines Hillhurst, Parish, Berkshire, England abt Jan 1538. Died Charing, Westminster, Berkshire, England 23 Oct 1607. Father of 45.

91. Frances Dymoke: Born Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire, England 1539. Died Hurst, Berkshire, England 03 Mar 1610. Mother of 45.

92. Nicholas Martiau: Born France 1547. Died [date unknown]. Father of 46.

93. Éléonore Desormiers: Born . Died [date unknown]. Mother of 46.

94. Edward Berkeley: Born England 1571. Died Yorktown,,Virginia,USA 1622. Father of 47.

95. Elizabeth Jane Page: Born Wircestershier, , , England 1593. Died Elizabeth City, , Virginia, USA 1640. Mother of 47.

Fielding Lewis is the brother-in-law of President George Washington. Fielding married Betty Washington, the sister of President George Washington.

...a leading citizen and patriot in Fredericksburg before and during the Revolutionary War. He married Betty Washington, George Washington's only sister.

Colonel Lewis owned a plantation of about 1300 hundred acres in what is now downtown Fredericksburg. He and his wife built their home there in 1775. Today, that home is known as Kenmore House, named for Kenmuir Castle in Scotland by a future owner, Samuel Gordon, in about 1819. Kenmore House still stands, as well as the Lewis Store, built in the 1740's by Fielding's father, Colonel John Lewis. It was used as a store until the 1830s, when it was converted to a residence. Historic Fredericksburg Foundation is currently in the process of restoring the store to be operated as an interactive museum, with costumed interpreters selling reproduction 18th century wares. Kenmore House is also currently undergoing extensive renovation.

Although not a soldier, Fielding Lewis was a patriot in every sense of the word. He was in charge of the militia in Spotsylvania County, hence the title "Colonel". He provided salt peter, sulphur, powder, and lead for the manufacture of ammunition during the Revolutionary War. He also supplied salt, flour, bacon and clothing to the soldiers, and provided for them when they were wounded.

He was also involved in the outfitting of ships, most notably the Dragon which was built in Fredericksburg. Captain Eleazer Callendar supervised the ship's construction and took command of the ship in October 1777. The Dragon's first mission was to protect the Rappahannock River. Later, it ventured into service in the Chesapeake Bay. It continued to serve after the Revolutionary War and finally sank in the early 1800's while berthed in Norfolk, Virginia.

Fielding Lewis represented Spotsylvania County in the Virginia House of Burgesses on at least 12 occasions, and was in attendance when Patrick Henry, "The Voice of the Revolution", delivered his famous Stamp Act speech to those assembled in Williamsburg in 1765. "If this be treason, make the most of it."

He served on the Committee of Safety of Fredericksburg and in 1775 was appointed, along with Charles Dick and three others, to establish and equip a manufactory of small arms for the newly formed government. Virginia's third revolutionary convention contributed the first 25,000 pounds, but most of the operating funds came from the personal account of Colonel Lewis. It was the first such factory in America. Two historical markers have been placed at the site near Walker-Grant Middle School on Gunnery Road. One marker describes use of the land during the Spanish American War and a spring located there. The other marker (left) describes the gun factory.

In May 1777, a visitor to the "Fredericksburg Gunnery" reported that workers there were producing "20 musquets, complete with bayonets" a week. Of this production schedule, the Kenmore Association says: "Unfortunately, the patriotic zeal which distinguished Col. Lewis also ruined him financially. He advanced increasingly large sums from his personal funds for the expenses of the Fredericksburg Gunnery as well as for outfitting ships."

Fielding Lewis died in December 1781, just two months after the defeat of Cornwallis at Yorktown. The exact date of his death is unknown, but he wrote his will in October 1781 and his estate was settled in January 1782. Historian Paula Felder, a recognized expert on the Lewis and Washington families and author of the book "Fielding Lewis and the Washington Family: A Chronicle of 18th Century Fredericksburg" says Colonel Lewis died while visiting his son, Fielding Lewis, Jr., at his home in the Shenandoah Valley in Frederick County (now Clarke County), Virginia. She bases this on a letter Robert Lewis wrote to his sister Betty "Lewis" Carter in 1826. Both, Robert and Betty were children of Fielding Lewis. In the letter, Robert urges Betty to live on Fielding, Jr.'s land. "You would be in the neighborhood where the venerated remains of our dear decd. Father lie."

Colonel Lewis built his home in Fredericksburg and operated a store there. His home, a mansion renamed Kenmore House sometime around 1819, and his store, still stand. It was built by Fielding's father, John, in the 1740s. It is the oldest standing store in the United States. Renovation on the store was completed in 2003. Work on the interior of Kenmore House continues.

SOURCE: Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

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Colonel Fielding Lewis's Timeline

July 7, 1725
Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States
October 18, 1746
Age 21
June 22, 1747
Age 21
Spotsylvania, VA
November 26, 1748
Age 23
Spotsylvania, VA
May 7, 1750
Age 24
Fredericksburg, Va
February 14, 1751
Age 25
Fredricksburg, Virginia
January 22, 1752
Age 26
Fredericksburg, VA, USA
June 24, 1755
Age 29
Spotsylvania, VA
March 14, 1757
Age 31
Fredericksburg, VA, USA
April 22, 1759
Age 33
Fredricksburg, Virginia