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About Colonel John "Councillor" Lewis III Col. John3 Lewis Jr. (John2, John1) was born on 30 Nov 1669. He married Elizabeth Warner, daughter of Col. Augustine Warner II and Mildred Reade, circa 1691. He died on 14 Nov 1725 at 'Warner Hall', Gloucester Co., VA, at age 55. He and Elizabeth Warner resided at 'Warner Hall', Gloucester Co., VA. He and Elizabeth Warner had 14 children. He was a member of the Governor's Council from 1705 to 1725 at Virginia. Elizabeth Warner was born on 24 Nov 1672 at 'Chesake', Gloucester Co., VA. She died on 5 Feb 1719/20 at Gloucester Co., VA, at age 47. She was buried at 'Warner Hall', Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co., VA. Known children of Col. John3 Lewis Jr. and Elizabeth Warner were as follows:

   *     6.  i.   Col. John4 Lewis, born 1694; married Frances Fielding; married Priscilla Churchill.
   *       ii.   Col. Charles Lewis was born on 13 Oct 1696 at prob. 'Chemokins', St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., NC. He married Mary Howell, daughter of John Howellb on 28 May 1717. He died in 1779.
     He resided at 'The Byrd', Goochland Co., VA. He was a member of Council at Virginia. He was an officer in the French & Indian War. He left a will on 1 Sep 1779; proved 20 Dec 1779.
   *     7.  iii.   Col. Robert Lewis, born 1704 at 'Warner Hall', Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co., VA; married Jane Meriwether; married Elizabeth Thornton.
   *       iv.   Catherine Lewis was baptized on 2 Nov 1705 at Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co., VA. She died; young.
   *       v.   Elizabeth Lewis was baptized on 2 Nov 1705 at Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co., VA. She died; young.
   *       vi.   Elizabeth Lewis was baptized on 7 May 1706. She married William Rush on 12 Jun 1728. She married Maj. John Bolling, son of Col. John Bolling and Mary Kennon; 1st wife.
   *       vii.   Isabella Lewis was baptized on 18 Dec 1707. She married Dr. Thomas Clayton on 14 Jul 1720. She died in 1742. She was buried at 'Warner Hall', Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co., VA.
   *       viii.   Anne Lewis was baptized on 14 Feb 1712 at Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co., VA.

John (Councillor) LEWIS (John , John ) was born on 30 Nov 1669 in New Kent Co., Va. He died on 14 Nov 1725 in Gloucester Co., Va.
   Note: On sep 2 1707 he was appointed commander of King and Queen Co.. He died Nov 14 1725. He married Elizabeth Warner, daughter of Col. Augustine Warner and Mildred Reade, dau of Col. George Reade and left issue

John married Elizabeth WARNER, daughter of Augustine WARNER and Mildred READE, about 1690 in Va. Elizabeth was born on 24 Nov 1672 in Gloucester Co., Va. She died on 5 Feb 1719 in Gloucester Co., Va.

They had the following children:

   + 	5 	M 	i 	Charles LEWIS
     	6 	F 	ii 	Catherine LEWIS was born about 1700 in Va.
     	7 	F 	iii 	Elizabeth LEWIS
     	8 	F 	iv 	Isabella LEWIS
     	9 	F 	v 	Ann LEWIS
   + 	10 	M 	vi 	Col. Robert LEWIS
   + 	11 	M 	vii 	John LEWIS


"Councillor John Lewis"

of Chemokins, New Kent County

of Warner Hall, Gloucester County, VA

Here Lyeth Interred the body of

Coll. John Lewis

Son of John and Isabella Lewis

and one of his Magesty's Hon. Council for this Colony

who was born y 30th of Nov. 1669

and departed this life on y 14th of Nov. 1725\


John Lewis, age about 60, transported on the Globe with John Lewis, Jr., William Lewis, Edward Lewis, and Lida Lewis, July 1, 1653 to Poroptanke Creek, VA.


The dividing line between Glouchester County and King and Queen County is Poropotank Creek. On the King and Queen side of this creek JOHN LEWIS in 1653 received a patent for a tract of land; this land was not far from paradise in Glouchester, the home of Richard Lee. In the neglected Lewis Cemetery were found a few broken tombstones. Dr. Malcom H. Harris of West Point, with his visual painstaking accuracy, transcribed the epitaphs and printed them with elaborate notes in the Virginia Magazine of History, Volume 56, pages 195-205, and Volume 62, pages 477-484. The epitaphs are printed here because they bear closely on the Warner family at Warner Hall in Glouchester, Mildred Washington, granddaughter of Augustine Warner II and sister of Augustine Washington (father of General George Washington), married first John Lewis (died 1718), son of Captain Edward Lewis, whose brief epitaph is printed here; second, Roger Gregory, and third, Lewis Willis.

Here lieth interred the body of JOHN LEWIS (borne in Munmouth- shire) died the 21th of August 1657 aged 63 years. The anagram of his name I shew no ill. [the remainder of the anagram is missing]

OLD NEW KENT COUNTY HISTORY 975.543H Vol 1 Page 268-271

The old road that led up from Glouchester County crossed Porpotanke Creek into King and Queen County over the mill dam which stood at the head of tidewater. This old dam stood a short distance above the present highway (Route No. 14).

This mill was erected by the early Lewises to serve their own needs and the plantations in the vicinity. It was passed down from one generation to another and remained in the Lewis Estate, until it was owned by the Whitings, the Robins, and later the Kerns family, and each instance it bore the name of the current owner.

On the left of the road which passes up a slight hill on the King and Queen side of the creek lies the Lewis Plantation. This was the seat of the first JOHN LEWIS who had his first patent to 250 acres of land in 1653, and added more land. JOHN LEWIS lived here several years before his death in 1657.

These two tracts comprising 500 acres lay on both sides of Porpototanke Creek, and were granted the Lewises during the lifetime of JOHN LEWIS senior.

The graveyard has furnished an interesting chapter in the history of the family, for here in one small spot, members of five generations of the same family beginning with JOHN LEWIS wee buried.

Here lieth Interred the body of JOHN LEWIS (Borne in Munmoth Shire) died the 21st of August 1657 Aged 63 years The Anagram of his Name I show no ill

(Land Patent Book No. 3 p. 4, Mr JOH LEWIS, 250 acres at the head of a branch belonging to Poropotanke Creek, called Lewis Cr. But formerly Totopotomoys Creek in Glouchester County, 1 July 1653. *c. Transported 5 persons: JOHN LEWIS, LIDIA LEWIS, Wm. Lewis, Edward Lewis, Jon Lewis Jr.)

The story of the Lewis family and their lands in the county of King and Queen has been taken from two articles entitled "John Lewis (1594-1657) of Monmouthshire and Glouchester and New Kent Counties in Virginia," and "Captain Edward Lewis (1667-1713) of King and Queen County, Virginia and His Family" which evolved from the findings in the Lewis graveyard [56 V 195 et seq; 62 V 477 et seq.].


Mason Vol 1 Page 47

Co Bk Pg Date Acres G 3 4 July 1, 1653 250 Lewis, Jon Mr

At the head of the Poropotank on a branch of Lewis Crk. Formerly Totopotomoys Crk and adjoining Capt. Francis Morgan, Sam?l Sally.

HR: John Lewis, Lidia Lewis, Wm. Lewis, Edw. Lewis, JON LEWIS, jun?r.


Lewis Family of Warner Hall?Now there was a JOHN LEWIS who has better claims than either Robert or Major William Lewis to be considered the propositus of the family of Warner Hall. This was JOHN LEWIS who patented 100 acres in Warwick county at the dead of Deep Creek, and in 1653 patented 250 acres on a branch of Poropotank Creek, in Glouchester county, which branch was then called Lewis? Creek but formerly Totopotomoy?s Creek. At the foot of the later patent are given the names of those on account of whose importation he was entitled to the land (i.e., 50 acres for each), viz., JOHN LEWIS, probably himself; LYDIA LEWIS, probably his wife; William Lewis, Edward Lewis and John Lewis, Jr. (probably his sons). ?

Accordingly 3 John3 Lewis, of Warner Hall, son of 2 Major John2 Lewis and Isabella his wife, who was probably son of 1 JOHN1 LEWIS and LYDIA his wife, who first settled on Porpotank Creek in 1653, was born November 30, 1669, and departed this life November 14, 1725. He married Elizabeth Warner, daughter of Col. Augustine Warner and Mildred Read his wife?


Shows that JOHN LEWIS was born 1594 in Monmuthshire, Wales. He died August 21, 1657. He was first found in America by a patent of 250 acres July 1, 1663 at the head of the Porpotanke Creek in Glouchester County, Virginia. He married LIDIA.

Their children were Col. John Lewis, Edward Lewis, William Lewis & possibly others

Lewis Tombstones were found in 1948. The stones are located in a cemetary near Plain View in the current King and Queen county VA on the west side of the Poropotank Creek. The location has been described as .3 miles east of the Gloucester-West Point Highway and .4 miles from the Poropotank Creek.. The site of the original Lewis homesite is believed to have been about 100 yards from the graves as pieces of old brick and pottery have been found scattered in the field west of the creek.

Michele Patton added this on 17 Aug 2011 originally submitted this to LewisFamilyTree on 12 Apr 2008


Col. John Lewis, II (November 30, 1669 - November 14, 1725)

Col. John Lewis, the son of John and Isabella Lewis, married Elizabeth Warner (1672-1720), the daughter of Col. Augustine Warner and Mildred Reade Warner. The Lewises lived at “Warner Hall,” the home of his wife’s family, in the Tidewater of Virginia and had a total of fourteen children – the names of eight being preserved. Presumably, the others died in infancy or childhood. A surviving son, Col. Robert Lewis of “Belvoir,” Albemarle County, married Jane Meriwether in 1702.

Col. Lewis’ family immigrated to America from Wales. He was a member of the King’s Council in the Colony of Virginia in 1715. His wife’s family came to Virginia before 1630 and her father, Augustine Warner, returned to England as a boy to be educated, matriculating at the Merchant Taylor School, London, at eleven years of age. John Lewis’ mother-in-law, Mildred Reade Warner, was part of a distinguished family as well. Her father came to America in 1637, was Secretary to the Colony of Virginia in 1640, and became a Burgess and a Colonel of Militia. (Anderson, pp. 19-21)

These families – Lewis, Reade, Warner – were not of yeoman stock. The great majority of Virginia’s upper elite came from families in the upper ranks of English society. Of the 152 Virginians who held top offices (e.g., Secretary of Colony, member of King’s council) in the late 17th and early 18th century, at least sixteen were connected to aristocratic families and 101 were the sons of baronets, knights and rural gentry (the gentry family names included Bathurst, Carter, Peachy, Randolph, Reade, Warner, Woodhouse – all names that appear in Meriwether and Lewis family lineage). The migration of the Royalist (so-called because of their loyalty to King Charles I) elite to Virginia was strenuously encouraged by the Royal Governor, Sir William Berkeley. When they arrived, he promoted them to high office, granted them large estates and created the ruling oligarchy that ran the colony for many generations. (Fisher, pp. 214-216)


Birth: Nov. 30, 1669 Death: Nov. 14, 1725

son of John and Isabella Lewis, and one of his Majestys Honble Council for this Colony. He built "Warner Hall"

Family links:

 Elizabeth Warner Lewis (1672 - 1720)*

 John Lewis (1692 - 1754)*
 Charles Lewis (1696 - 1779)*
 Robert Lewis (1702 - 1765)*
 Catherine Lewis (1702 - 1705)*
 Ann Lewis (1712 - 1712)*
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Burial: Warner Hall Graveyard Naxera Gloucester County Virginia, USA

Created by: kimshockey (reb) (inacti... Record added: Jul 05, 2003 Find A Grave Memorial# 7656614

-------------------- Information from: Sources: Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 1, p. 153; Duke, Kenmore and the Lewises, pp. 4–11; Harris, "John Lewis," pp. 195–205; Hotten, Original Lists of Persons of Quality, pp. 79, 103, 108; Lewis, Lewis Patriarchs, pp. 74–82; Moses, Welsh Lineage, pp. 1–20 ff.; New England Historical & Genealogical Register, vol. 18, p. 81; Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, vol. 1, p. 229; Sorley, Lewis of Warner Hall, pp. 17–29, 293–300, 445–68; St. Teilo's parish register; VA tombstone records. -------------------- He was Speaker of the House of Burgesses at Virginia. He was a member of the Governor's Council in 1715 at Virginia.

Lived at St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., Va. and Ware Parish, Gloucester County, Va.

Between 1689 and 1702 there were several entries pertaining to Col. John Lewis in the St. Peter's Parish Vestry book in New Kent County where Chemokins was located. He received a large tract of land at Chemokins when his father died. Their first home was probably Chemokins as Elizabeth's brother Robert had inherited Warner Hall from his mother. On Jan. 5, 1695 a John Lewis was elected Vestryman for St. Peter's Parish. In the minutes of Mar 4, 1702 "Mr. John Lewis lately departed this county." This is perhaps when they moved to Warner Hall, which became their home.

In 1704 the Rent Roll shows John Lewis' holdings included 2000 acres in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co., 300 acres in York Co., 2600 acres in New Kent Co., and several grants in King & Queen Co., the largest for 10,100 acres. The 2600 acres in New Kent Co. is the exact size of the Chemokins estate. His brother Edward inherited their father's estate on Poropotank Creek in King & Queen County. In 1704 he was appointed to Council, one of only 12 members at that time and sworn in 26 June 1707. He served for 20 years until his death. Sept 2, 1707, he was appointed Commander of King and Queen County, Va. In 1717 he owned in fee-simple Chemokins alias Port Holy, a tract in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County which he deeded that year to his son Charles. Buried at Warner Hall Graveyard -------------------- Son of John and Isabella Lewis, and one of His Majesty's Honorable Council for this Colony. He built "Warner Hall"

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Colonel John "Councillor" Lewis III's Timeline

November 30, 1669
Chemokins, New Kent, Virginia
Age 17
Caroline, Virginia, United States
Age 21
city, New Kent, Virginia, USA
Age 21
Warner Hall, Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia
March 22, 1692
Age 22
Warner Hall, Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia
Age 22
Chemokins, Gloucester, Virginia, USA
Age 23
St Peters, New Kent, Virginia, USA
October 13, 1696
Age 26
Chemokins, New Kent Co., VA

He was born at Chemokins, New Kent County Virginia

November 27, 1698
Age 28
Hanover County, VA
March 2, 1702
Age 32
Gloucester, Virginia, USA