Lewis Lanier, Major (1753 - 1839)

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Birthplace: Brunswick, VA, United States
Death: Died in Oliver, Screven, GA
Occupation: Revolutionary War Soldier
Managed by: William Chandler Lanier Jr.
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About Lewis Lanier, Major

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA (Soldier). DAR Ancestor # A069095

Lewis Lanier was born 1753 (some report 1756) in Brunswick County, VA, according to his

release August 22, 1774 by his guardian, William Lanier. Lewis was educated in law and being an

ardent Whig, he volunteered in the Virginia Militia, and was soon promoted to Captain, then,

Major. He participated in the Battle of Long Bridge. He was wounded twice and taken prisoner

for nine months. He was in the boat with George Washington, during the famous Crossing of the

Delaware River. George Washington later presented him with a replacement sword and as friends

gave him a set of andirons founded with Washington's bust.

He married Ann Butler on September 21, 1778 in Sussex County, Virginia. Major Lewis Lanier moved

to Georgia during the Summer of 1791 and lived in Savannah, Chatham County, GA. He moved to Screven

County, GA in 1794. Lewis' wife, Ann, died in late 1802 in Screven County. He married Esther (Butts) Thorne

on August 26, 1803. He had five daughters born before 1790 and two sons and a daughter in Georgia, children

of Ann; he had two sons and a daughter by Esther Thorne. In Georgia, Lewis Lanier was Justice of the Peace of

Screven County and in 1796 was a Representative from the Screven County. In 1798 he was a member of the

Constitutional Convention from Screven.

In 1846, his son Thomas Butler Lanier attempted to get a Revolutionary Pension for Esther Thorne Lanier, but

after twelve years it was rejected for lack of evidence and failure to find any record in Washington of his services.

Many of his contemporaries and distinguished men testified for him. He died February 12, 1839 and is buried

beside Ann in the old Family Cemetary in Oliver, Georgia.

http://www.mindspring.com/~wdlanier/SampsonLanier-Jr.html The Lanier Homepage

LifeNotes: Was educated for the law. At age 21, being an avid Whig,

he volunteered as Private in the Essex Co, VA Militia. Elected Captain

and later promoted to Major. Participated in the Battle of Long

Bridge. It is on record that he was wounded twice and taken prisoner

for nine months.

It is said he was in the boat with George Washington, his kinsman,

during the famous Crossing of the Delaware River. Major Lanier lost

his sword during the crossing and was later presented with a

replacement by General Washington.

After their marriage, Lewis and Ann first lived in VA, then they

moved to Anson Co, NC where he was a member of the North Carolina

House of Commons in 1788-9 and in the Senate 1789-90. In 1791, the

family moved to Savannah, GA then Screven Co, GA (the part that later

became Bulloch Co), where Lewis served in the Georgia Legislature in

1796 and in 1798 was a member of the Constitutional Convention.

During what is termed the "Yazoo fraud", (see the story) when the

Georgia legislators owned stock in the land company that tried to

defraud Georgia in 1796, Lewis Lanier was the only legislator who did

not own stock in the company. He fought against the deeds of his

collegues. The name of the town Lanier, GA, is named for him to honor

his actions.

After Anne died, Lewis married a widow Esther Butts Thorn; they moved

to Eureka. Lewis was a personal friend of the Marquis de LaFayette and

when the famous Frenchman toured the Southern states in 1825, Lewis

Lanier was invited to a reception in Savannah. However, Lewis was in

bad health, by that time, and was unable to attend.

http://www.balcro.com/carol.html

Dr. George Lanier told us that the sword was made into knives.

Lewis Lanier served as private in the Virginia militia and was promoted to

captain. He was taken prisoner and held for nine months on a prison ship.

When released, soldier became acquainted with Gen-cml George Washington,

Washington gave him a sword to replace the one that had been lost and this

sword was displayed by family members for decades in Georgia.

Soldier moved to Duplin Co. about 1780 and served as a captain of the Duplin

Militia. Soldier moved to Anson Co. by 1790 and on to Screven County GA by

1800. Lewis drew land in the 1832 Cherokee land Lottery as a Revolutionary

War Soldier. He died in 1839 in Screven County, Ga. and is buried at the

Little Ogeechee Baptist Church Cemetery. Children by 1st wife: 1-James

cl779, 2-Mary Lanier (1784-1871) md: 1801 Robert McCall (1773-1857),

3-Thomas Butler Lanier, and 4-Elizabeth 1786 who married Charles McCall,

brother to Robert McCall. Children by 2nd wife: Son, 5-Clarissa 1804, who

married 1824 William Jackson. 6-Isaac Lanier 1806 who married Sarah Hurst,

7-Sarah Lanier 1808 who married Henry Strickland, 8-Amy Lanier who married

(1) James Johnson and (2) - Kelly, and 9-Clarissa 1804, who married 1824

William Jackson, 9-Noel Lanier (1811-1890) m. Sarah Tullis (1824-1902),

Major LEWIS LANIER, was the first Senator from Screven Co. GA in early 1800'

s. His son Isaac Lanier was a large planta-tion owner near Oliver, GA.

This Lewis Lanier ended his career as a Major according to the DAR. Also,

according to the "Lanier" book by Louise Ingersoll, Lewis is the eighth and

youngest child of Sampson Lanier, Jr. His first wife was Ann Butler and his

second wife after Ann's death was Esther Butts Thorne." I am his descendent

through Esther Butts Thorne. He was originally buried beside Ann, but not in

Oliver, Georgia. Many years ago, one of his descendants - a doctor, moved

him to the Little Ogeechee Baptist Church where he is buried today. I saw

the newspaper article from a Sylvania Newspaper (can't re-member the name)

that discussed this event because the doctor wanted him to be in the old

Fanuly Cemetery in Oliver since Oliver is where his land grant was located.

His small grave marker simply states: "Lewis Lanier GA. MIL. Rev. War". As

you enter the cemetery, his marker is to the ri ht and next to a tall marker

planted by his grandson, Dr. Augustus Butler Lanier, which was placed there

in "memory to his three wives" - that is Dr. Lanier's wives - He actually

had four wives. If my memory serves me right, Lewis Lanier is buried between

Dr. Augustus Butler Lanier and his sons, Noel Lanier and Isaac Lewis Lanier

who is the father of Augustus. An interesting note, Dr. Butler delivered my

father, Augustus Evans Lanier, over 87 years ago. Dad still remembered him

at the time of his death in March 2001.

donadunn@aristotle.net, http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/LANIER/2005-11/1131906496

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Lewis Lanier was born 1753 in Brunswick County, VA, according to his release August 22, 1774 by his guardian, William Lanier. Lewis was educated in law and being an ardent Whig, he volunteered in the Virginia Militia, as a Private and was soon promoted to Captain, then, Major. He participated in the Battle of Long Bridge. He was wounded twice and taken prisoner for nine months. He was in the boat with George Washington, during the famous Crossing of the Delaware River. George Washington later presented him with a replacement sword and his friends gave him a set of andirons founded with Washington's bust.

He married Ann Butler on September 21, 1778 in Sussex County, VA.

Major Lewis Lanier moved his family to Georgia during the Summer of 1791 and lived in Savannah, Chatham Co, GA. He moved to Screven Co, GA in 1794.

Lewis' wife, Ann, died in late 1802 in Screven Co, GA. He then married Esther (Butts) Thorne on August 26, 1803. With wife Ann he had five daughters born before 1790 and two sons and a daughter in Georgia. He had two sons and a daughter by wife Esther Thorne.

In Georgia, Lewis Lanier was Justice of the Peace of Screven County and in 1796 was a Representative from that County. In 1798 he was a member of the Constitutional Convention from Screven. He was also one of the earliest members of the House of Representatives from Bulloch Co, GA.

In 1846 his son Thomas Butler Lanier attempted to get a Revolutionary Pension for Esther Thorne Lanier, but after twelve years it was rejected for lack of evidence and failure to find any record in Washington, DC of his services. Many of his contemporaries and distinguished men testified for him to no avail.

Lewis Lanier died February 12, 1839 and is buried beside Ann in the old family cemetery in Oliver, Georgia.

During the stirring times of the Revolutionary war, Major Lewis Lanier acused General Butler of south Carolina of cowardice in battle, and fought a duel with him, in which both were wounded. While r eturning home, Major Lanier spent the night at General Butler's home, not knowing that he was accepting the hospitality of his recent combatant. The meeting between these two at Butler's breakfast t able the next morning, brought about their friendship, and Major Lanier afterwards fell in love and married General Butler's daughter, Ann.

Major Lanier owned a 627-acre plantation. On these expansive acres, upon which much of Oliver, Georgia now stands, five generation sof his descendants have distinguished themselves as educations, l awyers, physicians and dentists.

Major Lanier was a personal friend of the Marquis de LaFayette, and was invited to a reception tendered LaFayette in Savannah, Georgia, but his feeble health did not allow him to make the trip.

When 21 years of age, being an ardent Whig, he volunteered as private in the Essex County, Virginia Militia, was elected captain and afterwards promoted to Major. He was in the Battle of Long Bridge . During his service, he was wounded in the arm and leg and was captured and confined for nine months." (Official record from the Revolutionary War Section of the Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C .).

Major Lanier lost his sword while crossing the Delaware with General George Washington, and was presented with another by Washington, who was his kinsman (second cousin once removed of George Washing ton) and commander. This prized sword hung over the mantle of Captain Noel Lanier's home at Oliver, Georgia, but was later destroyed.

From the Family Page of Laura Buckmaster, FTM. downloaded 8/7/2002.

Owned a 627-acre plantation. On these expansive acres, upon which much of Oliver, Georgia now stands, five generations of his descendants have distinguished themselves as educators, lawyers, physicians and dentists. Roots Web

-------------------- Birth: 1756 Death: 1839

Thank you for the following information from contributor Ann Parkinson:

Captain Lewis Lanier b. 1756 d. 1839 Enlisted as a soldier in Essex Co., VA. He was later taken prisoner and held for 9 months on a British vessel. He drew land in the 1832 GA Cherokee Land Lottery as a Revolutionary War Soldier and resident of Screven County. Buried Little Ogeechee Baptist Church Cemetery, Oliver, GA Source: GA Revolutionary War Soldiers' Graves compiled by H. Ross Arnold, Jr and H. Clifton Burnham Vol 2 Laurens-Worth Counties and General Index page 592


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Parents:
 Sampson Lanier (____ - 1759)

Spouses:
 Esther Butts Thorn Lanier (1775 - 1855)*
 Anna Eliza Butler Lanier (1760 - 1802)*

Children:
 Mary Lanier McCall (1784 - 1871)*
 Lewis Lanier (1787 - 1870)*
 Amy Lanier - Johnson Kelly (1789 - 1854)*
 Isaac Lewis Lanier (1806 - 1885)*
 Isaac Lewis Lanier (1806 - 1885)*
 Noel Lanier (1811 - 1890)*
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Inscription: Maj. Lewis Lanier Ga. Mil. Rev. War


Burial: Little Ogeechee Baptist Church Cemetery Oliver Screven County Georgia, USA


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Created by: jrpv Record added: Mar 01, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 24970033

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Lewis Lanier, Major's Timeline

1753
1753
Brunswick, VA, United States
1778
September 21, 1778
Age 25
Sussex County, Virginia
1779
1779
Age 26
Sussex, Virginia, United States
1780
1780
Age 27
Sussex, VA, United States
1782
1782
Age 29
1784
July 14, 1784
Age 31
Sussex Co,Virginia
1789
1789
Age 36
1800
1800
Age 47
1802
1802
Age 49
1803
August 26, 1803
Age 50