Lewis Tysor (1755 - 1832)

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Birthplace: Portugal
Death: Died in Chatham, NC, USA
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About Lewis Tysor

He fought along side of Lafayette in several battles in the Revolution. He came to Chatham Co, NC before 1792, when he bought 100 acres on Cain Creek from John McDonald and another 100 acres from Arthur McDonald in 1802. Buried in their cemetery, near their home, below May's Chapel Baptist Church, now the home of L. Stanford Sharpe - 2 small grey stones can no longer be found - from The Tysors of Chatham County. Additional information: The complete order of birth for the children is not known.

According to Harold Broughton's book, The Tysors of Old Chatham Broughton, Harold; The Tysors of Old Chatham, © 1972, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 72-85356, records show that a large group of the Tysor family was in Northumberland Co, VA well before the Revolutionary war.

The military service record of Lewis Tysor shows that he was drafted in Halifax County, NC on several occasions for service in the Revolutionary War which would seem to prove that he was a citizen of that county.

The place of birth for Lewis Tysor has not been established. Evidence would indicate that Lewis Tysor was related to the early VA family of the same name, and that he may have been born in either VA, or in the NC area of Bertie/Edgecombe/Halifax counties. There are reports that the elder Tysor, father of Lewis, came to VA with his three sons some years before the Revolutionary War, and that they came from either France or Portugal. There are many reports and records stating the Tysor family was of Portugese ancestry and coupled with many reports of a dark ruddy complection, plus pictures to prove it, the assumption appears to be correct.

Lewis Tysor was connected to the business interests of Joseph John Alston, Sr. of Halifax Co. and went to Chatham Co. in 1791 along with Joseph John Alstom, Jr., later known as "Chatam Jack" Alston. He was a farming manager in Chatham Co for Chatham Jack Alston.

According to the pension claim W. 2707, based on the Revolutionary War service of Lewis Tysor, his father was from Portugal but the name of his father, mother, nor the place and dates of their birth were not given. He appeared in Superior Court in Chatham Co on the 19th of September 1932 to declare his services and make claim for pension under the Act of Congress passed June 07, 1832. The claim for pension was granted shorthly before his death. Subsequently, his pension benefits were continued for his wife after depositions proving their marriage were submitted. These depositions give substantial information about their marriage and the occupation of Lewis Tysor.

Lewis Tysor purchased land in Chatham Co as early as 1792; 100 acres on Caine Creek, 350 acres in 1802; and 120 acres in 1802.

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Lewis Tysor's Timeline

January 10, 1755
July 21, 1796
Age 41
May 1, 1797
Age 42
Chatham County, North Carolina, United States
June 13, 1800
Age 45
December 27, 1832
Age 77
Chatham, NC, USA