Lewis Williams (c.1648 - 1717) MP

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Birthplace: Accomac, Accomack, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Chowan, North Carolina
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About Lewis Williams

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Information from family records, and from records compiled by Dottie Ann Williams.

Some info from "Descendants of Lewis Williams," 12-Mar-2003, via Carrie Parler-Gibson in e-mails to Dianna L. Harvey and Dottie Ann Williams. .................RAEstes

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[Scott .ged] [rblalock.ged] Louis (Lewis) Williams of Nansemond County Virginia and Chowan County, N.C. was probably the immigrant to this country. He settled in Nansemond County several years before 1679. Lewis received land in Nansemond County, Va. in 1682. He also claimed land for Rowland Williams (transportation) it is believed that Rowland was his brother. In about 1697, Lewis was granted land in North Carolina in Chowan Co. He was a vestryman of the Southwest Parish of the Chowan precinct and was attacked by the Meherrin Indians in 1707 and was wounded, according to Colonial Records. In his will dated Oct 1 1716 he named the following: Mary his wife, grandsons John Patchett, Charles Sowell,, Lewis Williams and John Williams. Daughter Priscilla West, and son Anthony. He also mentioned John Williams, son of William Williams [rblalock.FTW] Louis (Lewis) Williams of Nansemond County Virginia and Chowan County, N.C. was probably the immigrant to this country. He settled in Nansemond County several years before 1679. Lewis received land in Nansemond County, Va. in 1682. He also claimed land for Rowland Williams (transportation) it is believed that Rowland was his brother. In about 1697, Lewis was granted land in North Carolina in Chowan Co. He was a vestryman of the Southwest Parish of the Chowan precinct and was attacked by the Meherrin Indians in 1707 and was wounded, according to Colonial Records. In his will dated Oct 1 1716 he named the following: Mary his wife, grandsons John Patchett, Charles Sowell,, Lewis Williams and John Williams. Daughter Priscilla West, and son Anthony. He also mentioned John Williams, son of William Williams.

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Abstract of will...Chowan Co, NC

Oct 1, 1716. April 16, 1717. Son: Anthony. Grandsons: Lewis Williams land on Poplar Swamp John Jones Charles Sowell Joshua Patchett Daughter: Priscilla West (land on Katherine's Creek) Wife & executrix: Mary (land at Catawatsky)

Witness; William Cranford, Grissie Littleson

Clark of court: R. Hicks

Will of Lewis Williams of Chowan Precinct, dated Oct 1, 1716 and proved April 16, 1717: son Anthony Williams and Martha his wife land etc. then to grandson Lewis Williams; grandson John Jones 100 acres; grandson Lewis Jones 100 acres; grandson Charles Sowell 100 acres; grandson John Patchett 100 acres; John William son of William Williams, decd 5 pounds; daughter Priscilla West land after decease of wife Mary; wife Mary; grandson John Williams; grandson Lewis Williams my cane and silver shirt buckle; wife Mary and son Anthony, exrs. NC Dept of Hist and Archives NC Wills 1663-1789 Vol 34 p 68

Louis (Lewis) Williams of Nansemond County Virginia and Chowan County, N.C. was probably the immigrant to this country. He settled in Nansemond County several years before 1679. Lewis received land in Nansemond County, Va. in 1682. He also claimed land for Rowland Williams (transportation) it is believed that Rowland was his brother. In about 1697, Lewis was granted land in North Carolina in Chowan Co. He was a vestryman of the Southwest Parish of the Chowan precinct and was attacked by the Meherrin Indians in 1707 and was wounded, according to Colonial Records. In his will dated Oct 1 1716 he named the following: Mary his wife, grandsons John Patchett, Charles Sowell,, Lewis Williams and John Williams. Daughter Priscilla West, and son Anthony. He also mentioned John Williams, son of William Williams [rblalock.FTW] Louis (Lewis) Williams of Nansemond County Virginia and Chowan County, N.C. was probably the immigrant to this country. He settled in Nansemond County several years before 1679. Lewis received land in Nansemond County, Va. in 1682. He also claimed land for Rowland Williams (transportation) it is believed that Rowland was his brother. In about 1697, Lewis was granted land in North Carolina in Chowan Co. He was a vestryman of the Southwest Parish of the Chowan precinct and was attacked by the Meherrin Indians in 1707 and was wounded, according to Colonial Records. In his will dated Oct 1 1716 he named the following: Mary his wife, grandsons John Patchett, Charles Sowell,, Lewis Williams and John Williams. Daughter Priscilla West, and son Anthony. He also mentioned John Williams, son of William Williams

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THE CHOWAN RIVER

The Chowan River has played a pivotal role in North Carolina's history and economy. As a major artery in northeast North Carolina and an arm of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary, the river's health is intimately linked to the well-being of the estuary.

VITAL STATISTICS More than two miles wide when it finally spills into Albemarle Sound, the Chowan River has its beginnings far to the north in Virginia. Rising as dark, tannin-stained streams, Virginia's Blackwater and Nottoway rivers eventually merge to form the Chowan at the state line. The Meherrin, too, flows southeast from Virginia before it joins the Chowan in North Carolina. In fact, about 70 per cent of the Chowan River's flow comes from Virginia.

The river's drainage basin is vast. It is formed from a network of streams (some 760 miles in North Carolina alone) that feeds larger tributaries, and it drains about 4,800 square miles of land in North Carolina and Virginia. Like the Roanoke River, the Chowan is a major contributor of fresh water to the Albemarle Sound.

The river itself is about 50 miles long, narrow and energetic in its northern reaches. As it skirts Holiday Island, however, it widens and leisurely arcs to meet the Albemarle Sound near Edenton.

Large, awe-inspiring swamps of tupelo- gum and cypress fringe much of the shore and may extend far inland. In spring, fern fiddleheads poke through moss carpets, tree frogs call, and baldcypress sprout fresh greenery. These swamps, rich in wildlife, regulate and purify water flowing from land. Along the western shore of the river steep cliffs rise, part of the Suffolk Scarp. This sinuous north-south ridge represents the remains of an ancient shoreline created when glaciers melted and sea level rose, flooding Albemarle lands.

HERITAGE "Here was a good country where crops were heavier, forests deeper and trees taller. In the spring the herring and greater fish also swam up in schools to spawn." Ralph Lane, 1586. For centuries, the Algonquian Indians lived on the banks of the Chowan Wapeamoks on the west, Chowanokes on the east. Oak-hickory forests, fertile soils, and productive waters yielded a wealth of food. Into this goodly land in the late 1600s colonists migrated from Virginia. They lumbered vast acres to establish farms that would later become the great self-sufficient plantations of the mid-1800s.

Surrounded by roadless swamps, settlers used the Chowan River as a highway. Landings with names like Black Walnut, Willow Creek, and Goose Pond invited the weary traveler to rest. Sailing ships, tugs and barges navigated tributaries like the Meherrin and Wiccacon rivers, Potecasi and Bennetts creeks. Until the late 1800s landings on these creeks and rivers were lifelines for homesteaders.

Edenton, cradle of the colony and first state capital, soon became a thriving commercial center. During a single five-year period in the 1770s, ten million oak staves, 16 million shingles, thousands of hogsheads of fish, tobacco and corn, and over a thousand deerskins left this royal port in exchange for rum, sugar, molasses and linen. Today, well-preserved old homes and stately trees line Edenton's historic streets. Protected by shallow off-shore sand bars, the bustling city provided refuge for American ships during the Revolution, and the Chowan River became a vital supply line for Washington's army. By 183l, the first steamships in America plied the river, dispatching passengers and freight for almost a hundred years.

MAN AND THE RIVER Since colonial times, fishermen would sweep the river from March to May for river herring, shad, and striped bass. Called anadromous, because they journey annually from sea to coastal waters to spawn, these fish teemed upriver each spring. Pound nets, gill nets, or colossal seines, some a mile long, laced the waters. One historic landing in 1890 at Bandon (now Arrowhead Beach) yielded a million herring. Herring was king on the Chowan River, and the Chowan River was capital of the fresh water herring fishery. Three decades ago, fisheries at Colerain processed over 12 million herring a year. Once used as currency, the mighty herring, boiled, fried or corned, became a staple of local fare, along with corn-bread, sweet potatoes, and yaupon tea.

Info obtained from Rootsweb family site "Lancaster, Sowell and Related Families" compiled by Linda Harmon, linda-roots@comcast.net

"Louis (Lewis) Williams of Nansemond County, Virginia and Chowan County, NC, was probably the immigrant to this country. He settled in Nansemond County several years before 1679. Lewis received land in Nansemond County, VA in 1682.

He also claimed land for Rowland Williams (transportation). It is believed that Rowland was his brother.

In about 1697, Lewis was granted land in NC in Chowan County. He was a vestryman of the Southwest Parish of the Chowan precinct and was attacked by the Meherrin Indians in 1707 and was wounded, according to Colonial Records.

In his will dated October 1, 1716, he named the following: Mary, his wife, grandsons, John Patchett, Charles Sowell, Lewis Williams and John Williams. Daughter Priscilla West and son, Anthony.

He also mentioned John Williams, son of William Williams."

Source: Roberson William Hughes, Jr. (http://home.talkcity.com/LibertySt/kinseeker4/index.html>)

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Lewis Williams's Timeline

1648
1648
Accomac, Accomack, Virginia, USA
1656
1656
Age 8
Bertie, North Carolina
1670
1670
Age 22
Isle of Wight, Virginia
1674
1674
Age 26
Isle of Wight, Virginia
1675
June 1, 1675
Age 27
Isle of Wight, Virginia
1676
1676
Age 28
Chowan, North Carolina
1679
January 26, 1679
Age 31
Chowan, North Carolina
1680
1680
Age 32
Isle of Wight, Virginia
1686
June 1, 1686
Age 38
North Carolina
1686
Age 38
Nansemond County, Virginia