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John Lewis, II

Also Known As: "Major John Lewis"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Brecknock, Monmouthsire, Wales
Death: Died in Dragon Swamp, New Kent County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Lewis Plantation, King and Queen County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Lewis, I, Col, of Monmouth and Liddea Warner
Husband of Isabella Miller and Sarah Pennington (George)
Father of Colonel John "Councillor" Lewis III; Mary Muscoe (Lewis); Capt. Edward Lewis; Col. William Lewis; Henry Lewis and 15 others
Brother of Edward Lewis; Samuel Lewis, 1637 and Maj. John Lewis
Half brother of John "the immigrant" Lewis; Gwenllian Lewis; Lettus/Letice Lewis; David Lewis, Sr. and Robert Lewis, Jr.

Occupation: "of Chemokins'
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
Last Updated:

About Maj. John "of Chemokins" Lewis

http://lewis187.home.mchsi.com/Lewis/Councilor-99.htm Maj. John "of Chemokins" (1John) Lewis (Conjecture)

Maj. John Lewis was born c. 1634 in Monmouthshire, Wales. John is most noted for being the father of Councilor John Lewis. John is first cited as headright for his father's 1653 land patent in then York Co VA. Much confusion results from an additional record which shows a John Lewis as headright for Col. George Reade, the forefather of George Washington, in 3/1658. Perhaps, this was another John Lewis?

   John Lewis was in America in 1658 can be shown by the York County records of October 8, 1658 and that he was headright of Col. George Reade on March 1658.

In about 1660, John inherited Chemokins after the death of his brother, William. And by 1666 in New Kent Co VA, John married Isabella Miller b. 8/24/1640 New Kent Co VA. John and Isabella lived the remainder of their lives, probably on the original homestead. John is said to have managed Chemokins through a series of overseers which included some of his sons.

John died 12/2/1689 in New Kent Co VA. Isabella would later marry Robert Yard of England. But after her death, Isabella was returned to the Lewis Plantation and is buried in the Old Lewis Cemetery in what is now King and Queen Co VA.

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     Born 12/15/1633 Liantilio, Pertholey, Monmouthshire, Wales 

Liantilio, Pertholey, Monmouthshire, Wales Parish Records: One of the John Lewis' was christened on Dec. 15th, 1633. This is consistent with Col. John Lewis who married Isabella Miller (Yard).

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     Immigrated c. 1653 w/ family to York Co VA 

Land Patent Book No. 3 p. 4: Mr. John 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. Transported 5 persons: John Lewis, Lidia Lewis, Wm. Lewis, Edward Lewis, John Lewis Jr.

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     1654 New Kent Co split from York Co
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     1655 Gloucester Co VA Land Record 

Land Patent Book No. 4, p. 6: John Lewis, Jr. 250 acres, Gloucester Co. 29 December 1655 at the main swamp of Poropotanke running down the same from the land of Col. Richard Lee, to Beech Spring &c.

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     1658 New Kent Co VA Land Record 

1658 New Kent Co VA Deeds, p 321: To all and whereas and now know ye that I the said Samuel Mathews Esq and give and grant unto John Lewis and James Turner one thousand acres of Land and Marsh called Lewis’ Island lying and being in the County of New Kent Bonded on the East side on the north side and on the west side with the River and on the south side with Parencess Creek that divides this Land from the Land of John Pouncy. The said Land being due unto the said John Lewis and James Turner by and for the Transportation of twenty persons and to have and yealding and dated the 18th of November 1658.

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     1/1662 New Kent Co VA Land Record 

New Kent Co VA Deeds, p 565: To all etc whereas etc me Know ye that I the said Sir William Berkeley Governor & give and grant unto John Lewis and Thomas Mitchell one thousand six hundred and Eighty acres of land lying and being in the county of New Kent beginning at a Spanish Oak in the Line of W. Mitchell Land. . .to Lt Cole Jacob’s Corner. . .line of Mr. Mitchell’s Land. . .The said Land being due by Transportation and To have & to Hold and to be Sold and yielding and paying and which payment to be made yearly from the entry of the survey and rights in the office being the 30th of October 1662 provided and Dated the 15th of January 1662.

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     3/1662 New Kent Co VA Land Record 

John Lewis & James Turner 1000 Acres Patent issued the 18th March 1662 in the said Lewis & Turner’s names and granted by William Berkeley, Knight, his Magesties Governor & Ira Hickman.

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     1663 New Kent Co VA Land Record 

Land Patent Book No. 5, p. 299: John Lewis Patent dated November 23, 1663; 1700 acres at the head of Poropotanke creek both sides, adjoining the lands of Mr. Major, Thomas Hanckes, George Austin, up Coates Branch to Col. Richard Lee’s land, to the bridge swamp, thence down the bridge swamp and Porpopontanke Swamp t the head of the Creek and so to the place where it began; 120 acres thereof patented to Timothy Lodell and Thomas Broughton Sept. 13, 1651, and assigned to John Lewis; 100 acres thereof patented by Howell Price Oct. 6, 1656 and assigned to said LEWIS; and 600 acres not before granted.

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     Married 1666 in New Kent Co VA to Isabella Miller b. 8/24/1640 New Kent Co VA
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     8/7/1667 New Kent Co VA Land Record 

To all and whosoever and now know ye that I the said Wm. Berkley, Knt., Governor, do give and grant and on John Lewis two thousand acres of Land in New Kent and proper upon fiven of proper banke swamp beginning at the mount of a great branch north below the said Lewis Plantation. . .to a hickory in Tymothy Lewis oak Line. . .by a branch of Mahogany Swamp. . .to the corner of Geo Majie Land. . .possetion Swamp. . .along John Chambers Land. . .from up land of John Aoy to in South Swamp. . .to John Land. . .Geo Sissims lyne of trees. . .to said road of Cobb branch. . .to the Land where it began. Land being as follows. Eighty acres part through of Tymothy Lewis and one Thousand acres of and six hundred acres granted to the same Lewis by plat Dted the 23 November 1663 and the being hundred and Twenty being due by and for the Transfer of nineteen persons to have and to hold provided and Dated this Seventh August 1667. Persons transported: William Jones, Morgan, Mary Bently, James Shepherd, Jeremy Morgan, Richard Moore, Tho Page, Sarah.

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     8/16/1667 New Kent Co VA Land Record 

Land Patent Book No. 6, p. 17: JOHN LEWIS; patent dated August 16, 1667, 2600 acres in Glouchester and New Kent Counties being upon both sides of Poropotanke Swamp, beginning at the mouth of a great branch next below the said LEWIS’ plantation by Old Woman’s Poynt; boundaries mentioned as courses are run as follows: Timothy Lowdell’s line, John Levingstone’s line, a branch of Mattapony Swamp, Richard Jamor, Junr’s land, George Major’s land, head of Pepetico Swamp, John Chamberlain’s land, John Fox’s land Poropotanke Swamp, George Austin’s line, head of Coale’s branch, the land of Mr. Richard Lee, Bridge Swamp, Poropotanke Swamp to the mill, and down the creek to the beginning. Due 80 acres purchased of Timothy Lowdell, and 1000 acres of Howell Price and 600 acres as by patent Nov. 23, 1663, and the residues 820 acres due by and for the transportation of 19 persons.

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     1668 New Kent Co VA Land Patent 

To all etc to whom go now know yea that I the sayd Berkerly, Knt, Governor, etc give and grant unto an John Lewis one hundred acres of Land Lying in part County and on the NE side of Caine hole swamp. . .of John Leoissone land next Edward Wadkins land. . .to Cain hole swamp. . .to the head spring this land and John Kings then joining to the said Leoissone Land. . .The Land Grant being by and for the transportation of two persons and to have and to hold adjoining and paying present 22nd day of April 1668. Tho C

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     1675 New Kent Co VA Record 

John Lewis termed major in the foot service.

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     1675 New Kent Co VA Land Patent 

1675 John Lewis patented 10,000 acres with Lieut. Smity, Capt Lightfoot, Mr. Royston and Buckner

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     1675/1676 Gloucester Co VA Officials: John Lewis, Surveyor
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     1676 Bacon's Rebellion 

General Court Records: John Lewis' residence in 1676 being near Major Thomas Pate's, where Bacon encamped, he suffered severely from the depredations of his troops.

"Persons who Suffered by Bacon's Rebellion": 15 Oct. 1677 Col. John West, a person greatly impaired in his stock and goods by the Rebells, and a most constant Loyall Gentleman during the late Rebellion, and was for some time after Bacon's death Inprisoned by the Rebell Partie." "Major John Lewis a sufferer in the same kind as the former."

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 5, p. 67: At Middlesex Court in Feb 1677 one Matyhew Bentley was summoned to answer the charge that during the late rebellion, when in command of forty or fifty men-in-arms at Major Lewis' plantation in New Kent county, he killed three hogs and four sheep, used a great deal of corn, and took meal for the whole rebel army at Major Pate's The Pate residence was just south of Chemokins.

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     1678 New Kent Co VA Record 

New Kent Co VA Probate: 3/29/1678. Will of James Miller. To my loving brother Maj. John Lewis. . .a horse. . .to my loving sister Mrs. Isabell Lewis wife of Major John Lewis. . .whole estate during her life and after her death. . .to my two nephews Edward and John Lewis, the Younger. . .to them and their heirs forever. . .My aforesaid sister my sole executrix.

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     1680 New Kent Co VA Record 

1680, John Lewis was captain of horse in the militia of New Kent, and one of its justices.

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     Died 12/2/1689 New Kent Co VA
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     1691 King and Queen split from New Kent Co
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     Buried on Lewis Plantation, King and Queen Co VA 

Maj. John Lewis Unknown Location Here lieth interred the body of Mrs. Isabella Yard born the 24th of August 1640 and departed this life the ninth day of February 1703/4 aged 6_ years 5 months & 16 days

   Children
   1. Mary Lewis b. 1666 New Kent Co VA
   2. Cpt. Edward Lewis
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     Born 9/5/1667 New Kent Co VA
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     Married c. 1688 in New Kent Co VA to Susannah Lewis b. c. 1670
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     1691 King and Queen split from New Kent Co
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     Died 2/11/1713 King and Queen Co VA
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     Buried on Lewis Plantation, King and Queen Co VA 

Here lyeth Inter’d the body of Capt. Edward Lewis ye son of Major John Lewis and his wife Isabella, who was grandson of John Lewis of Monmoutshire and was born near this place ye 5th of Septr 1667 and Departed this life ye 11th of Feby 1713 Aged 45 years 5 months and 6 days.

   3. Elizabeth Lewis
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     Born c. 1668 New Kent Co VA
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     Married 10/21/1687 in New Kent Co VA to Robert Woodson (brother of Elizabeth Woodson) b. 1660 Henrico Co VA
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     Died 6/4/1691 Henrico Co VA 
   4. Sarah Lewis b. 1669 New Kent Co VA
   5. Councilor John Lewis
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     Born 11/30/1669 New Kent Co VA
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     Married c. 1689 in Gloucester Co VA to Elizabeth Warner b. 11/24/1672 Gloucester Co VA 

Warner Hall plantation in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County. Elizabeth Warner inherited the property through her uncle, Robert Warner.

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     1689 New Kent Co VA Record 

Pioneer Lewis Families , Vol. 4, p. 74: Councilor John Lewis, born 1669 and wife Elizabeth Warner. . .moved to Chemokins Plantation in western New Kent Co. abt 1689, having inherited that estate.

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     1691 King and Queen split from New Kent Co
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     1695 King and Queen Co Record 

Pioneer Lewis Families , Vol. 4, p. 75: Jan 5, 1695, John Lewis resident of Chemokins, St Peter Parish made Vestryman. John left Chemokins in 1702 to Warner Hall, Gloucester Co VA

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     1704 King and Queen Co VA Records 

Colonial Virginia Register, p. 44: 1704 John Lewis appointed a member of the Virginia Council.

King and Queen County Records: 7 Aug 1704 A commission from John Lewis, Esq., Escheater-General of Gloucester, Middlesex, King and Queen, Essex and King William Counties to Capt. William Jones to be his deputy, and Jones took the oath and was admitted as such.

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     Member of the Governor's Council, 1705 - 1725: Councilor John Lewis
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     1717 Gloucester Co VA Record 

Hening's Statutes, VII., p. 377: Chemokins alias Port Holy, lying in the parish of St. Peters in New Kent county, containing 1,300 acres more or less, and being part of a patent granted to Major William Lewis, was in the possession and seizing of Major John Lewis of Warner Hall in 1717, who deeded it to his son Charles.

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     Died 11/14/1725 Gloucester Co VA
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     Buried Warner Hall, Gloucester Co VA 

Colonel John Lewis: Here Lyeth Interred the Body of Coll John Lewis son of John and Isabella Lewis, and one of his Majestys Hon'ble Council for this Colony who was born ye 30th of November 1669 & departed this Life on ye 14th of November 1725. Elizabeth Warner: Here Lyeth Interr'd ye Body of Elizabeth Lewis the Daughter of Col Augustine Warner and Mildred his Wife and late wife of John Lewis Esq She was Born at Chesake the 24th of November, 1672 Aged 47 years 2 Months and 12 Days, and was a Tender Mother of 14 children She Departed this Life the 5th Day of February 1719/20

   6. William Lewis
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     Born c. 1671 New Kent Co VA
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     Married 1690 in Henrico Co VA to Elizabeth Woodson (sister of Robert Woodson) b. 1670 Henrico Co VA
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     Died 12/25/1706 New Kent Co VA 
   7. Nicholas Lewis
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     Born c. 1672 New Kent Co VA
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     Died before 1699 New Kent Co VA 
   8. Thomas Lewis
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     Born c. 1674 New Kent Co VA
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     Died 1725 King George Co VA 
   9. James Lewis b. 1675 New Kent Co VA
   10. Mildred Lewis b. 1676 New Kent Co VA
   11. Gawin Lewis b. c. 1680 New Kent Co VA
   12. Patience Lewis
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     Born 1682 New Kent Co VA
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     Married c. 1707 in Virginia to Paul Harralson b. c. 1680 in Virginia
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     1720 Hanover Co split from New Kent Co VA
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     1725 Hanover Co VA Record 

Paul Harralson obtained a 400 acre land grant in Hanover County, Virginia on 24 Mar 1725.

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     Migrated c. 1744 to Wateree River SC
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     Died 1750 Wateree, Richland County, SC 
   13. Owen Lewis b. c. 1684 New Kent Co VA

-------------------- Much of the information I recently received on the Walkers and the Lewises is from Charles Richard Collins (Dick) who kindly shared his work with me in Feb. 2001. He notes that "In this report you will find material that has taken my family and me several years to gather. We do not claim that our research is 100% accurate, but we have tried to verify each item. This is still a work in progress. If you find errors or omissions, please contact: Charles R. Collins (270) 554-4776, 140 Willow Spring Cove, Paducah, KY 42001-8662 or Diana Raye Yancey (270) 534-8176, 2436 Lynnwood Drive, Paducah, KY 42001."

I will reference it when work appearing here is his, and so footnote it.

I am deeply grateful for his work, and very happy to be able to share it. He is at .

He adds: "John married Isabella Miller in about 1664 in England. She was the daughter of James Miller. John, his wife, and their sons, John and Zachary, emigrated to Virginia in about 1692. Source: The Family Chronicle and Kinship Book by Octavia Zollicoffer Bond, 1928, p. 611."

And, from the Shackelford Clan Magazine, Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords, edited by T. K. Jones, Lubbock, Texas January 1956 Vol. 11 No. 9, and posted on the Web, we have:

In and among records sent to us in November 1941, by Mrs. Jennie T. Grayson, of Charlottesville, Va., we find her making the following statement: Quote-

"Zachary Lewis, of Brecon or Brecknock, in Brecknockshire, Wales, was the first of his line known to have come to Virginia. His wife's name unknown. Among the many grants of land to the name of Lewis recorded in the Land Books of Virginia, in the Land Office at Richmond, Va., there are only two to Zachary Lewis. One for 500 acres in King and Queen Co., Virginia, April 20, 1694, and one for 450 acres in King William County, Va., October 23, 1703. See Books 8, page 318, and book 9, page 556.

"This coroborates the statement of Rev. Iverson Lewis, that he was the son of John Lewis, whose father Zachary Lewis came from Breaknock, Wales, to Virginia 1692, at which time he settled in the County of King and Queen. And beyond this nothing is known of this Zachary except that he was a member of the Church of England and had two sons--John and Zachary, Jr."

(editor: I have seen this son John as married to Elizabeth Warner. I am told that is a different John of no known kin to these Lewises... this needs work, but meantime I will carry it as so...)

Some Lewises of Virginia relate the following story, supplying a French heritage, not Welsh! Iverson Lewis Brooks relates this in 1858: (copy from Thomas Bledsoe, , January, 2004)

" Vicinity of Hamburg S.C. February 5th 1858 From Rev Iverson Lewis Brooks Mr Lewis

"My dear Sir Yours directed through Col Harris was mislaid by him & detained several months and through misdirection did not reach me till the season of the year when I am usually in attendance upon a series of meetings continuing through the summer & Fall. It is thus I have been too long waiting an opportunity to acknowledge your favor & to draw off some document which will be interesting to you provided you have not communicated with John Lewis of Frankfort Kentucky & obtained them from him. I proceed to give you an extract from his letter in which were enclosed copies of the family register of his grand Father his Father & himself. The letter In addition to enclosed document will give you some information in regard to our remote ancestors which may interest you. Before the revocation of the Edict of Nantes a young protestant French Lawyer of some wealth & reputation foreseeing the coming storm of papal persecution secretly conveyed to England & Ireland most of his property converted into money & then fled to England. He purchased land in Wales near Llangollen & Brecknock ; & also in Ireland His name was Jean Louis which after being anglicized became John Lewis the father of 3 sons. One of them for some time after he was grown remained with his father in Wales & subsequently emigrated to Virginia & settled finally on or near the Dragon Swamp in Gloucester or Middlesex County. He was your mediate ancestor and mine & of all the Welsh Lewises of Virginia. His given name I do not know perhaps you can inform me ; But most of his descendants have for their given names Howel, Iveson, Warner & Zachary....."

The letter later includes the "registers," which I will cite as notes from Brooks's February 5, 1858 letter, kindly to me from Thomas Bledsoe, a Lewis descendant."

Sources: 1.Title: Charles R. Collins . He has kindly given me years of his work, generously sharing his careful research in Feb., 2001 -------------------- Of Chemokins, New Kent County, VA -------------------- Was John's mother Johane or Isabelle?

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Early Virginia Immigrants; 1623–1666

Lewis, Edwd., 1653, by Mr. John Lewis, Gloucester Co.

Lewis, Wm., 1653, by Mr. John Lewis, Gloucester Co.

Lewis, John, Jr., 1653, by Mr. John Lewis, Gloucester Co.

Lewis, Lidia, 1653, by Mr. John Lewis, Gloucester Co.

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He emigrated to the American colonies approximately 1655, a few years

after his father had done so. According to family legend he resided

in Wales with the Mostyn family of Denbighshire for a time before

emigrating. That John Lewis was in America in 1658 can be shown by

the York County records of October 8, 1658 and that he was head right

of Col. George Reade on March 1657/58. He would have been 18 years

old at the time and seemingly attached himself to the adventures of

his uncle, Major William Lewis, since they seem to have followed the

same paths and been closely related. Major William Lewis, it is

reported, never married and at his death (which exact date cannot be

determined), Major John Lewis was the beneficiary of his estate.

Chemokins plantation would thus be in his possession, although there

is nothing to suggest that he resided there as a permanent resident.

There seems no doubt that he maintained it on an absentee-landlord

basis, operating the plantation by means of overseers and managers and

a gang of slave labor. Several of his sons, when they reached an age

where they could act as overseers, resided there. Major John Lewis

made his principal residence on the property north of Poropotanke

Creek that he would have inherited from his father, Col. John Lewis,

and probably resided there also in a separate dwelling during his

father's later years. This would have been in New Kent County until

1692 and then in King and Queen County. He apparently received his

rank of Major for his service in the New Kent County Militia and

possibly at the Indian raid against the Indian town of Chymocans in

1644.

Jefferson-Washington-Smith-Lewis-Houston-Decker

Major John Lewis / Isabella Miller

b. abt 1635 - bef 1690 / 1640 - abt 1703

m. 1666 in New Kent Co., Va

Major John Lewis

Captain of Horse in New Kent County, Va. where he owned estates in 1680.

Member of the House of Burgesses

Justice

John Lewis, Junr. patent dated December 29, 1655: 250 acres in Gloucester County beginning at main swamp of Poropotank Creek running down same fr om land of Colonel Richard Lee to Beech Spring fork then up to lands of s aid Lee and by his land to the place of beginning. (Virginia Land Patents , Book No. 4, page 9 and on page 6 of original Books 4 and 5 bound togeth er).

mouth of a great branch next below the said Lewis' plantation by Old Woma ns Poynt.

Increased his father's tract in 1660s and built a grist mill

When his brother William died about 1660 he inherited Chemokins in New Ke nt Co., (later K&Q) Va.

John Lewis; patent dated Nov 3, 1663: 1700 acres at head of Poropotank Cr eek on both sides (lands were in both Gloucester and New Kent counties) B ook No. 5, page 229.

John Lewis; patent dated Aug. 16, 1667; 2600 acres in Gloucester and Ne w Kent Couties being upon both sides Poropotank Swamp beginning at the mo uth of a great branch next below the said Lewis' plantation by Old Woman s Poynt.

On Feb 25, 1673-4, Lt. Col. John Smith, Mr. John Buckner, Mr., Philip Lig htfoot, Mr. Thomas Royston, and Mr. John Lewis received a patent for 10,0 50 acres on north side Mattapony River in New Kent Co.(later K&Q).

In 1676 John Lewis lived not far from the home of Maj. Thomas Pate, whic h was in Gloucester Co., where Nathaniel Bacon and his followers were enc amped. Lewis suffered great losses in stock and goods at the hands of Bac on's troops. Thomas Pate's home was about 2 miles away across Poropotan k Creek.

In 1677 a Major Lewis was credited with paying the parish of Petsworth i n Gloucester County 500 lbs. tobacco 8 br. 4th. 1677.

In November 1678 Coll Lewis was paid for a lock to the church door.

Father: John LEWIS b: 22 FEB 1591 in Monmouthshire,Wales,England

Mother: Margaret (Lydia?) PERKINS b: Abt 1600 in Wales

Marriage 1 Isabella MILLER b: 24 AUG 1640 in Gloucester,VA.

Married: Abt 1660 in New Kent Co.,VA.

Children

John LEWIS b: 30 NOV 1669 in King & Queen Co.,VA.

Edward LEWIS b: 5 SEP 1667 in Gloucester Co.,VA.

("John") Zachary LEWIS b: 1673 in New Kent Co.,VA

David LEWIS b: 5 MAY 1685 in St. Peters Parish,VA.

William LEWIS b: Abt 1670 in New Kent Co.,VA.

Nicholas LEWIS b: Abt 1671 in New Kent Co.,VA.

Thomas LEWIS b: Abt 1674 in New Kent Co.,VA.

Mildred LEWIS b: Abt 1676 in New Kent Co.,VA.

James LEWIS b: 1675 in New Kent Co.,VA.

Gawin LEWIS b: Abt 1680 in New Kent Co.,VA.

Patience LEWIS b: 1682

Owen LEWIS b: Abt 1684 in King & Queen Co.,VA.

Elizabeth LEWIS b: 1668 in Richmond,New Kent Co.,VA.

Mary LEWIS b: 1665 in New Kent Co.,VA.

Sarah LEWIS b: Abt 1675 in Richmond,VA.

Abraham LEWIS b: 1679 in New Kent Co.,VA.

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land grant for 250 acres.

was made a Captain of the horse militia of New Kent.

patented 100 acres.

patented 2600 acres.

suffered depredation from the troops of Bacon.

termed a Major in the foot services.

patented 10,000 acres with Lieut. Col John Smith, Capt. Philip

Lightfoot, Mr. Thomas Royston and Mr. John Buckner.

Ancestry/Robbie Burnett

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from _Genealogies of VA Families_, from The William & Mary Quar

terly, vol. III, Heale-Muscoe, pages 369-375:

A patent to Maj. William Lewis was in hands of Maj. John

Lewis of Warner Hall in 1717; he deeded it to his son Charles

found in Hening's Statutes, vol II, page 377. This Maj. Lewis

held the title as early as 1653.

The author re-states Robert Lewis of York had only two daus, BUT he

was "doubtless a kinsman of the LEWISes of Warner Hall." Maj.

William Lewis's connection to Col. John Lewis apparently hinges

on ownership of plantation "Chemokins" or "Chemohocans."

The author then says the most likely parents of Col. John

Lewis of Warner Hall is John Lewis and Lydia of Gloucester who

settled on Lewis' Creek, formerly Totopotomoy Creek. His prob

able sons when he emigrated were: William, Edward and John Jr.

William MIGHT BE the above William; Edward settled in Rappahan

nock and King & Queen Cos; John Jr. granted lands in 1655 at main

swamp of Poropotank Creek. As Mr. John Lewis he patented land in

New Kent and Goucester, both sides above creek. In 1676 his

residence was near Maj. Thomas PATE's where Bacon encamped and

died.

(page 372) "According to the tombstone of his son Col. John

Lewis, he married Isabella _____, and had issue..." The footnote

says "It is not know (sic) how many sons John Lewis and Isabella

his wife had."

page 373: "John Lewis of Warner Hall, son of Maj. John

Lewis and Isabella, his wife, who was probably son of John Lewis

and Lydia who first settled on Poropotank Creek in 1653 was born

30 NOV 1669 and d. 14 NOV 1725. He married Elizabeth Warner

(1672-1719-20), dau Col. Augustine Warner and Mildred Read ...

They had 14 children but only 8 names are preserved.

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~lksstarr/reports/misclews.txt

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from "John Lewis (1594-1657) of Monmouthshire, Eng. and

Gloucester and New Kent Co., VA" by Malcolm H. Harris, reprinted

in _Genealogies of VA Families_, from VA Magazine History & Biog

raphy, vol. IV

John Jr. is the John of most patents -- including one adj.

George AUSTIN's line and Poropotank Swamp. He dropped the 'Jr"

in patents after 1657; he lived in New Kent Co., near Maj. Thomas

Pate, about two miles across the Poropotank Creek. His burial

spot is not found, but a tombstone for Mrs. Isabella Yard (1640

1703/4) is certainly his wife who married secondly Robert Yard.

The tombstone for Capt. Edward Lewis (1667-1713) was found

at foot of Mrs. Isabella Yard's grave -- he is identified as son

of John and Isabella.

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~lksstarr/reports/misclews.txt

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Ancestry/Billy E. Huffman, Jr

Ancestry/Karen Blagg

Ancestry/David V. Hughey

One World Tree

http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=BookList&dbid=49224&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 (Lewises, Meriwethers and Their Kin by Anderson, Sarah Travers Lewis (Scott). )

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Maj. John "of Chemokins" (1John) Lewis (Conjecture)

Maj. John Lewis was born c. 1634 in Monmouthshire, Wales. John is most noted for being the father of Councilor John Lewis. John is first cited as headright for his father's 1653 land patent in then York Co VA. Much confusion results from an additional record which shows a John Lewis as headright for Col. George Reade, the forefather of George Washington, in 3/1658. Perhaps, this was another John Lewis?

John Lewis was in America in 1658 can be shown by the York County records of October 8, 1658 and that he was headright of Col. George Reade on March 1658.

In about 1660, John inherited Chemokins after the death of his brother, William. And by 1666 in New Kent Co VA, John married Isabella Miller b. 8/24/1640 New Kent Co VA. John and Isabella lived the remainder of their lives, probably on the original homestead. John is said to have managed Chemokins through a series of overseers which included some of his sons.

John died 12/2/1689 in New Kent Co VA. Isabella would later marry Robert Yard of England. But after her death, Isabella was returned to the Lewis Plantation and is buried in the Old Lewis Cemetery in what is now King and Queen Co VA.

Born 12/15/1633 Liantilio, Pertholey, Monmouthshire, Wales

Liantilio, Pertholey, Monmouthshire, Wales Parish Records:

One of the John Lewis' was christened on Dec. 15th, 1633. This is consistent with Col. Joh n Lewis who married Isabella Miller (Yard).

Immigrated c. 1653 w/ family to York Co VA

Land Patent Book No. 3 p. 4:

Mr. John 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. Transported 5 persons: John Lewis, Lidia Lewis, Wm. Lewis, Edward Lewis, John Lewis Jr.

1654 New Kent Co split from York Co

1655 Gloucester Co VA Land Record

Land Patent Book No. 4, p. 6:

John Lewis, Jr. 250 acres, Gloucester Co. 29 December 1655 at the main swamp of Poropotanke running down the same from the land of Col. Richard Lee, to Beech Spring &c.

1658 New Kent Co VA Land Record

1658 New Kent Co VA Deeds, p 321:

To all and whereas and now know ye that I the said Samuel Mathews Esq and give and grant unto John Lewis and James Turner one thousand acres of Land and Marsh called Lewis’ Island lying and being in the County of New Kent Bonded on the East side on the north side and on the west side with the River and on the south side with Parencess Creek that divides this Land from the Land of John Pouncy. The said Land being due unto the said John Lewis and James Turner by and for the Transportation of twenty persons and to have and yealding and dated the 18th of November 1658.

1/1662 New Kent Co VA Land Record

New Kent Co VA Deeds, p 565:

To all etc whereas etc me Know ye that I the said Sir William Berkeley Governor & give and grant unto John Lewis and Thomas Mitchell one thousand six hundred and Eighty acres of land lying and being in the county of New Kent beginning at a Spanish Oak in the Line of W. Mitchell Land. . .to Lt Cole Jacob’s Corner. . .line of Mr. Mitchell’s Land. . .The said Land being due by Transportation and To have & to Hold and to be Sold and yielding and paying and which payment to be made yearly from the entry of the survey and rights in the office being the 30th of October 1662 provided and Dated the 15th of January 1662.

3/1662 New Kent Co VA Land Record

John Lewis & James Turner 1000 Acres Patent issued the 18th March 1662 in the said Lewis & Turner’s names and granted by William Berkeley, Knight, his Magesties Governor & Ira Hickman.

1663 New Kent Co VA Land Record

Land Patent Book No. 5, p. 299:

John Lewis Patent dated November 23, 1663; 1700 acres at the head of Poropotanke creek both sides, adjoining the lands of Mr. Major, Thomas Hanckes, George Austin, up Coates Branch to Col. Richard Lee’s land, to the bridge swamp, thence down the bridge swamp and Porpopontanke Swamp t the head of the Creek and so to the place where it began; 120 acres thereof patented to Timothy Lodell and Thomas Broughton Sept. 13, 1651, and assigned to John Lewis; 100 acres thereof patented by Howell Price Oct. 6, 1656 and assigned to said LEWIS; and 600 acres not before granted.

Married 1666 in New Kent Co VA to Isabella Miller b. 8/24/1640 New Kent Co VA

8/7/1667 New Kent Co VA Land Record

To all and whosoever and now know ye that I the said Wm. Berkley, Knt., Governor, do give and grant and on John Lewis two thousand acres of Land in New Kent and proper upon fiven of proper banke swamp beginning at the mount of a great branch north below the said Lewis Plantation. . .to a hickory in Tymothy Lewis oak Line. . .by a branch of Mahogany Swamp. . .to the corner of Geo Majie Land. . .possetion Swamp. . .along John Chambers Land. . .from up land of John Aoy to in South Swamp. . .to John Land. . .Geo Sissims lyne of trees. . .to said road of Cobb branch. . .to the Land where it began. Land being as follows. Eighty acres part through of Tymothy Lewis and one Thousand acres of and six hundred acres granted to the same Lewis by plat Dted the 23 November 1663 and the being hundred and Twenty being due by and for the Transfer of nineteen persons to have and to hold provided and Dated this Seventh August 1667. Persons transported: William Jones, Morgan, Mary Bently, James Shepherd, Jeremy Morgan, Richard Moore, Tho Page, Sarah.

8/16/1667 New Kent Co VA Land Record

Land Patent Book No. 6, p. 17:

JOHN LEWIS; patent dated August 16, 1667, 2600 acres in Glouchester and New Kent Counties being upon both sides of Poropotanke Swamp, beginning at the mouth of a great branch next below the said LEWIS’ plantation by Old Woman’s Poynt; boundaries mentioned as courses are run as follows: Timothy Lowdell’s line, John Levingstone’s line, a branch of Mattapony Swamp, Richard Jamor, Junr’s land, George Major’s land, head of Pepetico Swamp, John Chamberlain’s land, John Fox’s land Poropotanke Swamp, George Austin’s line, head of Coale’s branch, the land of Mr. Richard Lee, Bridge Swamp, Poropotanke Swamp to the mill, and down the creek to the beginning. Due 80 acres purchased of Timothy Lowdell, and 1000 acres of Howell Price and 600 acres as by patent Nov. 23, 1663, and the residues 820 acres due by and for the transportation of 19 persons.

1668 New Kent Co VA Land Patent

To all etc to whom go now know yea that I the sayd Berkerly, Knt, Governor, etc give and grant unto an John Lewis one hundred acres of Land Lying in part County and on the NE side of Caine hole swamp. . .of John Leoissone land next Edward Wadkins land. . .to Cain hole swamp. . .to the head spring this land and John Kings then joining to the said Leoissone Land. . .The Land Grant being by and for the transportation of two persons and to have and to hold adjoining and paying present 22nd day of April 1668. Tho C

1675 New Kent Co VA Record

John Lewis termed major in the foot service.

1675 New Kent Co VA Land Patent

1675 John Lewis patented 10,000 acres with Lieut. Smity, Capt Lightfoot, Mr. Royston and Buckner

1675/1676 Gloucester Co VA Officials: John Lewis, Surveyor

1676 Bacon's Rebellion

General Court Records:

John Lewis' residence in 1676 being near Major Thomas Pate's, where Bacon encamped, he suffered severely from the depredations of his troops.

"Persons who Suffered by Bacon's Rebellion":

15 Oct. 1677 Col. John West, a person greatly impaired in his stock and goods by the Rebells, and a most constant Loyall Gentleman during the late Rebellion, and was for some time after Bacon's death Inprisoned by the Rebell Partie."

"Major John Lewis a sufferer in the same kind as the former."

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 5, p. 67:

At Middlesex Court in Feb 1677 one Matyhew Bentley was summoned to answer the charge that during the late rebellion, when in command of forty or fifty men-in-arms at Major Lewis' plantation in New Kent county, he killed three hogs and four sheep, used a great deal of corn, and took meal for the whole rebel army at Major Pate's The Pate residence was just south of Chemokins.

1680 New Kent Co VA Record

1680, John Lewis was captain of horse in the militia of New Kent, and one of its justices.

Died 12/2/1689 New Kent Co VA

1691 King and Queen split from New Kent Co

Buried on Lewis Plantation, King and Queen Co VA

Maj. John Lewis

Unknown Location Here lieth interred the body of

Mrs. Isabella Yard born the 24th of

August 1640 and departed this life

the ninth day of February 1703/4

aged 6_ years 5 months & 16 days

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Major John Lewis and his wife Isabella Warner are said to have been the original settlers of Warner Hall, the place being named in honor of Isabella Warner. (Lewises, Meriwethers and Their Kin by Sarah Travers Lewis (Scott) Anderson) -------------------- Information from: www.glenncourt.com 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. -------------------- John Lewis was the immigrant. He and his wife, probably Elizabeth MNU, arrived Virginia by 1673. It is believed they came from Wales. He is found on the 1679 Tythables for Turkey Creek, Henrico County, Va. with 3 tythables. His will was filed in Henrico County in 1689. His wife had already remarried at the time of probate. No further trace of his wife is found after the settlement of his estate.

NOTE: I think it is possible she was a second wife, based on the fact William was made admin. of his father's estate and guardian for his sister, Sarah.

Sarah Lewis's Marriages (check!)

  1. John Lewis m. c. 1660 Henrico,Northampton,VA
  2. Samuel Trottman m. 1688
  3. Robert Woodson II marriage: OCT 1692 Henrico, VA

Children of Sarah (Unknown) and John Lewis

  1. Sarah Lewis birth: 1664 Henrico,VA death: 1710
  2. William Lewis birth: 1660/1661 Henrico, Northampton, VA death: 25 Dec 1706 Henrico,Northampton,VA

Children of Sarah (which Sarah?) and Robert ???

  1. Sarah /Woodson/ Female birth: 1692 Henrico County, VA
  2. Mary /Woodson/ birth: 1695 Henrico County, VA death: 1768
  3. Agnes /Woodson/ birth: 1697 Henrico, VA

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After John Lewis's death, Sarah married Samuel Trottman.. Samuel's first wife was Isabella Miller. Married before 81/1688 in Henrico County. [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/9CDY-T1J]

WILLS OF HENRICO COUNTY, VA, VOL I, book 2: pg. 23 p. 281: Samuel Trottman, who married the widow of John Lewis, declares against the executor, William Lewis, that he has not divided all of the land or personal property of the estate. Aug. 1, 1688.

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-------------------- The Lewis line starts with John Lewis and his wife, possibly Elizabeth. An old family history says they were from Wales. They were in Henrico County by 1640. John Lewis and John Rogers received 400 Acres of land in Henrico in 1673. John also appears on the 1679 Tythables for Henrico County living on Turkey Island. John Lewis was dead before 1689. On Dec 2 of that year the estate of John Lewis was divided between his widow, now Mrs. Samuel Trottman, his son and executor. William Lewis and daughter Sarah. William was also made guardian of his sister, Sarah. William married Elizabeth Woodson and Sarah Lewis married Elizabeth's brother, Robert Woodson, JR.

William Lewis died between Dec. 24, 1706 and May of 1707. He made an oral will on Dec. 24th. In it he names his wife, Elizabeth and his sons, John (eldest), William and Joseph. It was witnessed by George Payne (husband of Mary Woodson, a sister of Elizabeth Woodson Lewis) and Elizabeth Johnson. The will was recorded May 1, 1707 and Elizabeth was made administrator. That same day Robert Woodson, Sr. recorded a gift of 450 acres of land to be divided between his "loving grandsons, William and Joseph Lewis."

Joseph Lewis married Elizabeth (possibly Pleasants) by 1730. By 1731 Joseph was buying land in Goochland County, Va. Children for Joseph and Elizabeth include John, William, Joseph, Jr., Elizabeth (Robards), Ann (Mosby), Mary (Cocke), and Sarah(Redford).

Joseph Lewis, Jr. married # Sarah Williamson and #2 Anne Porter Sampson. His sister, Elizabeth Lewis Robards moved her family to Mercer County, KY following the death of her husband. Her brother, Joseph, followed with his family in 1790. Members of the Mosby family also moved to Mercer County.

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Maj. John "of Chemokins" Lewis's Timeline

1634
December 15, 1634
Llantilio, Pertholey, Monmouthshire, Wales
1634
Brecknock, Monmouthsire, Wales
1663
1663
Age 29
Henrico, Virginia, USA
1664
1664
Age 30
1665
1665
Age 31
New Kent Co.,VA
1667
September 5, 1667
Age 33
Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, USA
1668
1668
Age 34
VA
1669
November 30, 1669
Age 35
Chemokins, New Kent, Virginia
1670
1670
Age 36
1670
Age 36
Henrico, Northampton, Virginia, USA