Sarah Woodson (Lewis)

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About Sarah Woodson (Lewis)

Sarah Lewis, born 1664 in Henrico, VA; died 1710 in Henrico, VA.

Parents: daughter of John Lewis and Sarah.


  1. Oct 1682 in Henrico, VA to Robert Woodson, born 1660 in Henrico, VA; died Feb 1729 in Henrico, VA. He was the son of Col. Robert Woodsen and Elizabeth Ferris.

9 children of Robert Woodson and Sarah Lewis:

  1. Stephen Woodson, born 1682 in Henrico, VA; died 1735 in Henrico, VA.
  2. Joseph Woodson, born 1685 in Henrico, VA.
  3. Robert Woodson, born 1687 in Henrico, VA.
  4. Agnes Woodson, born 1689 in Henrico, VA.
  5. Elizabeth Woodson, born 1690 in Henrico, VA; died Bef. 1766 in Henrico, VA; married John Povall 1710 in Henrico, VA.
  6. Sarah Woodson, born 1692 in Henrico, VA.
  7. Mary Woodson, born 1695 in Henrico, VA; died 1774.
  8. Jonathan Woodson, born 1696 in Henrico, VA.
  9. Judith Woodson, born 1700 in Henrico, VA


Born ca 1660

MERIWETHER LEWIS This family is a part of the Meriwether LEWIS group.

LINEAGE Sarah's paternal grandfather was Robert LEWIS, an immigrant from Wales.

Her maternal grandfather was Augustine WARNER, an immigrant from Norwich, England.

MARRIAGE Married as 1st wife to Robert Woodson Jr

Sarah Lewis Woodson died before 1710. Robert remarried RACHEL WATKINS

NOTES ON LEWIS LINE FROM LEWIS WEBSITE Some historians claim that the Welsh Lewis family descended from the French line of monarchs (Louis). However, the oldest known Lewis from the explorer's family was Ben Robert Lewis of Wales.

The patriarch of the Virginia Lewises came in 1635 on a ship called the "Blessing." Robert Lewis II served as an officer in the British Army and arrived to claim a land grant in a part of York County that is now in Gloucester, VA. He married a woman named Elizabeth before emigrating, and once in Virginia, they parented two children, William and Major John Lewis. William died without having any children, so John inherited 33,333 1/3 acres from his father.

John Lewis married Isabella Warner, and they settled "Warner Hall" which was named for Isabella. They had a son, John Lewis II, born in 1669.

John Lewis II, called Councilor John due to his service on the King's Council in 1715, married his first cousin, Elizabeth Warner-the woman who would later become the great aunt to George Washington. They gave birth to 14 children: Catherine, Elizabeth, Col. John Lewis III, Col. Charles Lewis, Col. Robert Lewis III, Elizabeth, Isabella, and Ann. The names of the other children remain unknown.

Colonel Robert Lewis III was born in 1702, and later lived at Belvoir. The Lewis' family home remained at Warner Hall, but the growing clan could not hold each branch. Colonel Robert Lewis and his wife, Jane Meriwether, the daughter of Nicholas Meriwether II and Elizabeth Crawford, established a new estate at Belvoir. This was the first of 11 intermarriages between the Meriwether and Lewis families. Robert Lewis amassed a large amount of land in Goochland and Albemarle Counties throughout his life, which he later divided among his children. He acquired the land in Ivy Depot, VA in 1740. Locust Hill, the childhood home of Meriwether Lewis, was built on this land, and Meriwether's father was the first Lewis to inhabit it.

Robert Lewis and Jane Meriwether Lewis, Meriwether Lewis's paternal grandparents, gave birth to 11 children. They were John (the nephew of John Lewis III), Nicholas (a guardian to Meriwether Lewis upon his return from Georgia; he lived at "The Farm."), Charles (the nephew of Charles Lewis I), Colonel William Lewis, Robert IV, Jane, Sarah, Elizabeth, Ann, Mildred, and Mary. All of their children lived to maturity and bore offspring. (Meriwether, 1964)

Colonel William Lewis married his first cousin once removed and step-sister, Lucy Meriwether, who was the daughter of Thomas Meriwether and Elizabeth Thornton. Thomas Meriwether and Robert Lewis remained good friends throughout their lives, and Robert married Elizabeth after they had both lost their spouses. (McAllister, 1906)

Lucy Meriwether Lewis and Colonel William Lewis lived with their three children, Jane, Meriwether, and Reuben at Locust Hill until William's death in 1779. Six months after his death, Lucy Lewis married Captain John Marks (some say on the advice of her dying husband) and moved the family to Georgia. There, Lucy gave birth to Meriwether Lewis's half siblings, John Marks II and Mary. (Bakeless, 15) As Meriwether Lewis died unmarried, and Reuben Lewis and his wife Mildred left no children, Jane Lewis Anderson mothered the only collateral descendents of Meriwether Lewis.

  • Isobel WARNER

Born ca 1640

Her grandfather was Augustine WARNER, an immigrant from Norwich, England FaG 7656579

Married John Lewis

Children Sarah, Born ca 1660

Tradition long had it that the Lewises of Warner Hall descended from a Robert who had a grant from the crown for 33,3331/3 acres, and that Robert's lineage was ancient and Welsh. Tradition, however, was largely undone in 1948 on the discovery of several tombstones on Poropotancke Creek in King and Queen County: "Here lieth interred the body of John Lewis (born in Munmouth shire) died the 21st of August 1657 aged 63 years." Robert was wrong, Wales was right. The line reaches back to Rhys Goch ap Maenyrch, born c 1070, lord of Ystrad Yw. Firm documentation starts with Richard, grandfather of John. Subsequent research into church, land, and emigration records bears all this out convincingly.

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

generation no. 1

Richard Lewis, born c 1540, of Llangatock, Crickhowell, Monmouthshire, gent. Will dated 15 March 1627, proved 18 April 1628. Eldest son kept father's surname, others followed Welsh tradition and used his first (ap Richard). ◾ William Lewis, born c 1563, died before 1627, married Elizabeth Morgan, son and heir Richard, daughters Elizabeth, Marie, and Doritie, all named in 1627 will of grandfather Richard ◾ Lewis Prichard, born c 1565, died 1616, named in his father's will ◾ Edward Prichard, executor of his father's will, died intestate 1635 ◾ Thomas Prichard, named in his father's will

generation no. 2

Lewis Rychetts Prichard, born c 1565, buried 4 May 1616, St. Teilo's church, Llantilio Pertholey, Abergavenny. Married Catherine, buried 29 September 1615. ◾ John Lewis, named in his grandfather's will ◾ Thomas Lewis, alive 1627, named in his grandfather's will ◾ Maudelen Lewis, alive 1627, named in grandfather's will

generation no. 3

John Lewis, baptized 22 February 1592 at the pre-Norman font in St. Teilo's, died 21 August 1657, buried at Poropotanke Creek. Married (1) 3 February 1610 Johane Lewis, (2) 21 February 1630 Catherine Philip, died before 1653. ◾ Gwenllian Lewis, baptized 5 February 1611 ◾ Lettus Lewis, baptized 1 March 1616 ◾ Watkin Lewis, baptized 1 January 1621 ◾ John Lewis, baptized 15 December 1633 ◾ ? William and Edward

generation no. 4

Major John Lewis, baptized 15 December 1633 at St. Teilo's, died c 1681. Heir to Port Holy from kinsman William Lewis. Vestryman St. Peter's Parish, New Kent. No tombstone. Married Isa­bella, daughter of James Miller (settled York Co. by 1648), born 24 August 1640, died 9 February 1703, buried Poropotanke Creek. She married 2nd Robert Yard, later of Petworth Parish in Gloucester Co., at St. Mary's Church, Newington, Surrey, England on 16 October 1682. ◾Captain Edward Lewis, born 5 September 1667, died 1713, married ◾ John Lewis, born 1669

generation no. 5

Councillor John Lewis, born 30 November 1669 in Virginia. Married c 1690-92 Elizabeth Warner, who died 1719-20. ◾ John Lewis of Warner Hall, born 1694, oldest son and heir ◾ Charles Lewis of The Byrd, born 1696 ◾ Robert Lewis of Belvoir, born 1704, father of Captain William Lewis of Locust Hill, grandfather of Meriweather Lewis, explorer ◾ Catherine, twin, baptized 2 November 1705, died young ◾ Elizabeth, twin, baptized 2 November 1705, died young ◾ Mary Lewis, possibly a daughter, married Maj. Robert Throckmorton ◾ Elizabeth Lewis, 7 baptized May 1706, married John Bolling, died without issue young ◾ Isabella Lewis, baptized 18 December 1707, married Thomas Clayton, died in 1742, buried at Warner Hall with only child Juliana ◾ Anne Lewis, baptized 14 February 1712

generation no. 6 (brothers)

Charles Lewis, of the Byrd, born 1696 at Warner Hall, died 1779. Married 28 May 1717 Mary Howell (sister of Mildred who married Henry Willis), remained married for 62 years. Acquired Byrd estate in August 1725. Vestryman at St. Peter's Parish in New Kent Co. from 1721 to 1729. Principle public service was military. ◾ John Lewis, born 1720, died 1794, baptized 8 October 1720 in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent, married, issue ◾ Charles Lewis of Buck Island, born 14 March 1721 in Goochland Co., died in Albermarle Co. 14 May 1782, married, issue ◾ Elizabeth Lewis, born 23 April 1724, married 3 April 1744 Colonel William Kennon of Chesterfield Co., issue ◾ James Lewis, born 6 October 1726, died 21 May 1764, of Lunenburg, married, issue ◾ Mary Lewis, born 26 April 1729, died 12 January 1733 ◾Howell Lewis, born 13 September 1731 ◾ Anne Lewis, born 2 March 1733, married 1750 Edmund Taylor, issue ◾ Mary Lewis, born 23 September 1736, died 1740 ◾ Robert Lewis, born 29 May 1739, died 10 January 1803, inherited The Byrd, married 20 February 1760 Jane Woodson, issue ◾ Frances Lewis, born 1 August 1744, married 3 September 1760 to cousin Robert Lewis, issue

Excerpted from Lewis of Warner Hall by Merrow Egerton Sorley

"Councilor" John Lewis inherited from his father the Chemokins estate in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., VA. His father had made this estate his principal place of residence and it was also the first home of Col. John and Elizabeth Warner Lewis after their marriage about 1692. At a meeting of the Vestry on January 5, 1695, John Lewis was elected a Vestryman for St. Peter's Parish and his name appears as such at no less than 14 Vestry meetings between this date and June, 1791. By 1702, John Lewis had "departed this county", presumably making the move to Warner Hall, which his wife, Elizabeth Warner, inherited at the death of her brother Robert.

Councilor John Lewis was perhaps the wealthiest Virginian of his day. His land holdings included 2,000 acres in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester, 300 acres in York County, 2,600 acres in New Kent County, and several grants in King and Queen County, the largest of which was for 10,100 acres. The 2,600 acres in New Kent County represents the exact size of the Chemokins estate. He held a commission in the Virginia militia as some of the baptismal records of his children refer to him as Capt. John Lewis. He rose to Colonel Commandant of the militia of Gloucester County and most of the records of the 18th century accord him that title.

In 1704, Col. John Lewis was appointed a member of the Council along with his brother-in-law, John Smith of "Purton". He continued on the Council for the rest of his life. The end of his life in 1725/6 marks the end of an era in the Lewis history. Thenceforward, the history of the entire family is not so closely bound up with the vicinity of Warner Hall. While many of its members continued to reside in this home and nearby localities for several generations, descendants moved over the whole of Virginia and, eventually, throughout the southern states.

Elizabeth Warner

She brought into the Lewis family not only the ancestral lines of Martiau, Reade, and Warner, but also the ownership of Warner Hall itself. She had 14 children in all, with the names of nine being known. Their baptismal records are in the Abingdon Parish Register.

Augustine Warner (November 28th, 1610 - December 26th, 1674), was born in Norwich, Norfolk, to Thomas Warner and Elizabeth Sotherton. He was the progenitor of the Augustine Warner Family, who arrived in Virginia in 1628 at the age of seventeen, one of a group of thirty-four brought in by Adam Thoroughgood. His first land acquisition came 7 years later when he patented 250 acres (1,000,000 m2).

Continuing the typical pattern of seventeenth-century success in Virginia as a merchant, investor in land, and statesman, he rose through the colonial hierarchy to become a member of the House of Burgesses in 1652 and then in 1659 a member of the King's Council, which he held until his death. About 1657, he moved across the York River to Gloucester County, where he settled and built the first house at Warner Hall.

Augustine Warner died in 1674, at sixty-three, and was succeeded at Warner Hall by his only son, Augustine Warner, Jr. (1642-1681). After his English education in London and at Cambridge, the younger Augustine Warner returned to Virginia, and soon, by 1666, became a member of the House of Burgesses, and then Speaker of the House in 1676. In 1677 he took his seat on the King's Council, but his career was cut short by his early death in 1681 at the age of thirty-nine.

Besides the son Augustine Warner the second, the first Augustine Warner (1610-1674) had at least two daughters. One married David Cant, and the other, Sarah, married Lawrence Townley, and was the ancestor of General Robert E. Lee.

It is recorded that the second Augustine Warner (1642-1681) had three sons, all of whom died unmarried, and three daughters, who inherited the Warner property and left huge progenies.

The three were; (a) Mary Warner, who married in 1680 John Smith of Purton, they were the ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II through the Bowes-Lyon ancestry of the Queen Mum (Queen Elizabeth II's mother); (b) Mildred Warner, who married about 1690 Lawrence Washington (1659–1698), ancestors of George Washington, and (c) Elizabeth Warner, who married about 1691 to John Lewis, and kept the Warner Hall house itself in the division of the Warner properties after the brothers’ deaths. Elizabeth and John Lewis were the grandparents of Fielding Lewis, who married first George Washington’s cousin and second his sister, both ladies also being grandchildren of Mildred Warner. Additionally Elizabeth and John Lewis were the ancestors of Meriwether Lewis of the Corps of Discovery fame.

Warner Hall stayed in the eldest male line of the Lewis family, through a succession of eldest sons named Warner Lewis, until 1834, when it was finally sold by a daughter of the last of them, another Elizabeth Lewis.

Warner Hall is still known by this name and the Lewis descendants became known as the Warner Hall Lewises. A non-profit DNA Project LEWIS Surname DNA Project is actively seeking descendants from this paternal line. In some cases a scholarship may be offered.

Burial: Body lost or destroyed

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Sarah Woodson (Lewis)'s Timeline

Henrico, Virginia, USA
Age 27
Ware River Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia
September 14, 1691
Age 28
Ware Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Colony
October 1692
Age 29
Age 29
Henrico County, Province of Virginia
Age 32
Henrico County, Virginia Colony
Age 34
Henrico County, Province of Virginia
Age 47
Henrico, Virginia, USA