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John Zachery Lewis, I

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Brecknockshire, Wales
Death: Died in King and Queen, Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. John Lewis and Isabella Lewis
Husband of Suzannah Lewis; Mary Lewis and Mary Lewis
Father of Elizabeth Seay; Jane Lewis; Susannah Collins; Elizabeth McGrath Lewis; John Zachery Lewis, II and 2 others
Half brother of Maj. David Lewis, Sr.

Occupation: landed on the "old Virginia shore" about 1692 and occupied a land grant of 500 acres in King and Queen's county, Virginia, in 1694.
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About John Zachery Lewis, I

"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 is 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."

(These two paragraphs are from the SHACKELFORD CLAN MAGAZINE, a Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords, Editor: T. K. Jones, published Monthly, 15c a Copy, Lubbock, Texas January 1956 Vol. 11 No. 9, 1(1021)

Certainly Zachary was here by 1694, when he " took up" land in King William and King and Queen Counties in 1694 and 1703 as shown in the deeds in the Virginia Library. He located, says Sarah Travers Lewis Scott Anderson in her 'Lewises, Meriwethers and Their Kin,' Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1984, on "the high lands of Dragon Swamp in Middlesex Co. His old home was inherited by his younger son, John Lewis, born 1704, who married Sarah Iverson.... "

Much information on the Lewises is in: "Pioneer Lewis Families", 1978, by Michael L. Cook, C.G. Cook Publications, 3318 Wimberg Ave., Evansville, IN 47712

And Charles R. Collins, noted earlier, has shared his work generously with me. See also: "Lewises, Merriwethers and their Kin," Sarah T. Lewis Anderson, Richmond, 1938, reprinted 1984 Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co.

The following letter copied to me by Ruth McConigly, who got it from the Univ. of So. Carolina collection of Iverson Lewis Brookes' papers. There is no date:

"Register of Zackary Lewis and descendants

We next proceed to the genealogical sketch of our branch of the Lewis family. We are descendants on family tradition as no register can be found of John Lewis our great grand father. In the family register given by Col John Lewis of Ken. our ancestor John the Lawyer was born in 1729. But my grandfather Iveson (sic) Lewis according to my mothers account must have been born about 1742. She was his oldest child & was born about 1762 her father Iveson Lewis having married at 19 years of age so that our g.grand father must have been born about 1719 instead of 1729. This is a difficulty which Col Lewis & myself have not been able to settle satisfactory. Neither of us have heard of but one John Lewis who was a Lawyer, & Patrick Henry’s rival. Dr. Richmond Lewis the brother of Col John Lewis of Frankfort studied medicine with Dr William B. Lewis my mothers brother & recognized Iveson Lewis as the son of his uncle John & my grandfather & family understood Dr Richmond Lewis to be the son of Zackary Lewis the uncle of Iveson Lewis & brother of John Lewis the Lawyer. Another discrepancy between Col John Lewis’ family register & our traditionary account is that the mother of John the Lawyer was a Miss Walker. I also understood from my mother that there existed a relationship between her father & the Walker family. But my Aunt Claybrook daughter of Iveson Lewis now living in a letter to me states that she understood through the family that her great grand father Zackary father of John the Lawyer married a widow Hancock. Now as the register of Zackary father of John the Lawyer gives his birth in 1702 & his wifes in 1699 showing her several years his senior she might have been previously married. It would be very easy for every family to keep a register of births marriages deaths & would certainly be satisfactory to descendants. But it seems the several branches of our family have been on this point extremely negligent. The register of John Lewis the lawyer received through tradition as follows John Lewis was married to Sarah Iveson & inherited his fathers family seat near the Dragon Swamp in the County of King & Queen Va Their children were 9 Iveson Anne Zackary Catherine William Sarah Achilles Francis & Christopher Of these only Iveson Anne & Christopher left many descendant all having died early Zackary in order 3rd married & left one child -- Anne who married a Mr. Bird & died without issue. 4 Catherine Lewis married Mr Richards & left two daughters Elizabeth & Anne Elizabeth married a Mr Watts & left two daughters who died early Anne Richards married a Mr Dunn & left one son Thomas Iveson Dunn who has a large family in Va 5 William Lewis married & left a daughter who married George Clopton & left a daughter Caty who was raised by my grandfather & now lives with my Aunt Claybrook unmarried she is about my age & has been from early life a pious Baptist. Sarah Iveson married a Mr Rogers & if she left descendants they are not known 6 Achilles was killed by a flash of lightening while standing in the door with his hand upon the shoulder of & conversing with the lady to whom he was engaged to be married 7 Francis Lewis married John Byne son of Rev Edmund Byne & left two children John & Sarah John has left several descendants Sarah married a Mr Watts & died of consumption 8 Christopher Lewis married a Miss McDonald of D.C. Relative of McDonald who rendered conspicous service with Genl Marrion in the Revolution Christopher Lewis left two children Sarah Iveson who married a Mr Oliver & left a family in Louisiana & John Christopher to be noticed. Register or rather genealogical sketch of Anne Lewis. Anne Lewis was born in Va & spent a portion of her early life with her brother Iveson under whose roof she was married to Rev Edmund Byne a baptist clergyman of some considerable talents she being his 3rd wife Their marriage must have occurred about 1771. After the birth of six children they in 1779 or 1780 emigrated from Va to Kentucky but being dissatisfied they removed about 1781 to Georgia made a stay in Wilkes Co but finally settled Burke County Mrs Byne died Oct 7th 1798 of Hiuvesy She was rather stout & tall but quite handsome & possessed of strong intellect with a gentle & amiable disposition. She was a member of the Baptist Church & remained in its fellowship till death , regarded as a pious & exemplary christian. Her children were Catharine Thomas Lewis & Nancy Susan Richard (((children of)))) I have now given you all & perhaps a little more than I know of the Byne family except your mothers branch of which I want your aid to obtain a more full knowledge. I have given the genealogical sketch of Anne Lewis before my grand fathers because I thought you would be more interested in it. If you desire I will after hearing from you give you a like sketch of my grand father descendants & also Christopher Lewis’. The great error in the sketch sent you was putting the descendants of Zackary of Spotsylvania the brother of John the Lawyer for those of Zackary the brother of my grand father & your grand mother. I am not certain that I have arranged my grand fathers brothers & sisters according to their true ages. And I am strongly inclined to think that our great grand father John Lewis was of a different branch of the original immigrant from Wales & not brother to Zackary the father of Col John of Kentucky although Dr Richmond Lewis & my grand father did recognize that relationship. For Col Johns record of making our great grand fathers birth in 1729 could not possibly be reconcilable to my grand fathers birth in 1741 I am still in correspondence upon this subject. Yours truly Iveson L Brookes"

One should note above the doubt Iverson carries whether indeed Mary Walker was his ancestor, a wife of Zachary. Collins says yes (and so do others, for example, Malcolm Harris, see below), but I find the evidence weak or circumstantial. The family says it's so, however....

We have support for Zachary's marriage to a Mary Walker, daughter of Col. Thomas Walker in the work by Dr. Malcolm Harris, "Old New Kent County: Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places in New Kent County....." 2 Vols, 1977, excerpts from Michael Marshall, 2007: "The family records of the Lewises state that Zachary Lewis married Mary Walker, daughter of Col. Thomas Walker of Gloucester County, settled and died in King and Queen County. They had two sons: Zachary Lewis, who was born on June 1, 1702 and died January 20, 1765 in Spottsylvania County, where he married Mary Waller on January 9, 1725. She was the daughter of Col. John Waller and Dorothy King his wife of Spottsylvania County. The second son, John Lewis, was born in 1704 at the Lewis home on the Dragon. He married Sarah, daughter of Abraham Iverson of Gloucester County, about 1726.... John Lewis and Sarah Iverson raised a family of seven children..."

Then we find: Re: Lewis, Zachary b. ca 1650, Posted by: Don Page, , November 04, 1999

"I can tell you what my research has found. I think it's correct, but some will disagree. Henry had 6 children: Christopher (b ca 1605 in Wales), Richard (b ca 1609 in Wales), Simenon, William, Katherine, & John. Richard had 11 children:

"John (b ca 1637, m. Sarah Nichols), Thomas (b ca 1638), Henry (b ca 1642), Christopher (b ca 1644), Richard (b ca 1648), Miles (b ca 1652), Catherine (b ca 1655), Mary (b ca 1658), Grace (b ca 1660), Margaret (b ca 1662) & George (b ca 1663). John had 11 children:

"Richard (b ca 1657), John (b ca 1659, m. Isabella Miller), Christopher (b ca 1663), Henry (b ca 1668), James (b ca 1671), Zachary1 (b 1672, m. Mary Walker), Mary (b ca 1673, m. Salvator Muscoe), Elizabeth (b ca 1677, m. William Mountague), Sarah (b ca 1679, m. unknown Shackelford), Thomas & William. Zachary1 had 7 children:

"Susannah (b 1669, m. Capt Joseph Collins), Zachary2 (b 1702, m. Mary Waller), John (twin b 1704, m. Sarah Iverson), Elizabeth (twin b 1704, m. James Shackelford), Jane (b ca 1706, m. Robert George), Mary (b 1714, m. Richard Shackelford), & Anne (m. George Wythe). Zachary2 had 10 children (I think):

"Anne (b 1726), John (b 1729), Zachary3 (b 1730), Elizabeth (b 1732, m1. Lewis Holliday, m 2. James Littlepage), Mourning (b 1734), Lucy (b 1735), Dorothea (b 1737), Waller (b 1739), Benjamin (b 1744), & Mary (b 1727, not sure about this one, m. David Wood Meriweather). I think, no I'm sure, all 3 Zacharys were born in Virginia, probably Old New Kent Co or its successor, King & Queen.

"My line is through Susannah Lewis & Capt Joseph Collins. The 3 Zacharys and all the false info around them made the determination very difficult but this is the best I have come up with. I have done a lot of research over 30 years on these families and I still find surprises that cause corrections. But that's what genealogy is all about.... good luck. Keep doing your own research and use what others give you as guides. Don Page"

Sources: 1.Title: Charles R. Collins Repository: Media: Book 2.Title: My estimate of a date

-------------------- Zachary settled in Prince William County, Va in 1692 -------------------- This needs more research. I'm not convinced that Zachary is the son of John & Isabelle-cnw

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Granted patent in King William Co, VA from Genealogy & History, Washington Ce, Query 11586, a genealogy journal of soe sort, form Lori Garner Elmore

He was the "King's Attorney" - Alesia Connelly, publication raulet@@socrates.berkeley.edu

(from Ancestry/J. H. Garner)

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Occupation: Lawyer, served as counsel to the vestries of St. Marks of Spotsylvania County, VA, from 1731-1750. Source: "Genealogical and Historical Notes on Culpeper Co., VA" by Rev. Phillip Slaughter, originally publ. in 1900, pg 112 (Part 1)

John Zachary Lewis, Esquire

Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800

WILLS

WILL BOOK D 1761-1772

page 22

[p.22]LEWIS, ZACHARY, Spotsylvania Co., d. July 7, 1764, p. Feb. 4, 1765. Wit. Lewis Shackleford, Mary Shackleford, John Waller. Ex. sons, John, Zachary, Waller, Benjamin, and my wife's brother, Mr. John Waller. Leg. son, John, land in Spotsylvania Co., adjoining where I now live; son, Zachary, lands purchased of Joseph Thomas, Robert Turner and Anthony Golson; son, Waller; son, Benjamin; to sons John, Zachary, Waller and Benjamin, 900 acres of land and grist mill lying in Orange Co., which I purchased of Graves and J. Sneed, also my lands and tenements lying in Culpeper Co., at the Great Mountains; wife, Mary; daughters, Meriwether; Betty Littlepage; Lucy Ford; Dorothea Smith; son-in-law, James Littlepage. (Page 163)

Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800

DEEDS

DEED BOOK B 1729-1734

page 121

Decr. 4, 1731. Dannitt Abney, Jr., of Spts. Co. to Zachary Lewis of same county. 4120 lbs. tob., 381 a. in Spts. Co.-granted sd. Abney, by Pat. Septr. 28, 1728. John Waller, Charles Goodall, Jno. Waller, junr., John Wilkins. Feby. 1, 1731-2. Mary, wife of Dannitt Abney, Jr., acknowledged her dower.

"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 is 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."

(These two paragraphs are from the SHACKELFORD CLAN MAGAZINE, a Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords, Editor: T. K. Jones, published Monthly, 15c a Copy, Lubbock, Texas January 1956 Vol. 11 No. 9, 1(1021)

Certainly Zachary was here by 1694, when he " took up" land in King William and King and Queen Counties in 1694 and 1703 as shown in the deeds in the Virginia Library. He located, says Sarah Travers Lewis Scott Anderson in her 'Lewises, Meriwethers and Their Kin,' Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1984, on "the high lands of Dragon Swamp in Middlesex Co. His old home was inherited by his younger son, John Lewis, born 1704, who married Sarah Iverson.... "

Much information on the Lewises is in: "Pioneer Lewis Families", 1978, by Michael L. Cook, C.G. Cook Publications, 3318 Wimberg Ave., Evansville, IN 47712

And Charles R. Collins, noted earlier, has shared his work generously with me. See also: "Lewises, Merriwethers and their Kin," Sarah T. Lewis Anderson, Richmond, 1938, reprinted 1984 Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co.

The following letter copied to me by Ruth McConigly, who got it from the Univ. of So. Carolina collection of Iverson Lewis Brookes' papers. There is no date:

"Register of Zackary Lewis and descendants

We next proceed to the genealogical sketch of our branch of the Lewis family. We are descendants on family tradition as no register can be found of John Lewis our great grand father. In the family register given by Col John Lewis of Ken. our ancestor John the Lawyer was born in 1729. But my grandfather Iveson (sic) Lewis according to my mothers account must have been born about 1742.

She was his oldest child & was born about 1762 her father Iveson Lewis having married at 19 years of age so that our g.grand father must have been born about 1719 instead of 1729. This is a difficulty which Col Lewis & myself have not been able to settle satisfactory. Neither of us have heard of but one John Lewis who was a Lawyer, & Patrick Henry's rival. Dr. Richmond Lewis the brother of Col John Lewis of Frankfort studied medicine with Dr William B. Lewis my mothers brother & recognized Iveson Lewis as the son of his uncle John & my grandfather & family understood Dr Richmond Lewis to be the son of Zackary Lewis the uncle of Iveson Lewis & brother of John Lewis the Lawyer. Another discrepancy between Col John Lewis' family register & our traditionary account is that the mother of John the Lawyer was a Miss Walker. I also understood from my mother that there existed a relationship between her father & the Walker family. But my Aunt Claybrook daughter of Iveson Lewis now living in a letter to me states that she understood through the family that her great grand father Zackary father of John the Lawyer married a widow Hancock. Now as the register of Zackary father of John the Lawyer gives his birth in 1702 & his wifes in 1699 showing her several years his senior she might have been previously married. It would be very easy for every family to keep a register of births marriages deaths & would certainly be satisfactory to descendants. But it seems the several branches of our family have been on this point extremely negligent. The register of John Lewis the lawyer received through tradition as follows John Lewis was married to Sarah Iveson & inherited his fathers family seat near the Dragon Swamp in the County of King & Queen Va Their children were 9 Iveson Anne Zackary Catherine William Sarah Achilles Francis & Christopher Of these only Iveson Anne & Christopher left many descendant all having died early Zackary in order 3rd married & left one child -- Anne who married a Mr. Bird & died without issue. 4 Catherine Lewis married Mr Richards & left two daughters Elizabeth & Anne Elizabeth married a Mr Watts & left two daughters who died early Anne Richards married a Mr Dunn & left one son Thomas Iveson Dunn who has a large family in Va 5 William Lewis married & left a daughter who married George Clopton & left a daughter Caty who was raised by my grandfather & now lives with my Aunt Claybrook unmarried she is about my age & has been from early life a pious Baptist. Sarah Iveson married a Mr Rogers & if she left descendants they are not known 6 Achilles was killed by a flash of lightening while standing in the door with his hand upon the shoulder of & conversing with the lady to whom he was engaged to be married 7 Francis Lewis married John Byne son of Rev Edmund Byne & left two children John & Sarah John has left several descendants Sarah married a Mr Watts & died of consumption 8 Christopher Lewis married a Miss McDonald of D.C. Relative of McDonald who rendered conspicous service with Genl Marrion in the Revolution Christopher Lewis left two children Sarah Iveson who married a Mr Oliver & left a family in Louisiana & John Christopher to be noticed. Register or rather genealogical sketch of Anne Lewis. Anne Lewis was born in Va & spent a portion of her early life with her brother Iveson under whose roof she was married to Rev Edmund Byne a baptist clergyman of some considerable talents she being his 3rd wife Their marriage must have occurred about 1771. After the birth of six children they in 1779 or 1780 emigrated from Va to Kentucky but being dissatisfied they removed about 1781 to Georgia made a stay in Wilkes Co but finally settled Burke County Mrs Byne died Oct 7th 1798 of Hiuvesy She was rather stout & tall but quite handsome & possessed of strong intellect with a gentle & amiable disposition. She was a member of the Baptist Church & remained in its fellowship till death , regarded as a pious & exemplary christian. Her children were Catharine Thomas Lewis & Nancy Susan Richard (((children of))))

I have now given you all & perhaps a little more than I know of the Byne family except your mothers branch of which I want your aid to obtain a more full knowledge. I have given the genealogical sketch of Anne Lewis before my grand fathers because I thought you would be more interested in it. If you desire I will after hearing from you give you a like sketch of my grand father descendants & also Christopher Lewis'. The great error in the sketch sent you was putting the descendants of Zackary of Spotsylvania the brother of John the Lawyer for those of Zackary the brother of my grand father & your grand mother. I am not certain that I have arranged my grand fathers brothers & sisters according to their true ages. And I am strongly inclined to think that our great grand father John Lewis was of a different branch of the original immigrant from Wales & not brother to Zackary the father of Col John of Kentucky although Dr Richmond Lewis & my grand father did recognize that relationship. For Col Johns record of making our great grand fathers birth in 1729 could not possibly be reconcilable to my grand fathers birth in 1741 I am still in correspondence upon this subject. Yours truly Iveson L Brookes"

Then we find:

Re: Lewis, Zachary b. ca 1650, Posted by: Don Page, , November 04, 1999

"I can tell you what my research has found. I think it's correct, but some will disagree. Henry had 6 children: Christopher (bca1605 in Wales), Richard (bca1609 in Wales), Simenon, William, Katherine, & John. Richard had 11 children:

"John (bca1637, m. Sarah Nichols), Thomas (bca1638), Henry (bca1642), Christopher (bca1644), Richard (bca1648), Miles (bca1652), Catherine (bca1655), Mary (bca1658), Grace (bca1660), Margaret (bca1662) & George (bca1663). John had 11 children:

"Richard (bca1657), John (bca1659, m. Isabella Miller), Christopher (bca1663), Henry (bca1668),

James (bca1671), Zachary1 (b1672, m. Mary Walker), Mary (bca1673, m. Salvator Muscoe),

Elizabeth (bca1677, m. William Mountague), Sarah (bca1679, m. unknown Shackelford), Thomas, & William. Zachary1 had 7 children:

"Susannah (b1669, m. Capt Joseph Collins), Zachary2 (b1702, m. Mary Waller), John (twin b1704, m. Sarah Iverson), Elizabeth (twin b1704, m. James Shackelford), Jane (bca1706, m. Robert George), Mary (b1714, m. Richard Shackelford), & Anne (m. George Wythe). Zachary2 had 10 children (I think):

"Anne (b1726), John (b1729), Zachary3 (b1730), Elizabeth (b1732, m1. Lewis Holliday, m2. James Littlepage), Mourning (b1734), Lucy (b1735), Dorothea (b1737), Waller (b1739), Benjamin (b1744), & Mary (b1727, not sure about this one, m. David Wood Meriweather). I think, no I'm sure, all 3 Zacharys were born in Virginia, probably Old New Kent Co or its successor, King & Queen.

"My line is through Susannah Lewis & Capt Joseph Collins. The 3 Zacharys and all the false info around them made the determination very difficult but this is the best I have come up with. I have done a lot of research over 30 years on these families and I still find surprises that cause corrections. But that's what genealogy is all about. Now that I've given it all away, good luck. Keep doing your own research and use what others give you as guides. Don Page"

Dec. court 1748 to Zachary Lewis, Gent, as King's Atty 2080 lbs. of tobacco (highest paid individual) pg 12

Nov. court 1749 to Zachary Lewis, Gent, Deputy Atty 2080 lbs of tobacco.

from Ancestry/Bill Zoucha

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John Zachery Lewis, I's Timeline

1673
1673
Brecknockshire, Wales
1689
1689
Age 16
Rapidan, Orange, Virginia, USA
1692
April 23, 1692
Age 19
Spotsylvania, Virginia, USA
1694
1694
Age 21
VA
1696
November 19, 1696
Age 23
King & Queen Co.,VA
1702
January 1, 1702
Age 29
Middlesex, King Queen, Virginia
1704
1704
Age 31
Middlesex, King Queen, Virginia, USA
1710
April 16, 1710
Age 37
Spotsylvania Co.,VA
April 16, 1710
Age 37
Bristol Parish, Prince George, Virginia, USA
1739
1739
Age 66
King and Queen, Virginia, USA