Is there any proof of American Revolutionary Service for Thomas or Edward Lewis?

Started by Janet L. Grummitt (twin) on Tuesday, December 28, 2010


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12/28/2010 at 11:20 PM

I have been trying this past year to find Revolutionary Service for Thomas Lewis. HIs half brother Messenger Lewis had service in CT and NY and was later buried in Sangamon County, IL. where his grave has been marked by the DAR. Is there any link between these half brothers? Or, in addition, is there any service for Edward, Thomas's son? Any help would be greatly appreciated. My mother also worked on this line for years. I am trying to finish up her work. Thank you, J.G.

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12/29/2010 at 10:17 AM

Janet, Here is a Thomas Lewis from Connecticut in the DAR database. You can check for Edward there also. Hope this helps.

12/29/2010 at 11:39 AM

Thank you for replying. I will check this Thomas Lewis. There are many Thomas Lewis's. I was concentrating on the one from VA. whose family including Edward moved to KY. This was not the T.L. I was looking for. I had sent for the record from VA and the wife was wrong. Janet

12/29/2010 at 11:41 AM

Mary: Do you have the Conn. Thomas Lewis's Ancestor number? Janet

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12/29/2010 at 4:14 PM
1/5/2011 at 4:41 PM

I opened the link, but this was not the Thomas Lewis I was looking for.
My relative was born 10/14/1726 In Colchester, New London, Conn. and died 5/11/1803 in Christianburg, VA. (Montgomery County) His flirst wife was Mary and his second was Elizabeth Messenger d 1807. He had one child by Mary who was Thomas b 1759. This Thomas's half brother was Messenger Lewis b 1762 who served in CT and NY. His pension was granted in Clay Co., KY. He is buried in Sangamon Co., IL where his grave is marked (Rev. Soldier). I am trying to investigate the regiment Messenger served in to see if Thomas was listed. They were: Cpt Jeremiah Knapp's Co. o f Col Palmer's CT Regiment; CT Regiment removed to 1779 Duchess Co., NY; 1779; then with Cpt Edward Oakley's Co., Col Phillip's NY Regiment; 1780 enlist with Cpt Isaac Springer's Co., Col PHillip's NY Regiment. (this info. off the internet). I appreciate your response. Sincerely, J.G.

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1/5/2011 at 5:59 PM

Janet, Have you tried the New England Historic and Genealogical Society? Their website is www.NewEnglandancestors,org, and more recently, They require a paid subscription, but their websites are free at many libraries who subscribe. I went to a lecture recently by their retired CEO (he was visiting Texas) who said that most of their library was digitized and available through the New York Public Library. That collection is available on, a compilation of millions of books available online from numerous universities and other prominent libraries (thanks Erica for telling me about that one!) It's great. Mary

1/13/2011 at 8:04 PM

Thank you for the suggestion. I will try the site. Maybe I will find a Thomas Lewis who connects with his half brother Messenger Lewis who served in regiments in both Connecticut and New York. 1778 -6 months in 1) Capt. Jeremiah Knapps Co., Oakly, Springer, Langdon 2) Cols Phillips, Palmer-#31207. In our genealogical library, A New York history book on revolutionary soldiers lists a Thomas Lewis who was a Quartermaster in New York during the Revolution. Trying to find out who he was. J.G.

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