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Thomas Lewis, Esq.

Also Known As: ""the Gentleman Immigrant""
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Death: between 1637 and 1639
Saco, York County, Maine
Place of Burial: Saco, York County, Maine, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew Lewis and Mary Lewis
Husband of Elizabeth Combs Lewis
Father of Mary Gibson; Susanna Lewis; Margaret Lewis; Elizabeth Heyward; Andrew Lewis and 3 others

Occupation: draper, vintner, inn keeper, planter
Managed by: Roger Keith Crosby
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

About Thomas Lewis, Esq.

Thomas Lewis

  • Birth: AFT 1580 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
  • Death: Davis believes that he died sometime between 1637 and 1639. He left no male heirs. 6 7
  • Father: Andrew LEWIS b: ABT 1550 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK
  • Mother: Mary HERRING

family

Marriage

  1. Elizabeth MARSHALL Married: 29 AUG 1618 in St. Shads, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK

Children

  1. Has No Children Mary LEWIS b: BEF 28 JUN 1619 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK c: 28 JUN 1619 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK
  2. Has No Children Susanna LEWIS c: 2 NOV 1620
  3. Has No Children Margaret LEWIS
  4. Has Children Elizabeth LEWIS c: 7 APR 1623
  5. Has No Children Andrew LEWIS
  6. Has Children Judith LEWIS b: BEF 23 OCT 1626 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK c: 23 OCT 1626 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK
  7. Has No Children Andrew LEWIS

notes

from SAVAGE:

"LEWIS, THOMAS, Saco, bef. 1630 had prob. ranged the coast to ascertain the most agreeable spot for his patent, was assess. £3 quarterly for support of min. d. bef. 1640. Willis, I. 16. Belkn. I. 9."

From Ancestors of Malu Del & Tahlia Elphia McDonald

  • Education: (probably) at the Shrewsbury School, like his father, BET 1600 AND 1605 Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK 1
  • Event: apprenticed in the Draper's Company, like his father, Misc 1607 Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK 1
  • Occupation: a draper and vintner AFT 1607 Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK
  • Note: Davis thinks he inherited the wine business from his materinal grandfather, William Herring. 1
  • Event: his father's only son Misc AFT 1607 1
  • Event: the only male heir when his father died Misc AFT 1617 1
  • Occupation: the owner or lessee of the Sextry (in 1894 called the Golder Cross), a tavern and inn in Sextry Shut BET 1618 AND 1619 Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK 1
  • Event: burgess of the town Misc BET 1619 AND 1620 Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK 1
  • Event: a benefactor of the Shrewsbury School Misc 1625 Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK 1
  • Event: a "gentleman" granted a patent in Saco, ME by "The Plymouth Company" Misc 12 FEB 1629 Plymouth, Devon, England, UK
  • Event: in attendance as part of the first Court, convened by Governor Gorges, Misc 25 MAR 1636 Saco, York, ME U. S. A. Note: This first Court was convened in the home of Captain Richard Bonython. Lewis and Bonython were in dispute with Mrs. Joan Vines regarding ownership of an island on the Saco River. (Edward Vines himself was apparently absent on a trip to England at this time.) 1
  • Event: in Court regarding his refusal to hand over the original "Combination" document Misc 9 FEB 1636/7 Saco, York, ME U. S. A. Note: The session was held at the home of Thomas Williams. Lewis was also a member of the Court at this time. There were two actions further against him at this time: one by John Richmond for "trespass: and another for "veracity" brought by Clement Greenway regarding the hire of his servant Peter Hogg on 5 Jul 1635. The latter case was decided against Lewis, who had to pay damages of four pounds. Davis doesn't report on the outcome of the "Combination" and "trespass" actions. 1
  • Death: ABT 1639 in Saco, York, ME U. S. A. Note: Davis believes that he died sometime between 1637 and 1639. He left no male heirs. 6 7 Probate: 1640 Saco, York, ME U. S. A. Note: Davis writes that the court appointed Francis Robinson as the executor of his last will and testament. Apparently no record of this will has yet been found. 3

from DAVIS:

He was an original "patentee" of Saco in the old Province of Maine. The 12 Feb 1629 patent was issued by the Council for the Affairs of New England in America, usually known as the "Plymouth Company." Also named in the patent was Captain Richard Bonython. The location of the patent was on the north side of the Saco River, extending four miles from the mouth of the River and eleven miles inland. The wording of the patent seems to imply that Lewis had already travelled to North America to inspect the land.

(Until 1635, the Plymouth Company operated without a governor, with the "planters" setting up their own government. After 1635, the Company gave up its charter to the Crown, and Capt. W. Gorges was appointed Governor. Sir Fernando Gorges received the patent for the entire area, taking up all previous jurisdictions in what was then called "New Somersetshire.")

Thomas Lewis was, like all prominent persons in the area, appointed a Commissioner by Governor Gorges. This government body also sat as a court of law, meeting for the first time on 25 Mar 1636.


Citations:

  • Walter Goodwin Davis, Maine and Massachusetts Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996)
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Thomas Lewis, Esq.'s Timeline

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1
Saco, York County, Maine, United States
1580
1580
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
1619
June 28, 1619
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
1620
November 2, 1620
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
1622
April 22, 1622
St. Chads, England
1623
April 7, 1623
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
1625
February 22, 1625
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
1626
October 23, 1626
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
1637
1637
Age 57
Saco, York County, Maine