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Posted by: Dorothy Reynolds Date: September 02, 2001 at 20:17:11
In Reply to: DRUCILLA EDNEY GAINES by J Park of 602

Hi Jeanne,
If you have access to the Family Tree Maker on-line site, go to the genealogy library and type in "John Lewis" (of Albemarle Co., VA.).
In the Family Books and 1850 census section you will gain access to a book called, THE LEWIS FAMILY OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. It was written in 1893 by John Meriwether McAllister. Page 61 lists, "John, born 1728; married Sarah Taliaferro and Susan Clarkson." On page 213, Chapter X, is John Lewis, of Albemarle County, VA. At the botton of this page is the statement, "The Gaines, Strothers, Madisons, Lewises, Taliaferros, Pendletons, Taylors and McDowels were all related by marriage.

Child #8 of John Lewis and Sarah Taliaferro was Henry Graves Lewis born in 1767. He married (page 314) Morning Mills, daughter of William Mills (who won recognition in the Rev. War for fighting on both sides) and granddaughter of Col Ambrose Mills who was hung at Kings Mt. William and Ambrose are my ancestors through the Edneys. Two brothers married two of Morning's sisters.

The book is, of course, mostly about the Lewis family and even has a great deal on Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition. There is history on the Mills and Edney families as well as others. If you can't get it on-line, perhaps you can find it at a library. I had heard about it but never found it until I stumbled across in on FTM.

The only thing I see on this particular Taliaferro connection, and there were others listed, is the following:
"The name of Taliaferro was derived from the Latin words talis and ferrum, or from the Italian words tagliari and ferro; both the the Latin and Italian signifying to cut with iron. ......... Two brothers of the Taliaferro family emigrated from Italy to Virginia in the early colonial times, and settled in the neighborhood of Williamsburg. Only one of them left male descendants. ...... described as wealthy and respectable."


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