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Re: Henderson Lewelling and William Meek Estate history
Posted by: Billie Harris (ID *****0680) Date: March 02, 2007 at 20:33:55
In Reply to: Re: Henderson Lewelling and William Meek Estate history by donna gatts of 18

I'll tell you briefly what I have for this family; it does tell you where Henderson died and where he's buried. Information from my book is too lengthy to type in its entirety right now. Information for this particular family came from various sources all of which will be in the book that I'll hopefully be posting to the internet once I've retyped it to leave out current generations; I've retyped a lot already but I can only do it when time permits. Among the sources was a "Luelling, Lewelling, Llewellyn-Campbell" book compiled by Miss Jane Harriet Luelling as well as a number of individuals named in the book, and sources which are listed below. It isn't my own line although my grandfather was a Lewallen.

After finishing my Llewellyn book and printing it in 1981, our house flooded, destroying the papers I had accumulated on this (including my copy of the book) and other genealogies so I can't quote from any of the sources that are provided nor can I give any documentation which will back up this genealogy other than what's written in the book but there's quite a bit in there. Fortunately before the flood, I'd given my mother a copy of the book and that's the one I'm using now.

The first known for this family was William Lewelling. His Will is dated November 1799 in Randolph County, North Carolina, and his wife was Mary. The children's names were taken from his Will which is in the book. Their children were:

1. MESHACH LEWELLING, born Jan. 29, 1787 McGhee's Creek, Randolph County, N.C. In the Luelling book, his birthyear is given as 1770, however, most sources agree with the 1787 date. He died December 1840 in New Castle, Henry County, Indiana, of pneumonia. He was a nurseryman, medical doctor, and of the Quaker faith. He is listed in the 1815 Tax List of Steed's District, Randolph Co., and in the 1820 and 1830 census for Henry Co., Indiana. He married (1) Jane Brookshire in 1805-6, and (2) Mrs. Margaret Williams July 27, 1837 in Henry County, Ind. Meshach's children were:
(1) WILLIAM HENDERSON LEWELLING. He went by "Henderson" and changed the spelling of his last name to LUELLING. He was born April 23, 1809-1811 in Randolph County. The dates of his birth vary but most sources indicate 1809. He died December 28, 1878, in San Jose, California, and is buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.
In 1825 Henderson was in Greensboro and New Castle, Indiana. He was in the nursery business with his brother, John, in 1835, and both moved to Salem, Iowa, in 1837. Other members of the family then moved to Iowa. In 1847 he had a nursery in Milwaukie, Oregon, forming a partnership with Willliam Meek in 1849. Mr. Meek had gone to Oregon in 1847 but not with the same wagon train as the Lewellings. Meek and Lewelling organized the Milwaukie Milling Co. and operated several saw and grist mills. Henderson sold his business to William Meek in 1853 and moved to Alameda County, California. Alfred, his son, named the locaility Fruit Vale, which adjoins Oakland. In 1859 he sold the Fruit Vale property and he and his two younger sons, with his partners and their families, embarked for the Honduras. His venture was not a good one financially and he returned to California to engage in the fruit business. He married (1) Margaret Elizabeth Preasnal (or Presnell) on Dec. 30, 1830. She was born April 8, 1815, Randolph Co., N.C. and died Mar. 7, 1851, Milwaukie, Oregon. (2) Phoebe Grimes Lee. She had been previously married and at the time of her marriage to Henderson, had four children. Henderson's children were: Alfred William Luelling, Mary Luelling (married William Meek as his second wife), Asenath Luelling, Rachel (Hattie) Luelling (married Seth Eddy), Jane Luelling (married Henry Eddy), Hannah Luelling (married Walter Wood), Levi Luelling (married Emma Eaton), Albert Luelling (married Mary Gardener), Oregon Columbia Luelling (married Emily Jane Norris), Eliza Anne Luelling (married Isaac Wood and then ?Glasscock), and Henderson Luelling. Henderson's stepchildren were Mary Jane Lee Lewelling (married Lucian Huff), Theresa Lee Lewelling (married Louis Calvert) and two boys whose names are unknown.
(2) JOHN LEWELLING, born Randolph County, North Carolina and died St. Helena, CA Dec. 25, 1883. He was in the nursery business with his brother, Henderson, in 1835 and moved to Salem, Iowa in 1837. In 1840 he was in Henry County and then moved to Oregon. He left Oregon in 1850, moving to California, where he engaged in mining until 1852. He returned to Iowa and brought his family to California in 1853. In 1854 he had a nursery in San Lorenzo, Alameda County, California. In 1865 or 1868 because of ill health, he moved to Napa County, California. His wife was Elva Elliot and his children were: Eli Lewelling (married Carmen Madden), Elisha D. Lewelling (he was a California State Assemblyman), Silas Lewelling (died when he was 15 years old), Seth Lewelling (died at age 10), Delilah Lewelling (died at age 10 months), Arthur Lewelling (died at age 19), Harvy John Lewelling (married Annie Letetia Alstrom), Sarah Lewelling (married Robert King). There's some question as to whether Sarah was a child of John or a child of one of the others.
(3) WILLIAM LEWELLING, born Sept. 28, 1817 (the Luelling book has the date as 1807) in Randolph County, N.C. Died 1848 in Indiana while engaged in ministerial duties. He was a Quaker minister and a teacher. He moved to Salem, Iowa, in 1838 and married Serena Wilson. After William's death, she married Eric Knudson and had one daughter, Louise. Serena was killed by fire in 1855/6 and was the daughter of Michael and Rebecca Wilson. Children were: Rachel Lewelling, Elizabeth Lewelling, Anna Lewelling, Rebecca Lewelling, Asa Lewelling (married Amanda Virginia Hord and then Mary Eliza Blevins), Lorenzo Dow Lewelling (married Angeline Cook) and there was also, according to the 1840 Iowa census, a boy.
(4) SETH LEWELLING, born March 6, 1820, North Carolina. Died Feb. 20, 1896/7 Milwaukie, Oregon. He married (1) Clarissa Horser or Hosier, and (2) Sophronia Vaughn Olson. Seth arrived in Oregon 1850. He developed the Bing Cherry, was a nurseryman and a Quaker. He also originated the Black Republican Cherry and had the first Italian prune orchard offive acres near Milwaukie. He left Milwaukie 1853 and in 1857 William Meek quit the nursery business, leaving Seth as sole owner of the Milwaukie nurseries. His children were: Elva Llewelling, Alice Lewelling, Adelaide or Adeline B. Lewelling (married James Dale Smith), William Anton Lewelling (married Mary Harlan), and Don Vaughn Lewelling.
(5) HENRY LEWELLING, born Randolph County, N.C. Oct. 14, 1807. He was a Quaker minister. He married Rachel Presnal or Presnell. Children were Jonathan Lewelling, Jane B. Lewelling, John P. Lewelling, Jehu Lewelling, Meshach Lewelling, Elizabeth Lewelling, Hannah H. Lewelling, Henry Clayton Lewelling, Martha Ann Lewelling, RAchel E. Lewelling
(6) MARY LEWELLING (Note: While this isn't in the book and we don't have the birth year of this Mary Lewelling, there was a Mary Lewellen shown in the Randolph County, N.C. marriage records as having married a Thomas Branson Jr on Dec. 25, 1819. Whether these two are the same or not, I don't know....billie)
From second marriage:







8. SHADRACH LEWELLING, born 1777 Randolph County, N.C. and married Sarah Hobbs

Basically, that's what I have, however, I have transcribed many documents in the book which relate to this family in Randolph County and I believe more information could be added to the genealogy for the children of William and Mary Lewelling than what's contained in the book. As I said above, some info came from the book by Jane Harriet Luelling, MUCH came from individuals named, but also from the many sources available on the William Lewelling family, including: "History of Napa and Lake Counties" (California), "History of Rural Alameda County, CAlifornia" vol 1 pages 316-320, "History of Henry County, Iowa", "Alta California" newspaper (article of 9/18/1860), Oakland Tribune newspaper of Oct 11, 1970, San Francisco Call newspaper of Sept 4, 1900, "History of Alameda County", "California Blue Book" (1907), "The Bay of San Francisco," "Who Was Who In America 1847-1942," San Francisco Examiner newspaper Dec. 30, 1883, "St. Helena Star" newspaper, page 1 May 12, 1939; "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy for No. Car," "Extracts from a History of N.C. Yearly Meeting", a brochure entitled "Commemorative Tree Planting April 13, 1969", "The Milwaukie Review" newspaper Aug 1928, "The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography," the Pioneer Record File at the California State Library, "San Jose Weekly Mercury" newspaper Jan 2, 1879, "Dictionary of American Biography" vol XI, "Oregon Historical Quarterly", "The Iowa Journal of History and Politics", excerpts that were typed and a copy on file with the Calif. State Library of Seth Lewelling's journal, "Beacon" newspaper, "The Livermore Herald" Mar. 26, 1926, and the Sacramento Bee newspaper. Plus numerous documents from Randolph County, North Carolina, which are contained, as I said, in the book.

Hope this helps but if you have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

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