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Origin and Early Generations of the Thomas Lewis(1654 - 1696)
Posted by: Robert Lewis (ID *****5869) Date: March 02, 2012 at 05:39:47
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One purpose of this entry is to provide the most accurate account that I can of a family that has had an amazing amount of speculation and misinformation published about it.
The other is to show that the John Lewis who married Winifred Thomas about 1731 in Prince Georges Co. was not a member of this family. His family will be the subject of my next posting.

There is a common denominator involving three early MD families: This Lewis family, the Giles Blizard / Blissard (1637- 1688) family and the Richard Edelen (1639-1694) family. Thomas Lewis was probably brought from London to MD as an indentured servant by Richard Edelen when he returned for the second time in 1667 with his wife
and son, Philip.
His first record, 9 Jan 1671/2, mentions him as "Thomas Lues", age 20 years, Servant of Richard Edelen. ( Chas. Co. Ct and Land Records, Liber E #1, fol. 52)
It may have been a dispute, very common in those days, about whether the time of his indenture was up, since the normal time was for 4 years.

Then, after he was free, he seems to have worked for Giles Blyzard, now a hat maker, as a fur trader with the indians. When the Lewis house was excavated in 1988, a lot of trading beads were found. In his will, Giles left him, his wife Katherine, and his eldest son, Richard, a lease of 200 acres for their 3 lives, leasing many to speculate that she might have been Giles' dau. However, there is no evidence of this in Giles' records. As will be seen, he only had two daus.: Susannah, by his 1st wife, Susanna Cane; and Alice, by his second wife, Mary, who, I speculate, may have been the Mary Edlyn, born to Richard and his 1st wife in London - see below.

Both Richard Edelen and Giles Blyzard had links to the parish of St Giles Cripplegate, London, Richard through his uncle, Richard, and 1st wife, Priscilla.
and Giles through a Thomas Blissard / Blyzard, who was probably his uncle.

Edelen Records from the Edelen Genealogical Forum:

The following was provided to me regarding the origin of the Edelen's. It was prepared by Crolian Edelen who has done significant research into the Edelen ancestry.

F. Richard Edelin, citizen and tallow chandler of London, lived in the parish of St. Giles Cripplegate in London. He held lands in Hillingdon, County Middlesex, probably inherited from his widowed mother, who lived at Hillingdon after her husband’s death. Richard’s will, dated 5 June 1669 was proved at London 1 Nov. 1669. His will was sealed with the Edelin Coat of Arms: Ermine, a Fess Vairy, or and Gules. His nephew, Richard Edelen of Maryland, used the same Coat of Arms on the door of his coach, which was destroyed by fire in 1927 at Mount Airy, Maryland. The Crest was a Swan’s head between two wings, argent.
(1) Richard Edelin married Sarah ________
(2) William Edelin proved father’s will in 1669.
(3) Philip Edelin proved father’s will in 1669.
(4) Ann Edelin
(5) Jane Edelin
(6) Margaret Edelin married Joseph Sherwood, clerk in Holy Orders.

Source: Edelen Family Genealogical Forum
Re: Edelen Origins???
Posted by: Mary Felts-Nordstrom (ID *****2748) Date: November 03, 2002 at 19:17:02
In Reply to: Edelen Origins??? by David Middleton Edelen II

In addtion, Richard Edelen of MD appears to have had a 1st marriage; previous to that to Elizabeth Banton. It was to Priscilla Piggott, bapt 1 Sep 1641 in St Giles Cripplegate, dau of William. (IGI record extract) Their marriage took place on 4 Aug 1657 at his father's church of St. Michael Bassishaw, London. (IGI record extract) There appears to have been a dau. by this marriage, named Mary, that Richard had bapt. about a month before his marriage to Elizabeth Banton, his 1st wife having died in the meantime.

Mary Edlin chr 3 Oct 1663, St. Matthew Friday Street, London, father, Richard Edlin. (IGI record extract)

My feeling is that she was brought to MD by Richard, and was the same person as Mary, the 2nd wife of Gyles Blizard. who. after his death married Robert Thompson and then James Smallwood. In the Smallwood family they remembered her maiden name as Eden,
which is close enough to Edlyn, to be a natural mistake

Gyles Blyzard appears to be the Gyles Blyzard Chr. 3 Dec 1637, Tewkesbury, Gloucester, son of Gilles Blyzard and Anne. (IGI record extract) Giles Blissarde Sr. had married Anne Skelton on 13 Jan 1624 at Tewkesbury (IGI record exrtact)

About the same time that Giles was born, there was a Thomas Blissard in the parish of St Giles Cripplegate who marrief, 1st, Mary Ram on 19 May 1639, and, 2nd, Elizabeth Collins, on 8 Jun 1647. On 26 Mar 1748, they chr. a son, Thomas. on 11 May 1651, a dau., Elizabeth, and on 20 Apr 1658, gave birth to a Giles Blizard, chr. him the same day, but he died on 23 Apr 1658. (IGI Record Abstracts)

The earliest records I found of a Giles in MD were these:

22 Mar. 1675/6 :Gyles Blyzard, carpenter , of St. Mary's Co. assigned 100 acs "Reserve" in Dorchester Co by Raymond Stapleford of Dor.(Md Archives vol. 66, p 128-30)

6 Apr. 1676: Giles Blyzard, late of Calvert Co., otherwise called Gyles Blyzard of Gt. Choptank River, Talbot Co. owes John Ingram 3,560 lbs. tobo.(Same ref. p. 211)

15 Sep 1677: Account of John Clemens of Talbot Co lists a payment to Giles Blizard.(Prerog. Court Admin. 1674-1678, p.49.)

27 Nov. 1680: The Administration of William Foord, (Gent.) of Dorchester Co. lists a debt due from Giles Blizzard (Runaway)

The next group of records begin almost 4 years later, in them he is refered to as Giles Blizard of London:

11 Mar. 1683/4: Indenture from James Neal (Gent.) and wife Eliz. to Giles Blizard of the City of London, a tract on Piscattaway Ck. called "St. James" 700 acs.(Chas. Co. Ct & Land Vol. K # 1,p.421}

4 Aug. 1684: Indent. to Giles Blizard of London, whereas marriage is intended betw. Giles Blizard and Susanna Cane, dau. of
John Cane; parcel called "Blew Plane" cont. 1,000 acs.(Chas. Co. Ct & Land Vol.L#1,p1)

21 Aug. 1684: Marriage of Giles Blizard and Susanna Cane.(Chas. Co. Ct. & Land Vol. S#1, p.286)

5 May 1686: Giles Blizzard granted a license to trade with the Indians for furs to make beaver hats and castors. (Md. Archives, proceedings of the council, 1684-89, p.471-2)

6 Dec. 1687:(Note: date was miscopied as 1678) Will of Giles Blyzard: To wife Mary, "Cane's Purchase" during life and part of "Buplane" absolutely; To dau. Susanna, " Canes Purchase" at death of said wife and residue of "Buplaine"; to dau. Anne and heirs, "St. James"; To Thomas Lewis and Katherine, his wife, and their son, Richard, a lease of 200 acs. during life. To Elizabeth Gambral and heirs, 100 acs.
Wife Mary extx. and residuary legatee of estate real and personal.
Test: Richard Boughton, Thos. Lewis, Eliza. Goodrich, Geo. Leet, Ellinor Prescote. Prob.17 May 1688.(Md Cal. of Wills Vol. 2, 1685-1702, p.35)

8 Mar. 1691: Robert Thompson binds himself to Anne, dau. of Giles and Mary Blizard, for 20,000 lbs tobo (Chas. Co. Ct & Land Vol.Q#1,p.54.)

21 Feb 1693/4: Susanna Blizard, dau. of Giles Blizard, decd. to remain in custody of her mother-in-law (Step-mother) Mary Thompson. (Chas. Co. Ct. & Land Vol. S#1, p.242)

4 Oct. 1695: Admin. of Robert Thompson of Chas. Co.: Payment to Wm Dent for Ann Blyzard, orphan of Giles Blizard. Admx: Mary Smallwood, wife of Mr. James Smallwood. (Prerog Ct. Abstracts 1685-1701, p.60

19 May 1713: Indent. betw. Nath. Magruder of P.G. Co. and Susanna his wife to John Fraser, clerk of P.G. Co. and Anne, his wife. Susanna and Anne, daus. and coheirs of Giles Blyzard dec'd. inherited 1,000 acs., "Blew Plain"; 700 acs., "St. James"; both in P.G. Co.; "Caine's Purchase" in Chas. Co.(700 acs.) and 600 acs., "Athelborough "in Balt. Co. (Chas Co. Land Rec. Liber F (Old Series) p.241 ff.)

Because of the lease of 200 acres that Giles left to Thomas Lewis, it was claimed for many years that his wife Katherine was his dau.
I have not found any records that stateor suggest that Katherine Lewis was a daughter of Giles Blizard. I once suggested to a researcher that since Thomas Lewis had been a servant of Richard Edelen, it was possible that he was the husband of his dau. Catherine, who is unknown, and within a short time all the Thomas Lewis family pedigrees listed him as her husband, and had dropped Giles. There is, as far as I know, no proof of this either.

To turn to Thomas Lewis now, I think that there is a good chance that he is the Thomas Lewis chr.

Thomas Lewis seems to have run the trading with the indians for the furs that Giles made hats from. (They found trading beads when they excavated the Lewis house.)
Likewise there is no evidence that Elizabeth Gambral was his daughter, but she may have been the dau. of Thos. and Eliza. Blizard, chr. in St. Giles Cripplegate parish in 1651. The 100 acs. she inherited may have been the 100 acs. Giles bought in 1675/6 in Dorcester Co. The will of Thomas Hobbs of Somerset Co. dtd 10 Dec. 1691 mentions his sister, Eliza. Gambrill. (Md. Cal of Wills Vol. 2 1685-1702, p.61)

Records of Thomas Lewis (b 1651-d 1696)
of Broad Creek P. G Co. MD

Charles County Circuit Court Liber S, Page 48
19 Jul 1692; Indenture from Philip Mason, planter, and Mary his wife, to Thomas Lewis; for 6,000# tobacco; 1/2 part of tract called Battessey; bounded by Cash Creek; laid out for 250 acres; /s/ Philip Mason (mark), Mary Mason (mark); wit. John Addison, Wm. Hall, Will Hutchison

Will of Thomas Lewis:

1696: 22 March: Will of Thomas Lewis of Prince George's County, Maryland
Recorded 3 June 1696:

The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Lewis, I first bequeath my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the dust from whence it came, I give Catherine Lewis my wife plantation and house upon it and all goods and chattles,barns and movables at her disposening during her life,
I give one hundred acres to my son Richard which his mother lives upon.
I give a hundred acres to my son Thomas, joyning to Richard's tract,
I give to my son John fifty acres of land joyning upon Thomas his tract.
Likewise I desire Capt. Adison would stand up for my children in behalf of that land were is upon thirty acres of land joyning upon Broad Creek.
I do likewise desire if it be recorded that my sons have a proportionable share equally divided amongst them.
Witness my hand and seale this 22 March, Anno Domini 1695/6. Thomas Lewis seal

Hugh Fergasen
Jon Forest his mark
George G B Busse
his mark
Endorsed June 8 1696

( Maryland Calendar of Wills, Liber 7, fol. 150.)

Inventory 1696/7 Vol. 14, Folio 42

A true acct of the inventory of all the goods and chattels of Thomas Lewis late of P. G. County taken this 16 day of Jan. 1696/7 by William Hatten and Wm Hutchison as far as come to our sight or knowledge.

7 hogs about 3 yrs old
7 hogs about 2 yrs old
10 ghoats and 17 sheeps
1 horse, mare 2 yr old coult
3 gran cotts 1 frying pan 1 gun
12 trays 2 small tubbs
4 tin pans tin kettle
2 meale sifters 1 cheft
2 coales piggins 1 peuthering tub 1 churn
1 camus bed rugg blanketts
1 iorn peftell 1 copper pott
5 cows and calves
2 cows
3 heifers 3 yrs old 1 bull
1 heifer 2 yrs old
a coll of old carpenter tools
a pd coll of feathers and 1 iron chaffin dish
The above is a true acct of the above estate taken in money by us the day
above written.
As witness our hand and seals

Wm Hatten
Wm Hutchinson
Provincial Copy

Administration of Estate of Thomas Lewis

Thomas Lewis 19.67 A PG £55.10,0 £55.10.0 Jul 3 1699
Payments to; Robert Clarke, Mr. Greenfeild, John Redman, Daniell Counell, John Tompson, Dr. Ferguson, Alexander Harbert,
Distribution to; widow: 5 orphans (unnamed),
Administratrix: Katherine Watkins (widow), wife of John Watkins

She remarried after Thomas' death to John Watkins.

In the Will of John Watkins her children are named. Also in

Inventory and Accts Book 19, Folio 67 P.G. Co. MD.

"The acct of Jno Watkins who marryed Katherine the widow of Thomas Lewis of Prince George's Co. dec'd.
Katherine Watkins 1698 Bond Box 1, folder 29, St. Mary's County.
Know all men that we John Watkins
Wm Clarkson
Robert Clark
are held and firmly bound unto our soverign Lord William third of England, etc.
200 hundred pounds sterling dated 3rd day of October in ye 10th year of his majst reign A.D. 1698.

Admr. John Watkins of Katherine Watkins late of Prince George's County deceased make a true inventory of all goods, etc. and exhibited unto ye office for probate of will by third day of January now next ensuing and to make a true and just accompt of and upon this sd adm. by twelfe month from day of this admittance.
Witness Signatures
Thos Greenfield John Watkins
Ch. Beanes William Clarkson
Robert Clark

After Catherine's death John Watkins married Mary Eanis and raised Thomas and Catherine's children and in his will leaves:

To Anne Lewis 500 lbs of Tobacco to bring her up in learning that I give her a young brundled heiffer being now three years old and her increase from this time.

To Thomas Lewis his choice of one cow and calf and one young heiffer and ewe and one pano(pony) and half my tools carpenter and cooper and two breeding sows to be possessed with them immediatly after my decease.

To John his choice of one cow and calf and one young heiffer or ewe and one lamb and two breeding sows to be possessed with them immediately after my decease.

To Edward Enias (Mary's son) my servant William Daniel. All the rest and residual of my estate goods and Chattle not herein below bequeathed after my debts and funeral expenses are discharged, I bequeath to my dear wife Mary Watkins whom I make my Exectrix and Richard Lewis whom I make my Executor both and each of them of my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me heretofore made in witness whereof I have forwith set my hand and seal this ninetheenth day of June Anno Dono 1703. Jno Watkins

(records provided by Phyllis Cox of Oxon Hill, MD and from the book "Pioneer Lewis Families" by Michael Cook)

Children of Thomas Lewis and Catherine

i. RICHARD LEWIS, b. Abt. 1686, Prince George's County, Maryland; d. Abt. 1758, Fairfax County, Virginia


Prince George's Land Records 1710-1717 - Liber F - Folio 5: Indenture, 29 Jul 1709
From: Richard Lewis, planter of Prince George's County
To: William Tyler, carpenter of Prince George's County
For 14,000 pounds of tobacco a 100 acre tract of land given Lewis by the will of his father Thomas Lewis called Battersey formerly in Charles County now in Prince George's County; bounded by Clash Creek
Signed: Richd. Lewis (mark)
Witnessed: F. Wheeler, Nich°. Dawson
Memo: Richard Lewis acknowledged before William Tanyhill and Henry Acton
Alienation: 21 Aug 1710 Win. Tyler paid 2s for 100 acres

A List of the Number of Taxables Belonging to the Several Persons in Charles
County abstracts from the Several Constables Lists for the year 1733"
PTWL ( Port Tobacco West Side Lower Part)
Lewis Richard 5 taxables

Prince George's Land Records 1739-1743 - Liber Y - Page 228.

Lease. Jun 11, 1740 from Walter Pye of PG, to Richard Lewis of Charles County. Walter Pye, per letter of attorney, is acting as the attorney of Charles Pye Esq of PG, to lease land in Mattawoman Neck belonging to sd Chas Pye, for 1 or 2 lives

. This indenture witnesses that sd Walter Pye, on behalf of sd Chas Pye, leases to
sd Richard Lewis, during the term of the natural life of his wife, Jane Lewis and for the natural life of his son, John Lewiss, a tract of land called The Maple Thickets, bounded by Hogg Landing Gut, Mattawoman Cr, containing 50 acres.

The rent is 300 lbs of tobacco on May 1, [ 1742], and thereafter, 1000 lbs of
tobacco on each May 1, and 1 bushel of wheat each Sep 1, and I fat turkey each Christmas, and 3 fat chickens at midsummer. If the rent is more than 30 days behind, Charles Pye may repossess the premises.

Richard Lewiss shall plant an orchard of 100 apple trees of good winter fruit, within
4 years next, and the same well maintain. The premises are to be left in tenantable condition. Richard Lewiss shall not cut down or sell any timber or wood on the premises, or cut timber in a wasteful manner, further than to clear the land for planting & sowing or any other use for the plantation. If wood is cut down in a wasteful manner, Charles Pye may cart it away and use it himself.

Charles Pye may cut down any white oak timber to saw into plank or heading or
pipe hhd or barrel staves, or any black walnut or cherry tree or any crooked ship timber on sd premises, and to convert and carry away the same, leaving enough timber for the use of the sd plantation. Five acres in one comer of the premises shall be left uncut of the timber thereon, which is to be left to grow and improve. Richard Lewiss may not assign over to any other tenants, the sd lease unless leave is first had of sd Chas Pye.
Signed Walter Pye. Wit - Geo: Dent*, J Hanson Jr. Recorded Nov 26, 1740

(Note by RL: the date and location of this lease and the tax list above it, is sufficient evidence to me that the John Lewis, son of Richard ,mentioned, could not be the John Lewis who married Winifred Thomas in Prince George's Co. ca 1731 and resided in Upper Piscaway Hundred in their 1733 tax list, while Richard Lewis and his family resided in the Port Tobacco West Side Lower Hundred in the Charles Co tax List for the same year, as some researchers have claimed.)

The next reference to Richard Lewis, that I know of, is in the Fairfax Co. Tax List of 1749. He and his wife Jane had moved to Truro Parish, and both served as Sextons at Pohick Church, according to the parish vestry records. Their two nephews, John and Thomas Lewis, had both served as Vestrymen, and they continued with their duties there until their deaths.

THOMAS LEWIS, b. Abt. 1688, Charles County, Maryland; d. Abt. 1726, Charles County, Maryland.

Records of Thomas Lewis Jr.

Putney: : 80 acs surveyed 4 May 1690 for Wm. Timothy (Chas. Co. Rent Roll)

1713, Feb.24,: Indenture from Thomas Lewis, his wife, and Mabel Timothy to George Bennet Sr.

A parcel called "Putney" signed Thomas Lewis, Rebecca Lewis, Mabel Timothy.

(Charles Co. Land Records, Liber D #2, p. 14.)

1714, Mar.9,: Indenture from Thomas Stonestreet of Prince George's Co. planter, and Christina his wife to Thomas Lewis for 5,000 lbs. Tobaco. A parcel called "Birch Den" containing 100 acres.
(Charles Co. Land Records Liber D #2, p. 84.)

1726: Inventory of Thomas Lewis, widow Rebecca of Charles County, Maryland. [No Will found]

1739, June 12: Jos. Hunt, of Price George's Co. and wife Mary; Joseph Frye of Prince George's, Co. and wife Elizabeth; and William Robins of Prince George's Co. and wife Ann; All daughters of Thomas Lewis, dec'd. convey tract "Birch Den" 150 acres which formerly blonged to Thomas Lewis.

(Charles Co. Land Record Liber O, #2, fol. 402.)
Note: On Mar. 10,1741: William McQueen and wife Katherine co-heir with other sisters to "Birch Den" convey to Humphrey Deaverson. (ibid. Fol. 464.)

11 Mar 1755: A Deed from Joseph Fry and his wife, Elizabeth, of Fairfax Co. VA, dau of Thomas Lewis, d.1726, to William Robbins of PG Co., MD states that her father, Thomas Lewis, was the son of Thomas Lewis (d. 1696) who left him part of Battersea in his Will, that her father was the brother of John Lewis, and died after John died after John, that her father died intestate without male issue, that he left 4 daughters: Mary, Elizabeth, Anne and Catherine, and that she and her husband convey her interest in Battersea to William Robbins. In: PG Co. MD Liber NN, f. 352.

(Note by RL: This is a death blow to those researchers who claim that Jonathan Lewis of PG Co. was a son of this Thomas Lewis, and also assigned him other male issue. It was discovered by Wm. Neal Hurley Jr., probably during his research on the Fry family.)

John Lewis (b ca 1675, d, 1711) of Marlboro Plain, P.G. Co.
Married Elizabeth Horner / Houser of PG. Co., dau of Thomas Horner of Calvert and P.G. Cos, MD.Her sister Mary, married John Soaper of PG Co.

30 Jul 1702: Indenture from John Soaper, Cooper, of PG Co., to JohnLewis, Planter, of PG Co. Nicholas Terrell, dec'd, of Ann Arundel Co. sold Thomas Hillary, dec'd, of Calvert Co., land lying in Calvert, now PG Co., on the North side of Western Branch of the Patuxent River called Marborrow (Marlborough) Plains. Terrell did not sign over to Hillary, then sold to Soaper. Soaper dissatisfied and relinquished to Hillary the SE one half of the land, then Hillary sold said one half to John Lewis, but Hillary had no conveyance; SE corner of land on Cabin Branch. signed John Soaper (mark) and Mary Soaper (mark), his wife.
Endorsement 30 Jul 1703 Mary Soaper examined by Robert Wade and Samuel Magruder.
Wit. Thomas Clagett and John Rigdon
Alienation: 18 Dec 1703 for the sum of 6s from John Lewis'

Will dtd 5 Mar 1710/11. Proved 20 Apr 1711
To wife, Elizabeth, executrix, entire estate, real and personal.
. Wit. were John Henry, John Barrett and Alex. Beall.
(MD Calendar of Wills, Vol. 3, 1703-1711, p.206)

His Inventory is dated 6 Jun 1711, and rec.15 Jun Appraisers were Alexander Beall and Thomas Lucas. Next of kin were John and Maty Soaper. Executrix was Eliz. Lewis

On 20 Aug 1711 an Indenture from John Lewis, planter of PG Co to Thomas Stonestreet, planter of PG Co. is recorded. For 5,000 lbs of tobacco, 50 acres of land in PG Co. formerly Chas. Co, land left to John Lewis by his father, Thomas Lewis, original tract called Butterey (Battersea), bounded by Thomas Lewis Jr. signed John Lewis (seal) (PG Co. Land Bk F, f. 101)
(Note by RL: Since this is dated after John Lewis' death it is the recording of an earlier indenture, or the actual sale was made by Elizabeth Lewis.)

27 Sep 1711, Indenture fron Henry Cox of Calvert Co., Gent. to Elizabeth Lewis, Widow, of PG Co. for the moyety of a tract of 113 acs of land called Good Luck, lying in Calvert Co., now PG Co. lying on th N. Brach of the Patuxent, containing 200 acs formerly owned by Thomas Houser-sic, deceased. Land descended to Elizabeth Lewis and Mary Soaper, wife of John Soaper, joint heirs of Thomas Houser, bounded by land of Henry Cox called Little Land (and), land of Henry Cox called Battson's Vinyard. Signed Henry Cox (seal)
Wit John Leach and James Heigh, Justices of Calvert Co.
Alienation: Elizabeth Lewis paid the sum of 4s/6p and a half penny 3 Jan 1711/2
Memo: Henry Cox and wife, Sarah Cox ack. deed before witnesses.
Recorded 3 Jan 1711/2 (PG Land BK F, f. 141)

27 Sep 1711 Indenture from Henry Cox of Calvert Co., Gent to John Soper, Cooper, of PG Co. and Mary his wife. For the moyety of a tract of land called Good Luck containing 200 acs willed to Mary Soaper by Thomas Houser-sic, bounded by Little Land. signed Henry Cox (seal)
Wit. by John Leach and James Heigh, Justices of Calvert Co.
Memo: Henry Cox and Sarah his wife ack. deed
Alienation: John Soper paid 4s/6p on 30 Jan 1711/2
(PG Co. Land Bk F, f. 143)

2 Deeds of Gifts on 4 Feb 1711/12

On 4 February, 1711/12 at Prince George’s co. MD, Elizabeth Lewis, a widow of Prince George’s co., MD, transfers moiety of land to her son John Lewis; land described as on the North Branch of the Patuxent River previously a part of Calvert co., MD and called Batterson’s Vineyard. Witnessed by Edward Willett, Tabitha Willett (illiterate)( PG Co.Deed Bk F, f.153.)

4 February, 1711 at Prince George’s co., MD Elizabeth Lewis, a widow of Prince George’s co., MD, issues a deed of gift to her stated children: To Thomas Lewis, a bay mare named Bonny To John Lewis , a dark bay mare To Stephen Lewis, 1st increase of mare given John To Sarah Lewis, next increase To Priscilla Lewis, next increase To Samuel Lewis, next increase.
And to her grandson John Davis, child of her daughter Jane Lewis.
Witnesses were: Edward Willett, Tabitha Willett (PG Co. Deed Bk F, f. 154.

John Lewis' Administration was dated 5 Feb 1712/13 and signed by his Executrix, Elizabeth Pearson. ( She had married her 2nd husband, Francis Pearson)

Her new husband died not long after their marriage:
2. Francis Pearson (Will dtd 16 Jul 1713, Proved 26 Sep 1713)
Left her his estate Collington, 116 acs bought from Elizabeth, widow of Ninian Beall. Will wit. by John Barrett Sr,. Edward Wellett and John Henry.( Wills Liber 13, f. 681)

3. Samuel Warner (Will dtd 21 Nov 1731, Proved 29 Mar 1732/3)
Deed dated 29 Sep 1733, Eliz. Warner deeds her beloved son Stephen Lewis in the Colony of VA all that tract called Collington. (PG Liber T, f.49)

(On 29 Aug 1734, she and her then ( 4th) husband, David Condon, deeded it to her son,"Stephen Lewis of Pr. Wm. Co., VA")

Elizabeth Condon's Will was dtd 23 Jan 1757 and proved 14 Mar 1757.
In it she names her son,Samuel Warner and dau Priscilla Baker and makes her son. Samuel Warner Executor. Wit by James Gibson and Wm and James Willett.
(MD Cal. of Wills, Vol. 11. p. 155)

Records of her son John Lewis( b. ca 1690 d ca 1764) , of PG Co. MD and Stafford/ Pr. Wm/Fairfax/Loudon Cos VA

John Lewis must have been of age by 1712, when his mother deeded him half of Battisons Vinyard. PG Co. Land Eecords, Liber F, f. 153. Deed of Gift 4 Feb 1711/12 From Eliz. Lewis. widow of PG Co. to John Lewis her son. A moyety (half) of land lately occupied by Henry Cox of Calvert Co. called Battersons (Battsons) Vinyard, the moyety lately sold my sister , Mary Soaper, wife of John Soaper, by Henry Cox. signed Elizabeth Lewis. (Mark and Seal) Wit. Edward Willett, Tabitha Willett
(PG Co. Deed Bk F, p.153).

After John Lewis moved to Stafford Co. VA about 1722, he sold this land.

Indenture dtd 22 Nov 1722, enrolled 10 Feb 1722/3 From John Lewis of the colony of VA to Eliz. Watters of Ann Arundle Co. MD A parcel of land, 113 acs called Battersons Vinyard, laid out for John Soaper. Payment of 15 lbs. s. John Lewis
Wit David Waams, Joseph Stall

A Quit Rent Roll of 1723 Taken from the Register of Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia

John Lewis                Paid 133 lbs. Tobacco. Land yt was Thomas Sandiford’s.

He married, ca 1723       , Catherine, the widow of Thomas Sabdiford

On 11 September, 1723 at Stafford co., VA an indenture was made between John Lewis and Catherine Lewis of Overwharton Parish (Overwarten Parish), Stafford co., VA, a planter ,and George Mason, gentleman of same for the transference of land rights; land granted originally to Thomas Sandiford (previously Catherine Lewis ) 12 February, 1703 being at the northernmost branch of Little Hunting Creek bordered by Nicholas Brent and Thomas Longman. wir. Richard Hubbard.
(Thomas Sandiford expired testate.)

Virginia Land Grants to John Lewis, son of John Lewis (d. 1711) of PG Co. MD and his brothers

Link to Map of John Lewis' 324 acre pat. on Boad Run on 25 July 1724
( Gray, "VA Northern Neck Land Grants 1694-1742" Gen. Pub. Co. Balt. p.75, A-51)

Other Grants to him:

John Lewis of Stafford, 401 acs, on Difficult Run. 9 Feb 1725. (Ibid. p. 83,

John Lewis of Stafford, 262 acs. on Difficult Run, 9 Feb 1725, (Ibid. p.83,

John Lewis of Stafford, 250 Acs on Great Hunting Creek, adj. the Rockhole.
9 Feb 1730 ( Ibid. p.105, C-100.)

Other mentions:
Survey: Orders from Willam Fairfax Esq., Agent of Lord Fairfax. William Fairfax 5568 acs in Prince William Co. (formerly Stafford, later Fairfax), on Difficult Run and Great Falls of the Potomac River, Wolftrap Branch, adj. John Lewis, William Gunnell, Thomas Lewis, John Read, Guy Broadwater, Robert Carter Jr., Rev. Mr. Alexander Scot, Robert Alexander, Samuel Wilson, corner of Watts and Harrison, Francis Awbrey, line of Gunnell and Lewis. John Warner, Surveyor.
17 Aug 1739.. (Ibid. p. 125, E-102.)

Maj. John Colvill of Pr. Wm. Co. 316 acs in Pr. W. Co. adj. his land, formerly John Grants adj. John Lewis... on Piney Branch of Difficult Run. (Ibid. p. 127.

To same, 285 acs.onDifficult Run adj. John Lewis, William Gunnell, Rodham Neal, Grant's, now Colvill's land, Wm. Norris. 1 Feb 1739. (Ibid, p.127, E-128).

Col. John Colvill, 1425 acs on branches of Accotinck, Wolftrap, Pimmet's Run and Scot's Run... adj. Ems', now Colvill's land, Capt. Broadwater, William Scott, Stephen Lewis, path from Edward Ems' to Patrick Dunkin's , Samuel Wilson, John Lewis, Mr. Scott. 6 Nov 1740. (Ibid. p.130, E-182.)

Thomas Lewis' patents:

Thomas Lewis of Stafford Co. 633 acs on Difficult Run, 5 Feb 1725.( Ibid. p.95,

Thomas Lewis of Stafford Co. 157 acs on Difficult Run, adj. his own land.
20 Sep 1730. (Ibid. p.104, C-75.)

Stephen Lewis' Patent:

Stephen Lewis of Stafford Co. 200 acs on Wolftrap Branch of Difficult Run, adj Samuel Wilson deceased. 16 Oct 1728. (Ibid. p.94, B-148.)

Samuel Lewis Deed: 3 Oct 1734: Samuel Lewis of Prince George's Co.ln MD to Thomas Lewis of Prince William Co., Planter, for 15 lbs Maryland money, 260 acs on Difficult Run, granted out of the Proprietor's Office unto John Lewis 9 Feb 1725,... Deed of lease and release. Samuel Lewis
Wit. Cav Dulany, John Manley, John Minor.
Received of Thomas Lewis sum of 15 lbs
At Court Nov. 24 1734. Samuel Lewis acknowledges this release with the receipt endorsed to Thomas Lewis
(Pr. Wm. Co., VA Deed Book Liber B, 1732-1735, pp.384-387, Abstracts by June W. Johnson. 1982, p 75)

(Around 1734, John Lewis, who by then had at least 3 sons, John, Thomas and Stephen by his wife, Catherine, began to dispose of his land in lower Fairfax Co. around Dogue Creek and in Upper Fairfax Co. around Difficult Run, and resided on his Broad Run land, which was in Loudon Co. after its formation
1. Son John married Elizabeth Hickman, dau. of Joshua Hickman, who had moved to VA from MD. They resided in Loudon Co.

2. Son Thomas married Ann Hickman, dau of William, Joshua's brother, who had also moved across the Potomac. At one time he served as Sheriff of Loudon Co.

3. Son Stephen also resided in Loudon Co. and had sons John, Nathan and Solomon, but the name of his wife is not known.

4. There seems to have been a 4th younger son, Charles, name of wife unknown, had a son John, and who, in the 1767 Loudon tax list is living on the 324 acre grant.

In 1767, John Lewis, claiming to be 88 yrs old and infirm, asks to be exempted from the tax. In 1768 he was exempted

John's brother, Thpmas, moved to Stafford Co. about the same time . He replaced John as a Vestryman in 1733, which gave him the right to use the title of Gentleman. In 1740, he married a very wealthy widow, Sarah Hawley, widow of Capt. William Harrison, and appears to have taken advantage of her, transfering
much of her wealth to his younger brother, Stephen and Stephens son, Thomas.
After her husband's death in 1749, she began lawsuits to try to regain some of her money, but without any apparent success.

Here is a link to a very good article on Sarah Hawley and the Harrison and Lewis families

Incorrect information is included based on the book “The Sydney-Smith and Clagett-Price genealogy: with the Lewis, Montgomery, Harrison, Hawley, Moorhead, etc. Families By Lucy Montgomery Smith Price, 1927. This claims that Thomas Lewis(d. 1749) and his wife had a son that the author calls William Thoms Lewis, who was born after Thomas' death. This is not true.

Stephen had married Elizabeth Offutt, dau. of James Offutt of PG Co. After Stephens death, around 1758, she married William Douglas and had children by him.

The last son, Samuel, remained in MD and does not seem to have married.
He is mentioned as living at hid plantation near Bladensburg in 1761.


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