Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Thomas Lewis

Male Abt 1665 - 1696  (~ 31 years)


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  • Name Thomas Lewis  [1
    Birth Abt 1665 
    Gender Male 
    Death 3 Jun 1696  Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17494  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2024 

    Family Catherine Edelen,   b. 1669, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 7 Nov 1698, Prince George's County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 29 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1685  Charles County, Maryland - now Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Richard Lewis,   b. Abt 1685, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1759, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 74 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Anne Lewis,   b. Abt 1688, Charles County, Maryland - now Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Bef 1752, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 63 years)  [Father: natural]
     3. John Lewis,   b. Abt 1690, Charles County, Maryland - now Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
     4. Thomas Lewis,   b. Abt 1691, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 19 Jul 1726, Charles County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 35 years)  [Father: natural]
     5. Margaret Lewis,   b. Abt 1694, Charles County, Maryland - now Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft Apr 1741, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 47 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F7655  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
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      Lewis, Thomas, Prince George's Co. 22nd Mch.. 1695; 3rd June, 1696.
      To wife Catharine, life interest in real estate.
      To son Richard., 100 A. (unnamed).
      To son Thomas, 100 A. adjoining son Richard's land.
      To son John, 50 A. adjoining son Thomas's land.
      Ex. not given.
      Test: Hugh Ferguson, Jno. Forrest, Geo. Busse. 7. 150,
      ===
      Thomas Lewis 14.42 I Page £55.10.0 Jan 16 1696
      Appraisers: William Hatton, William Hutchison.
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      Thomas Lewis 19.67 A Page £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
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      Giles Blizzard, Charles County, 6th Dec,, 1678; 17th May, 1688.
      To wife Mary, "Cane's Purchase" during life, and part of "Buplaine" absolutely.
      To daughter Susanna, "Cane's Purchase" afsd, at death of sd. wife, and residue of "Buplaine."
      To daughter Anne and hrs., "St. James."
      To Thomas Lewis and Katharine, his wife, and their son Richard, a lease of 200 A (unnamed) during life.
      To Eliza Gambral and hrs, 100 A. (unnamed).
      Wife Mary, extx. and residuary
      legatee of estate, real and personal.
      Text: Richard Boughton, Thomas Lewis, Eliza Goodrich, George Leet, Ellinor Prestcote
      Marriage 1 Frances MILES

      From: Larry & Linda [mailto:lwalden@cableone dot net]
      Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 11:35 AM
      Subject: Re: Winiford Thomas Lewis

      This Will does not prove that Katharine was Giles daughter, it only shows the business relationship between Thomas and Giles. After the death of Giles, Thomas and Katharine did not obtain the land that Giles had promised to them. There are court records that show that Mary Blyzard and her daughters did not relinquish any of the land to the Lewis family and this is the reason that Thomas purchased the Battersea property.
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      Lasly, Robert, [PGCo] 10th Apr., 1680; 15th Sept., 1680.
      To John Douglas, Charles and Ninian Beall, personalty.
      John Lasly, son of Joyce Lindell and hrs., residue of estate, real and personal.
      Exs.: Ninan Beall, Jas. Moore.
      Test: Francis Swinsen, Thos. Lewis. MCW 2.115
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      Gaile, Edward, Chas. County, == == ==; 1st Feb, 1685/6,
      To each priest in the county and to Thomas Gavin, personalty.
      wife Ruth, execx. and residuary legatee.
      Test: I. Lemare, Thos. Lewis, Eliza: Gooderick. 4.160
      ===
      From: Larry & Linda [mailto:lwalden@cableone dot net]
      Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 11:35 AM
      Subject: Re: Winiford Thomas Lewis

      Continued Records:

      1692; 19,July: Thomas Lewis purchased half of the tract called "Battessey" [ Battersea] from Philip Mason, planter, and wife Mary, 250 acres. (Charles Co. Land Record Liber S, Page 48-9.)

      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

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

      Notes for Catherine Edelen:

      Catherine Edelen was the only daughter of Richard Edelen for whom Thomas Lewis worked for beginning in 1672.

      Catherine Edelen's date of Birth is recorded as 1667 born in St. Mary's Co.,Maryland, however the Edelen's had returned to England before the birth of their eldest son in 1665 and Mrs Edelen did not return to Maryland until 1669. For this reason I believe that Catherine was born in London England.

      Sources:

      Author: Harry W. Newman
      Title: Charles County Gentry
      Publication: Higginson Book Company, Salem, MA, 1940 (reprint 1997) Page: 127
      This text presents selected biographical information on Edelen's in America:
      This is what was written concerning Catherine;

      Marriage records, if any, for Catherine the only daughter, have not been located as of yet. Charmaine Welker notes that in the will of Richard Edelen, he does not refer to Catherine using a married surname.

      There is a possiblity that 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

      (I can not tell you why Margaret was not mentioned in this will, but my guess is that she was not raised by John Watkins. Being the youngest child of Thomas and Catherine she may have been given to another family after her mother died.)

      Records provided by Phyllis Cox of Oxon Hill, MD and from Edelen Family History by Chris Edelen.

      Children of Thomas Lewis and Catherine Edelen are:

      i. RICHARD LEWIS, b. Abt. 1686, Prince George's County, Maryland; d. Abt. 1758, Fairfax County, Virginia.
      ii. Anne LEWIS, b. Abt. 1688, Charles County, Maryland.
      iii. JOHN LEWIS, b. Abt. 1690, Prince George's County, Maryland; d. June 13, 1748, Prince George's County, Maryland.
      iv. THOMAS LEWIS, b. Abt. 1692, Charles County, Maryland; d. Abt. 1726, Charles County, Maryland.
      v. MARGARET LEWIS, b. Abt. 1694, Charles County, Maryland.
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      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
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      1710-1717 Prince George’s County, Maryland Land Records Liber F, [Elise Greenup Jourdan]; 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
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      1710-1717 Prince George’s County, Maryland Land Records Liber F, [Elise Greenup Jourdan]; Folio 101: Indenture, 20 Aug 1711
      From: John Lewis, planter of Prince George's County
      To: Th°. Stonestreet, planter of Prince George's County
      For 5,000 of tobacco 50 acres of land in Prince George's County formerly Charles County; land left to John Lewis by his father, Thomas Lewis; original tract called Buttersy; bounded by Thomas Lewis, Jr.
      Signed: John Lewis (seal)
      Witnessed: William Lyles, James Gibbs, Richd. Dalton
      Alienation: Thomas Stonestreet paid is for 50 acres of land 15 Sep 1711

  • Sources 
    1. [S173] Phyllis Cox.
      Lewis records provided by Phyllis Cox of Oxon Hill, MD

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