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

Thomas Lewis

Male 1752 - 1800  (48 years)


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  • Name Thomas Lewis 
    Born 1752  Augusta County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Nov 1800  Kanawha County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I76622  Tree1
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 

    Father Andrew Lewis,   b. 23 Apr 1720, Donegal County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1781, Buford's Gap, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Anne Givens,   b. 1727, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1781, Salem, Roanoke County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 55 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1745  Augusta County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3815  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Thornton,   b. Bef 1772, St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1807, Mason County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 37 years) 
    Married Bef 1788 
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F38568  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      General Andrew Lewis had sons Thomas, Andrew and William Lewis.
      Son Thomas Lewis, b. 1752 in Va., d. Nov. 1800 in Kanawha Co., Va. Thomas Lewis settled on land in present Mason Co., W. Va. on land inherited from his father General Andrew Lewis in the early 1780's. In Nov. 1784 he laid out the town of Pt. Pleasant with his brothers Andrew and William. Thomas lived in the part of the County at the mouth of the Kanawha that would become Mason Co. when it was created in 1804.
      Thomas Lewis lived for many years with Sally Thornton, dau. of George and Mary Thornton, but did not marry her. This cohabitation occurred from at least 1788 until Thomas' death in 1800. In Aug. 1796, Thomas Lewis and Sally Thornton were charged in Kanawha Co. with living in a state of fornication. The prosecutor refused to prosecute and the case was dismissed in Nov. 1796.
      In Nov. 1796, Thomas Lewis of Kanawha Co., Va., made his will. The will provided for Sally and sons Thomas, Andrew, William and Samuel, Sally being refered to not as his wife but as "Sally Thornton, daughter of George and Mary Thornton by whom I have had Thomas, Andrew, William and Samuel Lewis." The will describes the "plantation where I now live" as containing about 330 acres in Kanawha Co., adjoining the Charles M. Thruston tract on Old Town Creek. The will names brother William Lewis of Botetourt Co., Va as one of his executors. Brother William Lewis had inherited "Ritchfield" from their father General Andrew Lewis.
      Thomas Lewis was killed by a fall from his horse shortly before he was finally to have married Sally. Their marriage license had been issued on Nov. 4, 1800 in Kanawha Co. Thomas' 1796 will was presented at the Dec. 1800 Kanawha Co., Va. Court. During the period 1796-1800 Thomas and Sally also had a son Charles Evan Lewis.
      On Aug. 4, 1807, Thomas' common law widow Sally Thornton m. John Harris in Mason Co., Va. (marriage bond dated Aug. 3, 1807.)
      Issue of Thomas Lewis and Sally Thornton:
      1. Thomas Lewis, b. Nov. 25, 1788, d. Oct. 11, 1855, m. by 1816 Eliza Beale of Botetourt Co., Va., b. Jan. 1798, d. Feb. 6, 1859.
      2. Andrew Lewis, b. 1792 or earlier, m. Jane "Jennie" Boswell.
      3. William Lewis, m. Feb. 19, 1819 in Mason Co., Va., Penelope Lane.
      4. Samuel Lewis, m. Katherine Wallace, sister of General Lew Wallace.
      5. Charles Evan Lewis, m. Jan. 3, 1828 in Mason Co., Va. Delilah Amos.

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