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(1648-1700)

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Richard Lewis

 
 

Born: 1721, Orange Grove, Frederick Co, VA
Died: 30 Jul 1806, Iredell Co, NC

 
Richard Lewis was born about 1721 in Orange Grove, Frederick County, Virginia, to David Lewis & Mary Crawford
 
The minutes of the Frederic County Court, 03 Sep 1745, lists "David Lewis, John Lewis and Richard Lewis are to be added as tithables." [Frederic County, Virginia Minutes of Court Records, 1743-1745, Heritage Books, Inc; Bowie, MD, 2001, p. 2010]
 
Residents had to be at least 18 years of age in order to owe taxes.  It is therefore likely that Richard Lewis was born 1720/1721.
 
David Lewis & Mary Crawford had at least nine children.
 
Children of David Lewis & Mary Crawford
Name Birth Death Spouse
John Lewis 11 Apr 1720
Hanover,
Orange Co, VA
10 Jun 1802
Hillsboro,
Randolph Co, NC
Priscilla Brooks
m. 16 Oct 1745
Fredrick Co, VA
Richard Lewis 1721
Orange Grove,
Frederick Co, VA
30 Jul 1806
Iredell Co, NC
Hannah Loftin
m. Abt. 1751
Benjamin Lewis 1722
Orange Grove,
Frederick Co, VA
1773
Laurens,
Laurens Co, SC
 
David Lewis Jr. 1722
Orange Grove,
Fredrick Co, VA
1795
Fredrick Co, VA
1) Tabitha Frances Lewis
m. 25 Nov 1747
2)  Priscilla Brooks
m. 1772
Cranford Lewis 1727
Orange Grove,
Fredrick Co, VA
11 Sep 1811  
Stephen Lewis 1730
Orange Grove,
Fredrick Co, VA
1789
Newberry, SC
 
Jacob Lewis 10 Dec 1732
Orange Grove,
Fredrick Co, VA
1733
Fredrick Co, VA
 
Judith Lewis 10 Feb 1735
Burke, NC
27 Sep 1815
Burke, NC
Uriah Sherrill
m. 25 Dec 1753
Iredell Co, NC
Eleanor Lewis 1736
Burke, NC
1815  
 
 
 
Richard married Hannah Loftin about 1751.  He was 30 years old.  Hannah was the youngest child of Thomas Loftin (1691 - 1741) and Ellenor Nuthall/Ives and was born 28 Jan 1732 in Maryland.
 
Hannah's father, Thomas Loftin, died 05 Sep 1751 in Winchester, Frederick County, VA. His Will mentioned the following inheritances: to son Ezekiel Loftin - 7 shillings (He can claim no part of the estate); to daughter Sarah Ward - one heifer; to daughter Elizabeth Teague - 7 shillings; to daughter Hannah Lewis - 7 shillings; to son John Loftin - 140 acres of land; to son William Loftin - to have the cow of son John Loftin; wife Ellenor - all personal estate; to daughters Isabel and Abigail Loftin - ????; to son Thomas - has already received sundry things now in his possession which he shall keep; Executors are wife Ellenor and son Thomas Loftin.
 
Sometime prior to 1761, Richard and Hannah moved to North Carolina
 
Richard and Hannah had eight children - 7 girls and 1 boy.
 
Children of Richard Lewis & Hannah Loftin
Name Birth Death Spouse
Esther Lewis 1755   James Cowan
m. 22 Aug 1775, NC
Eleanor Lewis 1757 09 Jan 1839
Gibson Co, TN
David MkNight
m. 1777
Sarah Lewis 1760
Iredell Co, NC
  Jacob Adams
m. 1780
Ruanna Lewis 22 Jan 1764
Iredell Co, NC
1840
Rutherford, TN
Samuel Fleming
m. 1782
Rachel Phebe Lewis 1765
Iredell Co, NC
05 Apr 1847
Rowan/Iredell Co, NC
Samuel Cowan
m. 14 Jun 1783, NC
Hanna Melinda Lewis 1766
Iredell Co, NC
  John Cowan
Elizabeth Lewis 08 Sep 1770
Iredell Co, NC
10 Oct 1805
Lincoln Co, NC
Find-A-Grave
Enos Sherrill
m. 15 Mar 1796
Jacob Lewis 1772
Iredell Co, NC
1845
Iredell Co, NC
Sally Cowan
m. 22 Oct 1802
 
 
Four of Richard & Hannah's children married children of Henry Cowan & Jean Varner CowanEsther married James Cowan in 1775, Phebe married Samuel Cowan In 1783, Jacob married Sally Cohen in 1802, and Hanna Melinda married John Cowan.
 
 
Richard & Hannah acquired a good amount of land in the Rowan/Iredell County area of North Carolina - as well as a number of slaves.
 
The first Census of the United States, 1790, finds Richard Lewis living in Iredell County, NC, with his family. There were ten individuals on the family farm. The two males "16 Years and Upward" would have been Richard and his only son, Jacob Lewis, who would have been about 18 years old. Three of the four white females would have been Richard's wife Hanna and his daughters Elizabeth (who didn't marry Enos Sherrill until 1793) and Hannah Melinda (whose marriage date to John Cowan we do not know). The other daughters all married before 1790 so there is no indication who the other female was unless there was another younger daughter who died in infancy. Richard Lewis owned four slaves at the time of the 1790 Census.
 
1790 Iredell County Census

 
Name Free White Males Free White Females All Other Free People Slaves
16 Years and Upward Under 16 Years
Richard Lewis 2   4   4
  Richard Lewis
Jacob Lewis
  Hannah Loftin Lewis
Elizabeth Lewis
Hannah Melinda Lewis
   
 
 
 
Richard Lewis is mentioned on the Old Hickory Tavern plaque in Hickory, North Carolina. Uriah "Uty" Sherrill was Richard's brother-in-law, husband to his Judith Lewis.
 
Old Hickory Tavern

 
 
OLD HICKORY TAVERN
           
Birthplace of Hickory
           
  To the rear of this spot stood a log house known in 1799 as Hickory Tavern.  This tract of 640 acres was surveyed by Col. Christopher w. Beekman on Jun 8, 1779 and was granted to William McMullen Oct. 28, 1783.  On the south side of the tavern ran the following road.  
           
    On May 10, 1769, the Worshipful Court of Rowan County, NC, met:    
           
    Present    
    William Temp. Coles,  John Ford,  John Oliphant, Esquires    
           
  On petition of Sunday inhabitants of the upper part of the Cata(w)ba River for to view and lay off a road from the cove of the North Fork of the Cata(w)ba River the best way to Salisbury by Sherrills Ford.  The following Jury be appointed, to wit,  
           
    Capt. Adam Sherrill Richard Lewis Francis Patton    
    James McLane Samuel Brown William Moore    
    William Litten Boston Clyne, Junr. Abraham Scott    
    Jacob Sherrill Aquilla Sherrill Andrew Killion    
    John Bridges Senr. John McDowell John Pearsons    
    William Simpson John McPeetors Joseph White    
    Peter Lowrance George Cathey William Richey    
    Uty Sherrill Robert Patton Robert Branch    
 
Overseers
    William Deavor Simon Jonas Robert Bigham Perkins    
           
Sponsored and Erected By
The Hickory Tavern Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
           
    Organized February 13th, 1951    
 
 
 
 
Richard died about 30 July 1806.  That is the day that he prepared his last will and testament in which he mentions his children and wife - each by name.
 
 
Will of Richard Lewis
 
In the name of God, Amen, I, Richard Lewis of the county of Iredell & state of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind & memory do on this 30th day of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and six, make & publish this my last will & testament on manner & form as follows.
 

This is to say, First, I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Lewis, the house I now occupy together with necessary out buildings & such a proportion of the clear land, farming utencils, grain & stock of every king, as she herself may consider necessary for a comfortable & decent support, & my two negroes Bow & Grace to continue with her during her life, then Bow to devolve to my son, Jacob Lewis, & Grace to my daughter, Sarah Adams, next to my daughter Esther Cowan, I bequeath a negro woman named Pan with her youngest child.  Next, to my daughter Elenor Mknight, I bequeath a negro girl called Freda.  Next, it is my will that my son Jacob Lewis after my death shall possess the whole of my lands.  Next, to my daughter, Ruanna Fleming, I bequeath a negro boy called Gate.  Next, to my son-in-law, Enos Sherrill, I bequeath a negro boy names Cato.  Next, to my daughter Sarah Adams, I bequeath a negro boy named Alick.  Next, to my daughter Hannah Cowan I bequeath two small negroes (twins) Cyrus & Esther.  It is my will that the remainder of my stock above what my wife may reserve for her own use be equally divided among my heirs, & my wife's part of the stock, I allow her to dispose of at her death as she may think proper, & her allotment of the negroes & land is to be disposed of as mentioned above at her death.

 

Lastly, I do hereby appoint & ordain my son Jacob Lewis, Executor, of this my last will & testament in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year above written.  Signed Sealed published & delared by Richard Lewis the Testator as his last will & testament in the presence of us who were present at the time of the signing and sealing there unto.

 

Robert M. Stevenson, Jurat (sig)

 
                                                                                                                             his
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North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970

 
 
 
Richard Lewis Estate Settlement Document

 
 
Richard Lewis Estate Settlement - Transcribed
 
Jacob Lewis Ex. (Executor) of the estate of Richard Lewis in aid with said estate
           
1806 To amt. (amount) of Cash on hand $1149.59
   

To amt. of Sales

422.20
   

To amt of debts due him

4.50
      $1575.29
 
    By sundry allowances made by Abr. Alexander Esq. $41.37
           
    By Cash paid Eleanor McKnight   Oct 1st 1806 No 1 155.00
           
           
  As p. rec.
(payment received)
Saml. Fleming
Jacob Adams
Aug. 1st 1806 2 310.00
    Enos Sherrill Aug. 1st 1806 3 155.00
    Samuel Cowan Aug. 1st 1806 4 155.00
    John Cowan Aug. 1st 1806 5 155.00
    James Cowan Aug. 29 1806 6 155.00
    Samuel Fleming Nov. 4 1808 7 50.50
    Samuel Cowan Nov. 4 1808 8 50.50
    James Cowan Nov. 4 1808 9 50.50
    Samuel Fleming Nov. 25 1808 10 50.50
    Enos Sherrill Nov. 4 1808 11 50.50
    John Cowan March 24 1809 12 50.50
    Jacob Adams Nov. 4 1808 13 50.50
          1479.80
          $96.48
 
    By Lewis the En. his own heirs of the estate   $205.50
 
    Balance being the amt. advanced by the Ex.  (Executor)   $109.01
 
 
 
 
The 1810 Census shows Hannah Loftin Lewis living near her only son Jacob Lewis. Hannah would have been about 78 and was living by herself except for 2 slaves (named Bow and Grace) that she had inherited from her husband. By 1810, Richard and Hannah's son Jacob Lewis had eight slaves.
 
1810 Iredell County Census

 
Name Free White Males Free White Females Slaves
Under 10 10 Thru 15 45 and Over Under 10 45 and Over
Jacob Lewis 3 1 1 2 1 6
Hannah Lewis         1 2
 
 
 
The exact date of Hannah Loftin Lewis' death is not known but we do know that it was after the 1810 Census.
 
 
 
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