|Posted By:||Jeanie Nance|
|Subject:||William Lewis, Chester Co.SC,Greene Co,AL, Bradley Co.AR|
|Post Date:||July 07, 2002 at 08:02:57|
|Forum:||Lewis Family Genealogy Forum|
Family of William Lewis
1. William1 LEWIS, SR. was born 1755. William died 1817 in Chester Co., SC, at 62 years of age.
He married Elizabeth ?. ?. LEWIS. Elizabeth was born 1758. Elizabeth died 17 Dec 1833 in Eutaw, Greene Co., AL, at 75 years of age. There were two families of William Lewis living in Chester Co., SC in the early 1800's, both of whom were innkeepers and millers. My Lewis family lived across the county near the Broad and Sandy Rivers, on the main road leading from Chester to Fish Dam Ford.
The other Lewis family lived near Fishing Creek and was associated with the famous Lewis Inn of Aaron Burr fame. That William Lewis married Margaret Linn and had children Sarah, John, Benjamin, William, Alexander, Samuel, James, and Margaret.
William Lewis Sr. and wife Elizabeth were both born in Richmond, Virginia, according to the Lewis Genealogy book, Group 308, #308L100. There is an inaccuracy in this record, however. It lists Frances Lewis as a daughter, but this is erroneous due to a misfiled court paper.
William and Elizabeth were in Salem, NC in 1786, where William Jr. was born, according to information provided by Nancy Thomas Lewis when applying for a widow's pension based on William's service in the War of 1812.
The first record of our William Lewis in Chester County is on 11 August 1774. He bought 200 acres on the Sandy River. This land was again mentioned on 5 March 1793 (Deed Book C, p. 14)
William Lewis Sr. died in 1817, and left several of his children out of his will, (File 37, p. 577, Probate Records, Book G-49), causing a lawsuit that lasted until 21 February 1842.
In 1842, William Lewis, Jr. sued Sarah Hopkins (widow of Ferdinand Hopkins who was the executor of William Lewis, Sr.'s estate), William Jenkins (the other executor), and Wade Grice. He argued that Hopkins had not discharged his duties well and had kept some of the money that belonged to the estate. Jenkins was barely involved, having done little in his position as executor. Wade Grice, represented by his uncle William H. Grice, was trying to get more than his share of the estate. (Bill for Account, Chester County Equity court #232 A)
James Moorman of Union Co. bought Elizabeth's and some of the children's interest in the estate of William Lewis Sr., but he was unable to pay his bills, causing the estate to be tied up in the courts for years until he died. At one point he even contested the will, saying it was null and void because it wasn't duly executed.
Meanwhile, in 1820, his widow Elizabeth and most of their children and their families sold their land in Chester Co. (to James Moorman) and moved to Greene Co., AL, in the Springfield area. She was given a land grant there on 1 December 1823, and again on 10 September 1825. It was the west half, south east quarter of section number twelve of township number twenty-two in range number two east, containing 80.13 acres.
Elizabeth is buried on the farm of her grandson, Felix Lewis near Eutaw. Another grave near hers says "Judge Samuel Lewis/born Jan 16, 1888/died Dec. 23, 1902" (Judge was his name, not his title.)
These were the names listed as Elizabeth's heirs in the final settlement, Elizabeth Chipman, wife of William P. Ezelle, $50 Sarah Chipman, wife of Alfred Lee, $200 Regina Cockrell, wife of Moses Cockrell, $50 Martha Lewis, $200 Eliza Lay, wife of James M. Lay, $50 Elizabeth Scaife, wife of William Scaife, $5 Joel Chipman, $50 Susan Lewis (granddaughter of Elizabeth's son Joel), $200 Charity Chipman, wife of Isaac Ainsworth, $200 Thomas Chipman, $200 William Chipman, $200 Wade Grice, $5 Ascha Grice, $5 William Lewis, $5 Eleanor Chipman, $200 Charity Parks, wife of James R. Parks, $1357.69 Eleanor Price, $1357.69
William LEWIS, Sr. and Elizabeth ?. ?. LEWIS had the following children:
+ 2 i. Martha2 LEWIS.
+ 3 ii. Sarah LEWIS.
+ 4 iii. Joel LEWIS.
+ 5 iv. Elizabeth LEWIS was born 1785.
+ 6 v. William M. LEWIS, Jr. was born 7 July 1786.
7 vi. Charity LEWIS was born 1790. She married James PARKS. Charity Lewis and her husband James Parks moved to Greene Co., AL.
Some Greene Co., AL marriages that may be related: Robert Parks to Polly Eskeridge on 17 May 1831 Williams Parks to Betsey Price on 11 Sept 1837 Williams Parks to Mary C. Walker on 24 May 1869
+ 8 vii. Eleanor LEWIS was born 31 January 1800.
2. Martha2 LEWIS (William1) birth date unknown. Martha died 1816.
She married Thomas GRICE. Martha died young, leaving children Wade and Ascha. Equity Files 95 and 232 in Chester Co., SC show these children as residing in Marion Co., SC in 1833 and 1842. Ascha is helpless, probably mentally handicapped. Their grandfather William Lewis Sr. bequeathed each child $210 with their uncle Joel in trust.
In 1831, Wade chose his uncle William Lewis Jr. to be the guardian of his $230.
Martha LEWIS and Thomas GRICE had the following children:
9 i. Ascha3 GRICE.
10 ii. Wade H. GRICE was born abt 1811. Wade died bef May 1859 in Marion Co., SC. He married Mourning ? GRICE. Mourning was born abt 1813. George M. Reaves, Joel W. P. Lewis, and N.C. McDuffie administered his estate (Admin. Roll #1029, Marion Co., SC). They had no children.
3. Sarah2 LEWIS (William1) birth date unknown. Sarah died bef 1833.
She married Hezekiah CHIPMAN. There is an A.H. Chipman in the Sumter Co., AL 1840 Census, page 111. Sarah and Hezekiah moved to Greene Co., AL. She was not listed in her father's will. According to Elizabeth Lewis's will, Sarah had children Regina Cockrell, Eliza Lay, Betsy Chipman, Thomas, Joel, and William Chipman. Apparently Sarah had passed away by 1833. In the final settlement papers for Elizabeth Lewis's estate found in records in Greene Co., AL, the following children and/or nieces were mentioned. I have not yet found the precise family connection. Elizabeth Chipman, m. William P. Ezelle Charity Chipman, m. Isaac Ainsworth Eleanor Chipman, m. William Walton of Simthro Co. Sarah Chipman, m. Alfred Lee Susan ?, m. Robert Burns
Sarah LEWIS and Hezekiah CHIPMAN had the following children:
+ 11 i. Regina "Joiney"3 CHIPMAN.
12 ii. Betsy CHIPMAN.
13 iii. Joel CHIPMAN. He married Rachel E. LEE in Greene Co., AL, 1 July 1835. There is a J. Chipman in the 1860 Butler Co., AL census, p. 79, and a Joseph Chipman in the Greene County in the Early Records of Alabama, 1830-1839. There is a record of Joseph Chipman of Macon Co., AL marrying Mary Turner on 24 Feb 1843.
14 iv. Eleanor CHIPMAN. She married William WALTON. They lived in Sumter Co., AL in 1843. In the Lewis estate records, it is mentioned that they are living in Simthro County.
15 v. Elizabeth CHIPMAN. She married William P. EZELL.
+ 16 vi. Sarah Ann CHIPMAN was born 1819.
17 vii. Thomas CHIPMAN was born 1820. In some of the estate papers of Thomas Chipman's grandmother Elizabeth Lewis of Greene Co., AL, Thomas was shown to be living in Gainsville.
+ 18 viii. Charity Elizabeth CHIPMAN was born 1827.
19 ix. William P. CHIPMAN was born 1828. There is a William Chipman in the 1850 Macon Co., AL census, p. 296.
4. Joel2 LEWIS (William1) birth date unknown. Joel died 1838 in Greene Co., AL.
He married Martha LEWIS. Martha was the daughter of Moses LEWIS. Joel Lewis and his wife Martha moved to Greene Co., AL along with his mother Elizabeth.
Joel was a private in the War of 1812. He was in Capt. Edward Clement's Co., 1st Regiment, SC State Troops., commanded by LTC Hugh Means. His service began on 1 October 1814, and he was discharged at Charleston on 7 May 1815. The record shows he resided in Spartanburg District.
According to the Alabama Records, Greene Co., Vols. 218, 210, 180, and 242, Robert Burns was the administrator of Joel's estate. His heirs were: Elizabeth L. Ragsdale (found in Pickens Co., AL in 1836) $185.01 Robert Burns (husband of his daughter Susan) $185.01 James Murphy $185.01 Martha Cockrell $185.01 His wife Martha (heir of Moses Lewis, deceased) $185.01 His son Felix G. Lewis (also an heir of Moses Lewis) $185.01
I do not think that Joel Lewis and Moses Lewis were related. I do know there was a prominent merchant in Greene County at that time, Moses Lewis, who was Jewish and a northerner, so it doesn't seem that there is kinship. Dated 14 November 1836, Book D, page 262. According to Mrs. Ophelia Morrow Phillips, Felix had a daughter named Susan, who married James Pinkney Phillips. This may be Susan's second marriage.
Joel LEWIS and Martha LEWIS had the following children:
20 i. Felix G.3 LEWIS. He married Ceciley ROBERT in Greene Co., AL, 31 Mar 1835. He was a justice of the peace in Greene Co., AL, and performed marriages.
21 ii. Martha "Patsey" Caroline LEWIS. She married twice. She married Benjamin MALONE. She married John COCKRELL in Greene Co., AL, 23 Jan 1824. She was an heir of Moses Lewis.
22 iii. Mary Elizabeth LEWIS. She married James P. RAGSDALE. Some possibly related Ragsdale names from the West Greene Co., AL cemetery: James W. Ragsdale (Mar 1836-Apr 1898) Laura A. (wife) (Dec 1844-Oct 1912)
S. W. (CSA) (2 Mar 1844-14 Feb 1909) Sarah E. (wife) (Nov 1845-Feb 1910)
23 iv. ? ? LEWIS. She married James MURPHY.
24 v. Susan LEWIS was born in Tennessee 1819. She married Robert BURNS 10 Dec 1835. Robert was born in South Carolina 1807. Robert was the administrator of his father-in-law's estate.
5. Elizabeth2 LEWIS (William1) was born 1785.
She married twice. She married Elijah LYONS. She married William SCAIFE in Chester District, SC, April 1815. He married Margaret TERRY. William died 1 Jul 1839 in Dekalb Co., GA. Elizabeth's first marriage to Elijah Lyons produced Dr. Noah Lyons, John and William Lyons, who were minors at the time of their father's death. (Chester Co., SC Equity File 26, 1824) One of these Lyon sons moved to Holly Springs, Mississippi.
Incidentally, Dr. Anderson Thomas bought the land that was sold as a result of the Equity Court case for $900. Dr. Thomas was the brother of Nancy Thomas Lewis, Elizabeth's sister-in-law.
Elizabeth married second to William Scaife (pronounced Skeef). His first wife was Margaret Terry. William and Margaret's children were: Charner Terry, Ferdinand Degraphanel (probably a phonetical spelling of DeGraffenreid), and Jameson.
William and Elizabeth moved to Decatur, DeKalb Co., GA and left the management of his SC affairs and plantation on the Broad River in Union District to his son Charner.
Elizabeth LEWIS and Elijah LYONS had the following children:
25 i. John3 LYONS.
26 ii. William LYONS.
27 iii. Dr. Noah LYONS was born 1803.
Elizabeth LEWIS and William SCAIFE had the following children:
28 iv. Joel F. SCAIFE. Joel F. Scaife was the executor of his father's estate, and along with his mother, received practically all of the estate.
29 v. Elizabeth SCAIFE. She married ?. ?. FOOTE.
30 vi. Palsey SCAIFE.
31 vii. Sarah SCAIFE. Sarah died 1839. She married ?. ?. HANCOCK.
6. William M.2 LEWIS, JR. (William1) was born in Salem, NC 7 July 1786. William died 26 July 1846 in Warren, AR, at 60 years of age.
He married Nancy THOMAS in Chester Co., SC, 15 February 1816. Nancy was born in Chester Co., SC June 1796. Nancy was the daughter of Matthew Anderson THOMAS CPT and Susanna CROSBY. Nancy died after 1881 in Drew Co., AR. William Lewis Jr. served in the War of 1812 as a corporal in the company commanded by Capt. John Reedy, SC Militia, Col. Hugh Means, 1st Regiment, Infantry. He entered on 30 September 1814, and was discharged 7 March 1815 at Charleston, SC. His brother Joel, a private, was also in this Regiment and enlisted and was discharged on the same day as William.
William Lewis' name is found on the 1812 monument in front of the State Capitol in Little Rock, AR.
Upon his return, he married Nancy Thomas daughter of Matthew Anderson and Susannah Crosby Thomas, on 15 February 1816 "near the double bridge on the Sandy River, Frank Wilkes, J.P. officiating." They lived in Montgomery Co., AL, from 1833 to 1835. They arrived at Warren, AR, on 15 April 1836, where he had received bounty land. Information from Sam Jones, Land Commissioner, Bradley Co., Township 13 South, Range 9 West.