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Searles Lewis Family of Bloomfield, Nelson Co., KY
Posted by: Robert Lewis (ID *****5869) Date: November 26, 2010 at 13:07:32
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William Lewis (1750-1832) and his wife, Ann Montgomery( 1760- 1828) of "Mount Pleasant". Fauquier Co., VA, sold their son, Searles, the 500 acre tract of land in Nelson Co., Ky, left them by her father, William Montgomery,(1730- 1803) on 19 Oct 1816. (Fauquier Co. Deeds, Bk 20, p.14).William Montgomery, of Prince William Co., VA had patented the 500 acre and a 2,000 acre and a 1,000 acre tract in Nelson Co. in the 1780s. The rights to the three thousand acres had been assigned him by William Mitchell, Overseer of Robert Carter's "Cancer" plantation, which was across Sudley Road from the Montgomery "Rosemount" and "Mt. Pony" tracts.

Searles' family had moved to Bloomfield, Ky by 1820, where they appear on p. 200 of the Nelson Co. Census for that year, next to a Thomas Lewis, son of James Lewis of Loudon Co., VA, a brother of William, who had married William's dau. Ann, or Anna, Montgomery Lewis. and moved there with them.

Searles Lewis was b. 6 Aug 1786, probably at Ravensworth in Fairfax Co., and d. 21 Jun 1848, at Boomfield, Nelson Co., Ky. He married Harriet Bennett, dau, of Dozier Bennett and Ann Vaughan of Cub Run, Fairfax Co. Ann Vaughan was the dau. of Cornelius Vaughan of Loudon Co. and his wife, Mary Threlkeld, dau. of Christopher and Susanna Threlkeld of Stafford Co., Va. Dozier Bennett was the son of Joseph Bennett of Fairfax Co. and his wife, Martha Dozier, dau. of Richard Dozier of Westmoreland Co. and his wife, Elizabeth, dau. of Bryan and Mary Hodgson or Hudson.
Searles' brother, Francis Montgomery Lewis, had married Harriet's sister , Martha ("Patsy") Bennett, so the two families were very close.

Children: 1. Elizabeth Ann Lewis, b.2 Mar 1816, d. 3 Nov 1857.
Married Isaac "Ike" D. Stone (1799-1873) on 26 Apr 1853.
No Issue.( In "History of Eli Stone" p. 190)

2. Sarah "Sally" Alexander Lewis, b. 14 Jan 1818, d. after 1880.
Married Haden E. Stone, b. 1810/11, d. after 1880
Had three children: Harriet, Isaac and William.
Their nephew, Searles Duncan, was residing with them in 1880.

3.. Mary Bennett Lewis, b. 29 Jun 1820, d. 8 Jul 1882
Married 25 May 1843, Scarlet Berkley Duncan, b. 9 Feb 1818,
d. 12 Mar 1899. He and wife bur. Old Bloomfield Cem.
Had 1. Harriet Duncan, b. 23 Dec 1844, d.1914, married
Searles Lewis Davis. Had seven children.
2. Nancy Duncan, b. 28 Jul 1845, d. 5 Dec 1856.
3. Searles Duncan, b. 4 Jun 1851, d. 7 Dec 1928.
Married Jeanette Lewis, dau. of James M.
4. Ann Montgomery Duncan, b. 18 Aug 1854, d. 26 Dec
1936. married John T. Jenkins Bur. Maple Grove Cem.
5. Thomas Lewis Duncan, b.18 Mar1856, d. 25 May
6. Mary Duncan, b. 8 Nov 1858, d.28 Sep 1935
Bur. Maple Grove Cem. Bloomfield
7. Jeptha "Jeff" Davis Duncan, b. 6 Aug 1861, d. 12
Feb1901. Married Susie Stone.
4. Ann Montgomery Lewis, b. 9 Oct 1821, d. 3 Dec 1901
Married Charles Augustus Davis, b, 7 Nov 1813, d. 28 Jan 1888
Both bur. Maple Gove Cem. Bloomfield
Had 1. Searles Lewis Davis, b. 2 Jul 1844, d. 7 Dec 1928
Married Harriet Duncan, b, 1844
(see below under Mary Bennett Lewis)
2. Mary "Mollie" Davis, b. 15 May 1846. Unmarried

5. William Montgomery Lewis, b.21 Sep 1823 , d. Nov.____
Married Elizabeth H. Rea 8 Jun 1869
No Issue.
Her brother living with them in 1880 Census

6. Dozier Bennett Lewis, MD, b. 7 Oct 1825, d. 7 Sep 1862,
in Civil War. Surgeon.
Married Catherine G. (poss. Gough) Haynes "Aunt G."
on 9 Jan 1849. No Issue.

7. Francis "Frank" Montgomery Lewis, b. 14 May 1827, d. 30 Sep
1858. Bur. family farm, Bloomfield
Married Nancy Berkley, b. 30 Jul 1836, d. 19 Apr 1889.
on 7 Nov 1853
Had: 1. Jeptha Berkley Lewis, b. 9 Apr 1854. d. 1920,
Became a Baptist Minister.
Married Nancy Virginia Hardin, dau. of Wm. Temple
and Ellen O. Hardin of Selby Co., Ky., on 17 Nov 1880
Had: 1. Frank Hardin Lewis, b. 31 Jan 1882
2. William Temple Lewis, b. 22 Feb 1825
3. Ellenora Lewis, b. 15 Mar 1887
4. John Berkley Lewis, b. 31 Mar 1890,
d. 4 Jan 1951, Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Fla.
Married Anna May Strawn, dau of Samuel
Alexander Strawn and Julia Yager.
Had Frank Strawn Lewis, who married
Louise Nichols.
2. Rhoda Ann Lewis, b. 7 Aug 1858, d. 11 Mar 1865.

8. Susanna Amy Lewis, b. 30 Sep 1829, d. 8 Mar 1832.

9. Searles Mars Lewis, MD, b. 9 Nov 1832, d. 5 May 1880
Married Sallie E. Stone, dau. of Thomas Stone, on 20 Jun 1871.
Was a surgeon for the South during the Civil War. Was captured
and exchanged.
One son, Thomas "Tommy" Lewis, MD, Never married.

10. Henry F Jocephus Lewis b. 5 Nov 1831, d. 4 Oct 1840

11.. James Montgomery "Jimmy" Lewis, b. 16 Nov 1836,
d, after 1870 census. Bur. Elizabethtown, KY.
Married Susan J. McGill on 31 Mar 1865.
Living with his mother and his two daus.in1870.
Had 1. Jeanette, b. ca.1866, Married Searles Duncan.
2. Susan "Susie" S. b ca. 1868

12. Charles Augustus ("Gus") Lewis, b. 23 Oct 1839,
d. 25 May 1864, during the Civil War. He was a soldier with
Gen John Hunt Morgan's Command. He had been wounded
and captured, escaped to Canada, and was staying in Chatham,
Ontario, from where he wrote two extant letters home to his
sister, Ann Montgomery Lewis Davis, wife of Charles Augustus
Davis, in Nov. and Dec. of 1863. He apparently started back to
Kentucky in the spring of 1864 and was shot and killed by a
"home guard" in Glasgow, KY on 25 May 1864, and after a
struggle by his family to reclaim his body, was buried in the
cemetery on the family farm near Bloomfield. Unmarried.

Note: The Lewis family farm is described in "The History of the Bloomfield Christian Church and Its' People" by Ruth R Green, 1984, as being on Tunnel Mill Road on the Hamm Shewmaker Place. The family graveyard has apparently had any gravestones removed.

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