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Re: Hamilton Lewis - Cocke Co. TN - Decendents
Posted by: Jim Lewis (ID *****8728) Date: June 09, 2004 at 19:43:14
In Reply to: Hamilton Lewis - Cocke Co. TN - Decendents by Annette Baker of 21341

Approximately 1848, Eliza Jane Click marries Hamilton Lewis in Cocke County. On the 9th of June, 1849 her grandfather, Henry Jackson Click, Sr wrote his will and named Eliza as an heir. She is listed as Eliza Jane Lewis formerly Eliza Jane Click, daughter of James Click, deceased.

When Henry died in Monroe County, Tenn in 1856, we have documentation that Eliza Jane had married Hamilton Lewis when the heirs petitioned to sell his land.

Circuit Court Sept 1857 - Pg 196 & 672 Charles R. Hartsell and wife Amanda, Lewis Click, William Click, Jeremiah Murr and wife Rachel, Alfred Denton and wife Dorcas, Hepsaby, Martha & Mary Jane Click VS. HAMILTON LEWIS and wife Jane, Mary Ann, Emaline, Darcas, Andrew J., and Henry Click, minor heirs of Henry Click, dec'd, by their Guardian ad litem S. S. Glenn; petition to sell land.

Now I will explain why I believe Ellender was a Brown. I know it doesn't PROVE anything, but considering all things of how families associated with one another and their locations and interactions, it does make sense.

On the 1850 Cocke County census, page 374a, household 431 Ellender is 52 years old born in Virginia, and a widow living with a girl named CHARITY BAXTER who is 18 years old. On page 375a, household 444 is Leannah Baxter age 51 born Tenn, a widow with children Samuel 16, George 13, Elijah 11, and John Lewis 24. A simple calculation of all the ages confirms the children of Leannah Brown Lewis Baxter.

From the following old records found in Cocke County on the Lewis and Baxter families of John Leith Lewis and Leannah Brown, and Leannah's second husband Aaron Baxter, we know for certain Charity Baxter was her daughter and Hamilton Lewis was her son. And the age fits for Charity Baxter on the 1850 census. It is believed by other researchers and myself that Charity Baxter is the niece of Ellender Click.

I can't determine exactly where this was published, but on pg 66 of the "Ansearchin" News. I believe it was sent to me by Bertha Day as I recall a couple of years ago.

Here's the contents of the article: LEWIS AND BAXTER BOOKLET, contributed by Eva Klare, P.O. Box 119, Bristol, RI 02809

While going through an old house that was soon to be torn down in Cocke County, Tennessee, my brother and I found a handwritten booklet on the Lewis and Baxter families. The booklet may have been written about 1838 since it does not include a son Elijah Baxter who was born abt 1839. The entire text is as follows:

Names and ages of the children of John LEWIS and Leanna his wife:

Hambelton Lewis was born January the 1st, 1820

William Lewis was born December the 4th 1822?

Malden Lewis was born September the 20, 1823

Mary Lewis was born July the 3rd, 1825

John Lewis Junr was born January the 29th, 1827

Elizabeth Lewis was born February the 10th, 1829

Aaron Baxter was born April the 8th, 1783

Leanna Lewis was born July the 11, 1799

Aaron Baxter and Leanna Lewis was married October 1831

Charrity Baxter, daughter of Aaron Baxter & Leanna his wife was born January the 15th, 1831

Samuel Baxter, son of Aron (sic) and Leanna his wife was born October 5th, 1834

George Baxter, son of Aron Baxter and Leanna his wife was born June 15th, 1837

We have further documentation that Ellender was the wife of James Click, when I personally enumerated the Click cemetery in Cocke County on English Creek, took photos of all the tombstones and recorded the information. While I was there I stumbled onto the old tombstone of James Click which was lying face down in the dirt. After digging around the stone and pulling it up, much to my surprise, there I found James Click b. 13 Oct 1802 d 3 Jan 1841 Ellender CONSORT of James Click. This cemetery had been enumerated previously and no one had ever found it lying in the dirt. Researchers had assumed for years that Ellender was James wife, but we had no exact proof of the matter, but this now confirms the fact. The stone was very legible and I was able to obtain a clear photograph of the tombstone. I would imagine had a dug around further, I might have found one next to James of Ellender, but I didn't take the time then to do further digging.

Ellender was born abt 1798 and probably died between 1850 to 1860 in Cocke County. Ellender doesn't appear in the 1860 census records of Cocke County, so one of two things has occurred. She either remarried or died, and we have no further knowledge as to what happened to her.


Thanks to finally finding descendants of our family, we now have a generously contributed photograph by Phillip Ronald Ritchie, Denton Co. Texas, of Eliza Jane Click Lewis, taken in McKinney, Texas. I believe I have now found Eliza Jane in the 1900 census living in Wise Co. Texas. Ron will be digging through his photos and will be sending more later. If any kind of luck prevails, we might get lucky and find one of Hamilton Lewis, as he has a bunch of old tin type photos. Children:

1) Elbert Lewis born Nov 1849 Cocke Co. died 1867 Cocke Co Tenn

2) Darthula Lewis born abt 1853 Cocke Co Tenn married 5 Jan 1876 Independence, Jackson Co. Missouri William J. Copelin

3) Allie Lewis b abt 1856 Cocke Co Tenn married Frank M. Rasure 19 Aug 1877. I believe Allie was divorced from him by 1880

4) Leannah "Lee Ann" Lewis b Oct 1858 Cocke Co Tenn died after 1930 probably Collin or Denton Co Texas married Elbridge W. Kelly 18 Dec 1877 Independence, Jackson Co. Missouri

5) David Andrew Lewis b Feb 1862 Cocke Co Tenn died after 1930 probably Marble Falls, Burnett Co Texas married Rowena E. Thomasson

6) Eliza Lewis b abt 1864 Cocke Co Tenn

7) Amanda Jane Lewis b 8 May 1866 Cocke Co Tenn died 3 April 1953 Anson, Jones Co Texas buried Mt. Hope Cemetery, Jones Co Texas married William Wesley Freeman abt 1892

8) John Hamilton Lewis b Feb 1869 probably Independence, Jackson Co Missouri d after 1930 Collin Co Texas married 1st Julia Francis Brooks 2nd Callie Lee Hinsley

As I had stated previously Eliza Jane Click was born abt 1827 in Cocke County and she married Hamilton Lewis probably around 1848. They first appear together in the 1850 Cocke County census, page 359b, household 221:

Ham Lewis age 30 Tn farmer real estate value $800

Eliza J. 23 Tn

Elbert male 7 mos Tn

They again appear on the 1860 census Cocke County, page 471, household 1456, Taylorsburg (which is now presently called Edwina). Hamilton had acquired a substantial amount of land in that 10 year period, as shown by the real estate value listed in 1860. And he is now listed with the occupation of bricklayer.

Hamilton Lewis age 39 Tn bricklayer real estate value $2500 personal value $800

Eliza J. age 34 Tn

Elbert male age 10 Th

Dorthula female age 7 Tn

Alla female age 4 Tn

Leanna female age 1 Tn

Hamilton and Eliza were members of the Methodist Church at old Sardis on English Creek, where most of the Click family attended.

We have documented records of the old church class records which was recorded by Ronnie Lane of Cocke County. Ronnie gave me permission to put them up on the Cocke County website.




I think they have misinterpreted her middle initial on the church records.

In those records we can see that Hamilton and Eliza lost their oldest son Elbert. His entries are as follows:




These records are what I have based his death date on, however, he may have died a few months earlier than this date because Hamilton and Eliza were preparing to make a move. Then we have the records of the daughters:




So it obvious based on the church records and the following deed that they were preparing to move in 1867.

I found their deed in the ONLY early deed book that has survived the fires of the courthouse in Cocke County where they sold their land on the 20th of February, 1867. The deed abstract follows:

Ref: Cocke Co. Tennessee, Old Deed Book 17,Pg 428, Deed No. 524

We, HAMILTON & wife, LIZER JANE LEWIS has this day bargained and sold and do hereby transfer and convey to ABRAHAM FINE and wife ELIZABETH FINE and their heirs forever for the consideration of SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS to us paid a tract of land in the state of Tennessee Cocke County, district No 9 containing by estimation SEVENTY FIVE ACRES be the same more or less and bounded as follows:

Beginning on a pine CORNER TO JAMES FINCHUM and HAMILTON LEWIS thence running with said FINCHUM LINE south 36 poles to a white oak sapling CORNER TO SD FINCHUM, thence with SD FINCHUMS LINE south 88 east thirty poles to locust, CORNER TO SAID FINCHUM & JAMES GRAY SNRS DEC'D thence with said GRAY'S LINE North 23 east thirty three poles to a large white oak CORNER TO SAID GRAY thence North 25 West 26 poles to a large white oak CORNER TO A.C. FINE SEN DECEASED -- thence with said FINES LINES north 48 east one hundred and eighty three poles to a pine on GRIGSBY WOODS LINE passing by a large black oak SAID FINE'S CORNER, thence north 87 poles to a chestnut CORNER TO SAID LEWIS thence with SAID LEWIS LINE a conditional line BETWEEN ABRAHAM FINE AND SAID LEWIS north 76 west 48 poles to a pine thence with SAID LEWIS LINE north 5 west 10 poles to a black oak CORNER TO SAID LEWIS thence north 68 west 32 poles to a post oak corner SAID LEWIS thence south 26 east 18 poles to a black oak bush NEAR THE ROAD LEADS TO NEWPORT thence south 60 west 46 poles to a RED OAK IN GRAVEYARD CORNER TO SAID LEWIS thence south 35 east 20 poles to post oak busher CORNER TO SAID LEWIS thence s 5 w 26 poles to a black oak corner SD LEEWIS thence s 48 w 84 poles to a pine CORNER TO SD LEWIS thence s 48 w 84 poles to a pine CORNER TO SD LEWIS thence s 80 w 4 poles to the beginning to have and to hold the CORNER TO THE SAID ABRAHAM FINE and wife ELIZABETH FINE their heirs and assigns forever.

We do covenant with said ABRAHAM FINE and wife ELIZABETH FINE that we are lawfully seized of said land and have a good right to convey it and that and that the same is unincumbered. We do further covenant and bind ourselves and our heirs representatives to warrant and forever defend the title to the said ABRAHAM FINE and wife ELIZABETH FINE there heirs and assigns against the lawful claims of all persons whatever. Executed and delivered in our presence this `8 DAY OF FEBRUARY 1867. (Note: It doesn't show Hamilton signing, but does verify below that he did sign. It does not list the names of the witnesses either)



State of Tennessee

Cocke County

Personally appeared before me WILLIAM H. WOOD, Clerk of the County Cort of said county HAMILTON LEWIS the FIRST SIGNOR of the within deed and acknowledged the execution of the same. ELIZA JANE LEWIS his wife aside from her husband depose and states she signed the within on the day it bears date and of her own free will and accord not influenced by any person so to do. Given under my hand at office in NEWPORT this 20TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 1867. William H. Wood, Clerk

Recorded in my office in book 6, page 43 February the 20th 1867 William H. Wood, Clerk

I then had lost track of what had happened to them and for years couldn't find them. They were not listed in the 1870 Cocke County census. So thanks to the development of our technology and records being put online, I finally found them about a week or so ago. I found them in the 1870 census living in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. And now I lose track of them AGAIN!!! as I can't find them in the 1880 census. However, I soon discovered they did in fact have more children. This listing in the 1870 shows and confirms that they left Cocke County in the timeframe of 1867 and arrive in Missouri sometime prior to February 1869, when their last son John Hamilton Lewis was born in Missouri.

1870 Jackson Co Missouri, Independence twp, Independence PO, Ward 1 in Independence, 26 June 1870, pg 270a, household 227,

Hamilton Lewis 50 Tenn brick moulder real estate $1,000 personal $100

Eliza 43 Tenn keeping house Tn

Dorthula 17 Tn

Ally 14 female Tn

Lean 11 female Tn

David A. 8 Tn

Eliza 6 Tn

Amanda 4 Tn

John H 1 Missouri

Now again, based on the way the census takers recorded information, AND how others transcribe the information can sometimes make it very difficult to find the records. Until I can do further research in Jackson County, Missouri to see if I can find some land records, cemetery records, and marriage records, I will speculate on these facts. A couple of things could have happened: Hamilton could have died and Eliza remarried or they both died leaving the children orphans. I think I have found son David Andrew Lewis in the 1880 census living in another household at age 19 working as a carpenter in Kansas City.

1880 Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri Source: FHL Film 1254692 National Archives Film T9-0692

Page 72A Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace

John LA PIER Self M M W 34 FRA Occ: Stone Mason Fa: FRA Mo: FRA

living in this household on next pg 72b

David LEWIS Other M S W 19 MOOcc: Carpenter Fa: --- Mo: --

After diligently searching, I have been unable to find Hamilton, Eliza, or the other children who would still be minors in the 1880 census.

So my next quest was to try and find David A. Lewis at a later date. I searched the IGI at the Mormon records and found DAVID ANDREW LEWIS born February 1862 COCKE COUNTY, TENN who had married ROENNA E. THOMASSON in COLLIN CO. TEXAS about 1885. I not only found David but I, also, found the youngest son, JOHN HAMILTON LEWIS and his two wives, JULIA FRANCIS BROOKS and CALLIE LEE HENSLEY. Someone has placed these records here having full knowledge of this family, but they may not know who the parents were of the children. In the 1880 Collin Co. Texas census records I find Roena E. Thomasson living with her parents John and Mary J. Thomasson living right next door to ELIJAH BAXTER, the 1/2 brother of HAMILTON LEWIS. After finding on the IGI that Roena also was born in Cocke County Aug 1863, I knew I had the right family. I quickly checked Cocke County census records to verify that this family had come from Cocke County and they were in fact listed on the 1860 census and then gone in 1870.

1860 Cocke Co Tennessee, pg 216, household 1566

John Thomason 36 Tn

Mary J. 34 Tn

Nancy 10 Tn

Joseph 9 Tn

James 2 Tn

Mary 22 Tn


1880 Precinct 4, Collin, Texas Source: FHL Film 1255296 National Archives Film T9-1296 Page 175A

Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace

John THOMASSON Self M M W 56 TNOcc: Farmer Fa: NC Mo: TN

Mary J. THOMASSON Wife F M W 54 TNOcc: Keeping House Fa: TN Mo: TN

Nancy A. THOMASSON Dau F S W 24 TNOcc: Keeping House Fa: TN Mo: TN

James C. THOMASSON Son M S W 22 TNOcc: Works On Farm Fa: TN Mo: TN

Rowena E. THOMASSON Dau F S W 16 TNFa: TN Mo: TN

William HEATH Other M S W 23 TXOcc: Farm Laborer - Servant Fa: --- Mo: ---

From information I have received from other researchers, there was a major migration out of Cocke County to Collin County, Texas in the late 1860's after the Civil War. This was because of so much turmoil and fighting among the union and confederate sympathizers, the confederates left and went to Texas. This happened to many many families in Cocke County during the reconstruction period in Tennessee after the Civil War.

So my next quest was Collin County, Texas which was quite successful. After obtaining what knowledge I had, I contacted another Lewis researcher, JIM LEWIS of Arkansas, who is a descendant of Martin Lewis, the brother of John Leith Lewis, to see if he could help me. So I owe a BIG THANKS to Jim for assisting me with copies of obituaries and cemetery records of Collin County to finally fit the pieces of the puzzle together.

After finding the records on the two boys, I learned their children were born in Collin County. I was able to locate both of them in Collin County in the 1900 census and did confirm their children being born in Texas. So sometime I believe between 1882 and 1885 the family made the move to Collin County where many of their relatives were already living. Now whether Hamilton and Eliza made the move is another story. There are no cemetery records that we've found yet to indicate they are buried there. They may well have been in Collin County earlier than these dates, but I just can't confirm when.

I have now obtained the marriage records for the girls in Independence, Jackson Co. Missouri.

All of the marriage records are in Independence, Jackson Co. Missouri, Book 7.

Page 281 - 5 Jan 1876 recorded 6 April 1876 Darthula Lewis to William J. Copelin

Page 370 - 19 Aug 1877 Allie Lewis to Frank M. Rasure. This name MIGHT be Rasor or Razor

Page 419 - 18 Dec 1877 recorded 8 Mar 1878 Leanne Lewis to Elbridge W. Kelly

After diligently searching the 1880 census I STILL cannot find any of these families anywhere. I will keep searching until I find them!!!! I do know I have seen in the Collin or Denton county census records the name COPELAND OR COPLEN while I was searching for the boys. I will have to go back and do further research to try and track Darthula. We do have Copeland/Coplen family members from the line of Peter Click living there, but I know there are others besides them. I just can't remember which county I saw them in while I was researching!!!


Elbridge W. Kelly furnished by Ron Ritchie

It appears to me the one in front could possibly be David Andrew Kelley, Lee Ann's son. He resembles his sister Minto to me.

Lee Ann "Leannah" Lewis was born Oct 1858 in Cocke County, Tennessee. I have yet to establish her death date, but she died sometime after 1930 probably in Collin or Denton County, Texas. She married Elbridge W. Kelly in Independence, Jackson Co. Missouri.

Lee Ann and Elbridge had 3 children. On the 1900 census she indicated she had 3 born 2 living. I have been able to confirm the names of two children:

Minto Kelly born 3 Oct 1880 MISSOURI died 27 Mar 1912 Denton Co Texas buried Blue Cemetery, near Aubrey, Texas who married Claude N. Jones

David Andrew Kelly born 6 Feb 1882 in MISSOURI died 15 Nov 1926 Texas buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Anson, Jones C

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