You asked what Lewis line I'm researching, so here goes:
I'm descended from Jonathan Lewis of Prince Georges County, MD, born c. 1680, and Mary (surname unk) through their son, Daniel Lewis, 1715-1787.
All we know of Jonathan and Mary is that they belonged to the Anglican Church, and farmed the land. Jonathan apparently died young, leaving at least seven sons and a daughter, Mary, who was only three or four years old at the time.
Children of Jonathan Lewis and his wife, Mary, from St. Barnabas Church, Queen Anne Parish, Register (Prince Georges Co., MD):
Thomas Lewis, b. 11 July 1706
William Lewis, b. 13 Aug 1708
Jonathan Lewis, b. 29 Aug 1711
John Lewis, b. 30 Nov 1713
Daniel Lewis, b. 6 Aug 1715
Twins: Jonathan Lewis, b. 7 Aug 1718
David Lewis, b. 7 Aug 1718
Mary Lewis, b. 8 July 1720
[Genealogist and author Robert J.C.K. Lewis, who notes in his book, Lewis Patriarchs of Early Virginia and Maryland: This list naming Thomas Lewis' children is also given in Cook (Michael), Pioneer Lewis Families, Vol. IV, p. 996. However, Cook adds a Jeremiah Lewis, b. 1722, who does not appear in the records.]
On Mar 27, 1716, the Maryland General Assembly held court, and "the Rolling Road from Jonathan Lewis' Plantation to Marlborough Town was ordered laid out." Jonathan apparently lived near what is now Upper Marlboro in Prince Georges Co., MD.
On July 17, 1722, Jonathan's name appears in PG County Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 26, Fol 19. The document was difficult to read on microfilm, but I copied what I could and hope the names on it might cast some light on Jonathan's associates:
"Proceeding in exh in Prince Georges County by Thos. Brook ______ (?)
July 17, 1722
Jonathan Lewis adm Bond in comon forme by Joseph Belt his
adm. with (witt?) Thomas Claggett and David Sprigg by suretie
10 (pounds, or shillings?), 30 p_ (?) Ao
Jonathan I appears to have died intestate before February 13, 1724, when his inventory was recorded in Prince George's County, Book TB-1, p. 209. His estate was administered by Joseph Belt on June 29, 1726, recorded Book JB-1, p.345.
Jonathan is thought by some researchers to have been a son of Thomas Lewis, Jr., of Prince Georges, County, MD, d. 1696. However, I wonder if he might have been a grandson of Thomas, Sr., and a son of Thomas Lewis, Jr., d. 1726. If Thomas Lewis, Jr., of Prince George's County, was Jonathan's father, he would have predeceased his father by two years, meaning he died relatively young. This could explain why Jonathan is not named in Thomas Lewis, Jr.'s, will.
Jonathan's own estate took several years to settle, and was not final until about three years after his widow Mary, had apparently remarried, to Mr. Beckett. Did he go on a journey and not return, or abandon his family? Was he married to Mary? His children bore his surname, and their children's baptisms were recorded in their church. And what caused this long delay in settling his estate, which apparently wasn't a very large one?
Going by the evidence I have, Jonathan Lewis was probably a s/o Thomas Lewis of Charles and Prince Georges County, d. 1726, and Rebecca (surname unk.). Jonathan died young, by 1724, apparently predeceasing his father.
I'm curious about his given name, Jonathan, as I see no mention of any other "Jonathan" in this area during the same time period, except in reference to Jonathan Prather, a wealthy landowner who m. Lyle Jane McKay and raised her children. As far as I know, Jonathan Prather had no children of his own.
I found an intriguing reference to Jonathan Lewis' family in PG County court proceedings dated 1724, when Jonathan's widow Mary gave their two youngest sons, twins Jonathan and David Lewis b. 1718, into the care of William Mordaunt, in 1724. They were about five years old at the time. In court, Mary gave her name as Mary Beckett. After Jonathan, Sr., died, his young widow remarried, a man by the surname of Beckett.
Recent correspondence with Gary Beckett suggests that Mary's subsequent husband might have been Humphrey Beckett, II, who lived in Prince George's County during the same time period, and married a woman named "Mary." Mary (Lewis?) Beckett's surname (maiden or married) is unknown as well by the Beckett family. However, an interesting clue surfaced when I learned from Gary Beckett that his ancestor Mary (Lewis?) Beckett gave birth to twin sons, Humphrey III and Benjamin, born 1722 in St. Barnabas Parish, PG County.
William Mordaunt of MD later moved to the Carolinas, and subsequently named David and Jonathan in his will. Could he have been a close relative of Mary?
According to Robert J. C. K. Lewis, Thomas, d. 1696, had five known children:
1. Richard (DSP?), who may have moved to VA and become sexton of Pohick Church in Truro Parish, Stafford Co.;
2. Thomas, d. 1726 in MD(probable f/o Jonathan Lewis, f/o Daniel),
3. John, d. circa 1710/1711, m. Elizabeth Henry. He owned 50 acres of a tract in Prince Georges Co. called "Blewplaines" or "Blue Plains," willed to him by his father, Thomas,Sr. This John Lewis had four known sons by Elizabeth (Horner) Henry (d/o Thomas Horner of "Good Luck" in PG County): John, b. circa 1683, d. after 1764 in Stafford Co., VA, who had sons John, Thomas, and Stephen. Stephen m. Elizabeth Offut, and d.1757 in VA. Thomas m. Elizabeth Payne and moved to Kentucky.,
5. and a daughter, Ann Lewis.
According to Robert J. C. K. Lewis, author of Lewis Patriarchs of Early Virginia and Maryland,2nd ed., Thomas Lewis, Sr. (d. 1696), was a probable s/o Richard Lewis and Frances (surname unk) of Isle of Wight Co. However, in his 3rd ed., Robert detaches these Lewis families, having no hard evidence (other than naming patterns) that Jonathan was a s/o Thomas (d. 1726) or that this Thomas was a s/o Thomas (d. 1696).
In 1986, there was a newspaper article in The Washington Post about an archealogical discovery near Broad Creek, Prince Georges County, MD (near what is now Fort Washington, MD, just across the Potomac from VA). Archealogists had discovered the site of the oldest house in the Washington area, built around 1695. It was built on the tract "Battersea," then owned by Richard Lewis. "Battersea" was first patented to Humphrey Haggett. Pottery shards, beads and pipestems from Indian trading were found at this site.
Many of Jonathan's descendants appear to have moved westward across Maryland, and then down to Virginia, Kentucky and the Carolinas over a relatively brief span of years.
By 1748, Jonathan's son Daniel (my ancestor) was a cavalryman in Capt. George Beall's Troop of Horse, Prince Georges Co., MD.
In his will probated June 11, 1787, in Montgomery Co., MD, Daniel leaves a tract called "Trouble Enough" to his son, Jeremiah Lewis, 1745-1822, who is my ancestor twice over, through his son, Levi Lewis, d. 1812, and his granddaughter, Catherine Lewis, b. circa 1810. This Jeremiah Lewis m. Jane (probably Fitzgerald). "Trouble Enough" was first patented to Alexander Beall.
Daniel later founded the town of Lewisdale in Montgomery Co., MD. Many of his and Jane's descendants moved to VA, KY and the Carolinas, and he appears to have had uncles and cousins across the river in Stafford (later Fairfax and Loudoun counties, VA), judging from similarities in naming patterns: Daniel, Levi, Thomas, etc.
I'm posting this response under a new heading, in hopes it will provide clues for other Lewis researchers and help me pin down my Jonathan & Daniel Lewis of Maryland.
Who knows, we might be cousins, too!
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