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Griffin Lewis, Nash Co., NC
Posted by: Doug Rader (ID *****8245) Date: June 03, 2005 at 17:13:26
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Interested in sharing information with descendants of Griffin Lewis and his wife Cassandra J. Peacock, from Nash and adjacent counties in North Carolina.

"Cassie" Peacock (24 July 1842 to 22 Dec 1932) was the eldest daughter of Alvin Peacock (11 Oct 1814 to 7 Nov 1904)and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tisdale) Williams (16 Dec 1818 to 18 Apr 1900). (Alvin's ancestors can be traced through the Peacock Family Association of the South website through Noah and Betsy, "Lame" John and Mary, and John and Patience Peacock back to Samuel and Mary Peacock.) Both Alvin and Elizabeth are buried in Elm City, NC with son Joseph William Peacock and other descendants.

I know little about Griffin Lewis. Some records cite him as a younger brother of H.D. Lewis, with whom he is enumerated in the 1860 census, as a turpentine laborer. (Alvin Peacock had a large turpentine business there before the Civil War.)

Griffin Lewis married Cassandra after he returned from the Civil War (Co. E, 7th NC Troops, where he was detailed as a teamster), on 8 Oct 1865. Gilliam Lewis was a witness. (Gilliam is listed in the 1870 census at age 27 years, with his wife Tempy S. Lewis, farming, living next to Josiah and Mary Lewis and kids, as well as Griffin and Cassandra and family. They seem unlikely to be brothers, since they are both listed at age 27!)

Griffin and Cassie had two children we know about: Celina Rosabella (b. 6 May 1868) and John Fabius Lewis (b. 23 Sep. 1879). The 1870 census of Springfield TS, Nash County, NC shows Griffin farming,and Cassandra with Rosabella, age 2, and James R. Lewis, age 17, as a farm laborer.

(The 1860 Nash census shows James R. Lewis, aged 3, living with Dempsey Lewis (39) and Sally Lewis (19), with newborn John Lewis. However, James Ransom Lewis' death certificate from 1 May 1910 shows him to have been illegitimate, his mother named Mary Lewis, father not listed. James R. Lewis married Cassie's sister Mariah Ellen Peacock on 25 Apr 1875 in Wilson County, NC. Both are buried in Spring Hope, NC, with some of their descendants.)

The 1880 Nash Co. census shows the two Lewis households bracketing the elder Peacock household, with Griffin and Cassandra's two children, and Jame's and Mariah's daughter Nora Alice, age 3. Griffin and Alvin were farming, and James was a jeweler/mechanic. (The Alvin Peacock family also included their youngest son, Alvin McRae Peacock, born in 1862, who would die not long after.)

John Fabius Lewis married Lucretia Stilley(?), and lived in Middlesex, in Nash County, until he moved to Wake County sometime before 1932. Apparently they had a son named Hiram/Hyrum Lewis. Cassie died near Holly Springs in 1932, with John Fabius Lewis as the informant (and was buried there, in a graveyard we have not been able to locate).

No idea what happened to Rosabella Lewis.

Long story. Other Peacock descendants are interested in connecting with descendants of Cassandra and Griffin. We have been collecting, copying and sharing photgraphic images and family papers.

We would appreciate any info on Griffin's ancestry, his death and burial place and circumstances, and any afmily info about descendants.

Thanks in advance!

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