These are excellent pieces of information, I am so glad that you shared them. I think that some are import in putting this puzzle together.
I wrote you a detail response, then lost it by accidentally closing this before the message was complete, so I won't do that again.
But I will say that knowing that my Benjamin Lewis b ca 1811 SC, on his CSA enlistment papers (enlisted along with his oldest sons-and almost immediately died), he gave Lexington, SC as his place of birth. No indication whether he meant Lexington itself or Lexington Dist., but due to that I've been looking at the Lewis landholders in late 1700s/early 1800s in Lexington and adjacent counties. Found some familiar given names among the earlier SC landholders - Crawford Lewis, Benjamin Lewis (more than one or widely scattered holdings), etc. Some were in Newberry, Lexington, Edgefield, etc. and although I didn't look in Fairfield, it shares a border with Newberry.
I think that especially the Lewis men settled along both sides of the Saluda River in the Newberry/Edgefield/Lexington/Richmond corridor are likely candidates to be the ancestors and/or kin to the Benjamin Lewis (and others) that were very early settlers in early Henry county, before it was subdivided. I saw Crawford Lewis, Benjamin Lewis, and others that seem to reflect the names used in the later generations in AL. Seems likely these are kin, perhaps can be proven as ancestors. This line loves to carry the family given names across the descending generations.
Perhaps we can correspond further over this, and bounce ideas & research off each other.
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