The following information is credited to Elmyra Royse (Mrs. Dayton Royse) nee Elmyra McGuire. The papers of Mrs. Royse were donated to the Oklahoma Genealogical Society by her son after her death. We of the Lewis and Hopkins families greatly appreciate all her efforts and many years of research, which included these families. I have spent many months reading and sorting and have come to realize the amount of work over many years that went into them.
I would also like to thank Laura Flebbe of Tulsa, OK for many hours spent copying and then forwarding these papers.
Griffith Lewis was taxed in Washington Co., VA, 1782, 1783, and 1785; lists for years immediately following are missing. Although it is quite possible that there was an earlier marriage, he was probably the Griffey Lewis married by Nicholas Reagan in Washington Co. to Mary Brown - undated. (VA. Colonial Abstracts, Vol. 34, Washington Co. Marriages, 1782-1820, Beverly Fleet, 1949, reprinted 1966, page 48.)
I have abstracted the following from the original records of Lee Co., VA: 14 March 1797, Doswell Rogers of Lee Co., VA to Griffin Lewis of same, for 30 pounds, 100 acres in Lee Co. on north side of Clinch River above the Big Falls...acknowledged and ordered recorded 10 April 1798. (Deed Book 1, page 102)
15 Aug. 1800, Stephen Walling of Sullivan Co., TN to Griffeth Lewis of Lee Co., VA, for $125, 248 acres in Lee Co. on the waters of Clinch River (name also given as Griffey Lewis); deed witnessed by Wills Jones, Joshua Thompson, Doswell (x) Rogers. Proved and ordered recorded 14 July 1801. (Deed Book 1, page 240)
Although Lee Co. tax lists started in 1795, Griffith Lewis first appeared: 1801, 3/27 Lewis, Griffy 1 male 16-up 3 horses 1803 Lewis, Grifford 1 male 16-up 3 horses
9 June 1803, William McCutchin of Carter Co., TN, to Griffith Lewis of Lee Co., VA, for $75, 75 acres on north bank of Clinch River; witnesses, Wells Jones, Thomas Waddell, and Rebeckah (x) Lewis. (Deed Book 1, page 308)
1804, 3/26 Lewis, Griffith 1 male 16-up 3 horses 3/26 Lewis, Thomas 1 male 16-up 2 horses 1805, 3/25 Lewis, Griffith 2 males 16-up 4 horses 3/25 Lewis, Thomas 1 male 16-up 4 horses
1806, 4/1 Lewis, Griffith 1 male 16-up 2 horsesThe following is a copy of the orignial will of Griffith Lewis. It was written on both sides of a sheet of paper and where it had been folded, there was a portion which I could not decipher.
Virginia State, Lee Co., June the 25 day 1806 - In the name of God Amen, I Grifeth Lewis, being in a low state of health, but in my real state of mind, wish for to commit my sole to God who gave it and my body for to be buried at the discretion of my executors in a Christian way, and as for my portion of worldly goods that God hath bestowed on me, I wish for to bequeath in the following manner: To my sons Thomas and William I bequeath one hundred acres of land, the place where I now live, to be equally divided between them....for to have an equal divide of the balance with the other legatees.
I wish for to have my other land sold with my other goods at 12 months and one days credit, and after the money is collected my just debts payed by my executors, Thommas Lewis, Thommas Wadle, and Thommas Galyon, and for to give to each legatee an equal divide of the money: my beloved wife Mary, one shair; Rebeccah, one shair; Thommas, one shair: Anne, one shair; Polly, one shair; Rachel, one shair; Leah, one shair; William, one shair; Hana, one shair; Abraham, one shair.
I wish my just debts for to be collected and for to be equally divided between my legatees by my executors...my land of 248 acres under Powel's Mountain and my 75 acres which includes the mill. I will not warrant a patent title to ??? Signed this 25 day June 1806....Grifeth (x) Lewis Test: George Waddle; Thomas (x) Fulton (?)
26 Aug. 1806, Thomas Gilliam, Thomas Lewis, and Thomas Waddle, executors of Griffith Lewis, deceased, to Samuel Robinett of Lee Co., VA for $165, 248 acres in Lee Co. (Deed Book 2, Page 211). Thomas Lewis signed by mark (x).
In the copied will above, spellings are exactly as they appeared.