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Some Descendants of John Lewis - aqw01.htm

Some Descendants of John LEWIS Sr.

First Generation

1. John LEWIS Sr. was born in England. He died before 1690 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island.

REP. MEN of OLD RI FAMILIES, Vol. 4, page 2189.
    John Lewis is credited with having come from England in company with his four brothers in the early settlement of this country, locating in what is now Westerly RI; his brothers are said to have located near Boston. John is of record in Westerly in 1661, and was made a freeman of the town in 1668. He died in 1690 in Pawcatuck, and was buried just below the village of Westerly near the road leading to Watch Hill. His children were: Jonathan, John, Daniel, James, David, Isreal, Samuel and Dorcas, several of whom remained with their father.

RANDALL LEWIS, of Hopkinton RI, page 20 thru 27.
    The visionary traditional "three emigrant borther" fallacy seems to be attached to John who is said to have come from Wales to America, landing in Plymouth MA and locating in Newport, RI where he is supposed to have resided for a few years until his fiancee arrived from over seas to wed and become the head of a prolific branch of Lewis race in little Rhody.

    John Lewis is first mentioned in the Rhode Island records as signing the articles of argreement about the settlement of Westerly on March 22, 1661. He was one of the founders of the town, and is supposed to have been at Newport, RI previous to this date, but the records of Newport were damaged during the Revolution, and this supposition therefore cannot be verified. On October 28, 1668, he was freeman at Westerly, and on May 18, 1669, his name appears on a list of the inhabitants of the town. He took the oath of allegiance on May 16, 1671, in response to a warrant issued to the inhabitants of Westerly to appear "tomorrow at Tobias Saunders home to see how they stand as to their fidelity to His Majesty and his colony." Before 1690 he died, and was buried just below the village of Westerly. Nothing is known of his wife.

PIONEER LEWIS FAMILIES, by Michael L. Cook, C. G. Vol. 1, Cook Publications, 1978, page 35.
    John Lewis was in Westerly in 1661 as he signed articles of agrement March 22ne of that year. John Lewis died before 1690 and was buried just below the village of Westerly, near the road leading to Watch Hill, on the east side of the highway. The place where he was buried is a large, unfenced spot, in the southeast corner of a field in front of the house owned at one time by Thomas E. Saunders. The land once belonged to the Lewis family, and afterwards to Arnold Kenyon. It is said that seven generations of Lewises are buried here, but there is no lettering on the stones. There is another Lewis burying ground in Westerly situated on the crest of a gravel hill, south of the house once owned by Pardon Lewis.

John married Ruth before 1658 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. Ruth was born in England. She died about 1705 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island.

They had the following children:

  2 M i
Jonathan LEWIS was born 1658 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. He died Aug 1710.

Pioneer Lewis Families, page 36.
Jonathan married (1) Jemima WHITEHEAD.
Jonathan also married (2) Deliverance CARMAN.
+ 3 M ii John LEWIS Jr. was born 1660 and died 29 Feb 1748.
+ 4 M iii Daniel LEWIS was born 1661 and died Feb 1718.
+ 5 M iv James LEWIS was born 1664 and died 6 Sep 1745.
  6 M v
David LEWIS was born 1667 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. He died 6 Sep 1718.
David married Elizabeth BABCOCK, daughter of James BABCOCK Jr. and Jane BROWN. Elizabeth died 1716.

m. Daniel Lewis, brother of James. one child of record, Elisha.
+ 7 M vi Isreal LEWIS was born 1669 and died 28 Jun 1719.
  8 M vii
Samuel LEWIS was born 1671 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. He died Jan 1739.

Lewis Genealogy, page 78.
    Samuel, will Aug 5, 1743; property to children.
    Samuel, Jonathan, Joanna, Sarah.
Samuel married Joanna.
  9 F viii
Dorcas LEWIS was born 1673 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island.

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