Hillsborough County, Florida



Asa Asbury Lewis was born in 1831 in Twiggs County, Georgia, son of James and Mahala (Storey) Lewis, who were natives of Orange County, North Carolina. Several years after Asa Asbury Lewis was born, the family moved to Lowndes County, Georgia.

Asa married Nancy Browning who was born in Lowndes County on March 29, 1835, daughter of Joshua and Lydia (Godwin) Browning and granddaughter of Hardy Godwin.

Their children:

1. Susan Mahala Lewis, born September 28, 1858; died September 12, 1936; married John W. Gallagher. Buried in Bethlehem Cemetery near Dover, Florida.

2. William Henry Lewis, born September 2, 1859; died July 8, 1940; married Sarah Jane "Sally" Singletary. Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade.

3. Harriet Lewis, born April 25, 1861; died December 18, 1948; married Joseph Cooper Pearce. Buried at Hurrah Cemetery at Picnic, Florida

4. Asa James Lewis, born January 20, 1863; died June 29, 1942; married 1st, Isabelle Johnson; married 2nd, Mrs. Maude Cole Pender.

By 1860, the Lewis family had settled in Colquitt County, Georgia where they were farming. On May 11, 1862, Asa Asbury Lewis enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Private in Captain Edmondson's Company C, 61st Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. He died at Staunton, Virginia on June 27, 1862. On September 9, 1864, Mrs. Nancy Lewis widow of Asa Lewis received $92.60 for her husband's service, from the Treasury Department of the Confederate States:

1 month & 18 days @ $11 per mo $17.60
Commutation for clothing 25.00
Bounty 50.00

Prior to 1870, Mrs. Nancy Lewis & her four children along with her brother-in-law, Matthew Lewis, his wife & children & mother-in-law, Sarah Wincey, moved to south Florida by wagon and oxen, bringing their livestock and worldly goods. Family friends, the Yates, who had previously moved to Florida, had written and urged the Lewis' to join them in this wonderful country. The families all settled along the Alafia River in the Picnic area, farming and raising livestock. Nancy B. Lewis died on December 28, 1913 and was buried in Bethlehem Cemetery near Dover, Florida.

Sources: Census: 1850 Lowndes County, Georgia; 1860 Colquitt County, Georgia; 1870, 1880 & 1885 Hillsborough & Polk County, Florida; Whidden Funeral Home records at Bartow, Florida; Information from Mrs. Zephyr Alderman; Mrs. H. M. Wiggins, Mr. Ben Pearce; compiled by Mrs. W. R. Durrance.

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