Horry County, South Carolina Biographies

South Carolina Genealogy Trails

William Lewis of Horry County, South Carolina
1960 Charlotte Stevenson Printed in U.S.A. By The R. L. Bryan Company, Columbia, S. C.


Chapter       I William Lewis of Horry County, South Carolina.       1
Chapter      II The Eleven Children of William Lewis........       8
Chapter    III Descendants of Isaac Lewis.................     21
Chapter    IV Descendants of Hardy Lewis................     26
Chapter      V Descendants of Jonothan Lewis..............     52
Chapter    VI Descendants of Joel Lewis..................     67
Chapter   VII Descendants of Patrick Lewis................     79
Chapter VIII Descendants of Polly Lewis Nichols...........   121
Chapter   IX Descendants of Zilpha Lewis and William Gerald.  135
Index    ..........................................141-181

My mother, Mary Lewis Stevenson, the writer of this volume, about 1938 began recording her family recollections and collecting data on her Lewis kindred. Her manuscript was complete and almost ready for publication some years before her death on November 18, 1949.

However, because of publication costs and lack of opportunity at that time for final preparation of the material for printing, her notes were stored to await editing and publishing at a more convenient time. Only now, eleven years later, has the opportunity come to me to ready her work for publication.

Most of the material remains as she herself wrote it, unchanged and unrevised as to the time element. Hence, the use of the present tense in her narrative will involve many present-day discrepancies as to occupation, residence, offspring, and other elements subject to change. It should be clear that she is speaking of persons, facts, and conditions as they existed at the time of writing, about 1942. To revise the entire book, trace all branches of the family up to the present time, and rewrite the history from a 1960 viewpoint would have been a time-consuming and involved undertaking. Besides, the work is the product of my mother's thought and effort, already long overdue for publishing. I have attempted to add current data relating only to descendants of the Daniel Lewis line, since that information was more readily available than any other and obtaining it occasioned little delay. With other lines of descendancy traced to a point within readers' ready knowledge and memory, it will not be difficult for each branch to supply sufficient supplemental data to constitute complete and current individual family records.

James Daniel Lewis, who inherited the land records of William, Patrick, and William Patrick Lewis, found among them a deed which shows that the father of William Lewis was William Lewis of Albemarle County, Bertie precinct, North Carolina, a leather worker, who married the daughter of Thomas Banks, also of Bertie precinct, sometime before 1736. The area of North Carolina was originally included in Virginia. Bertie precinct was established in 1722 from part of Albemarle County, which extended from Virginia to the Cape Fear River and Clarendon County. Thomas Banks on Nov. 10, 1736, issued a deed of gift which reads in part as follows:

". . . for sundry good causes and considerations me hereunto moving but more particular for the good will and Effection which I have & do bear to my son in Law William Lewis of Bertie Precinct Cordwainer . . . give . . . one certain Plantation & Tract of Land lyeing & being in Bertie prect aforesaid Chinckapen Neck Containing by Estimation two hundred acres (more or less) Bounded thus Viz Beginning at a marked Oak Thence running along a line of mark trees to John Vanpelt's land it being my Plantation in Plum tree Neck formerly Conveyed to Abraham Bewlet from William Bush as Records will appear."

This deed was registered at the November Court in 1736, entered with I. W. Wynns, C. M., May 7, 1739. The document was witnessed by Thos. Lee, Jurat, and Isaac Lewis. The reference to the Van Pelt property is interesting, as it may furnish a clue to the ancestry of Mourning Van Pelt Lewis. Had this information been at hand earlier, research could have been done on the parents of the South Carolina pioneers.
Charlotte Stevenson 309 Wateree Avenue Columbia, S. C. March, 1960

As the senior member of my immediate family, many inquiries have been directed to me about the family history. Older persons who had interested themselves in family relationships had passed away and, though this subject had never held particular interest for me, I realized a chronicle of this sort was needed. I regret that those more competent to make this study did not make a written record before this time. My father, Daniel Lewis, about 1880, wrote a rather long account at the request of one of the relatives "in the West," which would have been invaluable. He was told that it was to become a part of a book on the family history. Though I had opportunity to see his paper, I did not take advantage of it, for my interest had never been in genealogy until I realized a few years ago that as the only surviving great-granddaughter of the pioneer, the little knowledge I possessed about his family would perish with me. My brother, William Patrick Lewis, has been helpful, and I acknowledge indebtedness to those who have informed me about their families.

After I dictated my own recollections, I wrote present-day representatives of the various branches of the family for their records, and then my daughters gave such time as they could spare to search old South Carolina records, where these were available. In the course of research, others of the same name who were contemporaries and neighbors were also followed through to see if the relationship guessed at could be established, but, though considerable information was amassed about these early settlers, the data revealed has been left out of the account. More effort went into a search for the ancestors of William Lewis, without success.

According to Robert Mills' Statistics of South Carolina, published in 1826, Horry County was settled about 1733, principally by emigrants from Ireland. The author says that Marion County was settled about 1750, chiefly by Virginians. From both counties considerable numbers immigrated to the West, by which was meant Alabama and Mississippi. Many of the family who moved were lost sight of in this way. Some branches of the family asserted that William Lewis was descended from Virginians who were definitely named, but reference to the well-known family referred to, which has preserved family records, showed no proof of relationship. James Norton, a descendant of William Lewis, asserted that William Lewis was descended from a former governor of Virginia, but there were no records at hand to corroborate this. As a man in public life, modest and characterized by a strong sense of integrity, Mr. Norton would not have made such a statement without a factual basis.

Another movement responsible for populating South Carolina was the removal of Welsh colonists from Pencader Hundred, New Castle County, Pennsylvania, to a large tract of land in South Carolina near the lands granted to William Lewis. The old Baptist church records of Pencader Hundred have been studied, as the Welsh were largely Baptists, though some were Quakers. There were many by the name of Lewis in the early Welsh tract, but no satisfactory identification was obtained; besides, Sellers' account was more strongly relied upon. He knew the Lewis family well. The names Cade, Cady, and Pennsylvania seemed to suggest identification with the Welsh colonists, but this was merely a guess. All the old Lewises were Baptist.

Several of my correspondents have inquired about the Lewis crest, but since the European origins of William Lewis and his wife are not known, naturally none of his descendants may properly use a crest. In any event, the use of heraldic devices was not popular with American pioneers. There are definite procedures for such usage and from my observation the practice is, generally speaking, highly unorthodox.

I have been troubled throughout by conflicting dates furnished me. Even brothers and sisters gave different dates for their parents and those gone before. I have tried to clear these where I could but am aware that errors will be found, which I regret, for the value of a study such as this lies in its accuracy.

Another point should be made: absence of reference to education and accomplishments implies no lack of advantages and attainments, but rather indicates that I had no knowledge of such facts either first-hand' or from others in the family.

I have always had a loving and, I believe, just pride in my family.. "Not many mighty, not many noble," but they have left their footprints on the sands of time and their influence still lives with us today. I believe these forebears merit our remembrance, and this genealogy has been prepared to honor them and to enlighten those who follow.
Mary Lewis Stevenson May, 1945

Chapter I

William Lewis of Horry County, South Carolina, was born in Virginia in 1740 and died in August, 1811. He settled close to Sandy Bluff on the road between Nichols and Galivants Ferry, South Carolina. Horry County Deed Book L, page 504, in describing land sold by Solomon Strickland to Richard Lewis, Sr., on September 29, 1832, describes one tract of land as part of a grant made in April, 1785, to William Lewis, of more than 991 acres lying near lands in the possession of Hardy Lewis and Patrick Lewis, his sons. His home place was inherited by his youngest son, Patrick, and is in the area of Horry County known as "Lewis Cross Roads." This place is marked on Mills' Atlas of Horry District, South Carolina, which was surveyed by Harllee in 1820. It is found on the road from the North Carolina line to "Cross Road," between Bek Creek and Cedar Swamp, near the junction of Cedar Creek and the Little Pee Dee River, on the east side of the river. The family burying ground is on Highway 17, between Mullins and Nichols, near Glenwood Lodge. Gravestones have been destroyed by wandering stock and forest fires, and the pioneer's grave is unmarked. The records of the War Department in Washington show that he served in the Revolutionary War in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, commanded by Lt. Colonel Francis Marion. He enlisted Nov. 4, 1775, but neither the company in which he served nor the period of his service is shown.

William Lewis' parentage could not be ascertained by amateur research. Several in the family had suggestions which were checked out, but his lineage could not be verified absolutely. Lewis families in the Welsh Neck Colony were checked, also the records of Lewis families in the "Pencader Hundred," for it seemed there were many of this name located on the Great Pee Dee River on land granted the Welsh colony by the Lord's Proprietors, but the search was to no avail. It is far more likely that he was Scotch-Irish, a descendant of the Scotch and English who had migrated in successive groups to Ulster in North Ireland. The earliest of these groups, by permission of James I, settled on estates of the outlawed earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnel, where they prospered until jealousy of English and Scotch landlords forced Parliament to pass acts restricting the Ulster exports of cattle, swine, sheep, butter, and cheese. These acts became more and more restrictive. In 1670 ships from Ulster were excluded from the American trade, and imports from America were banned. The Scotch-Irish then developed manufacturing, only to have export of textiles forbidden. Finally the Presbyterians were excluded from civil and military offices and their ministers were forbidden to perform marriages. These measures impelled the Scotch-Irish to seek homes in America. By this time most of them were too poor to buy land and they settled in free lands in the back country of the coastal colonies.

Major-General Roderick L. Carmichael, in The Scottish Highlander Carmichaels of the Carolinas, published in 1935 for private distribution, says this of the Lewis family:

This name appears as members of Clan McLeod of Lewis, one of the Western Isles of Scotland. There is an extensive family of this name in Marion and Horry Counties, South Carolina, descendants of William Lewis, an Ulster Scot who settled first in Virginia before the Revolution and later moved to Horry County, S. C. His ancestors were undoubtedly members of the great Ulster Scot group.

Major-General Carmichael used as his source material for this statement a quotation from a British publication, The Clans, Sefts and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands, and the family history given in A History of Marion County by W. W. Sellers, pages 480-484. Mr. Sellers' book was published in 1902 by The R. L. Bryan Company of Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. Sellers opens the account thus:

This family were from Ireland, and settled in Virginia. A son of this family, named William, came to South Carolina before the Revolution; he married Miss Mourning Vampelt (sic), a Hollander. Tradition informs us that her father and she came from Holland together, leaving his family in Holland; they came, as it seems, prospecting;, and got down into South Carolina, where they met up with William Lewis, and soon an attachment (mutual) sprang up between the two young people, and they got married; whereupon old man Vampelt (sic) went back to Holland for his family, and was never afterwards heard of. William Lewis settled in Horry County; they had and raised seven sons and two daughters; the sons were William, James, Isaac, Hardy, Joel, Jonathan and Patrick; the girls were Polly and Zilpha.

The 1790 census listed the "Heads of Families," and two by the name of William Lewis are listed in Georgetown District, Prince Georges Parish, where William Lewis made his home. These represent the father and son. One William Lewis had in his household three
free white males of sixteen years and upward, including heads of families; five free white males under sixteen; two free white females, including heads of families; and five slaves. The other William Lewis had in his household one free white male of sixteen years and upward, including heads of families; three free white males under sixteen; five free white females, including heads of families; and one slave.

William Lewis was appointed by the court to make a just and true inventory on Jan. 21, 1804, of the goods and chattels and personal estate of Joel Pitman of Horry District, whose will he witnessed Aug. 24, 1803 (Box 7, Bundle 1, Horry County Probate Court). Samuel Gerrald and James Floyd served with him. On Nov. 12, 1804, he, with his son Isaac and James Dawsey, made an inventory (recorded April 19, 1805) of the personal property of Elizabeth Garrell, late of Lake Swamp, Little Pee Dee. At the sale of her property held Nov. 29, 1804 (recorded in Box 3, Bundle 3, Package 31, Horry County Probate Court), he purchased a pair of peafowls. Other purchasers were Benjamin Lewis, Isaac Lewis, Thomas, John, and Samuel Garrell, and Daniel McQueen. William Lewis served Aug. 20, 1806, with Benjamin Sellers and Nathaniel Spivey to take "a true and perfect inventory" of William Norton's goods and chattels. William Norton's daughters Mary and Ruth had married William Lewis's sons Isaac and Joel, respectively. In the office of the Clerk of Court of Horry County in Deed Book A, page 182, there is the record of a sale of land by William Lewis to John Ford on Dec. 27, 1800, the same tract as that located by Joshua Lewis, the Deputy Surveyor for the District, Aug. 8, 1798.

The will of William Lewis was made May 14, 1811, and recorded Aug. 28, 1811. His wife survived him. He was said to have met Mourning Van Pelt in Charleston, where her father's ship was in port. The young couple were soon married. Her father, impressed by the possibilities for settlers, returned to Holland to settle his estate, planning to return with his family, but was never heard from again. William's will gives the correct names of his children, showing that Sellers' History erred in omitting Elisha and Sally. It will be noted that his son William was dead at the time the will was written. A copy of this will is filed in "Wills of Horry County," pp. 42-44, in the University of South Carolina Library, Columbia. The original is found in the Horry County Probate Court, Conway, South Carolina, Box 6, Bundle 1, Package 9. It follows:

In the name of God Amen
I William Lewis of the state of South Carolina Horry Dest. Being week in body but of sound mind and perfect memory and understanding praise be to God for the same I do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following

First I give and bequith to my Daughter Polley Nichols one Negro garl name Chaney and her Child named ginney to her and her heirs for ever.

Secondly I Give & devise and bequith to my daughter Salley Nichols one Negro Gairl Cald little Channey and her in crees to her and her Heirs for ever

Thirdly I Give & devise and bequeth unto my son James Lewis one Negro woman named Hannah and one peice of land Containing fifteen acres be the same more or lefs as we have agreed on a peice adjoining his line and my large Bible to him and his Heirs for ever

Forthly I Give & devise & Bequith to my son Isaac Lewis one Negro Gairl named Jude and her increes to him and His heirs for ever

Fiftley I give and devise & Bequith to my son Hardy Lewis one Negro Boy named Caleb to him and his Heirs for ever.

Sixtly I give & devise & Bequith to my son Jonathan Lewis one Negro Garl named Prifs and her incries and one Desk to him and his heirs for ever

Sevently I Give & devise & Bequith unto my son Joel Lewis one Negro Boy named Jerrey and one peice of land Lying on Little Pee Dee in Marion Distrect & state afore Said Containing two hundred and fifty acres be the same more or lefs the lower part of tract of land deeded to me by John Ford up to a line of marked trees agreed on heretofore to him and his heirs for ever

Eightly I Give & devise and Bequith unto my son Elisha Lewis one Negro Boy named Luke and one peice of land Lying on Little Pee Dee in Marion Distrect and state afore said Containing two hundred and twenty-five acres Be the Same more or lefs lying between the above land given to Joel Lewis and James Lewis line and one heifer to him & his heirs for ever

Ninthly I Give and Devise and Bequith to my daughter Zilpha Lewis one Negro Gairl name Alie and one hundred acres of Land lying in the Distrect and state afore said on Honey Camp Branch and one hors colt and one Cow and calf two year old hefers and one five year old stear and one father Bed and furniture to her and her heirs for ever

Tenthly I give and devise and Bequith to my son Patrick Lewis one Negro Garl named Viney and one Negro woman named hannah and her increes but My will is that the said Negro woman hannah Remains in My wifes Morning Lewis persefsion and to her use and Sarvis dureing her natral life and one Mair Colt and one Shot gun to him and his heirs for ever

Eleventhly I Give & devise & Bequith to my Grand Daughter and Grandson the heirs of William Lewis Decsd. to wit. Salley Lewis and Evret Lewis one Negro garl Named Taner and one hundred and sixty-six Dollars and the Interest that is to say the debt Due from Wm Alford And Thomas Frinks to be equally Devided Between them and stock of Cattle that Came by them of their father Stock to them and their heirs for ever

Twelvthly I Give & devise and Bequeth to my loving wife Morning Lewis one Negro Boy Named Parish and one sorrell Mair and one Feather Bed and furniture to be disposed of as she thinks proper. I allso lend to my loving wife dureing her Natral life the Plantation whare I now live and one Negro Man Named Peter and one Negro man named Mingo and one Negro Man Named Frank and all my stock of Cattle and hogs and horses and household and kitchen furniture and Plantation tools and all my property not above given to her use dureing her natral life and after my wifes decesd. I give and devise and Bequeth to my son Patrick Lewis my plantation and all my Lands Lying in Horry Distrect to him and his heirs forever I allso give and devise and Bequeth to my six sonsto wit James Isaac Hardy Jonathan Joel & Elisha After My wife Decsd. the three Negro Men lent to her to wit Peter Mingo & Frank to be Equally divided Between them And all the rest of my personly property that is lent to my wife after her deceas to be equally Devided Between all my children the heirs of Wm. Lewis Decsd. Excepted My Desier is that After my wife Deed, that my son Hardy Lewis shall have the above named Peter and pay his Brothers parts due them and to take Cear of said Peters Mother Nan as long as she may live And I do nominate Constitute and appoint James Lewis Hardey Lewis Jonathan Lewis and Joel Lewis my sole Executors of this my last will and testament hereby Revoking and making Voyd all and every other will or Wills at any time heretofore by me made and I do declare this to be my last will and testament in witnefs whare of I the said William Lewis have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 14th day of May one thousand eight hundred and Eleven and in the thirty fifth year of america Independence Signed Sealed and acknowledged in presents of Samuel Garrell Benjamin Lewis Cathren her Garrell
X mark                                                     William Lewis
Recorded August 23rd 1811 Henry Durant Ordy H. D.

The witnesses to this will may have been in the family connection, though this is not established. Mr. Sellers, in his History of Marion County, called attention to Samuel Gerald as "a noted Whig of whom it is said that the Tories sawed his leg to the bone or to the marrow to make him tell where his money was." A grandson of Samuel Gerrald (the modern spelling) was Levi Gerrald, of Marion County, whose wife was Elizabeth O. Williamson, daughter of John (Martha Owens) Williamson." Her paternal grandfather was Joseph (Mary Martha Jenkins) Williamson of London, England, and Georgetown, S. C, and her maternal grandfather was David Owens, whose first wife was Mary Palmer, and his second Mary Martha Jenkins Williamson. Martha Owens, his daughter by his first wife, married her step-brother, John Williamson. Samuel Gerrald is listed in the 1790 Census in Georgetown District, Prince Georges Parish. Cader Hughes, of Galivants Ferry, S. C. (whose grandson married the author), received the same treatment from the Tories and under that torture told where his "little keg" of money was hidden, keeping the location of his main resources to himself, according to tales still told in that section.

Benjamin Lewis (relationship unknown, but believed to be William's brother) is frequently mentioned in old records. He, with Samuel Garrell and Stephen M. Foxworth, according to the Horry County Bond Book, Probate Judge's Office, Conway (recorded in Box 3, Bundle 3, Number 31, on Oct. 12, 1804), were "holden and firmly bound unto Samuel Foxworth ordinary for Horry District in the full and just sum of Three Thousand lawful money of this State. . . the condition of this obligation is such that if the within bounden Benjamin Lewis administrator of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of Elizabeth Garrell Deceased. . ." Benjamin Lewis was the executor of the will of Lewis Harrelson, Marion District, South Carolina, made May 12, 1804 (recorded June 8, 1835, Marion County Will Book I, p. 272). Benjamin Lewis sold the Rev. Moses Smith, father of James D. Smith, husband of Celia Lewis, of Marion, the "Alagator Tract," according to Marion County Wills, Roll 731 (will made Sept. 19, 1843).

In the records of the Probate Court is found an inventory totaling $7,148.00, of all the goods, chattels, and personal estate of William Lewis on Sept. 19, 1811, made by James Floyd, Samuel Gerrald, and John Johnston. Listed are nineteen slaves by name, horses, cattle, sheep, swine, geese, poultry, crops growing in the field, twenty-three beehives, blacksmith's tools, demijohns, pewter, linens, cider barrels, iron ware, wheels, loom, tools, saws, traps, pepper mill, cotton gin, candle moulds, beds and furniture, fire dogs, guns, looking "glafs," bottles, "bophat" and furniture (an open cupboard, usually held blue plates), books, tinware, hides, tables, boats, desk, and trumpery. Lewis Floyd sold cattle from the estate to Fredrick Floyd, Pugh Floyd, Hardy Lewis, and others.

The children of William and Mourning Van Pelt Lewis were William; James; Isaac, born Apr. 13, 1775; Hardy; Jonathan; Joel, born 1781; Elisha; Patrick, born about 1791; Polly; Zilpha and Sally. The order of birth is not known, nor could birth dates be secured. Their lives and descendants will be set forth in the following chapters.

Chapter II

William Lewis
William Lewis, dead at the time his father's will was made May 14, 1811, died about 1801 in North Carolina. The record (Marion County Deed Book B, page 47) shows he sold land to Mr. Milsap on Feb. 7, 1799. He and his wife Elizabeth signed the deed, which was witnessed by Thomas Grice and Grice Stafford. On Jan. 28, 1801, he sold land to Mr. Crawford (sale recorded in Deed Book 13, page 32). He also sold land to Mr. Stafford (sale recorded Feb. 7, 1799, same book, page 55) and, on April 2, 1798, to Samuel Lewis (Deed Book A, page 168). The latter transaction was witnessed by his brother, Hardy Lewis, and by Joshua Lewis, the Deputy Surveyor.

William Lewis married Elizabeth Phillips, thought to be a daughter of Phillip Phillips. Their children were Sally (or Sarah), Everett, and Ruth. Records of the Marion County Probate Court as of Oct. 6, 1801, show the two girls as beneficiaries of William Lewis, "late of Little Pee Dee in Liberty County." They show also a petition of Sarah Lewis, a minor, to James McRae, Ordinary, Marion District, to appoint Collins Woodberry her guardian (Roll 444, dated Feb. 22, 1809). An inventory of the estate was taken Oct. 6, 1801, by the administrators, who were his daughter Ruth, his father, William, and Phillip Phillips, presumably his father-in-law. Nothing more is known of his descendants.

James Lewis
James Lewis, who died July 21, 1818, settled at Allans Bridge, Marion County, now in Dillon County. His wife was Charity Coleman and is mentioned in his will, which was made Oct. 6, 1816 (recorded July 31, 1818, Marion County Will Book I, Roll 445, page 121), and witnessed by his brother Isaac and by Jack Lewis. The will (appearing below) provided bequests to "school" his sons "Henerey" and "Maltre." Children of James and Charity Lewis were: Hymrick, who died as a young man and is buried on the Gilbert Johnson place near Millers Church; Henry; and Moultrie. No further information could be secured about this family, which inherited William Lewis's family Bible.

In the name of god amen
I James Lewis of the state of South Carolina Marion District being sick and week in bodey But of sound mind and perfect membrey Make this my last will and testament in Maner and form as fawethto wit

First after my familey moves and gits setled I give to my son Henrey Lewis my Black horse Sadie and bridle to his use for ever

Secondley my desier is that my loving wife Charitey Lewis keeps all the rest of my property and to lay out the money as she may think Proper to raise my children and school them and after her death to be eaquelly devided amongst all my heirs onley my son Henrey to have no more until the rest of my heirs Receives as much as I have given him

Allso I nominate and appoint my loving Wife Charitey Lewis & my son Henrey Lewis and my son Maltre Lewis my Exer ts to this my last will and testaments in Witnefs wheareof I have here unto set. my hand and seal this 6th day of October 1816 of america Independance
James Lewis (SEAL) Signed sealed and delivered In presents of Jack Lewis test Isaac Lewis
Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 121 Recorded July 31, 1818 Thos. Harllee, Ordy M. D. Roll No. 445

Isaac Lewis
Isaac Lewis, born April 13, 1775, enlisted June 29, 1812, in Captain Elisha Bethea's Company, 5th Regiment (Keith's), South Carolina Militia, as a private. His service ended Sept. 29, 1812. On Feb. 16, 1799, he married Mary Norton (born March 1, 1778), daughter of William Norton and Famariah Atkinson (whose first husband was Nathaniel Miller), of Millers Church, near Mullins, S. C. The father of Mary Norton Lewis, William Norton, and four of his brothers were Revolutionary soldiers. In the history of the Norton family, according to Sellers' A History of Marion County (pp. 475-480), the following account is given:

The first of this family came from England to New England, at a very remote period in the past, about the first of the seventeenth century; that his name was John; that he or one of his descendants, named John, afterwards came down to Virginia and settled near what is now Alexandria, Va. This Virginia John had five sons, all of whom were soldiers in the Revolutionary War; one of them, James, served in Washington's guard as a Sergeant; another one of them was taken prisoner and died in a prison ship, in Charleston harbor, in 1780 or 1781. Their names were William, James, John, David, and Solomon. After the Revolution, the old man and two of his sons, James and John, went to Kentucky; two others of them came to South Carolina?€â€one, William, went to Georgetown, and the other went to Beaufort. William, the Georgetown one, went from Georgetown up into what was then called Kingston, now Horry, and took up large bodies of land. One grant that the writer has seen for 3,300 acres, below what is now called Green Sea, on the Iron Springs Swamp, just above its confluence with Lake Swamp. William Norton married a Widow Miller, maiden name not known, and she had at the time of their marriage four children?€â€two sons, Nathaniel and Elias Miller, and two daughters, Rebecca and Martha. Nathaniel Miller gave the land to and was one of the founders of the present Miller Church. The deed for it was made to Bishop Asbury, and is said to be now in the possession of Rev. Simeon Campbell. The two Millers lived and died near by, and are buried near where Valentine Martin lives. Of the two Miller sisters, one, Martha, married old Moses Wise, and the other, Rebecca, married old William Bryant. William Norton married the Widow Miller, as above stated, and had by her two sons, William and James and three daughters, Ruth, Martha, and Mary. Ruth married Joel Lewis, Martha married Norton Roberts, grandfather of the late Colonel John Roberts; and Mary married a Flood.

Mary Norton Lewis was referred to by name in the will of her father, William Norton, written Oct. 31, 1805 (recorded Aug. 1, 1806, Box 6, Bundle 3, Horry County Wills). There is no mention outside of Sellers' History of her marriage to a Mr. Flood.

Isaac Lewis was one of the purchasers at the sale held to settle the estate of James Floyd, Sr. (recorded in the Horry County Probate Court). He also purchased articles at the sale held to settle the estate of John Lewis Jan. 1, 1807. As mentioned before, he attended the sale of Elizabeth Garrell's personal property on Nov. 29, 1804, and purchased a peacock. His father bought two peahens. (This sale is recorded in Box 3, Bundle 3, Number 31, Horry County Probate Court.) Several transfers of land are recorded in the deed books: to his son Hugh Lewis, Nov. 28, 1811; to Lewis Mares in 1819; to Lazarus Lee the same year; and to Samuel Johnson in 1820.

Isaac and Mary Norton Lewis lived at Mullins, S. C, and moved to Mississippi about 1828. Their children were: Hugh, born May 22, 1800; Bryant, born June 6, 1803 (some correspondents gave the year as 1805), but no other record could be secured about him; Owen, born July 21, 1807 (no other record); Ervin, born 1808; Polly, born March 1, 1811 (no other record); Wilson, born Jan. 16, 1816; and Martha, born June 19, 1819 (no other record). Owen is left off some lists, and one correspondent gave 1808 as the year of his birth, so that the writer wondered whether the name was "Owen Ervin." Ervin is also spelled "Irvin" in some records. Chapter III deals with the known descendants of Isaac Lewis's children.

Hardy Lewis
Hardy Lewis enlisted as private Nov. 7, 1814, in Captain John Woodward's Company, 25th Regiment, in Major Lovelace Gasque's Battalion, South Carolina Militia. His service expired Dec. 5, 1814. He married Dicey Floyd, daughter of "Jimpsey" Floyd. In a summons on file in the Horry County Probate Court (Box 3, Bundle 1) he was named as one of the heirs of Elizabeth Floyd, whose husband, James Floyd, died Dec. 10, 1828. The estate was settled at a sale held March 15, 1831. He left several children. There was a close relationship between the Floyd and Lewis families, but none of the living descendants could trace the kinship. Hardy and Dicey Floyd Lewis lived on the west side of the Little Pee Dee, near the confluence of Lumber and Little Pee Dee Rivers, below Gilchrists Bridge. Hardy Lewis, with John Newson, John McLain, and the Rev. Moses Smith, about 1811 organized and built the first Methodist church in this section, which was visited by Bishop Asbury. Hardy Lewis's daughter, Celia Ann, married the pastor's son, James D. Smith.

Hardy Lewis bought 1,261 acres, with ten negroes, tools, and other things, on Oct. 28,  1819, from Samuel Gerrald, Sr., and his wife, Zilpha  (sale recorded in Horry County Deed Book B-l, page  176, Nov. 18, 1819). He also purchased a tract of 500 acres granted July 2, 1798, to Robert Stevens, and fourteen and a half acres from Benjamin Lewis on the south side of Cedar Creek near Cartwheel Bay. He sold these tracts to Lewis Floyd, son of James Floyd, Sr., Jan. 24, 1834 (deed recorded in Horry County Deed Book L, page 293). Robert Serls sold him 150 acres between Fifteen Mile Bay and Cartwheel, Jan. 30, 1821 (Deed Book B-l, page 220). The Probate Court records of Horry County show he went on bond as one of the administrators of the estate of George Elvis on March 22, 1813. He served as the auctioneer at the sale of the personal property of Samuel Gerrald held Dec. 28, 1836 (Horry County Probate Court Files, Box 3, Bundle 3, Number 32). He was one of the purchasers at the sale held to settle the estate of James Floyd, Sr., Dec. 10, 1828 (recorded in the Horry County "Sail Book," pages 41-3). His name appears in many other legal transactions in Marion and Horry Counties of that period?€â€for instance, property transfers to his son, William Lewis, 1836; to Celia Smith, his daughter, 1847; to William Lewis, 1847; to his son Joel, 1847; to his daughter, Margaret Lewis, 1850; and to his son, James Lewis, 1853. His wife, Dicey, deeded property to Joseph Lewis in 1850 and to Solomon Lewis in the same year.

Hardy Lewis died in Sept., 1857, and is buried near the Bullard place. His widow gave bond as administrator Sept. 31, 1847, with Isaac Lewis and Wade H. Grice, her son-in-law, going on her bond (copied below). The property was appraised (recorded in Roll 458, Marion County), Sept. 25, 1847, by George W. Reaves, Charles Reaves, and Averett Nichols, brother-in-law of Hardy Lewis.

Children of Hardy and Dicey Lewis were: William L., born Jan. 30, 1809; Celia Ann, born Feb. 25, 1811; Katie (Cada), born about 1813; Mourning, born Oct. 15, 1815; Margaret, born about 1817; Elizabeth (Betsy), born Sept. 2, 1820, died unmarried June 27, 1900, and buried in the Lewis cemetery; James R. (Jimpsey), born about 1827; and Joel William Patrick, born Feb. 5, 1829. Mr. Solon B. Lewis of Mullins, S. C, believes there was a first-born son of this couple called Isaac, who may have been the one who went on Dicey F. Lewis's bond as administrator. Chapter four takes up these children and their descendants.

State of South Carolina Marion District
Know all Men by these Presents:
That we Dicey Lewis, Isaac Lewis and Wade Grice, of Marion District, and State aforesaid, are held and firmly bound unto Edward B. Wheeler, Esquire, Ordinary of Marion District, in the just and full sum of Two Thousand Dollars, to be paid to the said Edward B. Wheeler, or to his successors, Ordinaries of this District, or their certain attorney or assigns, to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves and each of us, our and every of our heirs, executors, and administrators, for the whole, and in the whole, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents.

Sealed with our seals, and dated the 13th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven.

THE CONDITION of the above OBLIGATION is such, that if the above bounden Dicey Lewis, Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chatties, rights and credits, of Hardy Lewis, : deceased, shall make a true and perfect inventory and appraisement of all and singular the goods, chatties, rights and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of the said Dicey Lewis; or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her, and the same so made, do exhibit into the Ordinary's office in Marion District in order to be recorded on or before the first day of November, next ensuing; and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chatties and credits, do well and truly administer according to law; and further, do make a just and true account, calculation and reckoning of the said administration when thereunto required, and pay the same to such person or persons as shall be entitled thereto by law; And if it shall hereafter appear that any last Will and Testament was made by the said deceased; and the executor or executors therein named, obtain a certificate of the probate thereof, and the same be allowed and approved by the said Ordinary, then if the said Dicey Lewis shall deliver up the said Letters of Administration, approbation of such Testament being had and made to the said Ordinary, then the above obligation to be void and of none effect, or else to be and remain in full force and virtue.
Dicey X Lewis (L. S.)
(her mark) Isaac Lewis (L. S.) Wade H. Grice (L. S.) Witness:
S. H. Price
Copied from Roll 458, Judge of Probate's Office, Marion County, S. C.

Joel Lewis
Joel Lewis in 1807 married Ruth Norton (born 1790; died 1832), sister of Mary Norton, the wife of his brother Isaac. Her father, William Norton, in his will made Oct. 31, 1805 (recorded Aug. 1, 1806, Box 6, Bundle 3, Horry County Wills), left to her 412 acres "joining James Johnstonson land on the west side of the iron spring branch"; 216 acres "joining Sara Foley's land," which was surveyed by Steven Foxworth; and personal property. Another record shows Joel Lewis at "the sail of the deceased John Lewis estate" on Jan. 1, 1807, with his father-in-law, William Norton.

Joel Lewis lived with his family near Millers Church, Mullins, S. C, but moved to Augusta, Perry County, Mississippi, about 1818.

He died in 1853. The children were: Daniel, who became a doctor but could not be traced any further; Cada, born 1809; Jane, born 1810; Mary, born 1820; Celia, born about 1822, died unmarried; Caroline, died unmarried; Adeline, twin of Caroline; Patience; Everett, born Nov. 20, 1826; Minerva, born 1828; and Hugh, born 1832. Chapter VI is devoted to the descendants of Joel, as far as they could be traced.

Elisha Lewis
Elisha Lewis lost the sight of both eyes before reaching maturity and died unmarried. He signed a receipt Sept. 19, 1811, reading: "Rec'd of the executors of William Lewis, dec'd, one negro boy named Luke and one three-year-old hiefer and two hundred and fifty acres of land."

Patrick Lewis  
Patrick Lewis in 1815 married Nancy Ann Floyd of Floyd's Township, Horry County. She was a half-sister of Frederick ("Fed") Floyd (born 1795), who kept the ferry at Nichols. Dred Mincy, son of Bryant and Martha Mincy, married one of her sisters. As has been mentioned before, the Floyds of this time and the Lewis family were related, but the degree of kinship is not known. Nancy Floyd may have been a near relative of Dicey Floyd, who married Hardy Lewis. Frederick Floyd, half-brother of Nancy Floyd Lewis, left children, who were: Allen J.; Herman P.; Francis (his wife was Ana Eliza) ; Rosa Angelina; Temperance; Susannah; and Harriett. Another cousin of the children of Nancy Ann Floyd Lewis was Fred Floyd, who married Nancy Floyd, and their children were Fannie, born Oct. 29, 1862, wife of Ree Worley, died in 1926; Lue, who married a Cribb; Addie, who married an Elliott; Jennie, who married a Worley and died in 1909; Jonce; Bud; and Mark. All of these were relatives, but the Floyd cousins themselves did not know their relationship to the Lewis family but "claim kin."

Patrick inherited the home place of William Lewis and lived all his life in Horry County close to Sandy Bluff on the Nichols road. His name is often found in the old records. He was one of the purchasers at the sale held to settle the estate of James Floyd, Sr. on June 18, 1828. He, with others, appraised the goods and chattels of the estate of Thomas Gerrald May 26, 1832, and at the sale Oct. 20, 1832, purchased some of the effects (Horry County Probate Court, Box 3, Bundle 3, Number 33). He performed a similar service for the estate of Henry Avant Jan. 16, 1833 (same file, Number 32), and purchased some of the effects of Samuel Gerrald on Dec. 28, 1836 (same bundle). With John Granger and Frederick Floyd, his brother-in-law, he took inventory of the personal property of Hugh Floyd, Jr. on Oct. 30, 1847 (Horry County Probate Court, Box 3, Bundle 1, Number 6). He witnessed many legal documents for his neighbors. The Reforts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina (page 78) show that he, with Pugh Floyd and Thomas Sessions, was appointed Commissioner of Free Schools for Horry County (Kingston). He was appointed magistrate Dec. 18, 1840 (page 70, Reports and. Resolutions).

Patrick Lewis died Oct. 26, 1864. His personal effects and his stock were sold Jan. 5, 1865. His son, Daniel Lewis, father of the writer, bought his old desk for $525 (Confederate money). It was inherited by his oldest son, Alexander Lorenzo Lewis, who sold it to an antique dealer about 1925. The dealer found it very valuable and in a wonderful state of preservation. Patrick's children?€â€Alexander, Margaret, Wilson, and William?€â€and the widow purchased the major part of the possessions. Attached to the file was a listing by name of fifteen negroes of the estate who were hired out. The highest price paid for the services of these negroes was $700 paid by Lewis A. Gerrald, son of Patrick's sister, Zilpha Lewis Gerrald.

Daniel Lewis, son of Nancy Ann Floyd Lewis (called Ann Lewis in some of the legal papers) and administrator of her estate, made petition on Oct. 19, 1866, to sell his mother's personal property, and the property was sold Nov. 29, 1866. Purchasers at the sale were Nancy Ann Lewis's sons Daniel and Wilson, who chose such things as tools, bottles, jugs, harness, buggy, fire dogs, pewter and tinware, cups, saucers, dishes, bowls, spoons, bed, rice, cotton seed, fodder, mortar, and a table. Capt. Leonard Marion Edwards, who had married her fifth child, Leoma Martha Ann Emma Eliza Lewis, bid on many articles, as well as her daughter Patience Adeline, then unmarried, who chose, among other things, books, spinning wheel, and the family Bible. Pinckney Gerrald, Adeline's first cousin, whom she was to marry later, son of William and Zilpha Lewis Gerrald, bought, among other things, the "baufat," and the writer saw this many times in their home. It held beautiful antique plates, which were sold by the daughter-in-law who inherited them to an antique dealer about 1935. Nancy Ann Lewis's granddaughter, Adeline Martin, daughter of Molsey Lewis Martin, also bought effects, as did Margaret Floyd, her seventh child. Her grandson, William Ichabod Gerrald, son of her sister-in-law, Zilpha Lewis Gerrald, purchased several things.

The children of Patrick and Nancy Ann Lewis (order of birth unknown) were: Wilson, born Dec. 25, 1820; William; Daniel, born July 31, 1825; Alexander; Leoma Martha Ann Emma Eliza, born March 24, 1834; Molsey; Margaret (born 1830); Patience Adeline, born Feb. 3, 1836; and Zilpha Helen Sarah Amantia, born April 30, 1837. Chapter seven deals with their descendants.

Polly Lewis was married to Averett Nichols of Columbus County, N. C, at the time her father's will was made. Mr. Nichols signed the receipt Sept. 19, 1811, for the slaves left her by her father. Averett Nichols was one of the appraisers of the property of Hardy Lewis, his brother-in-law, on Sept. 24, 1847. As he lived in North Carolina, he is not often mentioned in the South Carolina records. In A History of Marion County   (page  189), Sellers says:

The Nichols family, so far as the county is concerned, sprang from old Averett Nichols, of Columbus County, N. C. His youngest son, Averett, born 8th March, 1803, settled in Marion County in 1830.

There were several children, but Edith, born Apr. 1, 1798, Averett, Mar. 8, 1803 Alice born 1808 and Pensy, are the only ones known. Polly Lewis Nichols died Jan. 7, 1896.  Chapter eight gives all the data collected on their descendants.

Jonathan Lewis
Jonathan Lewis, birth date unknown, enlisted as a private in Captain James Johnson's Company, 27th Regiment, Major Lovelace Gasque's Battalion, South Carolina Militia, on Oct. 30, 1814. His service expired Dec. 5, 1814. He was twice married, first to Susannah Porter, daughter of Samuel Porter, the first sheriff of Robeson County, N. C. His second wife was Ferebe Strickland, also of Robeson County, N. C, who died March 10, 1859. Her father, William Strickland, is listed in the 1790 census as being in Robeson County, N. C. Horry County Deed Book L (page 187) lists Jonathan and Fereby Lewis, Matthew and Zilla Strickland, Daniel and Edith Johnson, Solomon Strickland, and Bee Dee Strickland as the lawful heirs of William Strickland, deceased. Some descendants of William Strickland and his daughter, Ferebe Strickland Lewis, laid claim in 1940 to the oil lands of the Humble Oil Company of Texas, which were found on property in southeastern Texas owned by John Strickland, a relative, who died intestate and unmarried. The lack of suitable proof of descent and the large number of claims made a favorable settlement extremely unlikely, and the claimants gained nothing. An effort was made on Oct. 22, 1842, to settle part of the Strickland estate in South Carolina. It consisted of 547 acres on Lake Swamp, granted to William Strickland July 6, 1779, a tract of 2,114 acres granted to him April 10,  1793; and a tract of 132 acres granted March 4, 1802.

As shown by Horry County records (Deed Book A-l, page 269), Jonathan Lewis on June 7, 1804, witnessed a real estate transaction transferring to Samuel Gerrald land on the Little Pee Dee which had been granted to Benjamin Gerrald on Feb. 2, 1801. Also, on June 5, 1804, he witnessed the transfer to Samuel Gerrald of a tract which Benjamin Gerrald had been granted on May 7, 1787. William Ichabod Gerrald, son of Zilpha Lewis Gerrald, tenth child of William Lewis, bought land of Solomon Owens (whose first wife was Catherine Gerrald) described (Horry County Deed Book L, page 495) as adjoining lands granted to Jonathan Lewis and to Benjamin and Samuel Gerrald, the latter receiving his grant April 15, 1802.

Jonathan Lewis's home was near Millers Church, Mullins, S. C. His children by the first marriage were Sarah, who died before maturity, and Evan, born in 1807. The children of the second marriage were Pennsylvania, born Jan. 24, 1811; William Strickland, born Nov. 21, 1815; and Joel, born about 1818. Jonathan Lewis made his will July 9, 1849, and died in August the same year. The will (recorded in Marion County Will Book 2, Roll 461, page 122) was witnessed by John L. Harrelson, Lewis H. Harrelson, and Wade H. Grice, husband of the testator's niece, Mourning Lewis, the daughter of Hardy Lewis, and it was sworn to on Aug. 21, 1849. It appears below. Bequests were made to his daughter "Pency," wife of John Norton; to his son Joel; to his wife "Ferebee"; and to his sons, Evan and William S. Lewis. Chapter V deals with Jonathan Lewis's descendants.

WILL OF JONOTHAN LEWIS In the Name of God amen
I Jonothan Lewis of the State of South Carolina Marion District being weak in body but of sound and perfect memory and understanding do make and ordain this my last will and testament in words following to witfirst I give and bequeath unto my son Evan Lewis one negro boy named Ebb to him and his heirs forever

-secondly I loan to my daughter Pency Norton and hir husband John Norton dureing their natural life one negro woman named Vina and her two children Sarah and Elemy and one negro girl named Rebecca and one negro boy named Jack and at their death I give and bequeath all the above named negroes and their increase unto my daughter Pency Nortons children and their heirs forever

-thirdly I give and bequeath unto my son William S. Lewis one negro boy named Elie to him and his heirs forever also one plantation or tract of Land in Horry District haveing such shape and form as the plats and Grants in my possession doth shew to him and his heirs forever

fourthly I give and bequeath unto my son Joel Lewis one negro girl named Nancy and her two children Henry and Jane and two negro boys named Cary and Tom and their increase to him and his heirs forever fifthly I give and bequeath unto my wife Ferebee Lewis one negro girl named Jenny to be disposed of in whatever way she may think proper I also loan unto my wife Ferebee Lewis one negro man named Frank one named Mingo one named Joseph and one negro woman named Lettice and her two children Hardy and Sarah and my plantation where I now live with all the plantation and working tools and all my household and kitchen furniture and as much of my cattle hogs, sheep and horses as she may need for her use dureing her natural life and after my wifes decease I give and bequeath unto my son Evan Lewis one negro boy named Mingo to him and his heirs forever I also loan unto my daughter Pency Norton and her husband John Norton dureing their natural life one negro boy named Joseph and at their death give and bequeath him unto my daughter Pency Nortons children and their heirs forever I also give and bequeath unto my son William S. Lewis one negro man named Frank and one negro woman named Lettice and her two children Hardy and Sarah and their increase unto him and his heirs forever It is also my will that my negro woman Priss for past services shall not belong to any of my children, but that they shall let her alone and take care of her dureing her life and I do nominate appoint Evan Lewis William S. Lewis and John Norton my sole executors of this my last will and testament hereby revokeing and making void all and every will made by me before or at any time hereby declareing this to be my last will and testament in witness whereoff I the said Jonothan Lewis have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of July 1849
Jonothan Lewis (SEAL)
signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of
John L. Harrelson
Lewis H. Harrelson
Wade H. Grice

Zilpha Lewis
Zilpha Lewis married William Gerrald and lived in Horry County near Galivants Ferry. The Horry County Deed Book L, page 457, shows that she and her son, Lewis Gerrald, granted 1,261 acres to her second son, William Ichabod Gerrald, March 11, 1848. The land was located in Horry County on the northeast side of Little Pee Dee River and north of Lake Swamp. Page 495 of the same book shows that William Ichabod Gerrald bought land in this area, part of the original Samuel Gerrald tract, from Solomon Owens, son of David (Mary Martha Williamson, nee Jenkins) Owens. Catherine Gerrald was the first wife of Solomon; his second wife was Rachel Brown, and his third was Annie Flowers. The property adjoined lands of Samuel Gerrald, Jonathan Lewis, and Benjamin Gerrald. Zilpha Lewis Gerrald made her will Nov. 28, 1854, and added a codicil Mar. 28, 1857, the year she died. The will (filed in Box 11, Bundle 19, number 2, of Horry County) is as follows:

In the name of God Amen I Zilpha Gerrald of the State of South Carolina Horry District calling to mind the uncertainty of life and certainty of death do make and ordain this my last will and testament in words following to wit first I give and bequeath unto my son Lewis Gerrald a negro man named Alfred and a woman named Liley and her children Civil Allen Emeline Ann Rite Hollin Elvy Orry and Neal to him and his heirs forever.

Secondly I give and bequeath unto my son Pinckney Gerrald a negro man named Luke and a woman Ava and her children Martha Calvin Wesley Atlas Ady Loranzo Sarah and Siller and a man named Arnold them and their increase to him and his heirs forever.

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my son William I Garrald Laney and her children Carolina Griffin Mary Azor Jane Everett Green and Tilman and a man named Rollins and a girl named Hannah and a woman named Alecy them and their increase to him and his heirs forever.

Fourthly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Zilpha Susannah Harrelson a man named Frank and a woman named Vina and her two children Temperance and Rollins and a woman named Eliza and one named Sarah and a boy named Evan them and their increase to her and her heirs forever. It is also my will that my negro man named Edmund shall be equally divided between my four children. I also give and bequeath unto my son William I Gerrald one bed and bedstead and all its furniture also one slab and Loom and all its gear and it is then my will that all the ballance of my household and kitchen furniture and stock of all kinds (sheep excepted) be equally divided among all my children my sheep to be divided equally between my three sons and I do nominate and appoint Lewis Gerrald Pinckney Gerrald and William I Gerrald my sole executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all and every will made by me before or at any time declaring this to be my last will and testament in writing whereof I the said Zilpha Gerrald have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 28th day of November 1854.

Her witnesses were Patrick Lewis, her brother, Evan Lewis, her nephew, and Henry Gerrald, the latter making his mark. The codicil related to the negro Edmond, who was to be given to her daughter, Zilpha Susannah Harrelson. The children of Zilpha and William Gerrald were Pinckney, born Oct. 22, 1822; William Ichabod, born July 10, 1824; Betsy, died unmarried; Lewis A., born Feb. 24, 1820; and Zilpha Susannah, born May 13, 1827. Chapter nine takes up the story of this branch of the family.

Sally Lewis
Sally (Sarah) Lewis married Elias Nichols, brother of Averitt Nichols, who married her sister, Polly Lewis and son of Coleman Nichols of Bladen County, N.C., who owned land in South Carolina. Elias Nichols signed a receipt for a slave left his wife under William Lewis's will. In the Horry County Deed Book A-l, page 252, there is a deed from Coleman Nichols, planter, giving "my well-beloved son Elias 200 acres of land lying and being situate in the state of S. C. and District of Georgetown on the northeast side of Little Pee Dee River on a branch of Lake Swamp called Honey Camp." The deed, dated Sept. 27, 1802, was signed in the presence of William Strickland, father-in-law of Jonathan Lewis, Beedy (Bee Dee) Strickland, and  Ephriam Nochols, brother of Elias and Averitt Nichols.  This Nochols land is mentioned in Matthew Strickland's will (Horry County Probate Court, Box 8, Bundle 1), dated Feb. 14, 1846. Elias Nichols was appointed Dec. 17, 1841, by the General Assembly of South Carolina to hold elections at Gilchrists, Marion County, constitutional name Liberty (recorded in Re forts and Resolutions, page 99). However, nothing more is known of Sally Lewis Nichols and descendants.

Chapter III

Hugh Lewis
The oldest son of Isaac Lewis was Hugh, born May 22, 1800. He first married Elizabeth Jane Ball of Virginia, a relative of George Washington's mother, on Nov. 2, 1820. His second marriage was to Mrs. Caroline McGruder Dec. 13, 1859. There were six children by the first marriage: Harmon, born Sept. 13, 1821, died July 24, 1854 (no other record); Irvin Edward, born Dec. 4, 1823; Mary E., born May 23, 1825; Rebecca Ann, born Nov. 6, 1827; America, born Nov. 6, 1828 (no other record); and Iddo, born Apr. 8, 1831. There were three children by the second marriage: Bettie, born Dec. 15, 1860 (no other record); Lena, born Oct. 11, 1865; and Walter Henry, born Aug. 11, 1872. The home was first in Liberty County, Miss., later at Madison Station, near Jackson, Miss.

Dr. Irvin Edward Lewis first married Mary Jane Lancaster (born June 2, 1825; died July 22, 1861). His second wife was Catharine H. Lobdell, whom he married Dec. 22, 1864. Dr. Lewis died Mar. 3, 1877. Two children were born of the first marriage: Catharine Montgomery, born Dec. 18, 1848, who died a week before her wedding date; and Benjamin, always called "Ben," born Aug. 28, 1852, in Canton, Miss. Dr. Lewis's home was Clear Lake Plantation, now called "Lucknow," near Rayville, Madison Parish, La.

Ben Lewis married Lucy Ashton Burton June 4, 1881, and died July 15, 1904. His widow lives in New Orleans, has collected family data for nearly thirty years, and has a picture of Hugh Lewis and of Dr. Irvin Edward Lewis, father and grandfather of her husband. She visited the family plantation in Mississippi and copied the record in the family Bible. A clipping from the Times Democrat of July 16, 1904, gives the life of "Uncle Ben Lewis" in some detail, from which comes this quotation:

Mr. Lewis was born in Canton, Miss., in 1852, came to New Orleans when he was 17 years old. He entered the employ of the Ball-Lyons Company, but soon after engaged in planting. Later Mr. Lewis returned to the City, and established a drug store. During Birmingham's boom he left here to open a drug store in that City. He remained in Birmingham several years, and when he returned to the City fourteen years ago, he became connected with the I. L. Lyons Co. He leaves a widow and three children. The children of Benjamin and Lucy Ashton Burton Lewis were Irvin, Lucy Burton, and Emily Massie Lewis. Irvin was born Nov. 11, 1882, and died unmarried March 1, 1924, in Bishop, Calif. The Owens Valley Herald, Bishop, California, Inyo County, issue of March 5, 1924, is quoted:

The sad news of the sudden death of Irvin Lewis which occurred Saturday night, cast a gloom over this section. For it can be truthfully said that few young men here were held in higher esteem than Mr. Lewis. He seemed to take decided pleasure in doing for others and was never happier than when he was called upon or found the need for such help as he could give.

He first worked for the Southern Sierras, as an electrician, and never became well known in Bishop until the fall of the flu epidemic. After he recovered from an attack of this disease, he volunteered as a nurse in a hospital here, and night and day did everything possible for the comfort of his patients. He truly showed his real character during those strenuous times, and made friends he never lost. Mr. Lewis was a fine singer, and was liberal with his talents in that line.

During the holidays last year, he was practically the head of the Goodfellows Club and the success of that organization last year was due in great measure to his untiring efforts . . .

Irvin Lewis is buried in Metarie Cemetery, New Orleans, La., next to his first cousin, James Leon Lewis, son of Dr. James Leon Lewis and Emily Massie Burton. His sister, Lucy Burton Lewis, born Aug. 21, 1885, in New Orleans, married Newton H. Hewes on Feb. 28, 1923, and died May 31, 1937, leaving no children. Her home was in Gulfport, Miss. The third child of Ben Lewis, Emily Massie Lewis, was born in Birmingham, Ala., April 4, 1888, and on Nov. 24, 1909, married Eldon Claggett Upton. The home is at 6318 Willow St., New Orleans, La., and children of the marriage are Eldon Claggett, Jr., born May 14, 1911; Ben Lewis, born Aug. 16, 1913; and Robinson Miller, born Dec. 27, 1916. Eldon Claggett Upton married Leone Suydam, of Toronto, Canada, and has a child, Leone Suydam. He is a graduate of Tulane University and is in the life insurance business. Ben Lewis Upton married Josephine Murphy in 1938 and lives in Washington, D. C, where he is employed by the F. B. I. He has one child, Grace Emmett Upton. Robinson Miller Upton is a graduate of Tulane and of Harvard.

Mary E. Lewis, third child of Hugh Lewis, was born May 23, 1825, and married Thomas Ballou Feb. 7, 1844. Their children were Emily, Samuel, Iddo, Lawson, Pierce, Margaret, and Floyd. Two others died in infancy. Emily married Captain John Geiser and had two sons, Leon and Charles. Samuel married Rosa Montgomery and had a daughter, Minnie, who died young. Iddo married Kate Noland, but their two children, Tom and Maggie, died young. Lawson married Nettie Noland. Their children were: Kate, who died unmarried, after a successful business career; Irvin, who died at the age of three; Ethel; Lawson; Audrey (died in infancy); Pierce; and Nugent. Pierce, the son of Mary E. Lewis Ballou, married Bessie Kirk. Margaret Ballou married and had one child. There is no record of Floyd Ballou.

The fourth child of Hugh Lewis, Rebecca Ann Lewis (one correspondent gives her date of birth as Nov. 6, 1827; another as May 8, 1828), on April 28, 1847, married Benjamin Lee Sutherland and had one son, Dr. Hugh Lewis Sutherland, born April 27, 1848. On Jan. 24, 1876, he married Ethel Cosby Burrus (born March 15, 1858), daughter of Judge John Crawford (Margaret Louise McGehee) Burrus. Dr. Sutherland was County Health Officer for Bolivar County, Miss., and lived at Rosedale, Miss. He died Feb. 16, 1915. Mrs. Sutherland is listed in the Abridged Comfendium of American Genealogy, Vol. Ill, p. 431. She is a descendant of James Coleman, who came to Maryland from England before 1740, and his wife, Mary Key of Maryland. She is also a descendant of James MacGregor, the son of Patrick, chief of the clan. James served as a Major in the Scottish Army, changed his name to McGehee, and settled in York County, Va., in 1653. Another ancestor was Patrick Jack (1701-1785), who moved from Pennsylvania to Mecklenburg County, N. C, in 1730 and kept an inn at Charlotte. His wife was Charlotte McAdoo.

The first of the Sutherland children was Percy Postell, born Nov. 18, 1878, who died unmarried March 29, 1914. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1899 and was a Spanish-American War veteran. His twin, Hugh Lewis, died July 15, 1879. The third child, John Burrus, was born May 14, 1881, and died July 27, 1899, while a student at the University of Mississippi. The fourth, Re Lewis Sutherland, was born July 14, 1885, and is a graduate of Ward-Belmont. On Oct. 28, 1908, she married Roger Barton Johnson and lives in Cleveland, Miss. Her children are Sutherland and Jessley Johnson. Dr. Sutherland's fifth child was Hugh Lewis II, born July 11, 1892, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, who saw service in the AEF, winning citations and a decoration. The sixth child was Capt. Charles Fearn Sutherland, born Aug. 15, 1896, a graduate of A. and M. College, Mississippi, 1917. He served in the 69th Infantry in World War I and earned a citation. He married Dorothy Crane, daughter of Joseph Crane, Feb. 16, 1920. His second wife was Eleanor Troger. Charles Fearn, Jr. was born of the first marriage and Margaret Carlyle of the second. The seventh child of Dr. and Mrs. Sutherland was Louise McGehee, born Nov., 1899 (no other record).

The sixth child of Hugh Lewis, Iddo, married Susan Warren Dec. 7, 1853. They had several children, one of whom, Iddo, married Katherine Galloway (born Feb. 29, 1868). Their children were: Sarah, born Dec. 11, 1893, died in youth; Hugh, born July 19, 1895; James Iddo, born Jan. 9, 1901; and Alfred George, born Sept. 20, 1903. Their home is in New Orleans.

Lena Lewis, child of Hugh Lewis by his second marriage, married Thomas Jones, but had no children. Dr. Walter Henry Lewis, the youngest child, married Laura Jones, sister of Thomas Jones. He had one child, Hugh, and moved to Chicago, 111.

Ervin Lewis
Ervin Lewis, the fourth child of Isaac Lewis, married Miss Owen and lived at Byrum, Miss. He was a very wealthy man and had one son, James, who married Emma Catchings of Mississippi. There were two children of this union: Dr. James Leon Lewis, born Nov. 28, 1875, and Minnie. Their parents died when these children were quite young and they were reared by the Catchings. Dr. Lewis graduated in medicine at Tulane University, New Orleans, became professor of internal medicine there, and taught in the graduate school. On May 12, 1898, he married Emily Massie Burton, sister of Lucy Ashton Lewis, who had married Dr. Lewis's second cousin, Ben Lewis. Dr. Lewis died in 1937, and his children were: James Burton Lewis, born Feb. 27, 1899, died July 21, 1900; James Leon, Jr., born Apr. 9, 1901, died Oct. 11, 1913; and Emily Ashton, born May 11, 1914, graduate of Sophie Newcombe, who died March 28, 1936. Dr. Lewis's sister, Minnie Lewis, married Dudley Jones, but there is no other record of her.

Wilson Lewis
The sixth child of Isaac Lewis, Wilson, married on Oct. 28, 1836, Lucinda Owens (born Sept. 16, 1817, died Feb. 6, 1881). He died April 7, 1854. Their children were Hugh Bryant, born July 30, 1837, died Jan. 6, 1903; Frances Victoria, born Nov. 27, 1839, died June  6,   1854   (no other record);   Hardy W., born July  7,   1841, killed at Petersburgh, Va., Oct. 7, 1864; Forbes, born May 8, 1843; Washington, born May 22, 1845, moved to Texas, descendants unknown; Mary E., born Sept. 26, 1848; Charles, born Mar. 31, 1851, died in infancy; and Wilson, born Jan. 29, 1854 (no further record).

Hugh Bryant Lewis on Jan. 19, 1870, married Nannie Yates Snoddy (born Oct. 15, 1836, died Apr. 14, 1920; buried at Seymour, Texas). Their children were Lucinda, born Dec. 2, 1872 (no other information); Alice, born Nov. 28, 1875; and Ross, born Aug. 18, 1878 (no other information). On Dec. 23, 1896, Alice Lewis married Edwin C. Boynton, pastor of the First Christian Church, Hunts-ville, Texas. They have one child, Paul Lewis Boynton, born July 24, 1898, who married Juanita Curry on Dec. 24, 1924. They have two children: Edwin Curry, born April 29, 1930; and Paulann, born Aug. 7, 1934. Their home is in Nashville, Tenn., where Paul Lewis Boynton is a professor of psychology at George Peabody College for Teachers. (See 1939 Who's Who in America.) Mrs. Edwin C. Boynton has been careful to compile her family record and has an interesting collection of papers, letters, and records.

Of the children of Wilson Lewis, besides the eldest, a record has been given on only one other child, Mary E., born Sept. 26, 1848, who married John M. Wilson in 1871 and lived at the old Lewis family home in Hazelhurst, Miss. Her children were: Hardy J., born in 1871; Oscar, born in 1874; and Mary Frances Wilson, born in 1877. Hardy J. Wilson married Mamie E. Fairly in 1897, and their children are Marie Fairly, who married Louie A. Kemp in 1925; John Alexander, who married Annie May Kincannon in 1924; Charles Dudley, who married Susan Pace Covington in 1927; and Margaret Caroline, who married Delton Alexander Graves in 1932. No record was secured from the other members of this family. Mrs. John M. Wilson before her death prepared a family record for her children, which has been used in this section.

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