From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
An ancestry of Edmund Lewis from Burke's American Families
is considered fanciful, with no supporting evidence provided.
George Harlan Lewis in his Edmund Lewis of Lynn Massachusetts
and Some of His Descendants, 1908, states "There is
no authoritative connection of any of the Lewis immigrants to
New England, during the 17th century, with any Welsh or English
family." A principal reference for the Lewis family is Samuel
Orcutt's A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City
of Bridgeport, Connecticut (1886).
The Lewis family in America
Edmond and Mary Lewis
Edmond LEWIS - b. 1600, possibly in England; d. Jan.
1650/1, Lynn, MA. Embarked at Ipswich, England, Apr. 10, 1634
in the ship 'Elizabeth' with wife and sons John and Thomas, and
located at Watertown, MA until 1643. Freeman May 24, 1636; selectman
1638; granted lands 1636-1638. His will,
made Jan. 13, 1650/1 and proved Feb. 25, 1650/1, names sons John
and Thomas and 'five youngest' children. Estate inventoried at
£122.7.6. Three of his children were born at Watertown.
Married by 1631, possibly in England.
Mary - b. 1602, possibly in England; d. Sep. 7, 1658,
Lynn, MA. One undocumented source gives CAREY as her surname.
Children of Edmond and Mary Lewis
- John - b. 1631, England; d. 1710, Lynn MA. Settled in Lynn,
MA. Will dated Feb. 25, 1706/7. Married first Jun. 17, 1659 Hannah
MARSHALL (d. May 15, 1699, Salem, MA), daughter of Capt. Thomas;
second Sep. 2, 1699, Elizabeth WALKER, daughter of Capt. Richard
WALKER and Jane TALMAGE, and widow of Ralph KING; and third Feb.
10, 1706/7 Sarah MERRIAM (b. Sep. 14, 1665, d. Jan. 4, 1740),
daughter of William MERRIAM and Elizabeth BREED, and widow of
John JENKS. Children of first marriage: John married Elizabeth
BREWER; Hannah married Capt. Edward FULLER; Thomas married Mary
BREED; Mary married Thomas BAKER, son of Edward and Joan BAKER; Benjamin
died young; Nathaniel did not marry; Samuel died in infancy;
Abigail; Ebenezer; and Rebecca died young. Son of third marriage:
- Thomas - b. Jul. 1633, England; d.
Apr. 26, 1709, Bristol, RI.
- James - b. Jan. 15, 1635/6, Watertown, MA.
- Nathaniel - b. Aug. 25, 1639, Watertown, MA; d. Oct. 13,
1683. Lived at Swansea, MA. Married by 1673 Mary. Children: Nathaniel;
- A child - b. Oct. 17, 1642, Watertown, MA; bur. there Nov.
6, 1642 at age 20 days.
- Joseph - b. Lynn, MA; bur. Jun. 24, 1675, Swansea, MA. Killed
in King Philip's War, with tradition stating he was first white
man killed in that war. Was at New London, CT in 1667 as a transient,
and settled at Swansea, MA by 1670. Married Jun. 13, 1671, Swansea,
MA Mary JONES, daughter of Robert JONES and Anne BIBBLE. Mary
married second Jun. 11, 1677 Obadiah JENKINS, and they had seven
children. Children of Joseph and Mary: Joseph married Hannah
JONES; and Sybil married Samuel HOWARD.
- Benjamin - b. 1648, Lynn, MA; d. about 1715, Stratford, CT.
Married in 1671 at Stratford, CT to Hannah CURTIS (b. Feb. 2,
1654, Stratford, CT; d. 1728, Stratford, CT), daughter of Sgt.
John CURTIS and Elizabeth WELLS. Resided at Wallingford, CT in
1672 and 1674, moving to Stratford by 1679. Children: John; Mary;
Dea. Edmund married first Hannah BEACH, and second Sarah; James;
Joseph; Hannah; Mary; Martha; Benjamin; and Eunice.
Thomas and Hannah (Baker) Lewis
Thomas LEWIS - b. Jul. 1633, England; d. Apr. 26, 1709,
Bristol, RI (then in MA), and buried there. Son of Edmond
LEWIS and Mary. To America with father at age 9 months in
the 'Elizabeth.' Moved to Northampton, MA 1661-2, thence to Swansea
1669. Selectman 1672. At Bristol, RI by 1681, and taxed at Mendon,
MA 1691-3. Probably returned about 1695 to Bristol, RI, where
a horse he owned is described in Bristol records of May 16, 1702,
the horse being "branded wth an R." His will,
dated Aug 11, 1708, was proved Jul. 6, 1709, with the inventory
of his estate being taken on May 31, 1709, and mentions only his
wife Hannah and daughter Hepsibah by name. Detailed information on the LEWIS and MOREY families appears in Bristol, R. I.'s Early Setters, by Dorothy Chapman Saunders (on a Heritage Books CD). Married Nov. 11, 1659,
while residing at Lynn, MA.
Hannah BAKER - b. about 1638, Lynn, MA; d. Jan. 1717,
Bristol, RI. Buried at Bristol, RI. Daughter of Edward
BAKER and Joan.
Children of Thomas and Hannah Lewis
- Edward - b. Jul. 28, 1660, Lynn, MA; d. Jul. 15, 1662, Northampton,
- Hannah - b. 1662, Lynn, MA;
d. Dec. 1717, Bristol, RI. Married George
- Mary - b. 1663, Northampton, MA; d. Mar. 26, 1686, Bristol,
Bristol Co., RI.
- b. 1665, Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA; d. Apr. 11, 1743, Bristol,
RI. Married Jan. 7, 1684, Bristol, RI Jeremiah FINNEY (b. Aug. 15,
1662, Barnstable, MA; d. Feb. 8, 1748, Bristol, RI), son of John FINNEY
and Elizabeth BAILEY. Children of Esther and Jeremiah FINNEY: Jeremiah
died young; Mary; Hannah married Thomas DIMAN; Mehitable died young;
John died young; Rebecca probably married Samuel HARRIS; Esther married
Joseph JOY; Deborah; John married Mary CAMPBELL; Abigail; and Capt.
Jeremiah married Elizabeth BRISTON (or BRISTOW).
- Thomas - b. Sep. 28, 1666, Northampton, MA; d. there Jan.
- Thomas - b.
Apr. 29, 1668, recorded at Lynn, Essex Co., MA; d. 1717. Will dated
Oct. 12, 1717, and proved Nov. 4, 1717. A weaver, Thomas married Apr.
10, 1689/90 Elizabeth BROOKS. A Thomas LEWIS purchased land in Swansea
1715, in Rehoboth 1717, and at Metapoisset 1718 - with the identity of
the purchaser not researched. Children of Thomas and Elizabeth LEWIS:
Nathaniel died young; Abigail died young; Mary married Isaac CARTE;
James married Hannah; Timothy married Anna; Deborah married Samuel
EDDY; Samuel married Hannah; Experience married first Samuel MASON, and
second Ebenezer MARTIN; Tabitha married Daniel MARTIN; and Lydia.
- b. Dec. 7, 1669, Swansea, MA. The 1689 Bristol, RI census
included Thomas LEWIS, wife and six children. It is likely that one of
the sisters, Elizabeth or Deborah, was either married or died prior to
(or Persis) - b. Jun. 15, 1671, Swansea, MA; d. Jan. 14, 1743/4,
Kingston, Plymouth Co., MA. Married about 1697 to Robert CUSHMAN (b.
Oct. 4, 1664, Plymouth, MA; d. Sep. 7, 1757, Kingston, Plymouth Co.,
MA), son of Thomas CUSHMAN and Ruth HOWLAND, and grandson of Thomas
CUSHMAN and Mary ALLERTON and of John HOWLAND and Elizabeth TILLEY.
Robert CUSHMAN married second Prudence SHERMAN, daughter of Samuel
SHERMAN and Sarah DOGGETT. Children of Persis and Robert CUSHMAN:
Robert married Mercy WASHBURN; Ruth married Luke PERKINS; Abigail
married John LEONARD; Hannah married Moses WASHBURN; Thomas married
first Alice HAYWARD, and second Mehitable FAUNCE; Joshua married first
Mary SOULE, and second Deborah FORD; and Jonathan married Susanna
- Samuel - b. Apr. 23 or 27, 1673, Swansea, MA; d.
1739, Mendham, NJ. Married Sep. 20 or 29, 1698, Woodbridge, NJ Susanna
JONES (b. 1675), reported in different sources as daughter of Hezekiah
JONES and of Edward JONES. Settled at Woodbridge, NJ. Children of
Samuel and Susanna LEWIS: Capt. Samuel married first Effie DAVENPORT,
and second Patty WELLINGTON; Susannah; Levi married Mary; Eliphalet
married first Elizabeth COSAD, and second Jane DOD; Thomas married Anna
DANDRIDGE (sister of Major John DANDRIDGE, the father of Martha
(DANDRIDGE) CUSTIS WASHINGTON); Edward married Sarah MORRIS; Mary
married Benjamin SUTTON, Jr.; Benjamin; and Ann.
- Hepsibah - b. Nov. 15, 1674, Swansea, MA; d. Nov. 11, 1753,
Bristol, RI. Married Dec. 25, 1706, Bristol, RI James THURBER
(d. Jun. 10, 1747).
- b. May. 13, 1677, Swansea, MA; d. May 27, 1742, Haddam, CT. Married
about 1702 Elizabeth BIRGE, daughter of John and Sarah. Children of
Joseph and Elizabeth LEWIS: Sarah married Thomas BECKWITH; Elizabeth
married first Hezekiah SHAILER, and second Lt. Daniel SMITH; Rebecca
married Joseph LEE; Hannah married Simon ARNOLD; Deborah married Daniel
CLARK; and John married Deborah.
- Deborah - b. Mar. 19, 1679, Swansea, MA. The 1689 Bristol,
RI census included Thomas LEWIS, wife and six children. It is likely
that one of the sisters, Elizabeth or Deborah, was either married or
died prior to 1689.