At the time of their marriage, OWEN LEWIS & wife SARAH PERKINS lived in Fulvania Co., Va.
In 1773-4 OWEN LEWIS was an overseer for Benjamin Tindall in Buckingham Co., Va. In 1800 he paid taxes in Albemarle Co. as OWEN LEWIS, Sr. & son Nicholas Lewis indicating there was an Owen, Jr.
OWEN and SARAH had 4 sons that never married. His daughter Sarah who married Jacob Tillman and her family lived in Tennessee.
THE HISTORY OF ALBEMARLE by Rev. Edgar Woods 975.584 p.256-7
The head of the third family of the name was John Lewis, who was one of the earliest settlers in the county. He entered land on Totier Creek in 1741. When the location of the old courthouse was fixed, he obtained a license to conduct an ordinary at the place. He seems to have married a daughter of Samuel Shelton, and had two sons, and a daughter, Jane, who became the wife of Richard Davenport, and removed to Georgia. John, the elder son, died in 1804, and left three children, Sarah, John Waddy, who died in 1824, and Elizabeth. OWEN, the other son, died in 1805, and his children were William, John, Hardin P, Howell, Robert, Nicholas, Daniel P. Zachariah, and Sarah, who was the wife of Jacob Tilman, and removed to Tennessee. Most of the sons were considerable land owners in the southern part of the country, particularly on the lower Hardware. Some of them also transacted a lucrative business in transporting freight on James River, and the canal. Hardin P. emigrated to Alabama. In 1821 Robert in a quarrel fatally stabbed Thompson Noel, a tavern keeper in Scottsville, and fled the country. It is said he went to Memphis, Tenn., and in course of time acquired a large fortune. A great granddaughter of the first John Lewis was the first wife of the late Christopher Gilmer, and a great grandson, Zachariah, recently died in Nelson county, immediately above the mouth of Rockfish River. A similarity of names suggests a relationship between this family and that first mentioned.
[Note by Dianne: The first John above did not marry a daughter of Samuel Shelton - his son John (b 1749) did & was called out in Samuel’s will 1793 as John Lewis, Jr. It is believed Sam’s daughter was already dead at the time of the will - she is not mentioned by name. It is only speculation that her name was Sarah Shelton. John Jr. married 2)Sarah Thompson & had John Waddy, & Elizabeth. He is the John that died 1804. Owen, father of the above listed children died before 1811.]
ALBEMARLE COUNTY ROAD ORDERS 1783-1816 Pawlet 975.5482
page 5 15 August 1783 N.S., Ord. Bk. 1783-85, p. 61
OWEN LEWIS is by the Court appointed Overseer of the Road from Balangers Creek to Lower ford on Rockfish, and it is Ordered that he have for his Gang, John Lewis, Thomas Goolsby, Samuel Shelton, John Martin, Elizabeth Davis, Thomas Stevens, William Hughes, James, Martin, John, William, and Benjamin Jordans, Charles Irving & John Childress, with their and his Own male Labouring Titheables.
page 12-3 13 May 1785 N.S., Ord. Bk 1783-85, p. 455
Ordered that Thomas Goolsby be appointed overseer of the Road in the room of OWEN LEWIS with the usual gang.
page 31 11 July 1793 N.S., Ord. Bk. 1791-93, p. 456
Ordered that William Elsom, Michael Thomas, John Martin and OWEN LEWIS or any three of them do view a way from the Green Mountain road into the road leading by Balingers Creek Church and report the conveniences and inconveniences attending the same to this court.
page 93 6 January 1800 N.S., Ord. Bk 1798-1800, p. 378
On the Petition of Robert Page & others for view of a road from James P Cocke’s Mill to the fork of the Old Irish road on Toolys hill & from thence the most direct and best way across the Green mountain to Warren, Benjamin Harris, John Harris, Richard Farrar, OWEN LEWIS, John Lewis and Edward Garland or any three of them being first sworn are appointed to view the same and make report to this Court of the conveniences and inconveniences as well public as private that will attend the opening the said road.
page 155 7 April 1807, Ord. Bk. 1806-7, p. 120
Nathaniel Anderson Martin Dawson Senr and Zackariah Lewis who were appointed by an order of this Court to view a road petitioned for by Wilson C. Nicholas this day made their report in these words to Wit. In obedience to the annexed order and in conformity thereto we the Subscribers report that we are of the Opinion that the conveniences of turning the said road the way Shewn us by Colo. Wilson C. Nicholas will be very considerable to him and the inconveniences to the Public will be very inconsiderable onley in the distance which we think not more than one hundred yards and that the way may be made as good which the said Nicholas enguages to do, the said Road as far as we can discover will pass through a small part of Captain John Harris’s and also the Estate of OWEN LEWIS’s lands given under our hands this 21st day of march 1807 Nathaniel Anderson martin Dawson Senr, Zackariah Lewis, P. S. the part of the said road that will pass on the said estate of OWEN LEWIS is only changing it from the road now established not to the disadvantage of the said estate === Whereupon was produced at the Court in writing consent of the Proprietors of the lands through which the said road is to be conducted. On the motion of the said Wilson C. Nicholas the said road is established agreeable to the report of the Viewers thereof
[Note by Dianne: I think the John Lewis listed here is John Jr. brother of Owen.]
LEWIS, MERIWETHERS AND THEIR KIN 929.2 A
p. 250 OWEN LEWIS was named as executor with his son Zachary Lewis for the will of OWEN's brother John Lewis. The will was probated February 6, 1804. It states his brother John Lewis was born 1749 and died 1804. He was the son of John Lewis of Albemarle and his wife Sarah Shelton.
GENEALOGIES OF THE LEWIS AND KINDRED FAMILIES by John Meriwether
McAllister & Lura Boulton Tandy 1906
p. 149 OWEN LEWIS, second son of "Planter John" Lewis... Deed Book 6 page 204, Albemarle County, Virginia, shows OWEN LEWIS to have been born 1752; and will book 4, page 281, shows OWEN died 1812. He married Miss SALLIE PERKINS about 1775. The settlement of his estate was July 6, 1812.
Information Bobbie Howell received from Nettie Brown Sparks:
John Lewis of Albemarle County is the father of John Lewis, whose son OWEN LEWIS is the father of Nicholas Lewis of Talucah, Alabama…
Daniel P. and Zachariah Lewis Sr. remained in Albemarle Coumty Virginia. Zachariah Lewis Sr, had two sons, Zachariah Lewis Jr, wife Mary E. and John O. Lewis, born 1826.
William P. Lewis lived in the town of Scottsville in Albemarle County, Virginia. He had two daughters, Susan, who married William Hawkner and Carrie who married a Mosley.
John O. Lewis remained in Albemarle County, his children Robert Lewis settled in South Carolina and Daniel Lewis moved to Texas. Robert Lewis remained in Albemarle County until 1821, when in a quarrel, fatally stabbed a Thompson Noel, a tavern keeper in Scottsville, and fled the country. It is said he went to Memphis Tennessee and in time accumulated a large fortune. [Note by Dianne: this Robert Lewis was the uncle of John O. Lewis - not his son.] Howell Lewis remained in Albemarle County, Virginia.
Susan Lewis married William Jacob Tillman and settled in Tennessee. They had two sons, Thomas and Jacob Tillman. Sarah Lewis moved to Morgan County, Alabama and married 1-24-1824 to Whitfield R. Rodgers. They had five children, Whitfield Jr, Frank, Mary, Emeline and Elvira Rodgers. In time they all moved to Tennessee, after the death of Whitfield Sr., Sarah married E. F. Bumpass. Sarah and Mr. Bumpass had four children, Sophie, Henrietta, the names of the other two are unknown. All of the children of Sarah and Mr. Rodgers remained in Tennessee, with the exception of Frank, who moved to California. This branch of the Lewis family were considerable land owners in Albemarle County and Buckingham County, particularly along the lower Hardware River. Some of the family transacted a lucrative business transporting freight along the James River and canal.
[Note by Dianne: the Susan Lewis who married the William Jacob Tillman was Sarah "Sally" Price Lewis, daughter of OWEN LEWIS. The Sarah Lewis who married Whitfield R. Rodgers & E. F. Bumpass was the daughter of Hardin P. Lewis.]
Nicholas Lewis, born 1783 in Buckingham County, Virginia and died August of 1856 at his home in Talucah, Morgan county Alabama. He is buried in the Lewis family cemetery at Talucah. In July of 1818, Nicholas Lewis filed on 2,713 acres located in Morgan and Madison counties of Alabama. Over 300 acres were across the river in Madison county. His lands were located in Township 5-s, Range 2-W & 1-W. In May of 1820 Lewis applied for ferry licenses in Morgan County.
On May 23, 1828, Lewis received a grant from the Untied States of America to the State of Alabama for 160 acres of river improvement. This was the development of Talucah Landing. Lewis owned and operated a large warehouse and cotton gin at Talucah Landing. Al large chute carried cotton bales down from the warehouse to the docks below.
Nicholas Lewis built a large home on the banks of the Tennessee River, located on a high bluff, which is now known as Lewis Bluff. The house remained standing until the mid 1930’s. He was owner of the first cotton gin located in Talucah and his slaves were valued at $100,000.
In 1850 he reported 1,100 acres in cultivation and owning 16 horses, 26 mules, 6 working oxen, 15 milk cows, 20 head of other cattle, 98 sheep and 250 head of swine. His lands had produced 250 bales of cotton, 15 bushels of potatoes, 100 bushels of sweet potatoes and 12 tons of hat. From his livestock he had received 200 ponds of wool, and 200 pounds of butter. Nicholas Lewis is believed to have been a fair and honest man. In his will, dated 8-25-1856, he mentions seven slaves which he was fond of. They were husband and wives, Bob and Lindie, Nelson and Amy, Thornton and Mary, they were to receive $10.00 a year, and Rooker, being an old man, was to receive $15,00 each year. He also stated, if at any time his heirs should deem it necessary, or if his slaves wanted to move north to a free state, it was his wish that they should receive their freedom.
At Lewis’ death in August of 1856, he left no widow or children, having never been married. He listed his next of kin as a nephew Arthur M. Lewis, who resides in Maringo County, Alabama and Emeline Lewis Atkinson, his niece, who lives with her husband Almon Atkinson at their home in Talucah, Alabama. His only surviving brothers were Zacariah and Daniel P. Lewis, both of whom resides in Albemarle County, Virginia. He also provided for Mildred Walker Yarbrough, the daughter of his niece, Emeline. He left his Sumpter county plantation to his nephew, Arthur M. Lewis.
The Talucah plantation and all other holdings were left to his surviving brothers. To Emeline Lewis Atkinson, he left considerable lands, including the "noted Race Track", located in Township 5, Range 1-west in Section 30. Nicholas Lewis left his gold pocket watch to his youngest brother, wishing it to remain in the family.
In April of 1860, Zacriah Lewis’ two sons, John Owen Lewis and Zacriah Lewis Jr., purchased from their uncle Daniel P. Lewis, his half of the Talucah plantation for $10,00 an acre.
In 1869, the Lewis brothers filed bankruptcy. This does not appear to be bad management, but rather the devastation they suffered during the occupation of north Alabama by Union troops. The country side was the scene of continuous skirmishing and plundering. With the occupation of Huntsville and Decatur in April of 1862, the Talucah area was scoured of provisions, mules, and horses. With the Lewis holdings located on the vary banks of the river, they were raided continuously by gun boats and by scouting troops. The youngest Lewis men enlisted along with some of the Lewis slaves to serve the confederate States of America. After the war was over, for what ever reason, the vast amount of Lewis property was divided and sold, in large to John S. Moon and J. M. Crowder in January of 1873. This ended the saga of the Lewis plantation era.
THE DESCENDANTS OF NICHOLAS PERKINS by Wm. Hall
SARAH PERKINS was born August 15, 1756, Goochland Co., Va. (The Douglas Register), and lived to be about 100 years old. She married about 1775 OWEN LEWIS (son of John Lewis), born 1752, died about 1811. OWEN LEWIS owned 425 acres in Albemarle Co., Va., and he left a will in Albemarle County (p. 204 will Bk 6). His heirs are listed in a deed of September 7, 1811 (p. 270 Albemarle Deed Bk. 18), which speaks of "SARAH LEWIS widow and relect of OWEN LEWIS." Information of this family is contained on p. 149 GENEALOGIES OF THE LEWIS AND KINDRED FAMILIES by John Meriwether McAllister and Lura Boulton Tandy, 1906.
In a letter of January 1941 Henry G. Lewis wrote that his grandfather had five brothers of whom four were bachelors; one lived in Georgia; one in Alabama; one in New Orleans; on near Charlottesville, Va., and Howell lived in Nelson Co., Va.
OWEN LEWIS and SARAH PERKINS had issue:
3371-1. William Lewis (ca 1777 - ) m. 1. Elizabeth Lee Pattersom, m. 2. Mrs. Ann Glover. see p 147
3371-2 John Lewis, living in Albemarle County in 1811
3371-3 Hardin P. Lewis married Ann ______. In 1811 he was living in Buckingham Co., Va., but later may have moved to Alabama.
3371-4 Howell Lewis, unmarried. He lived in Nelson Co., Va. at "Avon Hill," which he gave to his nephew Zack Robert Lewis. In 1941 Henry G. Lewis wrote that "Avon Hill" had been in the family for 200 years. It was located in Nelson County on the border of Albemarle County. It burned about 1900.
3371-5 Nicholas H. Lewis. He lived in Albemarle Co., Va., near Charlottesville.
3371-6 Zachary Lewis (ca 1780 - ) m. Sarah Patterson. see p. 147
3371-7 Robert Lewis . In 1811 he was living in Albemarle Co., Va. He is listed in the 1820 census of Buckingham Co., Va. He is mentioned on p. 257 ALBEMARLE COUNTY IN VIRGINIA by Rev. Edgar Woods, 1901
3371-8 Sally Price Lewis, married Jacob Tilman. In 1811 they were living in Fluvanna Co., Va.
Deed of OWEN LEWIS Albemarle Co., Va. Deed Book 18 p 270
LEWIS This Indenture made this seventh day of
to Deed September the year of our Lord One Thousand
LEWIS Va. Eight hundred and Eleven. Between SARAH
?Escummies LEWIS widow and relect of OWEN LEWIS, Sr. of
& Delivered to the county of Albemarle, William Lewis, and
C. Garland Ann his wife, Hardin P. Lewis and Ann his
the 5th Day wife of the County of Buckingham, Jacob
1813 J. P Tillman, and Sarah his wife of the County of Fluvanna, Nicholas Lewis, John Lewis
and Robert Lewis of the County of Albemarle of the other part, witnesseth there the said SARAH LEWIS, William Lewis and Ann his wife, Hardin P. Lewis & Ann his wife, Jacob Tilman & Sarah his wife, Nicholas Lewis, John Lewis and Robert Lewis for and in consideration of the sum of Sixteen hundred pounds lawful money of this command to them in hand paid at or before the & delivery of these presents (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) Have bargained and sold and by these Presents do and each of these doth bargain and sell unto the said Zachariah Lewis one certain Tract or parcel of land, lying and being in the Said county of Albemarle on the waters of ?Totear Creek containing by Estimation, four hundred and forth one acres, be the same more or less being the whole land contained in Two Separate Patents granted John Lewis, Viz. one bearing date the Thirteenth day of February, One Thousand Seven hundred and forty one, for four hundred Acres & signed William Gooch the other bearing date the Twentieth day of September One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty one for forty one acres and signed Lewis Burwell which 2 grants adjoin each other and have long since been considered as consolidated and forming one entire tract. And at this time bounded by the lines of John M. Lewis, John Harris, Wilson C. Nicholas, John Scott, an Infant formerly, the lands of John Scott, Senr. &
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To have and to hold, the aforesaid Tract parcel or parcels of land together with all and Singular the rights members and appurtenances thereunto attached or in any wise belonging to and for the only proper use and behalf, of him the said Zachariah Lewis, his heirs and assigns forever, and the said Sarah Lewis, William Lewis and Ann his wife, Hardin P. Lewis and Ann his wife, Jacob Tillman and Sarah his wife, Nicholas Lewis, John Lewis, and Robert Lewis for themselves and their heirs the said tract parcel or parcels of land with all and Singular, the premises rights members and appurtenances, before mentioned unto the said Zachariah Lewis, his heirs, and assigns free from the claim of them the said Sarah Lewis, William Lewis and Ann his wife, Hardin P. Lewis and Ann his wife, Jacob Tillman and Sarah his wife, Nicholas Lewis, John Lewis, and Robert Lewis or either of them their or either of their heirs and of all and every Person or persons, whatsoever, shall will and do by these presents Warrant and forever defend; In Witness whereof the said Sarah Lewis, William Lewis and Ann his wife, Hardin P. Lewis and Ann his wife, Jacob Tillman and Sarah his wife. Nicholas Lewis, John Lewis and Robert Lewis have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seal, the day and year first written Sarah Lewis SEAL
signed sealed and delivered William Lewis SEAL
In the presence of Ann Lewis SEAL
Hardin P. Lewis SEAL
For Jacob Tilman & wife by Ann Lewis SEAL
Jacob Tilman and Jacob Tilman SEAL
Robert Lewis Sarah P. Tilman SEAL
Nicholas Lewis SEAL
C. Gaurland John Lewis SEAL
George S. Stikpow Robert Lewis SEAL
John P. Patteson
D. W. Patteson
[Note by Dianne: Either Hardin had a 1st wife named Ann, Nancy went by Ann, or who ever copied this deed into the county book accidentally copied the Ann Lewis name above Hardin’s name again below his name.}
At a court held for Albemarle County the 6th of January 1812
This indenture of Bargain and sale was produced in court and proved as to Jacob Tilman, Robert Lewis, William Lewis, Hardin Lewis, and Sarah Lewis by the oaths of C. Gourland and D. W. Patteson two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and as to them, continued for further proof and acknowledged John Lewis and Nicholas Lewis 2 other parties thereto and at a court held for said county the 7th of Sept 1812. It was again produced unto court and fully proved as to William and Hardin Lewis by the oath of John L. Patteson another witness thereto and as to the others continued for further proof. And at a court held for Albemarle County the 4th of January 1813. This Indenture was again produced into court and fully proved as to Sarah Lewis, Jacob Tilman and Robert Lewis by the Oath of John Cowell and other witness thereto. And at a court held for said county the 1st of March 1813 "It was again produced into court and it appearing to the court there the aforesaid Deed was here Duly acknowledged by John and Nicholas Lewis and as to all the other parties fully proven. Therefore it is ordered by the court that the said Deed be recorded.
Teste. John Nicholas
Deed 1773 Albemarle Co., Va. from John Lewis, Sr. to OWEN LEWIS is under John Lewis - 823.
Albemarle County, Va. 1804-13
p. 173 OWEN LEWIS Inventory
In accordance to an order of the court of Albemarle bearing date February 1804 with subscribers this day proceeded to appraise all the Estate of OWEN LEWIS Decd presented to us by his administrators - which is as follows vizt. (the list follows)
p. 192-3 In accordance to an order to the worshipful court of Albemarle bearing date the 7th day of January 1805 we the undersigned three of the and were so in said order for the purpose of appraising the personal Estate of OWEN LEWIS Senr decd beg leave to submit to the court the Inventory and Statement. (List includes 24 slaves)...
At a court held for Albemarle County the 3rd day of February 1806. This Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of OWEN LEWIS Senr. Deceased was produced and ordered to be recorded
Test John Nicholas CAC
p. 281-2 LEWIS Division Estate - OWEN
A Division of the Negroes belonging to the Estate of OWEN LEWIS dec'd made the first day of January 1807 by Joseph Colemen, William Moon Junior and John Staples three of the as named in the orders of court.
Those who got slaves were:
John Lewis Harding Lewis
Wm Lewis Owen Lewis
Howel Lewis Robert Lewis
Nicholas Lewis Dan P. Lewis
Jacob Tilman Zachariah Lewis
[Note by Dianne - the above is incorrect. The below names are what is on the original]
Mrs. Lewis Robert Lewis
Wm Lewis Nicholas Lewis
John Lewis Dan P. Lewis
Harding Lewis Jacb Tillman
Howel Lewis Zachariah Lewis
In obedience to an order of the worshipful court of Albemarle County to us directed to the within Statement given under our hands and seals this 1st day of January 1807
Joseph Coleman SEAL
William Moris Jr. SEAL
John Stables SEAL
At a court held for Albemarle July Court 1807
This Decision was returned unto court and ordered to be recorded
TEST John Nichols CAC
p 100 LEWIS Adm Accounts OWEN Examd
In Obedience to an order of the worshipful court of Albemarle to us directed to settle the accounts of SARAH LEWIS administrator of OWEN LEWIS deceased who was the acting executor of his father John Lewis do report as follows that having received the records and vouchers by which it appears that the estate of the said John Lewis, after discharging all just claims against it has agreeable to his will been divided among his legatees except the following legacies and for which there are sufficient funds in the hands of the said administrator SARAH LEWIS to Satisfy to Wit.
Sarah Cobbs L 32.1.1
With interest as L22.108 from the 20th August 1811 until paid
Mary Newell L 44.16.0
With interest on L31.3.0 from the 20th August 1811 until paid
Ann Tindale L 188.8.131.52
With interest on L3.9.0 from the 20th August 1811 until paid
Sukey Wingfield l 0.4.10.0
With interest from 20 February 1806 until paid
given under our hands this 11th day of June 1812
Sworn to before us Benjamin Johnson
W. C. Nicholas Thomas Darrell
At a court held for Albemarle County on the 6th of July 1812
This report of the account of SARAH LEWIS Administrator of OWEN
LEWIS deceased was this day returned unto court and ordered to be
recorded Test John Nichols
p 248-9 LEWIS Adm OWEN Examd
In obedience to an order of the worshipful the county court of Albemarle hereunto made this 7th day of December 1812 Directing us to examine any further accounts that may be Laid before us for that purpose by SARAH LEWIS administrator of OWEN LEWIS who was the acting executor of John Lewis the elder as relates to the Estate of said John Lewis the elder; have in the discharge of that duty being duly sworn proceeded to examine two accounts laid before us on the part of the Admrs. aforesaid exhibited by John Staples amounting to the sum of one Hundred and eleven Dollars, six cents. Including his expenses in attending to the Defence of four suits Donald & Co. against said Estate. Clarks Cicketts, Lawyers fees with Interest on the money by him so advised Including a Commission on Money received and paid away by him to the agent of Donald & Co in Discharge of the agreement obtained on said suits and Exhibited by Clifton Garland amounting to the sum of Thirty three Dollars and fourteen cents for services Rendered as attorney and agent in Transacting business for the State Including a Ticket from Abram Venable Governor of Fluvanna four Dollars Thirty nine cents being his commission included in an execution against Mattheus Willis then Sheriff in behalf of said Estate and the further Sum of Seventy five cents and expenses incurred in attending the commissioners on a forseen occasion. It is further satisfactorily stated to us that the said Admrs cannot close the business of her Intestate without incurring the further expense of fourteen dollars in Taking count & of the Different Legatees which with the above accounts we deem reasonable to admire. We are furthermore satisfactorily informed that we of the legatees to wit. Richard Davenport has received the full amount of his Legacy and is at this time entirely Insolvent and consider it unreasonable that the less should fall entirely on the admrs have apportioned the amount of said accounts among the other Lewis Legatees viz. John Lewis in Estate $22.60. OWEN LEWIS Estate $22.60 Estate of Ann Tindal $22.60. Estate of Sarah Cobbs $22.60. Elizabeth Davis $22.60. John Wingfield $22.60. Mary Neviel $22.60. to be paid by each of them respectively to the said SARAH LEWIS Administrator of the said OWEN LEWIS Executor as aforesaid see the statement viz.
John Staples Acct $111.06
Clifton Eastland ditto 33.41
Allow for known that will arise
on closing the by Admr. 14.10
Lewis Legatees at $22.60 and $158.20
Given under our hands and seals this 24th $158.20
day of December 1812 _______
Ben Johnson SEAL
Saml Shelton SEAL
Thomas Darnell SEAL
Albemarle County to wit
The above named Commissioners personally appeared before me a Justice of the peace for said county and were Duly Sworn according to Law Given under my hand this 1st day of January 1813 W. C. Nicholas
At a court held for Albemarle County the 4th of January 1813. This Report of the Commissioners appointed to the second account of SARAH LEWIS administrator of OWEN LEWIS who was acting admr of John Lewis the elder was returned unto court and ordered to be recorded. TEST John Nicholas
Nicholas Lewis deed Morgan County, Alabama Book B p 269-70 1830
This Indenture made this Twenty Seventh day of November one thousand Eighteen hundred and thirty between Fleming Bates and Mary Bates the county of Limestone in the State of Alabama of the one part and Nicholas Lewis of the other part witnesseth that the said Fleming Bates & Mary for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to them in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath this day bargained sold aliened enforced and conveyed and by these presents do bargain sell alien enforce and convey unto the said Nicholas Lewis all that certain tract or parcel of land by and being in the county of Morgan on the south bank of the Tennessee River being fractional section 23 of Township five & Range Two west containing seventy three acres and conveyed by Andrews J. Edmondson, William T. Gambel commisioners appointed by the circuit court of Limestone county to sell the land in a suit in said court wherein said Bates is plaintiff and William Kelly , John A. McKinney & Anderson Hutchinson are defendants as will more fully appear by reference to the records of said circuit court To have and to hold the above described lot or fractional section no 23 with the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining unto the said Nicholas Lewis his heirs and assigns forever and the said Fleming Bates and Mary his wife for themselves heirs executors & administrators do warrant and will forever defend the title to the above described and hereby granted premises unto the said Nicholas Lewis his heirs and assigns from and against themselves and all and every person claiming or holding under them the said Fleming Bates and Mary his wife and also against the Lawful title claim or claims of all and every person or persons whomsoever doing or holding by from or under the government of the United States In testimony whereof the said Fleming Bates & Mary Bates have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Fleming Bates SEAL
Jas R. Wilkinson J.P. SEAL Polly Bates SEAL
State of Alabama Personally appeared before us James R. Wilkinson
Limestone County and Benjamin Wilson two acting Justices of the Peace in and for sd state and county Fleming Bates and acknowledged the above to be his act and deed & for the purposes therein mentioned in testimony thereof we have here unto set our hands and seals this 27th November 1830
Jas. R. Wilkinson JP SEAL
Ben Wilson JP SEAL
The State of Alabama Personally appeared before me William J.
Limestone County Mason Judge of the county court of the county & State aforesaid the within named Polly Bates (wife of Fleming Bates) whose name is subscribed to the within deed and acknowledged that she signed sealed and delivered the same to the within named Nicholas Lewis for the purposes therein & specified on the day and year therein written freely and voluntarily & without being influenced by any fear threat or compulsion of her said husband said acknowledgement being made on a probate examination by me apart from her said husband given under my hand and seal this 27th day of November 1830 Wm J. Mason SEAL
The State of Alabama I Robert Austin Jr. Clerk of the county
Limestone County SS court of the county aforesaid do hereby certify that James R. Wilkinson and Benjamin Wilson whose names are signed to the within certificate of acknowledgement of Fleming Bates to the within deed of conveyance was at the date thereof acting Justices of the Peace in & for said county and that full faith and credit are due to all this official acts and deeds as such In testimony whereof I have hereto set my name and affixed the seal of said court
A HISTORY OF MORGAN CO, ALABAMA by John Knox
P 78 Somerville, Mason Ridge, Valhermoso, Lacy's SpringIt should be noted here that many of the earliest settlers did not buy their land as soon as the sales were opened at Huntsville in 1818. Some families, known to be among the first, did not get land grants until 1830 or later. The pre-emption Act of 1830 may partially account for this...If we extend the list to the early
1830's we find that people of the following names bought land in this section:...LEWIS...
OLD LAND RECORDS OF MORGAN COUNTY, ALABAMA
by Margaret Matthews Cowart
p17 Section 6 612.45 acres South of Tennessee River Warrant
NW1/4 of NW1/4 40.00 acres Nicholas Lewis 28 Dec 1835 8896
Southeast 1/4 N. Lewis 12 Apr. 1838 Vol 8 p239 60 a.
E1/2 of SW1/4 *R. I. Nicholas Lewis 12 Apr 1838 Vol 6 p 535 &
vol 8 p 239 40 a.
p18 Section 7 630.38 acres
SW1/4 of NE1/4 39.39 7/8 a. Almord/Almond? Atkenson 24 Mar 1855
NE1/4 of NW1/4 39.39 7/8 a. Nicholas Lewis 22 Dec 1837 11761
W1/2 of NW1/4 78.79 3/4 State 23 May 1828
*R. I. N. Lewis 12 Apr 1838 vol 8 p
496 & 240 & vol 6 p 519 79 a.
p60 Section 26 636.00 a. South of Tennessee River
E1/2 of NE1/4 80.00 State 23 May 1828
*R. I. N. Lewis 27 May 1831 Vol 1 p114
Memo: Also granted by US to State in
Muscle Shoals Grant List #1, app. 6/21/1926.
W1/2 of NE1/4 80.00 Nicholas Lewis 18 Dec 1837 11750
E1/2 of SE1/4 80.00 State 23 May 1828
*R. I. N. Lewis 26 Sep 1832 Vol 2 p66 Memo
W1/2 of SE1/4 80.00 Nicholas Lewis 7 Feb 1848 13801
p61 Section 36 640.32
Northeast 1/4 160.08 State 23 May 1828
*R. I. N Lewis 11 Aug 1830 Vol 1 p90 &
Northwest 1/4 160.08 State 23 May 1828
*R. I. N. Lewis 27 May 1831 80.04 acres
Vol 1 p90
All of the documents pertaining to Nicholas Lewis and the guardianship of his nephews & nieces are under their father Hardin P. Lewis.
Petition to Probate the will of Nicholas Lewis - Morgan Co., Alabama
To the Honorable William H. Campbell Probate Judge of Morgan County in the State of Alabama.
Your petitioner Arther M. Lewis respectfully represents Nicholas Lewis late of said county and State departed this life in said county which was the county of his domicile on the 10th in previously thereto made and published his last will and testament, which he appointed your petitioner his executor. Afterwards and first to his death the said testator made and published a codicil to his last will which however makes no change in the executorship of said will. Said will is dated December 8th 1854 and is attached by John W. Somey?, John I. Fackler & George W. Drake as subscribing witnesses. And the codicil is dated August 6, 1856, and is attested by John Fackler, Nathanial Evans, Sr. as Subscribing Witnesses all of said witnesses are living and reside in Madison County, Ala. except the said Evans who resides in said County of Morgan. Said will and codicil are herewith filed for Probate. And your petitioner prays that they may be probated as the last will & testament of the said Nicholas Lewis & recorded as such ding to the Statue in such case made and provided you petitioner further represents that the testator left no widow & no children never having married--he had in this State of next of kin only your petitioner who is his nephew and resides in Marengo Co., Ala, and Mrs. Emiline Atkinson, wife of Alman Atkinson who is his niece and who resides with her said husband in said County of Morgan. Your petitioner and the said Emiline being the only surviving children of Hardin P. Lewis consignees deceased who was a brother of said testator. Your petitioner further represents that all the other next of kin of the said testator reside out of this State. He does not know the names of all of them nor their residences. But the following is to the best of his knowledge information & belief a correct statement of their names and residences so far as they are know to him or he has been able to ascertain upon anyway viz, Zahariah Lewis, Sr. and Daniel Lewis are the only surviving brothers of the testator and they reside in Albemarle County, Virginia. The testator had 2 other brothers named John Lewis and William Lewis both of who died some years ago. John Lewis in South Carolina where he resided and William Lewis in Buckingham County, Virginia where he resided--John Lewis left 2 sons now living in Virginia. Daniel who resides in Texas and Robert who resides in South Carolina. He also left a daughter whose name is unknown to your petitioner who married a man named Hanson and died leaving a daughter named Mary who married to some one unknown to petitioner and who resides in South Carolina. William Lewis left 2 daughters living one whose name is unknown to your petitioner married a man named Mosley whose Christian name is also unknown and who resides in Buckingham County, Virginia, and the other whose name is Susan married William Horker and resides in Buckingham County, Virginia. The testator had a sister names Susan Tillman who died many years ago leaving a son named Thomas Till who resides in Tennessee--your petitioner also had a sister, niece of said testator named Sarah who is now dead who 1st married Whitfield W. Rodgers by whom she had 5 children now living, Whitfield, Frank, Mary, who is now married to Jacob Stenert, Emaline and Elvira both whom are married but the names of their husbands are unknown. They are all of age and all reside in Tennessee except Frank who resides in California--upon the death of said Rodger the said Sarah married E. F. Bumpass by whom she had 4 children, the names of only 2 of whom he knows namely Harriett and Sophia they all reside in Tennessee, but their ages are unknown to this petitioner-nor can petitioner specify more particularly than he has done the residences of any of the persons. He prays for process against such as reside in the state and for as to such as reside out of this state according to the Statutes in such case made and provided.
Walker Cabines & Brickell Sols for Petitioner
State of Alabama Before me Wm. H. Campbell Probate Judge in
Morgan Co. and for said county this August came A. M. Lewis who makes oath that the facts set forth in the within petition are same to the best of his knowledge and information and belief. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 25th of August 1856. Arther M. Lewis
Wm. H. Campbell Judge P.C.
Will of Nicholas Lewis
The last will and testament of Nicholas Lewis of the County of Morgan and State of Alabama. I give devise and bequeath to my nephew Arther M. Lewis of Sumter Co., Alabama, who is the son of my brother Hardin P. Lewis in trust for the uses and purposes herein after expressed the 40 acre tract of land in said County of Morgan on which my niece Emaline daughter of my said brother now lives with her husband Alman Atkinson and part of her children. And I also give devise and bequeath to said Arther M. Lewis upon the same trust and for the said uses and purposes the Bowers tract of land and adjoining the before mentioned forty acre tract; both of which said tracts of land to be held by the said Arther M. in trust for the sale and separate use of my said niece Emaline and her children so long as the latter may form part of her family and be subject to her parental control free from the contracts control or liabilities of her presents or any future husbands. At her death the said lands are to be sold by said trustee and the proceeds of the sale equally divided among her children, if at that time they be all of lawful age or married; if not the property is to be retained by the trustor and used for the support and maintenance of such of said children as may be under age and unmarried until they all arrive at full age or marry and then said property is to be sold and the proceeds of sale divided as above mentioned among all the children of my said niece, the descendent of each of them as may die before said division taking the share to which the parents would have been entitled if living.
I further give and bequeath to the said Arther M. Lewis the sum of seven hundred dollars to be invested in the purchase of a negro slave which is to be held in trust for the sole and separate use of my said niece Emaline and her said children as the said lands are to be held and to be sold by said trustee with the increase there of is a female, at the time of selling said lands and I direct that the proceeds of such sale shall be divided among the same persons in the same manner as I have provided for the proceeds of said land. I give and bequeath one thousand dollars to Lewis Walker and one thousand dollars to Nicholas Walker sons of my said niece Emaline.
I give and bequeath my gold watch to my brother Zachariah Lewis if he should survive me. If not then to my brother Daniel P. Lewis, but if neither of them should survive me then I give it to my nephew John O. Lewis son of said Zachariah it being my wish that it shall be kept in the Lewis family. I give to John O. Lewis of Albemarle County, Virginia seven hundred dollars in trust for the use and purpose hereinafter expressed viz, that said John O. Lewis shall invest said sum in the purchase of a negro slave to be held by him for the sole and separate use and benefit of my niece daughter of my deceased brother William and now the wife of Mosley of Buckingham County, Virginia, the services of said negro to before the sole separate and exclusive use benefit of my said niece and said children so long as she may live and they remain a part of her liabilities or control of the present or any future husband and after her death said negro and the increase thereof should it be a female shall remain for the support of such of her said children as may be under age unmarried, but when all of them are of age of twenty-one years or married said niece being dead then said trustee shall sell said negro and the increase there of if any and divide the proceeds of sale equally among the children of my said niece who may then be living and the descendants of such of her children as may then be dead they taking the share to which their parents would have been entitled if living. I give to my niece Susan Hawkes and Carry Ann Christian of Buckingham County, Virginia, daughters of my said brother William seven hundred dollars each.
I give and bequeath to my aforesaid nephew Arther M. Lewis of Sumter Co., Alabama, all the debts he owes me also twenty-five hundred dollars in cash and one negro his choice to be selected by him from the negroes on my plantation in Sumter Co., Alabama, provided he presents no claim against my Estate for services rendered by him for me up to the date of this will. This item is not intended to release or discharge him from accountability to me for any monies received by him as my agent, but simply from such debts as he may have contracted with me in the ordinary dealings between man and man.
I give one thousand dollars to my nephew Thomas Tillman and to the widow of my deceased nephew Jacob Tillman the sum of one thousand dollars if she should survive me and be married at my death but if she should not survive me or be married at my death then I give the said one thousand dollars to her children to be equally divided among them.
I lend to my brother Daniel P. Lewis of Albemarle County, Virginia, the ?distim entire share of my father's Estate belonging to me which is not in his hands for and during his life time. If my said brother should die leaving a child or children surviving him I give said distribution share to such child or children share and share alike if more than one but should my said brother die leaving no child or children surviving him then I give such distributive share to my nephew John O. Lewis and Zachariah Lewis. If in my lifetime I should take the notes or bond of my said brother Daniel P. Lewis for such distributive share that on the monies to be paid thereon are to go as above.
I give and bequeath to my nephew Arther M. Lewis son of my brother Hardin P. Lewis, Daniel Lewis, and Robert Lewis sons of my brother John Lewis my plantation in south Alabama known as my Sumter Co. Plantation together with all my slaves thereon except the one slave herein before bequeathed to the said Arther, the future increases of the females thereof from and after the date of this my will and also all the horses cattle hogs farming utensils and all the other property thereon at the time of my death to be equally divided among them share and share alike.
But is either of them should die in my lifetime or before the division of the property herby given and leave a child or children surviving them then the share intended for the one so dying shall to his child or children who shall survive him to the descendants of such child or children as may be dead they taking the share which their deceased parents would have taken if living--but I hereby charge upon my said Sumter Co., Plantation and the crops growing thereon or on hand at the time of my death, the cash legacies to said Arther M. Lewis as trustee for my niece Emaline her children and to John O. Lewis, niece Susan Hawkes and Carry Ann Christian and to Arther M. Lewis and Thomas Tillman and the widow of Jacob Till mentioned and also with all just debts that I may owe at the time of my death which have been contracted on account of said Sumter Plantation. And the said plantation is to be cultivated by my executor and the slaves worked thereon until the said debts and legacies shall have been fully paid off and discharged.
I direct my executor herein after named to cause the whole grave yard at my residence in Morgan Co. where the white family are buried to be enclosed by a substantial stone or brick wall and a marble monument of limestone or marble to be located upon my grave with my name age and date of my death inscribed there over my body first being buried in a decent manner--And not wishing to die intestate as to anything that will pass my last will and testament I give devise and bequeath to my brothers Zachariah Lewis and Daniel Lewis to be divided equally between them all the rest and residence of my estate real personal and mixed as heresoever and whatsoever the same may be with this limitation that at the death of my brother Zachariah his share of such residence shall be equally divided between his sons John O. Lewis and Zachariah Lewis. But the residence of my estate thus given to my said brothers is charged in the hands of my executor with the payment of the pecuniary legacies of one thousand dollars each to Nicholas Walker and Lewis Walker and will the payment of seven hundred dollars to be invested by said Arther M. Lewis in the purchase of a negro slave to be held by said Arther as trustee for the sole and separate and exclusive use of Mildred Yarbrough daughter of my said niece Emaline during the life time of said Mildred free from the debts contracts or control of her present or any future husband. And it is my will that at the death of said Mildred the said slave to be purchased as aforesaid and the increase thereof shall be equally divided among the children of said Mildred leaves no children or the descendent of such children them to go to her brothers and sister. It is my will that the said residue given to my said brothers Zachariah and Daniel shall also be changed with the payments of all my debts not herein charged upon other property of my funeral expenses including the expense of walling in said grave yard and erecting said monument and all the expenses attending the proper administration of my estate except the expense of administration under that part of my said will which relates to my Sumter County Estate which are to be paid out of or charged upon said Sumter County property. It is my will that if my brother Zachariah should not survive me his share of said residue is not to lapse, but is to go directly to his two sons John O. Lewis & Zachariah Lewis and if my brothers Daniel P. Lewis should not survive me his share of said residue is not to lapse but if he should not be living at my death, his share of said residue is to go to his child or children if he should leave any, but if he leaves none then to my brother Zachariah is living and if he should be deal then his 2 sons the said John O. Lewis and Zachariah Lewis to be equally divided between them--But of the residue given as above to my said 2 brothers I do will that there shall be excepted and reserved therefore the negro slaves hereinafter named and the balance left after taking on said slaves to be divided equally and above my slave Bob and his wife Lindy--Nelson and his wife Amy, Thornton & his wife Mary and Ruckers an old man, all of whom are now on my plantation in Morgan Co., Alabama, and have served me with much fidelity and feeling a strong attachment for them I would direct my executor to emancipate them if I believed their happiness would be thereby prompted--but trusting that my said Zachariah and his 2 sons will faithfully observe my wishes in relation to said slaves, I give them to my said brother he should survive me during his life time and at his death to his said 2 sons & if he should not survive me then directly to his two sons and to the survivors of them--And I hereby will that said negroes to be paid each annually the following sums namely, to Bob & Lindy each ten dollars also to Nelson, Amy, Thornton, and Mary each ten dollars and to Ruckers fifteen dollars--Said sum to be paid by my said brother Zachariah or the said John O. Lewis & Zachariah Lewis sons of my said brother Zachariah. And if at any time my said brother or his said sons should think the happiness of said slaves would be promoted by removing them to a free state or territory I wish them to have it done--I hereby revoke all former wills by me made. I hereby constitute nominate & appoint my said nephew Arther M. Lewis executor of this my last will & testament, and it is my wish that he shall not be required to give bond in exceeding the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars--& I also appoint my said nephews John O. Lewis & Zachariah Lewis advisory executors with whom the said Arther M. may consult as to all matters belonging to executorship But the execution of the will except as is herein specially provided for otherwise is conferred upon the said Arther M. Lewis. I hereby publish this as my last will and testament & of the 8th day of December 1854 sign, seal, and acknowledge the same as such in the presence of J. J. Fackler, J. W. Scruggs, & G. W. Drake whom I have request to sign the same as attesting witness in my presence and in the presence of each other witness my hand and seal this 8th day of December 1854.
Jno. W. Scruggs
J. J. Fackler Nicholas Lewis SEAL
Geo. W. Drake.
Codicil to Nicholas Lewis Will
I Nicholas Lewis of the County of Morgan and State of Alabama do make and publish the following codicil to my certain last will and testament which was written by Gent. L. P. Walker, Esq. and by me deposited in the Bank at Huntsville with Theophalus Lacy. I give and devise to Arther M. Lewis that certain tract or parcel of land situate in said county of Morgan which is known as the Race Track & lies south of and adjoining the land of Alman Atkinson to be held by the said Arther M. Lewis in land for sale and separate use of my niece Emaline Atkinson like and for the use of such of as may remain use of her family and subject and after all the debts said Emaline then the trust for the use and maintenance and support such of her children as shall then be married and under the age of 21 years until they shall have married or attained the age of 21 years when my said niece Emaline shall have her life and all of her children shall have married or attained the age of 21 years then it is my will that the said land shall sold by the said trustee or his successor in said trust and the proceeds there of divided among all the children of my said niece Emaline who may then be living and the descendants of them as may be dead--such descendants taking the share to their parents would have been entitled if living and it is my will that said land shall not be sold on any account until after the death of said Emaline and all of her children shall be of lawful age or married--In witness where I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day of August 1856. Witness:
J. J. Fackler his
Nathaniel Evans, Sr. Nicholas X Lewis SEAL
Proof of the Will of Nicholas Lewis
Testimony of J. J. Tackler
J. J. Tackler after being regularly sworn in on form of law States that on the 8th day of December 1854 he was called upon by Nicholas Lewis to subscribe as an attesting witness a will by the said Nicholas Lewis then made and as agreed witness states that at the time above stated he did in the presence of the said Nicholas Lewis subscribe his name as an attesting witness to the said will then make and signed by the said Nicholas Lewis, the said Nicholas at the same time and plan and in witness presence also make and executed said will by signing the same with his own proper namely the signature of the said Nicholas Lewis in his own hand writing. John W. Scruggs & G. W. Drake who are also subscribing witnesses to said will did and in the presence of the said Nicholas and in witness presence affix their respective signature to said will as attesting signatures then of the best of witness knowledge and belief the said witness at the time he made and signed will was of sound deposing mind and memory in Testamony of all who witness hereunto subscribed his name this 15th day of October 1856.
Wm H. Campbell, Judge P.C. J. J. Fackler
Testimony of G. W. Drake
G. W. Drake after being regularly sworn in due form of law states that on the 8th day of December 1854 he was called upon by Nicholas Lewis to subscribe as an attesting witness a will by the said Nicholas Lewis then made and signed. Witness states that at the time above stated he did in the presence of the said Nicholas Lewis subscribe his name as an attesting witness to the said will then made and signed by the said Nicholas Lewis, the said Nicholas at the same time & place and in witness presence also made and executed said will by signing the same with his own proper name, the signature of the said Nicholas is in his known handwriting. Jno. W. Scruggs, and J. J. Fackler each of who are also subscribed witnesses to said will did likewise in the presence of the said Nicholas append their respective signatures to the said will as attesting witnesses thereof to the best of witnesses known and belief the said Nicholas was at the time he made and signed said will, of sound disposing mind and memory. In testimony of all which witness hereinto subscribes his name this 13th day of Oct. 1856.
Wm. H. Campbell, Judge P.C. Geo. W. Drake
Proof of Codicil to the Will of Nick Lewis
Testimony of J. J. Fackler
J. J. Fackler after being regularly sworn in due form of law states that on the 6th day of August 1856 he was called upon by Nicholas Lewis to subscribe as an attesting witness a codicil (to the will of the said Nicholas Lewis) then made and signed. Witness states that at the time above stated he did in the presence of the said Nicholas Lewis subscribe his name as an attesting witness to the said codicil then make and signed by the said Nicholas Lewis at the same time and place and in witness presence also made and executed said codicil by making his mark there to for his signature the mark to said codicil purporting to be the mark of the said Nicholas Lewis was made by the said Nicholas in the presence of witness and also in the presence of Nathl. Evans, Sr. who is also an attesting witness to said codicil. Nathl. Evans, Sr., also subscribing witness to said codicil did likewise in the presence of said Nicholas append his signature to said codicil as an attesting witness thereof to the best of witness knowledge and belief the said Nicholas at the time of signing said codicil was of sound disposing mind and memory.
In testimony of which witness hereinto subscribes his name this the
13th Oct. 1856.
Wm H. Campbell, Judge P. C. J. J. Fackler
Arther Lewis Executor of the Will of N. Lewis
Known all men by these presents that we Arther M. Lewis, Samuel W. Reeves, Nathan Bradley, Wm. L. Kelly, Wm. Simmons, & James R. Bryan are held and firmly bound unto Wm. H. Campbell, Judge of the court of Probate of Morgan Co. in the State of Alabama and his successors in office in the penal sum of three hundred thousand dollars to chick payment will and timely to be made. We and each of us do bind ourselves--our and each of our heirs jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated the 8th day of September 1856. Now the condition of the above obligations is such that whereas the above bonded Arther M. Lewis has this day been duly appointed Executor of the last will and testament of Nicholas Lewis late of said county deceased. Now if said Arther M. Lewis shall well and truly perform the duties which are or may be by law required of him as Executor then the above obligation to be void--else to remain in full force and virtue.
Witness our hands and seals the date above written.
witness: Arther M. Lewis SEAL
John Retedes Samuel W. Reeves SEAL
N. Bradley SEAL
Wm. L. Shelley SEAL
Wm. Simons SEAL
James R. Bryan SEAL
The foregoing Bond is approved and ordered to record this
13th day of Oct 1856 W. H. Campbell, Judge P.C.
Morgan County, Alabama Bk H p337
Danl P. Lewis Receipt to A. M. Lewis Exrs 1857
Huntsville, Alabama March 6th 1857
Received of Arthur M. Lewis as Executor of Nicholas Lewis late of Morgan County Deceased Ten thousand dollars as a part of my distributive & have in said estate which shall be good at any settlement in Judgement that may be rendered against the said Arthur M. Lewis as Executor and I am to pay interest up to the Settlement.
Dan. P. Lewis
by Geo. C. Gilmore as Agent
Zachariah Lewis, Senr Receipt to A. M. Lewis Exr.
Huntsville, Alabama March 6th 1857
Received of Arthur M. Lewis Executor of the Estate of Nicholas Lewis late of Morgan County deceased Ten thousand dollars as a part of my distributive share in said Estate which shall be good at any Settlement or Judgement that may be rendered against the said Arthur M. Lewis as Executor and I am to pay interest up to the settlement.
Zacha Lewis, Sr.
by Jno O. Lewis agent
The foregoing Receipts Recorded in my office on this the 1st day of December 1857 in Deed Book H. Folio 337
Wm. H. Campbell Judge P. C. Morgan Co, Alabama
ALABAMA RECORDS compiled by Jones & Gandrud
Vol 32 p62-3 Orphans Court book 5 - Morgan Co., Ga.
Chancery Record R. Page 175 Filed January 1875
John S. Moon
Zachariah R. Lewis & John G. Lewis
John S. Moon of Buckingham County, Virginia, Zachariah R. Lewis of Nelson County, Virginia and John Hill, assignee in bankruptcy of John O. Lewis who resides in Albemarle County, Virginia.
Some time previous to the War between the Northern and Southern states, Zachariah R. Lewis and John O. Lewis became owners and tenants in common of land and personal property of Nicholas Lewis on the Tennessee River in Morgan and Madison Counties, Alabama, 2237 acres. They obtained their title partly under the wills of Nicholas Lewis and Zachariah Lewis, Sr. and partly by purchase from David P. Lewis. One-half interest by wills and one-half interest by purchase. Said Zachariah Lewis, Sr. and Daniel having obtained title under the will of Nicholas Lewis, who was a citizen of Alabama at the time of his death. A cross suit was filed and on page 225, is the answer of John S. Moon in the suit against him in the Circuit Court of Buckingham County, Virginia, with Zachariah R. Lewis as complainant. He denies that Zachariah R. Lewis and his brother John O. Lewis received the estate spoken of under the will of Nicholas Lewis but states they received half by purchase from their uncle, David P. Lewis and the other half under their father's will. On page 256, is the answer of John M. Crowder and William P. Newman. States Nicholas Lewis by his will devised said property to his two brothers Zachariah Lewis and Daniel P. Lewis to be divided equally between them; said Zachariah's part was only for his life and at his death to go to his two sons, Zachariah R. and John O. Lewis. Said Zachariah died about the year 1860-1861. Daniel P. Lewis died about 1868 without children, never having been married.
[Note from Dianne: the name is sometimes written David and Sometimes Daniel.]
Chancery Record "E" (A second series.) 1872/80
Page 175 Original Bill filed 17 Jan. 1874. John S. Moon of Buckingham Co., Va. vs. John M. Crowder and William P. Newman of Madison Co., Ala., Zachariah R. Lewis of Nelson Co., Va., John O. Lewis of Albemarle Co., Va. and George Thomas, Flluvanna Co., Va. Before the War between the North and South states said John O. and Zachariah R. Lewis each owned one half of a large tract in Morgan Co., Ala. Called the Nicholas Lewis tract, which they received partly under the wills of Zachariah R. Lewis, Sr. and Nicholas Lewis and by purchase from David P. Lewis who received title under the will of Nicholas Lewis, a resident of Alabama at the time of his death. (Note; this name is also "Daniel P. Lewis" and it would take further research to see which is correct. It may be David P. Lewis of Madison Co., KPJ.)
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