I William Lewis Senior of Wilkes County in the state of North Carolina being of (unk.) and perfect mind and memory blessed be God, do this day of June in the year of our Lord one Thusand Seven hundred and Ninety four, Make and publish this my last Will and Testiment in manner and form following, that is to say, I give and promise unto my son Joshua Lewis, one hundred and ten acres of land lying on both lines of Hunting Creak on East end of the track of land I now live on to be (unk) (unk) by a North and South line. I say to him his heirs or assigns for Ever. ......... I give and promise unto my son Joseph Lewis one hundred and ten acres of land lying on both sides of hunting creak on the West and of the track of land I now live on to be divided by a north and south line I say to him his heirs or assigns for Ever. ........To give and Bequeath unto William Lewis Junior my oldest son and Nathaniel Lewis and Benjamin Lewis and Ruth Stinchcomb (sp) Sarah Lewis Rachal Lewis Rebeccah Lewis and Hannah Lewis five shillings .....? .... (possibly silver) each to be paid out of my Estate. ........I do give and Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Elizabeth Lewis all my goods and chattels and the rest of my Estate Both real and personal During her natural life and after her decease I do Will and Desire that it be Equally divided amongst all my children Viz William Lewis, Nathaniel Lewis, Benjamin Lewis, Joshua Lewis, Joseph Lewis, Ruth Stinchcomb, Sarah Lewis, Rachal Lewis, Rebeccah Lewis, and Hannah Lewis, and I do also Con....? and appoint to my Son Benjamin Lewis Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and aff...? my Seal the Day and year above Writen.

Signed Sealled Published and Declared By the S William Lewis the Testator (?) as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who was present at the time of signing and sealing thereof Now and Just.

John (his mark) Evan Beall (two or three other names ... not legible)




Copy of the letter that accompanied the Will

Rec'd your inquiry today re Elizabeth McClain - Eliza (as she was called) was my great-great grandmother - my father (now desceased) remembers her well as he spent his early years living with her (1 to 7 years old) She was born in Bath Cty., Ky., Sept. 11, 1809 and died Sept. 9, 1898 - She was buried in Fairview Cemetery - Randolph City, Missouri (a picture of grave enclosed) I have visited her grave often and put flowers on it - She came to Boone Cty. Mo. from Ky. around 1821 from possibly Madison County, Ky. (apparently with some of the Lewis family ) - She married my great-great grandfather Jessie Lewis in Boone Cty. - Mo on the 6th of March 1830 - Her sister married Nathaniel Lewis (a newphew of Jessie) about a month later. The sister was Minerva. I am sure Minerva was buried in either Boone or Randolph Cty. Mo. - Jessie & Eliza had 7 children 1 Clifton 1832-1862 2 Mary b. 1835 3 Elvira b. 1837 4 John Thomas b. 1838 5 Harriet b. 1840 6 Jessie, Jr. b. 1844 7 James William b. 1846 d. 1924 * * my great grandfather My research has been limited to only Lewis descendants and have not done anything re McClain line - anything you might have on the Lewis line would be appreciated - Incidentally in order to be received into the S of R I did trace the Lewis line back to Ky - then to N. Carolina in 1774 - where Jessie Lewis' grandfather provided fodder and horses to the Continental Army - He received several land grants from N. Carolina for this service (Hunting Creek in Wilkes Co., N.C.) Incidentally Eliza Lewis must have been a sharp old gal as she accumulated several hundred acres of farms in Randolph Cty., Mo - I have copies of the original land grants signed by President Van Buren. Eliza is listed in the 1830 Census of Boone County Mo. on page 97 tegether with a Wm. and Thomas McClain - If you haven't researched records of Madison Cty. Ky. around 1795 - 1815 you might give that a try. (see record of marriages - Madison Cty, Ky. attached) Sorry, I didn't get this typed. PS. Am also attaching Will of Jessie Lewis' grandfather in N. Carolina 1795.


Misc. Lewis Notes

Jackson County, Missouri Pioneers by Wilcox, 1975, page 42 "According to records from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Nathaniel, their father, was born about 1749 in North Carolina. This is a mistake, though, as he was a younger man and was probably born closer to 1760. During the Revolutionary War he served as a private in the North Carolina militia, and afterwards married and settled down in Ashe County, where his family was from. Sometime between 1794 and 1800 he and his wife packed up and moved to Kentucky. Nathaniel's brother James, who had married Daniel Boone's niece, soon went west also and settled in Barren Co., Kentucky. James's family kept edging westward and finally in 1825 (page 4 of the Lewis book) landed in Jackson Co., Missouri. Nathan arrived in Jackson County the same year and probably made the last leg of the journey with his brother. He died not long after on July 14, 1826 and was buried in the Lewis Cemetery located on a part of their farm about a quarter of a mile northeast of Salem Church. Nathaniel and wife, whose name is still unknown, had perhaps eleven children:" *At this point in the quotation the eleven children w/spouses are listed. "The father of Nathaniel and James Lewis was almost certainly James Lewis of Wales, who was born August 09, 1736 and as a child or young man immigrated to America, settling first in Virginia and then in New River, Ashe Co., North Carolina. There, he and his wife lived close enough to Bolton's Forge on Horseshoe Bend to hear the hammer falling from their house ("Of Bolder Men" a history of Leslie Co., Kentucky, page 1710."


Excerpt taken from, "History of Jackson Co., Missouri" by William & Co., 1881 and provided by Patricia A. Ray of Ripon, California, with the greatest of appreciation.

James Lewis, retired farmer, section 17, post office Independence. Among the pioneers of Jackson County, none are more worthy of mention than the subject of this sketch. He was born in Madison County, Kentucky, Nov. 16, 1798. Was reared in his native county, and spent his boyhood days on a farm, his educational advantages being limited. The fall of 1825 he immigrated to Jackson County, Mo., and learned the cooper trade which he has followed about fifteen years, and the remainder of his life he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits and dealing in stock. His farm consists of 140 acres. His father, Nathaniel Lewis, was a native of North Carolina, and was a distant relative of Lewis XVI. He served a time in the Revolutionary War, and followed farming from boyhood. He came to Missouri with his son, James, and died July 14, 1826. November 6, 1827, the subject of this sketch was married to Miss Polly Gregg. She was born in Howard County, Missouri, January 19, 1813. She is a daughter of Harmon Gregg of Tennessee. They have had fifteen children, eight of whom are living; Samisa, William B., Susan E., Josiah G., John F., David W., Harmon N., and Lucy A. Mr. Lewis was elected lieutenant colonel of the militia in the spring of 1827 and served six years. Some corrections to the "History of the Lewis Family 1635 - 1958" by the Lewis Family Committee, by Beverly W. Golden, 1983. Scenic Regional Library, Union, Missouri: 5. James Walker, born November 16, 1798 in Madison Co., Kentucky. He married Polly Gregg, the daughter of Harmon Gregg, on November 6, 1827 in Jackson Co., Mo., and died sometime after 1880.


Some corrections to the "History of the Lewis Family 1635 - 1958" by the Lewis Family Committee, by Beverly W. Golden, 1983. Scenic Regional Library, Union, Missouri:

3. William, born November 12, 1794 in Ashe Co., and was married in 1815 in Clay Co., Kentucky, to Hannah Snethen (or Luthen). This is the William Lewis who crossed the plains to Oregon in 1843, settling in the Willamette Valley near Junction City ("Lewis Pioneer Families" by Cook, page 1851). He died there in 1882. ODLC #5088 LEWIS, William, Polk Co.; b. 1797 Ashe Co, N.C.; arrived OR 28 Sep 1853; settled claim 16 Oct 1854; m. Hannah Luethen (Snethen?) 30 May 1816 "in then Clay Co, KY". Affidavit: Isaac Leobe, John Lewis, Jesse B. Lewis, John B. Smith.


Some corrections to the "History of the Lewis Family 1635 - 1958" by the Lewis Family Committee, by Beverly W. Golden, 1983. Scenic Regional Library, Union, Missouri:

2. Daniel, born about 1793 in Ashe County, and already discussed.

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