John Lewis (1790-1880) son of Peter Tilman Lewis (1750-1829)

John Lewis SketchI am descended from John Lewis, an obscure son of Peter Tilman Lewis. John Lewis was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina, and died in Cobb County, Georgia. Others speculated on the possibility that this John Lewis, born 1790, was a son of Peter. Only circumstantial evidence existed until this hand-written document was found in a trunk that had belonged to Lucia A. Matilda Lewis, a daughter of John Lewis. The trunk has been passed down through the family and is believed to have been hand-crafted by John Lewis.  Click on the images to enlarge them.

Trunk belonging to Matilda (Lewis) Story Lyle

Trunk belonging to Matilda (Lewis) Story Lyle

Transcription and Interpretation by Blanche M. Wallace

Transcription  – [ ] words inside square brackets were added by transcriber:

Lebie/Zebie, Dave, Thomas, Christian all in [War] of 1812

John Lewis born Rockingham Co. North Carolina. His father Peter Tilman Lewis born in England his wife Annie Strator daughter of Conrad Strator moved when 6 years old to Ga somewhere around Griffin Later moved to Paulding Co. Then to Cobb Born 1790 – 1880 first wife named Martin Chrishton [Christian?], Tellman, Elija, Seaborn One daughter Susan married a Jackson who died in Civil War


Lebie/Zebie, Dave, Thomas and Christian were brothers of John Lewis. Annie Strator is Katherine Strader (see “First Families of Henry County, Georgia”). John Lewis’s first wife’s maiden name was Martin. The children of John Lewis and [Susanna] Martin were Christian, Tellman, Elija, Seaborn and Susan. Susan married a man named [Henry Martin] Jackson who died in the Civil War. This interpretation is based on census records, tax records and Lewis Family information found in “First Families of Henry County, Georgia”.

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