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Re: Charles Lewis, Rocketts Landing, (Richmond) Virginia

Dear Ms. Williams,
My ancestors, Charles and Ambrose Lewis were born about 1748-50 respectively in King George County Virginia. Charles and Ambrose were serving twenty year indentures when in 1776, they joined the Revolutionary War. Their father, John Lewis, was a white man, and their mother a Mulatto. The brothers relationship with the Lewis family was close. One of the Lewis brothers, Benjamin also lived in Richmond, and also served in the Revolutionary War with Charles. John Lewis, the boys father, had a younger brother named Benjamin. Ambrose, Charles, and Benjamin served as Seamen and Foot Soldiers during the Revolutionary War. While serving as Seamen they patrolled the Rappahannock River on board the Dragon Ship. Once that service was completed they joined the Second Virginia Militia under General Gates. They fought at, the Battle of Camden South Carolina (a losing Battle). Ambrose was severely injured and taken prisoner by the British during that battle. He was set free at the end of the war, and returned to Fredericksburg.

Charles settled in Richmond, and owned warehouses and property in Henrico County and The City of Richmond (Ward II). His daughter, Nancy is my direct ancestor, and she was born in Richmond. It appears that he had a son John who was also a businessman in Richmond. I do believe Charles wife was Susannah, or Hannah.

I do have a book, Notes And Documents of Free Persons of Color, about my ancestors (see link below). It is available at Barnes & Noble,, and at Lulu Press.

If you have any further questions please feel free to email me at,

Anita Wills

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Charles Lewis, Rocketts Landing, (Richmond) Virginia
Re: Charles Lewis, Rocketts Landing, (Richmond) Virginia

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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