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Re: Descendants of slaves freed by Lewis.

Here is a bit more about the Lewises of Clarksville, Mecklenburg Co. VA if there is an interest in pursuing them.

In 1833 John Lewis was a member of the Mecklenburg Colonization Society per the African Repository and Colonial Journal, 1834 pg. 216

In the 1850 slave schedule, John Lewis owned 76 slaves.
His sister-in-law Caroline (her husband Benjamin Lewis was deceased) owned 39 slaves

John and Benjamin's father John Sr. Lewis was one of 3 brothers that signed a petition to the Virginia Legislature opposing slavery.

Early Virginia Religious Petitions(American Memory)
November 8, 1785, Mecklenburg, Opposed to abolition of slavery
Edward, Francis and John (brothers) signed this petition presented to the Virginia Legislature

Edward Lewis's slaves were disbursed to his heirs, several of whom went to Alabama and one to Kentucky (my ancestor)- none remained in Mecklenburg.

I am unsure of the slaves that Francis Lewis owned.

These three brothers (Edward, Francis, and John) were the three sons that inherited land and slaves from their father Edward Lewis Sr. (wife Mary Bressie dau. of Francis Bressie of Butchers Creek, a considerable land and slave owner)

Edward Sr., Edward Jr., Francis, John Sr. and John Jr. all lived in 22 Regiment (Clarksville) Mecklenburg Co. VA

Mandy Colgan


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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