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AMBROSE AND CHARLES LEWIS
Ambrose and Charles Lewis are ancestors, who I have found quite a bit of information on. Charles is my direct ancestor, and Ambrose is his brother, and therefore my uncle. Ambrose was born about 1758, and Charles was born about 1755. They served in the Revolutionary War out of Fredericksburg Virginia, and also served in the Colonial Forces, and fought at the Battle of Camden South Carolina.
One question that plagued me for many years was where they were born, and who were their parents. That question was answered in an email the other day.
March 5, 1771 King George County Virginia
Anyway, the dates of their indentures are very important because they had to be no more quite young, meaning they were quite young when they went to war. They would have been serving their indenture during the Revolutionary War, and ordered into war, as part of their indentures.
Uncle Ambrose got shot nine times during the Battle of Camden SC, and was kept aboard a British Prison ship for the duration of the war. The Americans were fighting against Cornwallis, and this was one of the few battles that he won. Cornwallis continued on to Yorktown where some of my ancestors were waiting with Washington, and his troops. Cornwallis was defeated at Yorktown, and although we do not hear a lot about it, a significant amount of those soldiers were Native, and black. Think about that the next time you go to Williamsburg, and watch the all white units march down the street.
Now I have a pretty good idea where my ancestors were born, and I know they belong to the Lewis family. I have been getting assistance from some members of the white Lewis family. I had a female DNA test run, and it pointed right to the Lewis family. Whoever my ancestors were, they were cousins, and had a common female connection.