Edward Lewis Son of Charles Lewis of Amelia and Pittsylvania Counties
by Bryson C. Cook
posted April 21, 2006

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Edward Lewis was born in December, 1760.  It’s possible that Edward was born in Amelia County, Virginia. His father, Charles Lewis, was living in Amelia County, Virginia in 1767 when he was named in Gower Parham’s will.  Land records state that he was of Amelia. He sold land in Amelia in 1774.   He signed an oath of allegiance in Pittsylvania County in 1777.  Charles moved from Amelia and lived in Pittsylvania County, Virginia and is named on the 1787 and 1789 tax lists.  His sons are with him on that list. He left a will in 1802, Pittsylvania, Virginia, that was proved in 1805. This document gives the names of all his children.  Elizabeth may have predeceased him as she is not mentioned in the will.

According to his pension Edward enlisted in the Lunenburg County, militia and was wounded in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1777. He would have been 17 years old. His wound was such that he lost the use of his hand and was know in the record as an invalid pensioner of the state.  Lunenburg is the county just south of Amelia and just north of Halifax.

Edward married Nancy Moore Price in Halifax, Virginia on December 25, 1785. She was the daughter of William and Mary Moore Price.  Halifax is adjacent to Lunenburg.

While residing in Pittsylvania he appears in court and qualifies for his pension in 1787.

The record of that proceeding is as follows:


  Compiled by O. E. Pilson, Tombstone Inscriptions of the Cemeteries of Patrick County, Virginia (Baltimore [Maryland] : Gateway Press, c1984 ), p. 210, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT  84150-3400, 975.5695 V3 .
"Edward Lewis was born Dec. 1760, D. 13th day of Oct. 1828.”
  Gibson Jefferson McConnaughey, Will books, Amelia County, Virginia (Amelia, Virginia : Mid-South Publishing Company, c1978-1980 ), 975.5634 P2mg v. 2.
Will d. Aug. 21, 1767: Wife Archer, sons James, William, daughters Elizabeth, Martha, Mary.  "Charles Lewis and dau. Elizabeth his wife, 5 shillings."
  Abstracted and compiled by Gibson Jefferson McConnaughey, Amelia County, Virginia deeds (Amelia, Virginia : Mid-South Publishing Company, c1981- ), Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT  84150-3400, 975.5634 R2m v. 7.
“Charles Lewis of Amelia deeds land to Stith Bolling and wife Elizabeth relinquishes her dowers rights.”
  Copied by Cynthia Hubbard Headen, Oaths of Allegiance - 1777 Pittsylvania County, VA, The Magazine of VA Genealogy, v.23, #1 (Feb.1985)
  Virginia Commissioner of Taxes Pittsylvania County, Personal Property Tax Lists 1782-1850, Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1992
  Lela C. Adams, Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia wills, 1767-1820 (Easley, South Carolina : Southern Historical Press, c1986 ), WB 11, pp. 279-280.  WR 30 Mar 1802, WP 19 Oct 1805, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT  84150-3400, 975.5665 P2a.
Children named in the will. Written 30 March 1802. Proved 19 October 1805.
  Pittsylvania County, Virginia: Lewis, Edward, Pension 245, 1787-1828
  Joel Ricks, Halifax County, Virginia, marriage bonds, 1753-1854 (Typed by the Genealogical Society of Utah: 1937), p. 121, 975.5661 V2h.
Edward Lewis and Nancy Price. Wm and Mary Price, parents listed as bondsman.