Jefferson's Nephews: A Frontier Tragedy

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APPENDIX 1
NOTES ON LEWIS
GENEALOGY

SECTION I. THE CHARLES LEWISES OF ALBEMARLE
Even the most astute genealogists and scholars have been confused by the plethora of Charles Lewises living in Virginia between 1750 and 1800. The frequent intermarriage of cousins in this family has made it difficult to unravel the lines of descent. To compound the confusion, many of the Charles Lewises were colonels and married ladies whose first names were either Mary or Lucy. In any event, the direct family line that is the subject of this book is as follows:
1. Col. Charles Lewis of The Byrd, St. James-Northam Parish, Goochland County, 1696–1779. He married Mary Howell and was the father of
2. Col. Charles Lewis, Jr., of Buck Island, Fredericksville Parish, Albemarle County, 1721–1782. He married Mary Randolph and was the father of
3. Col. Charles Lilburne Lewis of Monteagle, St. Anne' s Parish, Albemarle County, 1747–1831. He married Lucy Jefferson and was the father of Randolph, Lilburne, Charles, Isham, and six daughters: Jane, Mary, Lucy, Martha, Ann, and Elizabeth.

SECTION 2. CHARLES LEWIS OF NORTH GARDEN

Col. Charles Lewis, Jr. of Buck Island has frequently been confused with Charles Lewis of North Garden.1 They were both colonels, their wives were named Mary, they lived in Albemarle County at the same time, and possessed land, slaves, and wealth sufficient to qualify them as gentrymen. Charles Lewis of North Garden married his cousin, Mary R. Lewis, the daughter of Charles Lewis, Jr. of Buck Island. Both these branches of the Lewis family were ardent in their patriotism, but Charles Lewis of North Garden was more active in military matters during the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vi
  • Constructing Jefferson's Nephews ix
  • Preface xxv
  • Preface to First Edition xxix
  • Acknowledgments xxx
  • 1: Colonial Days 3
  • 2: The Fight for Freedom 12
  • 3: A Colonel in the Militia 20
  • 4: Prosperity 29
  • 5: The Virginia Planter 38
  • 6: The Shipwreck of the Fortunes 44
  • 7: Craven Peyton, Thomas Jefferson, and the Hendersons 55
  • 8: Jefferson and the Lewises 71
  • 9: The Plan to Emigrate 84
  • 10: The Trip to Kentucky 97
  • 11: The Land and Towns 111
  • 12: Houses and Crops 123
  • 13: The Smithland Neighbors 134
  • 14: Issues in West Kentucky, 1808 143
  • 15: The County Court 151
  • 16: The Year of Trouble, 1809 163
  • 17: Lilburne Enters Public Life 175
  • 18: The Church in West Kentucky 189
  • 19: The Presbyterian Lewises 203
  • 20: Insecurity 215
  • 21: Community Affairs, 1810 226
  • 22: Slavery in Livingston 234
  • 23: Tremors in the Dynasty 240
  • 24: Annus Mirabilis 248
  • 25: The Murder 256
  • 26: After the Murder 266
  • 27: The First Grand Jury 274
  • 28: The True Bill 285
  • 29: The Graveyard 293
  • 30: The Orphans 303
  • 31: During the War 312
  • 32: The Aftereffects 322
  • 33: The Epilogue 329
  • Appendix 1 - Notes on Lewis Genealogy 339
  • Appendix 2 - The Colle Sale 348
  • Appendix 3 - The Interview with Matilda 351
  • Appendix 4 - Medical Notes 353
  • Appendix 5 - Lilburne Lewis's Estate 359
  • Index 441
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