Barbara, can you work this one out ?
Roger Keys m. Adair.
John Keys, relative of Ephraim McDowell.
Ephraim McDowell relative and friend of John LEWIS in Ireland.
referWilson Lewis Family at :
Laird Lynn had at least 2 daus, Margaret (m. John Lewis),
and another who married a Cathay. Their dau, Sarah Cathay(b. 1700 , d. 1765)
m.1718 co. Antrim, N. Ireland toSamuel Given (b. 1680, Co. Antrim, Ireland,
in 1737 went to Orange Co. VA.
John Lewis and Samuel Given jointly took oath as justices of the peace in 1739 in Orange Co Va. The Lewis family were neighbors of George and Martha Washington
(Washington's papers include correspondence between them).
Elizabeth Adair (dau. of Dr. Alexander Adaire) m. John Posey and was a neighbor of George Washington.
From : “The Common Place Book of Margaret Lewis nee Lynn, of Loch Lynn, Scotland” (short extract).
My poor John is sorely belabored in soul with the grievous malice
of this same Lord of CLONMITHGAIRN (Charles / Mingo / Mungo / Minglo Campbell, son of Hugh Campbell).
The contentious noble hath said to the good Dean of Ulster (Rev. William Patton ? )
a few nights ago,how that my husband’s leasehold on the estate
of Clonmithgairn and DUNDERY (Kilmacrenan ?)
should be revoked at next assizes.
My husband has amassed MUCH MEANS, but he does not choose (as what man
of spirit would?) to be driven to and fro in the matter of his rightful possession.
Here, then comes in this book of mine, which at one time
served John Lewis for his tenantry accounts.
In this year of Grace, 1730, what things are come to pass.
I can no more, now take this my book, my companion, to the nook of a
private withdrawing room in CLONNEL CASTLE.
My home lies in ashes.
My best beloved John (Lewis) is a fugitive from the law.
Edward (Lewis), poor man begged the reading should go on in the round tower room
where he lay. Months he had been ailing, yet being somewhat on the mend then,
he had come with his wife and infants to his brother’s house (John Lewis, her husband).
Rude shouting was heard without. On looking to the direction of the noise, we perceived the
drunken Lord of Clonmithgairn (Campbell) leading an armed force to eject John Lewis from his rightful domains.
The envious heart could not bear the sight of his NEIGHBORS prosperity.
Dark was the shadow upon CLONMELLl that evening. My husband armed himself like a man,
rallied our domestics around him and even poor, puny Edward girt on his arms right speedily.
He was the first victim of the ferocious raid.
Ere he come three steps one of the marauders shot him through the head.He fell stark dead.
Then John (Lewis) looked like an enraged tiger surely.He wielded right and
left when lo! first the obnoxious, noble then his favorite steward were dispatched.
Poor little Eubank (Lewis), Edward’s oldest son was killed, only 8 years old.
Clonmithgairn was a man of power and weight and we must hurry away from
the bloody scene of that brief, bloody battle.
I and my little ones abide here (DUNRAVEN) with good friends, while he,
my best beloved of all, roameth I don’t know where.
Last night about sun-setting, Lady Clara sang to her kitar a low, sweet song (when a) white kerchief was waved slowly against the dusky park wood.
News from my husband! this was to be his signal. He has been to Portugal, so he tells, but likes it not much for living.The VIRGINIA wilds hold out a safe asylum for our oppressed house and thither we sail at once.
Not only are we safe come hither, but John Lewis standeth clear before all the world of the death of CHARLES (?) of Clonmithgairn.
My Lord FINNEGAL hath shown himself a good friend, and one worthy to be
entrusted with the concerns of any proper man.
When the right circumstances of the affray were made known according to the written statement my husband placed in his hands, witnesses whereto were at last found and proved.
His Majesty sent full and free pardon and also generous patents, grants of land in this Eden Valley of Virginia.
John Mackeywho has come all this way with us, gives good aid in erecting our house,
which I have some impatience to see done.
It has been enough for me ever since, to hear John SALLING tell at WILLIAMSBURG,
when first we came to this country, how these people did
ferociously entreat such as fell into their power.John Lewis was more
taken with the newly-freed captive’s account of the land in this part,
the beauty and abundance of which has not yet been told, to say true.
CHARLES Lewis, our New World baby.
The new settlement begins to look quite lively now, with the gardens
around the cabins, the patches of grain and all.
About 30 ofOUR TENATRY (emigrated from Donegal, Ireland with her and the children ?) have clung to us through evil and through good report,
and these are for the most part able and efficient work people.
Joe Naseby hath a neat rail to his garden ground and some sort of ornament structure on
the top of his house to entice the wild pigeon--a cupola like.
When our grey stone dwelling is done I shall feel something like or namentation it may be.
I will take Andrew, William, and Alice,Thomas has gone hunting with his father and John Mackey, and plant, this day, some of the prairie roses to run beside our door and on the roof.
John Mackey is like many others.He is good in giving help to any outside of home.
I think, on the contrary, all good offices should begin and spend their best strength there.
John Lewis prospered with the clearing, his crops and his building, and
John Mackey helps him or anybody else who will hunt with him now and
then, but he lays up nothing for himself, and his household might gather
many comforts around if he would act different.My husband hath located
one hundred thousand acres of good land, but when he goes out to explore
and choose what is rich and the best, poor Mackey will go along to
buffalo hunt. John said to me a Thursday, “Mackey has laid up not a penny
since he came to the settlement.” Well, if he lives at this gait, I suppose the Indian heaven
will be good enough for him hereafter,--broad hunting grounds and plenty of deer
Our town of Staunton goes finely on, thanks to John Lewis’ enterprise and energy.
It shall descend to his posterity that he has builded the first town in the Valley.
It is about four miles from our place of Beverly Masson here, which some call Fort Lewis.
Robert Adair was a constable at Staunton.
30th March. 1753. Benjamin Borden's will, Gent.
Stepsons,Saml. McDowell and James McDowell.
Stepdaughter, Sarah McDowell.
Wife. Magdalen (nee ..................)
Executors, John LYLE. Archibald Alexander,
and wife, Magdalen.
Father. Benj. Borden.
Brothers. Brother, Joseph.
Teste: Roger Keys (m. Adair), John Keys, Jacob Gray.
Proved, 21 Nov, 1753, by all witnesses.
John Lyle refuses to execute, others qualify, with sureties
John Lyle. Andrew Hays, Thos. Paxton.
Thomas (LYNN) Patton, snr, b. 1686 in Ireland, d. after 1774. (son of Sarah Lynn b.1664)
Land Record 13 OCT 1739 Lancaster Co., PA 100 acres
It may be presumed that Lewis kept in touch with people in Ireland
during these years. 100 families, all from the north of Ireland,
were settled within one year, and by 1738 churches and schools were needed
in the vicinity of what is now Staunton.
In 1745enough people had settled to form the county of Augusta, and the town of Staunton
was founded the same year.
Frederick county was formed in 1738, and the town of Winchester something earlier.
As late as 1852 Winchester was thelargest town west of the Blue Ridge, in Virginia, with the exception of Wheeling.
Washington in his desperation turned to the fightingScotch-Irish of Augusta.
John Lewis included in his plans the occupation of the Greenbrier valley.
A great deal of his 100,000-acre grant taken in the name of the Greenbrier colony,
was located in the Big Levels around Lewisburg and by 1763 the country was pretty well settled.
The Indians put them all out of their summer hunting grounds, killing a number and raiding as far
east as Staunton. About 1765 the settlers commenced to come back.
Lewisburg was probably named from Gen. Andrew Lewis, who assembled his forces
there, which he took to Point Pleasant and fought the battle at that place.
It was first called the SAVANNAH, because of its being a prairie, and later Camp Union.