I don't have a copy of the "old family history", have just seen it quoted.This is what I have on John & William.
John Lewis was the immigrant.He and his wife, probably Elizabeth MNU, arrived Virginia by 1673. It is believed they came from Wales.He is found on the 1679 Tythables for Turkey Creek,Henrico County, Va. with 3 tythables.His will was filed in Henrico County in 1689.His wife had already remarried at the time of probate.No further trace of his wife is found after the settlement of his estate.
NOTE:I think it is possible she was a second wife, based on the fact William was made admin. of his father's estate and guardian for is sister, Sarah.
Henrico County Land Grants, Nov 7, 1673:400 acres to John Rogers & John Lewis, North side James River adj. William Humphries.For the transportation of 8 persons.
Henrico County Will Book: 1678
Inventory of Huch Mackmyill done by Wm. Humphrey & John Lewis
Henrico County Order Book 1678-1693:Pg. 266, Probate of the will of John Lewis granted to William Lewis on the oath of Anne Tye & John Mackmioll, the witnesses.Appraisers: Capt. Wm Randolph, Capt Thomas Cocke & Joseph Pleasants.Recorded 2 April 1688
Henrico County Order Book 1678-1693, Pg. 281: Samuel Trottman, who married the widow of John Lewis, declares against the executor, William Lewis that he has no divided all the land or personal property of the estate.Aug 1, 1688.
Henrico County Will Book:
December 02, 1689
Accounts of the Estate of John Lewis, dec'd, To be divided three ways, and have been given to the relict, now Mrs. Samuel Trottman, one third, to William Lewis (son and executor), one third,and toSarah, daughter of the deceased, one third is to be held in possession of her guardian, William Lewis.Signed: Thomas Cocke & William Randolph.
Pg. 144-Accounts of estate of John Lewis for 1689 recorded by William Lewis, Admr.Recorded Aug. 1, 1690
Henrico County, VA Order Book: 1688 to 1689---Nicholas Perkins as security along with Robert Woodson for the tuition of Sarah, one of the orphans of John Lewis..
Henrico County Will Book:
To Edward Moseby for making the coffin of John Lewis, dec'd (1689) pd. 100 lbs. tobacco.recv'd 1690.Paid by William Lewis, admin.
Henrico County Records:01 Dec 1689
I, Robert Woodson acknowledge to my brother-in-law, William Lewis, my full share due my wife Sarah, one of the Orphans of John Lewis.
William Lewis was born abt 1660 in Henrico Co., Va. or possibly Wales.He married Elizabeth Woodson c1680-90 in Henrico County, Va.He is found in the Henrico County records settling the estate of his father,as well as purchasing land during this time.While no record is found of his marriage, it is proven by a settlement of land on William's sons, Joseph and William, by Robert Woodson, Jr.
In this settlement the boys are listed as Robert's grandsons.William also appears as a witness at one of the first Quaker weddings in Henrico County.His will can be found in the Henrico County records.It was an oral will witnessed by his brother-in-law, George Payne.
George was married to Mary Woodson.George and Mary (Woodson) Payne were the great-grandparents of First Lady Dolly Payne Madison.
LOWER VIRGINIA MEETING OF SOCIETY OF FRIENDS--May 14, 1680: William Lewis witness to marriage off Hugh Brassie and Sarah Champ.
Henrico County Land Grant---1687: Robert Woodson, Sr.;John Woodson, Jr.;William Lewis and Thomas Charles.470 acres.
HENRICO COUNTY, VA ORDER BOOK--1678-1693
Page 266--Probate of the Will of John Lewis granted to William Lewis on oath of Anne Tye & John Mackmioll the witnesses.Appr--Capt. Wm Randolph, Capt. Thomas Cocke & Joseph Pleasant.Recorded2 Apr 1688
Page 281--Samuel Trottman, who married the widow of John Lewis, declares against the executor, Wm Lewis, that he has not divided all the land or personal property of the estate.Aug. 1, 1688
HENRICO COUNTY, VA ORDER BOOK 3
Page 105---Accounts of the estate of John Lewis, dec'd, divided into three parts, and have been given to the relict (now wife to Samuel Trottman) one third, to Wm Lewis (son & exc) one third, and to Sarah, daughter of the deceased, one third is to be held in possession of her guardian, Wm Lewis.Signed: Thomas Cocke & William Randolph.2 Dec 1689
Henrico Co., VA Records:1 Aug 1689, William Lewis, son of John Lewis, deposed that he was aged 28.
Henrico County Record Book: I, Robert Woodson (Jr.) acknowledge to my brother-in-law, William Lewis, my full share due my wife, Sarah, one of the Orphans of John Lewis.01 Dec 1689
HENRICO COUNTY, VA RECORD BOOK: March 20, 1693
Robert Povall, Giles Carter, Stephen Cocke & William Lewis to appraise the estate of William Cocke, dec'd
HENRICO COUNTY QUIT RENT ROLLS: APRIL 1705
William Lewis350 acres
Henrico County Will Book
Will of William Lewis (oral will)24 Dec 1706
To eldest son John, the plantation where I live, 100 acres purchased of William Porter, Jr. on north side of the White Oak Swamp
To two sons William and Joseph Lewis, 200 acres at Three Runs, with a parcel on White Oak Swamp and Deep Run, to be divided.Rest of the estate to wife, adding that the children being hers as well as his, he knew she would do as well for them as he would.
Spoken in the presence of George Paine & Elizabeth Johnson.
Presented in court by Elizabeth Lewis, the relict, and recorded May 01, 1707
Security:Mr. John Pleasants & Francis Rowing.
Administration of noncuptive will of Wm Lewis granted to Elizabeth Lewis, his relict.
Deed05 April 1736
John Lewis, of Goochland Co., son of William dec'd, sell to Joseph Woodson 100 acres, part in Goochland Co. and part in Henricoon Turkey Island Creek near William Porter, Jr.'s land.Land William Lewis bought from William Porter orig.Witness-- James Cocke, William Lewis, William Porter, Jr. and Tarlton Woodson.
Henrico County, Va. Deed Book05 April 1736
John Lewis of St James Parish, Goochland Co., Va., son of William Lewis, dec'd sells to Stephen Woodson 52 acres of land Henrico
County.This land, part of a tract formerly owned by Jno. Lewis, dec'd and by him given to his son, William, dec'd and to his son,John.Witnesses:James Cocke, William Lewis, William Porter, Jr. and Tarlton Woodson