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Very little is known about this Samuel Lewes, or Lewis.He was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and at an early age went to Suckenessett nearby.As a young man he relocated to Falmouth, Massachusetts.He resided in Falmouth for a long time, being listed in town records as a surveyor like his father.He was also listed as a moderator of town meetings, and was often chosen as a selectman for the town.He probably could read, and write, and had some education.He did not attend any known church in the area, and no record has ever been found in regards to his marriage, or even the name of his wife.Also the town records do not list the names of his children.All the Lewis family historians who have written about this family over the years list him as an enigma.They know of his birth date, and who his parents are, but they do not know whether he ever married, or had children.As a surveyor he most likely travelled throughout the colony to other towns, so he may have married in another location.A thorough search of New England records during this time lists the following Samuel Lewis's who had known wives.The men of this name who married in Connecticut married woman named Elizabeth Orton, Susannah Jones, Esther Royce, Mary Royce, and Sarah Sherman.There was one Samuel Lewis who married Joanna Crandell in Rhode Island, and in Massachusetts wives by the name of Prudence Leonard, and Sarah Boutwell were found.Most of these families had children, and they never appeared in either Falmouth, or Barnstable records.The Samuel Lewis who married Prudence Leonard was a member of this family, but not the son of Thomas, and Mary.He did live in Barnstable during this time, and had many children, whose names are all known from deeds, and probate records. He was not the same man.Nothing else is known of the Samuel Lewis who married Sarah Boutwell on 06 Dec., 1706 in Reading, Middlesex county, Massachusetts.Thusly, it is truly not known at this time who his wife was, or exactly how many children he may have had.Samuel Lewis did own land by the Bourne family in Falmouth, and it was mentioned in the probate records of Melitiah Bourne, and it stated that he owned land lately owned by Samuel Lewis, and that he purchased this land from Cornelius Lewis. In 1683 Samuel Lewes was listed as a freeman in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and he was living next to a man named Cornelius Briggs.It has been thought by this author that somehow or other the Briggs family is connected to this family, for why did Samuel name his oldest son Cornelius? Was Samuel's wife a Briggs, and was she a daughter or sister to the Cornelius Briggs of Barnstable? A search of Cornelius Briggs family does not indicate a daughter old enough to have been the mother of Cornelius Lewis, so it is doubtful that there is a connection to this family, but it is always possible that Samuel may have still named his son Cornelius because he knew Cornelius Briggs, and that he was a friend?On 27 Feb., 1706, Melatiah Bourne, and his friend Samuel Lewis, of Falmouth, were appointed to Advise the Falmouth committee about getting a new Minister for the village. On 22 August, 1707, Samuel Lewis, and M. Bourne appointed the Reverend Mr. Joseph Metcalf for the Minister's job (Charles W. Jenkins, Three Lectures on the Early History of the Town of Falmouth, 1889). In 1725 Samuel Lewis, and Ezra Bourne were agents for Falmouth in a land deal with Chenachesan, a South Seas Indian, when they made the boundary line with the South Seas Indians for Falmouth.